Wednesday, March 29, 2017
CLINT SMITH delivered the 28th biannual Bucksbaum Lecture Monday night. He shared the stage with Billy Collins. They performed their unique style of poetry. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER
Renowned poets deliver 38th Bucksbaum Lecture Pride Week about fun, acceptance Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @lorienmacenulty
Social justice and humor; the 38th Martin Bucksbaum Lecture served as an exhibition of these two very diverse forms and uses of poetry. On one hand, the spring lecture featured Clint Smith, an impassioned, philosophical doctoral candidate at Harvard University. Smith used lengthy oration and diction to comment on the state of society, in particular its treatment of racial minorities from the perspective of a child and growing up in a loving and supportive family. This deep social commentary was offset later in the evening by renowned U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, whose monotone voice formed less serious contemplations of life’s diverse array of topics. Tennessee fainting goats, imaginary sisters,
Nebraska and Cheerios number a few of these subject matters. “Coming in, I knew that they were two different artists,” said Erica Hartschen, Bucksbaum Lecture coordinator. “I had no idea how their conversations would go ... I did know it would be thought-provoking, which it was, and that both of them have something really powerful to say. To be able to get them together is very rare.” Hartschen estimated that roughly 1,800-2,000 people showed up to this event, which was held in the Knapp Center to accommodate such a large crowd. Over 50 crew members were employed to manage the event, for which planning began two months prior. “The (Bucksbaum Lecture) committee knew they wanted a lighter topic this spring, since we came off a very powerfully hard election season with politics,” Hartschen said. “We wanted to steal away from politics being the main focus of the conversation.”
Outside of politics, the juxtaposition of the poems provided a different dynamic to the evening. Smith displayed significance in, for example, likening his protective and loving father to an oyster who forms a pearl only when what he values most is under threat. As a boy, Smith said he had multiple conversations about security and racial bias with his parents, which he reimagined in the form of personified inanimate objects. Smith’s words were often met with snaps or murmurs of concurrence, sounds native to a poetry slam. Collins, who took a less interpretive route in his selection of poems, encountered mainly laughter in response. As a result of the difference in poetic form, the audience inevitably learned to navigate the levels of interpretive pressure to apply to the poems. “Once you get to know a poet well, you get to pretty much know how much interpretive pressure
to apply to that poet,” Collins said in a Q&A session immediately succeeding the lecture. “You can apply a lot of interpretive pressure to a difficult poet like Wallace Stevens or Martin Crane or Elliot. If you apply that amount of pressure to my poems, it would just go through the page. Cheerios is just Cheerios.” According to Hartschen, this was the goal of the Bucksbaum Lecture series. “It’s about sometimes conflicting thoughts, dialogue, opinion, but coming together on one stage, so to speak, on platform, and explain why all ideas should be shared, heard, and respected,” Hartschen said. “I feel like the mission of the lecture series is to do that.” The Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment fund donated to Drake by the late Martin and Melva Bucksbaum. The lectures, which began in 1996, are free and open to the public.
Katherine Bauer News Editor email@example.com @bauerkatherine Organizers have one word to describe Pride Week: fun. That is why they think everyone should make time in their busy lives this week to show support for the LGBT community on Drake’s campus. “Fun is probably one of the biggest aspects of it,” first-year Luke Miler said. “A lot of the events that we host here at drake are similar. But with pride week, we have things like drag queens, that aren’t often available on campus. Someone will put on a wig and do the splits and make everyone scream.”
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Executive Student Senate elections see increased voter turnout
Student Body President
“It feels great having won the election for Student Body President. I feel honored and also motivated to get started and make a difference ... I will be working
with President Anguiano the next couple of weeks to ensure a smooth transition into next year!”
and at the same time I was like, ‘Wow, I have so much to learn to succeed in this position.’”
Vice President of Student Activities
Vice President of Student Life
“... While I enjoyed talking to organizations and crafting my platform, I am relieved it is over. Regardless of the fact that I ran unopposed, winning was emotional. I felt so honored to be given the opportunity to serve the student body, to hear how many people voted for me,
“I feel a sense of relief associated with not having to campaign anymore, but if anything I am more nervous now than I was before. I think that stems from firstly the fact that my position starts essentially right after election announcements and secondly that campaigning
“I am absolutely honored, excited, and a little bit nervous to have won the election. Knowing that the student body believes in me as much as I believe them is a wonderful feeling and I will do everything in my power to satisfy the students.”
was just getting the student body to vote for me — but serving my term is proving to people that it was worth it to do so.”
Source: Election Commission Numbers do not include abstentions.
Student Body Treasurer
Vice President of Student Activities
Vice President of Student Life
With a voter turnout of 37 percent, the executive election saw an increase in votes this year. According to Election Commission co-chair Josh Hughes, voter turnout increased from the previous year. For student body president, Nathan Paulsen got exactly 50 percent of the vote plus one, the precise number needed to clinch victory and avoid a runoff election against the second highest vote getter, Deshauna Carter. The incoming vice president of Student Activities Anna Jensen ran unopposed. Newly elected Vice President of Student Life Anna Gleason sustained a strong lead over current first-year Senator Nick Johnston, who won by more 460 votes. Johnston is expected to turn the momentum from his nearly 400 votes into a general election bid, although candidates can’t officially announce candidacy for the general election until the evening of April 2.
The next student body treasurer is Ava Witthauer. Witthauer earned over 73 percent of the vote against Matt Craven. After reaching out to the candidates via email, this is what they said about their successful bids for a seat at the senate table:
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THE NMR MACHINE is a new tool in Drake’s labs to allow professors and students to analyze the structures of molecules, organic compounds and even protons. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER
Half million dollar machine enables research on atomic level Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer email@example.com @lorienmacenulty
The machine rolled into Harvey-Ingham early this semester, an intimidating six feet in height with a smooth, pasty coating, marked in navy blue ink. “Bruker,” the label said, an allusion to the mass scientific instrumentation corporation from whence it came. While this metaphorical “new kid on the block” doesn’t look like much, the perspective it provides is worth half a million dollars. Literally.
How it works This is the new piece of equipment the Drake chemistry department has been patiently awaiting; an instrument capable of analyzing the structures of incredibly small molecules, organic compounds and even protons. “NMR stands for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance,” said Dr. Adina Kilpatrick, assistant professor of biophysics at Drake. “It’s kind of like an MRI, like magnetic resonance imaging, but for very small molecules.” To understand how the machine works, one begins with atomic particles; protons, neutrons, electrons, etc. These particles are intrinsically magnetized due to a naturally associated angular momentum, a trait that physicists refer to as spin. This spin, however, is not rotational. It differs from, say, a pinwheel, or the Earth rotating around its axis. Quantum spin, rather, is a naturally constant characteristic maintained by each particle that dictates its own internal magnetization, as well as its response to externally induced magnetic fields. This means that when immersed in a magnetic field, these particles of various spin states gain different potential energies. An NMR spectrometer takes advantage of this physical behavior. A sample of the select element or compound comes packaged in a thin, delicate tube which the researcher slides into the appropriate location. The sample is then mechanically submerged in a magnetic field produced by a superconducting magnet. Once inside, a radio frequency (RF) is emitted around the dainty tube, one that corresponds to the resonant frequency of whatever compound or particle the researcher aspires to analyze. The
frequency incites a response from the particles, a “spin flip.” The particle jumps to a higher energy state, and as it relaxes back to its natural disposition, it produces quantifiable information that the NMR then gathers and provides to the researcher. “Apply the RF, move the spins and then the spins come back to equilibrium, and that coming back gives you a lot of information,” Kilpatrick said. “It’s kind of cool. You can do that with any molecule coming back to equilibrium, so any nucleus that has a non-zero spin, like a proton has a non-zero nucleus, and carbon-13.”
“Everyone who is taking chemistry, be it firstyear and second-year of chemistry level, can use the instrument.” Dr. John Gitua Associate professor of chemistry
General chemistry students and upper level physics students at Drake may already be familiar with NMR spectrometers in the laboratory; the university owns quite a few that hone in around 60 MHz (mega-hertz) of resonant frequency. The most recent addition to the chemistry lab, may emit a maximum resonant frequency of 500 MHz, the same resonant frequency as a proton. “The higher that frequency is the more powerful, the better the instrument, so to speak,” Kilpatrick said. “So the fact that we have a 500 MHz (NMR) is really cool because very few primarily undergraduate institutions have it. It’s usually found in larger universities because it’s quite expensive.”
hosts one of the companies’ multiple research facilities. In what appears to be localized philanthropic endeavor, the Nelsons donated similar funds to Grandview University for mutual acquisition of an NMR spectrometer. The $100,000 deficit needed to buy the NMR for Drake came from within the chemistry department’s annually allocated funding. The university additionally pays for consistent maintenance on the instrument. “Every six months, we have to fill it in with liquid helium to preserve the magnet, which is expensive,” said Dr. John Gitua, associate professor of chemistry and frequent user of the new NMR. “Every week, we do the filling of liquid nitrogen, and a tank of that costs $125. So the tank is going to approximate two weeks, so we do two weeks and every month we are talking about $250. Right now, those are the main expenses we have for the gases.” According to Gitua, in the end it is worth it; the perspective capabilities for both Drake students and faculty gained with such an instrument are worth the expenses. “It’s a very important instrument for analyzing organic compounds, any chemical structure that we need to look at,” Gitua said. “Any organic chemist who doesn’t have that particular instrument has one instrument that he is missing, and his work is never complete.” Although NMR spectroscopy is associated with chemistry research, the nature of the machinery is interdisciplinary, given that physics and engineering are deeply tied with its inner workings.
For this reason, as a biophysics researcher, Kilpatrick uses the NMR to look at lengthy protein structures, which can be several hundreds of atoms long. Her experiments cost around $1,000, depending on the element sample she analyzes. Before this year, Kilpatrick gathered her data indirectly from faculty at the University of Iowa. “We are glad that we have the NMR here in our labs, because for this work we have been going very far,” Gitua said. “I’ve been going to Grinnell or Grandview University to analyze just one sample that takes about 30 minutes. You talk about the expenses, the traveling, the time taken, it can be very expensive.” The main faculty utilizers of the NMR including Kilpatrick, Gitua, and Dr. Matthew Zweir among others are contemplating the purchase of a technological addition to the NMR. This “addon” is called a Triple Resonance Probe, and would tack on not only a widened view of atomic particles but an extra $150,000 in grant money. “Many times in protein research, I need to do a proton, carbon and nitrogen,” Kilpatrick said. “This (NMR) does not have the capability of looking at three nuclei at the same time. An add on, called the Triple Resonance Probe, so we can look at three at the same time, would enable me to do that.”
Student use of NMR Drake STEM faculty, graduate and independent research students are the only individuals taking advantage of the new NMR spectrometer. “In addition to we faculty doing our research, and using
this instrument for analytical purposes, we do have the students who work in our laboratories who do research with us,” Gitua said. “They have full access ability of that instrument.” As for undergraduate students in chemistry, Gitua said that by the time they go to graduate school or proceed to active chemistry application in the workforce, they will know how to use the NMR spectrometer. “Research and the instrument, they are one,” Gitua said. Professors and lab instructors are currently devising curricula that incorporate advanced NMR training and research experiences, more so than the present use of small NMR magnets in general chemistry. “Now, as they come to organic chemistry, we are looking forward to having an experiment whereby they are going to run these compounds, and they can come and analyze it using the same instrument,” Gitua said.” So everyone who is taking chemistry, be it first-year and second-year of chemistry level, can use the instrument.” Due to its interdisciplinary nature, students in several STEM fields at Drake will receive the opportunity to conduct experiments on the NMR spectrometer, as well. “The fact that we now have this on campus will enable us to maybe develop a class,” Kilpatrick said. “You know, you can give students data, but it’s another thing if the students can actually acquire the data themselves.”
Acquisition, Financing, and Maintenance Expensive is right. Bruker Corporation sells NMRs of this caliber for an approximate $500,000 each. R.W. and Mary Nelson, founders of internationally renowned animal feed manufacturer Kemin Industries, donated four-fifths of that sum to the Drake chemistry department. Both donors attended a small NMR dedication ceremony in late February hosted on Drake’s campus. Kemin was established in Des Moines in 1961, and currently A SAMPLE LOADING DECK makes the NMR easier to use and isn’t found on most devices. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER
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NEWS Pride Week takes on greater meaning after ‘act of hatred’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Miler serves as Rainbow Union’s social chair and has been coordinating this week’s events. In addition to the drag show tonight at 9 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage, Rainbow Union coordinated a Wall of Affirmation and Sextival on Thursday as well as GAYme Night Friday afternoon. “The purpose is basically to bring awareness to different kinds of identities on campus, especially to the ones that are underrepresented,” sophomore Zoe Hanna said, Rainbow Union’s public relations co-chair. “There’s gay and lesbian people that are kind of more talked about than bisexual people and trans people and every other letter of the acronym. We have this week to just kind of talk about what it means to be these things and what it means to be these things on a college campus.” Miler said Pride Week is a time for everyone to experience LGBT culture without feeling intimidated in a real life setting. “I think not only is it an awesome experience to be a part of, but it’s a culture,” Miler said, “and it’s a culture people on Drake’s campus aren’t going to experience. You’re not going to find too many people going down to a gay bar on a Sunday night to
see a drag show. But I feel like a lot of people want to go to it because it sounds fun.” However, Pride Week also offers a chance to talk about serious issues for the LGBT community. This is why Rainbow Union hosted safe space training Monday night. “There’s a danger that comes with it, especially with the lesser known gender identities,” Hanna said. “Like transpeople can be targeted in a very violent way.” Miler said he’s run into people who don’t think safe space training is necessary and is childish. “They … refuse to see the violence that comes with these minority identities,” Miler said. “A lot of the people who think safe space training is stupid share the privilege that protects them from needing that.” Yet Miler said the training teaches an important lesson. “The biggest thing that safe space training emphasizes is empathy,” Miler said. “You can’t really change someone’s view on life but you can try and make them understand what other people are going through.” Drake experienced first-hand these ill-attitudes toward the LGBT community Sunday night. Provost Sue Mattison informed
campus that Pride Week posters had been torn down in Olmsted Center. “The Drake community celebrates and appreciates differences among us, and while it is incredibly difficult, we can not be moved by a few cowardly voices of hatred and ignorance,” Mattison wrote. She also deemed the incident an “act of hatred.” “I’m disappointed, mostly
because Pride Week isn’t just for us,” Hanna said. “In fact, it’s mostly for the campus. We put this week together to bring more LGBTQ+ culture to Drake.” Hannah said that Rainbow Union remains “wholeheartedly committed” to making campus welcoming to all genders and sexual identities. “Pride Week is all about celebration of who we all are
regardless of how other are going to react or what they are going to say,” Miler said. “Especially with what happened, this is a declaration that we are not going to be intimidated or silenced.” Looking ahead in the week, the wall of affirmation will allow students to encourage LGBT students by writing notes on a big poster in Olmsted.
PRIDE WEEK POSTERS were torn apart in Olmsted Sunday night. Some were covered up by other posters. The incident was deemed an “act of hatred” by provost Sue Mattison in a campus email. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAINBOW UNION
Senate allocates nearly $2,400 in funding to student organizations Jake Bullington Digital Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @JakeBullington
Student activity fees are continuing to be put to use for a variety of student organizations, as Treasurer JD Stehwien recommended the distribution of nearly $2,400. First, senate approved $609.60 to send six students to the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The students are attending the conference through Drake’s student organization Voice of Choice. According to the funding motion, Voice of Choice is an organization with the goal of creating “interest in and foster the knowledge and respect for reproductive health
and justice.” The money is going towards travel costs and the registration fee. Senator Grace Rogers attended the conference last year and said she says the conference is for more than promoting pro-choice policy ideas. “It gives a lot of different ways to strategize about feminist issues on campus, not just prochoice issues, but a whole wealth of equity and inclusion efforts,” Rogers said. Rogers cited events that have taken place this year that came as a result of students attending the conference last year, like the Roses for Roe event and the Cupcakes and Condoms educational program. In addition to the feminist leadership conference, another educational program received funding from senate Thursday.
Sophomore Maddie Cheek requested $495 to institute a three-year QPR program. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer. Cheek likened this training to CPR, but for mental health crises instead of a cardiac emergency. “It teaches participants how to recognize signs of suicidal ideation and then how to intervene and how to get help in the best way possible,” Cheek said. Cheek said this program has been implemented at the University of Iowa. Cheek said that at that university, a campus survey said that students and professors felt safer on campus after the program had been adapted and their public safety officers had been trained in on the techniques of QPR. “The reason that I think that
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this is such a pressing issue and something that is needed on campus is because no matter how many suicides we have on our campus, it’s always an issue that could potentially be a problem,” Cheek said. “In addition, not only does this prevent suicide, it also helps to break down the stigma of depression and it gets conversations going.” Cheek cited statistics that suicide is a leading cause of death among college students. A 2014 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that suicide is the secondleading cause of death in people aged 15-24. The almost $500 allocation will go towards funding a certified QPR trainer to come to campus and train members of Drake Public Safety and students on the program.
In addition to the QPR program and the feminist leadership conference, senate approved two other funding motions. Senate allocated $1,100.75 to the Drake Ultimate Club to participate in the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Regional tournament. All 18 team members will travel to Blaine, Minnesota in late April to compete. All senators present voted in favor of funding the club, with the exception of Senator Deshauna Carter, who voted against the motion. Senate also designated $180 to the Blue Crew, Drake’s recreational dance student organization, in order to perform at this past Saturday’s Iowa Energy game. Senate meets every Thursday evening in Cowles Library 201 at 9 p.m.
Meetings evaluate arts, culture in DM Uber comes to Drake Drake Rhone Staff Writer email@example.com @drakerhone Two meetings on Drake’s campus occurred on March 22 and 23 to collect community thoughts on a project that seeks to promote art and culture in the greater Des Moines area. Drake’s President Marty Martin serves as the president of the steering committee for the project, which will decide on a direction and the priorities for the project. Martin called it “an opportunity to partner arts and culture with quality of life and economic development.” A few community members from all across the metro attended the events. The meetings themselves were casual, and saw the attendees being divided into small groups. After that, they were asked several questions about their involvement with arts and culture in everyday Des Moines life, as well as about what they felt was missing from the DSM arts and culture scene. These answers were then added to the team’s notes and will be used to educate the steering committee on the community opinion on arts and culture in Des Moines.
Martin also said that an online survey of the community would be following the survey of the art sector that was already released. “It’s really kind of an interesting project,” said Tom Borrup of Creative Community Builders, who the steering committee has partnered with for the project. “It’s a little bit different than many we’ve done in that this idea of an assessment is a really big part of it. The steering committee really wanted to take stock of the cultural assets here.” The project is now in the second ‘stage’ of the project time line. The first stage was developing a strategy, including determining a final scope. “The scope is really us delivering for the steering committee a lot of learning, a lot of information, and a lot of data and surveys from focus groups. These community meetings help them and us understand the gaps in the opportunities, the strengths and the things that are important to build on,” Borrup said. “And what we’re doing is looking at broader community priorities. What we ended up focusing on is the Capital Crossroads 2.0 plan. Capital Crossroads is a partnership of all the business and nonprofit and civic organizations and so on, and
they spend a huge amount of time developing a regional plan for Central Iowa.” After determining that they would be focusing on the Capital Crossroads plan, they moved on to the ‘Engage Community’ stage, and focused on gathering public opinions that they could later apply to the project’s goals. “What we’ll try to do in the end is arrive at a handful of key strategies where arts and culture have a capacity or can be supported to have capacity to help address some or maybe most of those priorities from Capital Crossroads,” Borrup said. Since the project encompasses all of the greater Des Moines area, Drake students are welcome to get involved. “One pretty simple way in the not-too-distant future is there is going to be an online survey,” Borrup said. “Drake is an important institution in the community. Drake students and Drake graduates are all over the place, they’re very important and vital in the sustaining of a healthy community. I think because President Martin is leading the steering committee he’ll help make sure that the survey get circulated, so that students can help participate in that.”
Jess Lynk Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org @jessmlynk Drake University has partnered with Blackboard to add a new way for students to use their bulldog bucks: on an Uber ride. Students can now use their bulldog bucks account to pay for an Uber ride. Instead of adding a credit card, students now have the option to add their “campus card.” Last year, Blackboard partnered with Uber, “because they thought it was a really good cause of providing students with an easy way for a safe ride,” according to Sara Heijerman, the Student Services manager. Blackboard is how Drake does the “behind the scenes” work on meal plans, bulldog bucks and other drake card work, according to Heijerman. Heijerman said it was a simple decision that was made because it was just another option for students from Blackboard. “It just seemed like an easy addition to our bulldog bucks program,” Heijerman said. “Safety is always a good issue to look into something ... If you are needing to get somewhere late at
night or you are leaving a party and just want to make sure you have a safe ride, if you are wanting to explore the city, anything like that; this is a great reason to use public transportation.” Drake is one of the early adopters of the program. As of Tuesday, only 33 schools have adopted the new Uber card system. Students can load money into their bulldog bucks account at drake-sp.blackboard.com/ eaccounts/ in the same way they load money for laundry. It does not take from students’ flex dollar account, meal plan or their printing money account. Heijerman also said that part of the appeal to this program is that parents can put money in a student’s bulldog bucks account, specifically for this service. “Obviously Uber has not been in Des Moines for very long, it has been here a few years, but as it picks up popularity in the city I think it could be a really good service for students to get used to using,” Heijerman said. Students can use their card, just like a credit card, to pay for Uber rides anywhere Uber is available. To learn more about the program, head to uber.com/campus-card/ .
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March 29, 2017
Coffee can be used for more than a morning beverage
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I know I am not the first to say it and I know I will not be the last but - I love coffee. It is my motivation to wake up in the morning it keeps me going when I want to give up and binge watch Netflix. But it is more than just liquid heaven, it can also help in your beauty routine. Here are 10 of the best ways to use coffee to your beauty benefit. First, it can revive your eyes. When a caramel macchiato is not enough to de-puff your face in the morning, grab some coffee grounds.
Take the coffee grounds and let them cool for a few minutes and then apply them under your eyes and on your eyelids. This will serve to reduce any morning puffiness and leave your face feeling more alert. It can also add shine to your hair. Bring a plastic bag of coffee grounds into the shower tomorrow morning. Work the grounds into your hair for 60 seconds and then rinse it out with cold water. It should also increase your hair growth due to the stimulating properties of coffee. It may sound gross, but you cannot dog it until you try it. Massaging a coffee scrub into your skin can reduce the appearance of cellulite. It will tighten the skin and help stimulate blood flow throughout the area. Coffee grounds can also be used to exfoliate your lips. Lip scrubs are a big trend right now, so of course there is a coffee one. Mix a half a teaspoon of coffee grounds and a half a teaspoon of honey for the perfect lip exfoliant. Save yourself from buying a mud mask. Instead of buying a one-time use mud mask from Target, just go to the kitchen for
your special skin care. Two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of repurposed coffee grounds blended onto the face for about 30 seconds will result in rejuvenated skin. Adding coffee grounds to your conditioner each time you
shower can result in a chestnut brown hair color. Coffee can work wonders for your face. Step one, freeze coffee ice cubes. Step two, rub the cubes all over your face. This will enhance blood flow and make the skin brighter.
Your feet deserve love too. Lip and face scrubs are important, but we cannot forget the two things that keep us upright: our feet. A cup of virgin coconut oil, half a cup of ground coffee and two teaspoons of vanilla extract will make for a wonderfully exfoliating cleanse. Feeling red? Ironically, coffee can actually be calming for your skin. Inflamed and red skin can be helped by the antioxidants in coffee. Maybe you ate some poignant tacos or a science project was too hands-on and simple hand soap is not doing the trick. Rubbing used coffee grounds in your hands and then rinsing with soap will relieve them of any lingering scents. Coffee can be used for more than just a stimulant to wake you up in the morning. It can be a part of your beauty routine too.
College students struggle to catch up on sleep
Natalie Larimer Book Critic firstname.lastname@example.org @larimerslogic
When people ask how I’m doing, I almost always say, ‘I’m fine, just tired.’ It’s a reflex at this point. I’ve been tired since I entered high school, and I thought that I could shake it off by the time I took more control over my life.
The truth is, though, that my bed and I were just not meant to be. There is no growing out of being exhausted, because in order to grow, you need sleep. Some might say, welcome to college, where caffeine addictions and all-nighters become the way of life. But that can’t be how we are supposed to live. There has to be a reason that we are all so tired. Yes, we probably don’t prioritize sleep as much as we should, but that isn’t entirely our fault. According to Anya Kamenetz at NPR, “sleep deprivation affects memory, cognition and motivation, and the effects are compounded when it’s long-term.” What are the main factors in succeeding as a college student? Memory, cognition and motivation. Sounds like if we don’t catch our zzz’s, we’re royally screwed. And the more stressed we are with classes, the less sleep we get. “The tougher the school, the later the students go to bed,” Kamenetz said.
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Those finals week cram sessions that last until the early hours of the morning are not specific to prepharmacy majors, hate to break it to you. Students of all majors are experiencing crazy amounts of caffeine-fueled desperation studying. In high school, I argued that teenagers weren’t mentally awake until about 10 a.m., and so asking them to be awake and learning at 8 a.m. is unreasonable. People from 1925 years old should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Yet, we average around seven, the low end of the spectrum. Yes, technically we are getting enough sleep. But remember that this is an average. There is always that one guy who doesn’t have class until 2 p.m. every day and gets 10 hours of sleep while his roommate has an 8 a.m. every day and gets four hours of sleep. What I am calling for is not just responsible sleeping patterns among my peers, because I know that it is unreasonable to ask people to sacrifice valuable study time for some shut-eye.
What we need is for 8 a.m. classes to be obsolete and free coffee to be provided for any classes that start before 10 a.m. Seems reasonable enough for me, especially considering our tuition bills are more than enough to cover the cost. While we’re at it, we should just do Hubbell catering to morning classes. Get some first-years looking for pocket change to do the deliveries and bring us coffee and cereal. Not only would we be awake, but also nourished. I’ll start a GoFundMe for it, I think it’s a good idea. So this one goes out to Marty Martin and all administrators of Drake University: please provide a small continental breakfast in our morning classes. You would be surprised by the stark difference in our performance if we are alert during our classes. The Bill of Rights outlaws cruel and unusual punishments and I believe that covers 8 a.m. classes.
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05 | opinions
March 29, 2017
OPINIONS MUSIC REVIEW
Drake’s latest album proves passionate, lengthy
Parker Klyn Music Critic email@example.com @KlynParker
Halfway through Drake’s latest project, the “playlist” More Life, the Toronto pop star (and biggest rapper alive) drops a hilariously thickheaded self-insult: admonishing other rappers for “biting everybody”, or stealing their style. That line is dense not because Drake’s not being stolen from, because he is; it’s dense because no rapper parrots other artists’ styles more than him. More Life is the culmination of all the genres and sounds that Drake has cultivated for himself. Drake’s list of grievances is extensive: he’s hopped on remixes of Migos’ “Versace” and iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” just as they were starting to get popular, “Hotline Bling” is essentially a remix of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”, he recorded a rushed mixtape with Future at the height of his popularity, and he’s used posthumous recordings from the late Aaliyah and Pimp C to accentuate his music. But on More Life, Drake doesn’t stop at hopping on individual artists’ bandwagons. Here, he takes entire genres that are at the artistic peaks within their musical divisions (Jamaican dancehall within reggae, English grime and Atlanta trap within hip-hop,) and puts a polished pop gloss on them. But despite the lack of authenticity that More Life displays, the project works out well, as Drake treats this music with passion, and that’s to be expected of somebody from the intensely multi-cultural Toronto (which has very concentrated Caribbean and British populations). The first big surprise that More Life has to offer is grime veteran Giggs’ verse on “No Long Talk”. For those uninitiated, grime is British hip-hop. The track’s beat is far slower in tempo than most grime instrumentals, and Giggs comes through with an intensely focused verse that is sure to be thousands of people’s introduction to hiphop from the United Kingdom.
DRAKE released a new album on March 18. Music Critic Parker Klyn feels that Drake seems to be having a good time making music, for the first time in years. Read his full review above. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKEOFFICIAL.COM
The track’s an intimidating trunk-rattler; if you don’t think an English accent can sound intimidating, this might prove you wrong. There are other bangers on More Life, with origins from all over the globe. “Gyalchester” has these awesome rasta slang ad-libs and interjections and a monstrous bassline, while Atlanta’s 2 Chainz, Quavo, Travis Scott, and (a surprisingly coherent) Young Thug all do their thing on “Portland”, “Sacrifices”, and “Ice Melts”. But the most intense moment on More Life isn’t even a Drake song; it’s a solo track from the most famous British rapper alive, “Skepta’s Interlude”. Skepta comes up with a dozen ways to tell us how much money he has, and the snake charmer flute and synthesized horns on the riddim accentuate how global of a project this is.
Despite the relative success of the bangers, they’re relatively forgettable – where More Life really shines is when it turns to pure pop. I’ve always maintained that Drake is a better pop star than rapper, and More Life only strengthens that belief. “Passionfruit” is a blissful piece of tropical house, with ethereal synthesizers placed over a relaxing dancehall beat. Editing out the minute-long intro, it’s probably the closest thing More Life has to a radio single (aside from the months-old “Hotline Bling” clone “Fake Love”). “Get It Together” is more indebted to British house, with a rambling, fantastic vocal performance from newcomer Jorja Smith, who makes her major-label debut as a teenager. Even PARTYNEXTDOOR surprisingly comes through with a compelling vocal performance on “Since Way Back”, which is
new for the usually-sleepy OVO cornerstone. And finally, the best song on More Life is “4422”, which is a spiritually powerful solo Sampha track; Sampha keeps impressing after his great debut earlier this year. I’ve said a lot of good things about More Life, but it has major flaws. The biggest problem with this project is its length: 22 tracks spread out over an hour and 21 minutes. That’s way too long for a pop album, but it’s to the album’s testament that I can only name a few songs that I’d definitely leave out (namely “Fake Love”, “Nothings into Somethings”, and “Blem”). Just about the entire record is pleasant to the ears, but aside from a few scattered moments (like Giggs’ verses, the Jennifer Lopez sample on “Teenage Fever”, the beat of “Passionfruit”), More
Life isn’t exhilarating. It’s fantastic background party music, but the lyrics and beats don’t exactly make for a compelling listen. Still, More Life doesn’t feel like a one-note slog in the vein of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late or Views. t’s Drake’s best project in years; for the first time since at least 2013, Drake seems like he’s having fun making music. I think a lot of that comes from finding new sounds that he loves; he operates within that interesting mix of teacher and student regarding these genres. And after More Life, I’m holding out hope that his embrace of global music and worldly sounds expands into the entire pop sphere.
Student inspired by NPR’s Luis Clemens talk on facts
Ellie Hilscher Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Luis Clemens from National Public Radio (NPR) made the trek to Drake University on March 21st. Clemens is the senior editor for diversity stationed in Washington DC. I must admit that I haven’t listened to much of it, but do have it stationed in my car. NPR
delivers breaking news as well as top stories, and those that need to be deeply stressed. Walking into the room, I had no idea what to expect for this lecture as I didn’t know too much about the event before hand. With the past election, there is no doubt that there has been issues with real and fake news. The issue that has risen, is that people don’t know how to figure out if a source is in fact providing correct information. They tend to be deceived by the fake news, which is something I’d hope to help everyone learn how to pick out. Now, it’s especially difficult due to the gaps in generation and how the past generations were able to retrieve their news. There is the generalization that people from older generations are less tech savvy, which can be true in some sense but isn’t something we should label everyone generations past the 60s.
When listening to Clemens speech he said, “I believe in the facts.” Which even though it’s a simple statement, is quite bold and did leave an impact on me. What should we trust? Who? What sources? With older generations I don’t think it’s necessarily a lack of technical skills, but the fact that we are deceived by “news” as I mentioned above. We have to take a step back and closely check our facts. Facts are facts, but the source is the most important piece. Before posting anything, please make sure you know about the author and source of information. Then think… does this make sense? The author? The website? Is it plausible? When you think it is, remember to dive in a little deeper to review it again. While sitting in on the lecture, the idea of skepticism was
brought up. We can not distrust the media because of skepticism, but we should have a right to know accurate information. Scandals are overblown these days in the media as well as the claims thrown out about fake news. I’m not saying that every news source is scandalous, in fact that is the opposite. Here are just a few news sources that have a variety of fact checked information: The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, The Atlantic, and the list goes on. Question everything, and double check everything. This is a motto that I’ve come to enjoy. Clemens had the audience repeat these five simple words, and it’s something I want you to consider… “I will not be deceived.” Remember that in today’s world of media.
LUIS CLEMENS came to Drake last week to speak about the state of facts. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR
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March 29, 2017
Norway is happiest country in the world, U.S. sits at no. 14
Chamindi Wijesinghe Business Manager email@example.com
A great while ago, when the world was full of wonders and humans were still new, happiness was easy. As humanity evolved, people spread out, borders were established to form countries and happiness became a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. In fact, the word ‘happiness’ has been stretched thin to fit into the definitions that each and every one of the seven billion people on Earth claimed that it became an abstract chaos and uncontrollable – two things that
humanity despised. In 2012, to bring back structure and prevent at least the holistic notion of ‘happiness’ from losing its luster, world leaders put together a “landmark survey of the state of global happiness (that) continues to gain global recognition as governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicator to inform their policymaking decision.” These words are not hard to find; a quick google search and the official website comes up, detailing the research of how the World Happiness Report is put together. The report compares 155 countries to Dystopia, an imaginary country where the world’s least-happy people live since they have the world’s lowest incomes, life expectancy, generosity, freedom, social support and the most corruption – so a score of 0.0. Hence, the proud honor to hold was born: which country can be the happiest? 2017’s winner, with a score of 7.54 out of 10, is Norway. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands came next whilst the
U.S placed 14th (a fall from the previous year report at number 13) with a score of 6.9. Surprisingly the top 20 countries tied very closely in terms of income and life expectancy. Instead, what really handed the winning streak to the top five countries were freedom, generosity and perception of corruption. Have the Norwegians discovered the secret recipe to happiness? Maybe or maybe not. However, in all certainty, the way each nation views happiness as a result of their root beliefs, and society collectively intersects in its own beliefs, causes some places to be ranked higher in the happiness assessment while others are – not necessarily unhappy – but definitely less happy. Let’s look at a snapshot of the history of happiness. Until about the 17th century, it was a widely accepted norm that happiness was a cause of luck or chance. Only grammar has encapsulated and preserved that notion. Hap, which is the root of ‘happiness’ is a cognate with luck. As such, there was an understanding that happiness was not merely reduced to a
moment but a collage of moments in a lifetime and it was acceptable and healthy to not experience true happiness at times because at the end, ordinary life as a whole and living virtuously led to even greater individual happiness. Don’t get me wrong, while the pre-17th century notion was tame, it did lack of restrain. John Locke, an English philosopher, sparked a wave of change. The perception that we are not at the mercy of the unknowns of the universe and that we could control happiness came crushing down and it was a refreshing, liberating swim. Decades lapsed and in the process, society started redesigning the pillars of the liberating happiness – and happiness became another commodity to be consumed and bought. People injected poison into the question of “am I happy?” – and stopped being happy. Today, it’s not ‘we’ but ‘I’ have to be happy. Selfish happiness became popular because otherwise it is personally soulcorroding. As such, should the U.S. be unhappy that it placed 14th in the World Happiness Report? The report was never meant to be a competition.
We know that socio-economic factors are not the biggest differentiator but what Norway, Denmark and Canada are better at is being collectively happy. Amidst the many layers that are important to understand, we should be open-minded to the fact that happiness is not a goal that we have to pursue – it can be found everywhere and sometimes it slips away. As hackneyed as it sounds, the words of the wise were always true -- there shouldn’t be one area of our life that happiness revolves around. It is in every moment of every day, but that moment and that day does not occur at the same time for everyone. There are many loopholes with the way the report is being done as philosophy, sociology, psychology and the individual can be at odds with what ‘happiness’ is. In fact, anyone can make happiness anything they want it to be. Is it something that seizes us or do we seize it? Regardless, happiness at its very heartbeat is not complex or difficult and as Seneca said, “it is more fitting for (us) to laugh at life than to lament over it.”
Happiest Countries in the World 1) Norway
12) Costa Rica
8) New Zealand
14) United States
19) United Kingdom
20) Chile Source: WorldHappiness.Report
Environmental Protection Agency at Risk
Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessiespangler3 It’s not a huge secret that the Trump Administration wants to cut the Environmental Protection Agency. Even worse, there’s no proposed replacement for the EPA, which can have damaging effects on the environment, specifically in the U.S. According to their website, the EPA’s main purpose is to make sure that environmental protection is part of policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, transportation, agriculture… the list goes on. The EPA also ensures that accurate information is available to everyone concerning human and environmental risks. The EPA aims to keep a leading role internationally in protecting the global environment.
Basically, the EPA is vital for environmental protection everywhere, not just the U.S. and the Trump Administration is looking to abolish it. If Trump gets rid of the EPA and doesn’t provide a replacement, this will be bad news for our natural resources. Additionally, the new administrator of the EPA doesn’t believe humans cause climate change – which is completely inaccurate. It’s not what you want to hear from the EPA, the organization that’s supposed to be combating climate change. After all the research that has been done on climate change and the solid facts that hold it up as something to worry about, I am surprised at the amount of people who still don’t believe that global warming is real. Even scarier, our president doesn’t believe in it either – according to Trump, China made it up. Yeah, okay. They must have made up all of this data about rising temperatures too. Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. A big reason why many species are inching closer to extinction everyday is because of climate change, along with air and water pollution. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction event. Dozens of species go extinct every day and 99 percent of threatened species are at risk because of
Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. Source: Center for Biological Diversity
human activities, primarily from habitat loss, global warming and introduction of exotic species. What right do we have to keep destroying our planet and the other species we share it with? None. Even if you don’t believe it’s happening, it is still occurring. Even if you say facts are fake, that does not keep them from being true. The longer people remain blind to the fact that our planet is dying, and the longer we place blame on anything but ourselves, will spell more disaster – more animals dying, icecaps melting and species being displaced because of habitat loss. We’re losing resources. According to the World Wildlife Fund, about 36 football fields worth of trees are lost every minute. It’s estimated that in the next 100 years, there will be no rainforests left. Trump obviously does not have the environment (and many people in this country) in mind. This past Tuesday he roll back energy regulations with an executive order that will reduce “unnecessary regulatory obstacles that restrict the responsible use of domestic energy resources,” according to a White House official. This could lead to an increase in the use of fossil fuels as an energy source. We need policies put in place to help make sure companies are using resources sustainably and ethically. The biggest change we’ll see will come from large businesses becoming more energy efficient and releasing fewer toxins into the air. We need government funding to be allocated to protect our lands and water. We need the EPA to be a leader in helping to create policies with the health of people and the environment in mind.
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March 29, 2017
FEATURES EVENT PREVIEW
Dogtown After Hours aims to break world record on Friday night Annual event will feature music, laser tag, performances, ice skating and more
DOGTOWN AFTER HOURS is the largerst alcohol alternative event at Drake. This year, it will of it’s featured activities is an outdoor ice skating rink. PHOTO BY CONNOR FINHOLT| STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Haley Hodges Staff Writer email@example.com
Ahead of Friday’s Dogtown After Hours event, the planning committee is in its final push to ensure that every aspect of the event goes as they hoped. Ryan Hultman, a junior studying entrepreneurial management and creative writing, is a part of the marketing team for this year. He is currently occupied with the final publicity pushes via word of mouth and on social media. “It’s definitely giving me a ton of experience both in posting to social media accounts and maintaining the marketing stuff for Dogtown After Hours while still doing my school-load,” Hultman said. “There is a lot
going on next week. I’m excited, but I’ll sleep very little next week.” The event, which is planned year round by about a dozen committee members, will take place Friday, March 31 in Olmsted Center starting at 8:00 p.m. According to Hultman and Dogtown co-chair Emily Norton, the night will include a DJ, prizes, Henna tattoos, a caricaturist, Iowa Wax Hands, a movie by Free Movie Friday, a band and salsa dancing by El Ritmo Latino, performances from Drake groups, service projects, laser tag, a mechanical bull, an ice staking rink, and a lot of free food. What’s particularly special about this year’s Dogtown After Hours is the closing event at midnight: a silly string fight that will compete to set a world record. “We’ve done it in the past. They did the world’s largest Nerf Gun battle (in 2015),” said Emma
Haselhuhn, Norton’s Dogtown co-chair. “This year we wanted to go back at it again and break another world record. ... It will take place at the end of the night, at midnight, and it will take place at Helmick Commons and we need about 650 people to break the record.” Haselhuhn said preparing for the fight has taken a lot of planning on the committee’s part to make sure Dogtown can fulfill the Guinness World Records’ guidelines including a certain number of volunteers, witnesses, evidence and media coverage. For participants however, all they need to do is show up and fire silly string at their peers. For the committee, the night won’t end with the silly string fight. Their team, plus about a hundred volunteers, will stick around to return Olmsted to its normal state.
“We typically are here until usually 3:00 in the morning because, almost every year we’ve done this, there’s always a meeting or banquet in Olmsted the day after so we have to have it in completely immaculate condition,” said Norton, who has been a part of the committee for four years and co-chair for the last three. Haselhuhn is new to being a co-chair, but was on the marketing committee last year and believes she received a lot of good feedback that she has tried to accommodate in 2017. “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever, and it’s free,” Haselhuhn said. “Our budget for food is out of this world. We’re going to have so much free food, so much quality entertainment and for most students, it’s literally two minutes out their backdoor.” One of Dogtown’s goals is
to offer varying activities and involve other organizations so that anyone can find something they want to do. With so many options this year, the committee hopes it will continue to bring in more students. “It’s really fun. It’s talked about on all the campus tours. A lot of people who have been there in the past definitely come back. It’s just a fun atmosphere with lots of different things,” Hultman said. “It’s probably one of the most versatile events that you see on campus all year. It’s one of the largest events on campus all year. It brings a lot of people together and a lot of different clubs on campus together. It’s not just the committee’s event; it’s an event that is everybody’s and I think that’s something we also really need to continue to bring our campus together and unify us over a night of fun.”
CAB promotes community outreach between Drake, neighborhood Emily Larson Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @emj_larson
Attending a university does not mean you are trapped to the confines of campus. Participating in the community is essential, according to Community Action Board’s Community Outreach Chair, Gabriella Gugliotta. “College is a great time in one’s life to explore and expand knowledge in the classroom and in life. There’s so much more to this neighborhood and Des Moines than campus,” Gugliotta said. “Drake is great, I love it, but I think staying only within specified boundaries really narrows your ability to see and understand Des Moines in its entirety.”
Community Action Board (CAB) is an organization on campus that facilitates community involvement between students, the Drake neighborhood and other campus organizations that are involved in community outreach. “CAB’s mission is to serve as a resource for students and student organizations that are interested in volunteering or getting involved in the Des Moines community,” Gugliotta said. “We strive to educate on meaningful and impactful ways to engage in our community.” Daniel Creese is the treasurer and community action leader for CAB. “I think it’s important for students to go out into this community and realize the full advantages and resources it has to offer,” Creese said. “Volunteering is great for your resume. It (looks)
good for your employer. There’s a lot of unpaid internships, essentially volunteering, that the Drake neighborhood provides.” The CAB website (drakecab. weebly.com) is where to go when looking for opportunities to get involved with the group and/or get more involved with the Des Moines community. “(Getting involved) can be done through a variety of different ways. It doesn’t necessarily need to be volunteering, although that’s always a great way to get involved,” Gugliotta said. “Attending a concert at Lefty’s, buying vegetables at the Drake Farmer’s Market or attending a spoken word event at Java Joe’s are just a few examples that I can think of regarding meaningful ways to interact in the community.” Anyone interested in becoming more engaged with the
local populace should attend the Social Justice Dialogue facilitated by CAB. It is at 7 p.m. on March 28,
“Attending a concert at Lefty’s buying vegetables at the Drake Farmers Market, or attending a spoken word event at Java Joe’s are just a few examples that I can think of regarding meaningful ways to interact in the community.” Gabriella Gugliotta Outreach Chair
and will be “about the Drake neighborhood and what the Drake faculty, staff and student
perceptions of the neighborhood are,” Director of Community Engaged Learning Renee Sedlacek said. Other than CAB, there are many other ways to get involved. “We have a mentoring-reading program with Everybody Wins Iowa where students go over on their lunch hour Fridays to King Elementary and read to young kids,” Sedlacek said. “Food that’s leftover from the dining hall is recovered by student volunteers (with Next Course Food Recovery) and then delivered to pantries and shelters her in town.” The “Drake bubble” is the imaginary snow globe that students can get stuck in. Helping out the community, doing internships off campus and attending events throughout Des Moines are all ways to shake up the snow globe.
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March 29, 2017
FEATURES COMMUNITY EVENT
Student Alumni Association Humans of Drake collaborates with Varsity Theatre The Times-Delphic tells the Natalie Larimer Staff Writer email@example.com @larimerslogic
On March 23, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) hosted a free movie night at Varsity Theater on 25th Street. The movie shown was, “The Sense of An Ending.” SAA did not choose what movie to play; it just happened to be the film Varsity was showing. SAA has been trying to increase the amount of events they host this school year, and SAA has not partnered with Varsity in a few years. “Our mission is to build a lifelong love and enthusiasm for Drake in the student body,” SAA president Ben Weinberg said. “We really want to connect students with alumni, and we want to build their knowledge and appreciation for Drake traditions, and we want them to get a feeling of philanthropy for the university.” Varsity gave SAA 30 tickets so that the first 30 students to
show up could see the film free of charge. There was also a two dollar voucher at the Varsity concessions booth, allowing students to not only see a free movie, but also enjoy some free popcorn along with it. However, less than 30 students came to the event, but the few who did enjoyed a free movie while supporting a small business and a Drake organization. “You can talk to alumni about the Varsity Theater and that is something you can relate on and it is something that connects you to the university,” SAA member Grace Boatman said. “You bleed blue, and it is pretty universal for everyone who goes here.” One of SAA’s goals is to provide a lifelong love of Drake. Unique community companies, like the Varsity Theatre, help strengthen the love. “We wanted to diversify our events and get students a little off campus, Boatman said. “We wanted to bring students out here because I know there are a lot of students who don’t know about the Varsity Theater.” Varsity usually sells tickets for
$6.50 and has cheaper matinee prices. They are an independently owned business and are near campus (which makes it) accessible for students. “The Varsity is a one-film theater and they only show one movie at a time,” Boatman said. “They show a movie for two to three weeks depending on how well it’s doing.” SAA’s slogan is “Students Today, Alumni Forever” and their way of achieving that is by involving students with events that appeal to both students and alumni. By continuing events such as Hubbelling and the Kissing Rock, SAA provides conversation starters for students and alumni to bond over their times at Drake. With a number of Drake alumni being successful in their respective fields, the opportunity to connect with the group could be asset in the hands of each student at Drake.
stories of Drake students and faculty
Grace Boatman • senior Religion and Psychology major
Student’s major led her to find a strong voice within religious communities in Des Moines Haley Hodges Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
VARSITY THEATER and the Student Alumni Association partnered last week in a mutual attempt to unite community and students for a showing of the movie, “A Sense of An Ending.” PHOTO BY CONNOR FINHOLT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Most students at Drake University can’t say they spent a Saturday evening in a stranger’s basement, clapping and dancing to music sung in Hindi and Nepalese. Grace Boatman, a senior majoring in religion and psychology with a minor in Spanish, can say she has, multiple times now. Boatman was enrolled in Professor Tim Knepper’s “Religions of Des Moines: Hinduism” course for the J-term. She and her classmates connected with a community of Bhutanese refugees who now practice Hindu in rotating basements until they are able to build a temple. Boatman recently returned to the Bhutanese community with a new group she’s a part of: SURJ. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a group in Des Moines that Boatman said she got involved with earlier this school year. “I was in a class, ‘Psychology of Prejudice,’ and part of the class was to go to a bunch of different events on campus and be a part of multicultural organizations and somehow throughout all of that I heard about SURJ,” Boatman said. “I went to a meeting one night and I thought it was something that was really cool and something I wanted to be a part of.” Since her involvement began in October, Boatman has begun helping coordinate events for SURJ to attend within religious communities in the area. “My role in this is that I have a lot of connections with the religious communities because of my religion major and different classes I’ve taken and the stuff I’ve been a part of at Drake,” Boatman said. So far, Boatman has coordinated meetings with the Iowa Sikh Association, tried to build a relationship with some of the Mosques in the area and now has used her connections to bring
members of her group to a Bhajan service for the Hindu community. “Even though SURJ is a national organization, each chapter is able to focus on things that they can really do in their community,” Boatman said. “Our chapter focuses on education, legislation and immigrant justice. I’m part of the immigration justice team. What we do is brainstorm different ways that we can help in the community to educate SURJ members as well as the rest of the Des Moines community on nonWestern communities that live in Des Moines.” Boatman said that a main goal of SURJ is to help connect primarily Caucasian allies who want to make a difference with a way to actually do make that difference. “It’s really important to me because it’s an organization that I feel like is making strides and doing things and is actually making some sort of a difference, whether or not you can tangibly see that difference immediately,” Boatman said. “… A lot of the rhetoric that has been going around affects communities and people that are important to me.” With her majors, Boatman has had the chance to meet members of differing religions, ethnicities and backgrounds. She gets to see what they’re like and what they do up close. She said she’s been upset with the recent negativity in politics and the news toward some of those groups in particular. “Knowing my own experience in those communities and how welcoming and kindhearted those people are compared to what’s being said about them is really difficult, and I want to change that with the privileges that I do have while also being helpful,” Boatman said. Boatman was able to coordinate the first visit to the Bhajan service where about fifteen other members of SURJ joined in the celebration and met the community. In the future, Boatman is hopeful to continue the connection with the people they met there and be a resource for them if they ever need it.
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March 29, 2017
Two sisters form band, play at churches, weddings, dinners
SISTERS ELAINA AND ANNA STEENSON, who go by ClearJoy when they perform together, perform at the Lenten Music Series at First United Methodist Church. PHOTO BY HALEY HODGES | STAFF WRITER Haley Hodges Staff Writer email@example.com
Despite having separate chaotic lives, two musicians at Drake University have been playing together most of their lives, and still make time to perform together under the name “ClearJoy.” Sisters Elaina and Anna Steenson are Des Moines natives who both chose to attend Drake, albeit following different tracks. E. Steenson is a senior majoring in viola performance and music business with minors in business studies and French language and culture. A. Steenson is a sophomore pursuing degrees in both music and digital media productions. “Both my parents were music
majors so we kind of had music in our lives since before I was born,” E. Steenson said. Their parents, David and Natalie Steenson, have always brought music into their house, fostering an ever-growing collection of instruments. The family will often play together at church services, either singing or on the piano. “(ClearJoy’s) default setting is Elaina and I, but we can grow it and shrink it as needed,” A. Steenson said. For their performances, both sisters can play a variety of instruments. E. Steenson comfortable on the viola, violin, flute and pennywhistle while A. Steenson plays cello, guitar and mandolin. Both said they’ve experimented trying to learn more complicated instruments, like the hammer dulcimer, but their main
combination features E. Steenson on viola and A. Steenson on cello. A. Steenson said she and her sister started performing together to raise money for their youth choir trips around the time they were in middle school. Together, they’ve become “ClearJoy” and have booked gigs playing at weddings, churches, holiday parties and even as ambiance for a romantic dinner. By the time they formally created their band, it was D. Steenson who suggested the name. “I don’t know how long he had this idea but he knew that our name was going to be ClearJoy. He had this set in his head because Anna’s middle name is Clarice, so Clear, and my middle name is Joy,” E. Steenson said. “He’s been our roadie ever since so we can’t really complain.” The Steensons find that they are easily able to communicate
with each other on stage often with nothing more than a look at the other. “Elaina and I are very close in age and the things we do and there’s often times we feel like we’re a touch telepathic with each other,” A. Steenson said. “It comes across in the music too; we may not communicate a musical idea. We might not decide on the actual musical representation we want, but when we play together we kind of understand what the other’s thinking and we go along with it and that shapes the music. … We can go into a gig knowing we’re going to be able to read off each other and feed off of the room and make it into something that we can enjoy and hopefully the audience will enjoy as well.” With E. Steenson graduating in May, ClearJoy’s future’s uncertain. “It’s been so fortunate that
we’ve been in the same state and same area so we can perform together as much as we have, but it will change quite a bit,” A. Steenson said. “We can still come back and play together but it won’t be the same. … We might take a break for a while, but we can always bring the group back.” Currently, the two have some gigs booked already for the summer and have recently performed together for E. Steenson’s senior recital earlier this month and for the Lenten Music Series at the First United Methodist Church. “It makes it so much more fun to play so you’re not just an individual person,” E. Steenson said. “You’re actually playing with somebody and making music with somebody versus just making music.”
Swimmers start club, hope to swim competitively in near future Ashley Flaws contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Drake University Swim Club is one of the newest clubs on campus. It began in fall semester of 2015. The club’s founder, Natalie Hagen, wanted to create a club where students could get together to share a love of swimming. “I was a competitive swimmer all through middle and high school. So when I got to college, I realized how much I missed being part of a team and having regular meets,” said Hagen, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, in an email. “My first semester at Drake, I met many other former swimmers who felt that way too, so I decided to take the initiative to start a formal club.” The club meets from either 8-9 p.m. or 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Bell Center Pool. The times shift in order to accomadate for other events hosted in the pool. Around five members attend the practices each night. But that turnout is still a testament to how far the club has come since its
beginning. “It was about a year and a half before the club became a reality,” Hagen said. “We still have a long way to go as far as building the team and competing with other college clubs, but I’m really proud of it.” Although the club does not host or attend any competitions against other colleges, Swim Club President Darryl McCabe said
that members can eventually expect to get the opportunity to compete in the future. “This semester, we’re trying more to get more people involved with it, kind of up our membership a little bit,” McCabe said. “We’re aiming for next semester trying to start competing with other schools and going to meets and stuff like that.” Because the club is focused on
recruiting members, swimmers of all levels are encouraged to join. At each practice, members swim at their own pace, following along with a workout designed by McCabe. McCabe provides some guidance along the way, but swimmers mostly complete the workout on their own to the best of their abilities. “Anyone who is interested in doing or learning how to do
competitive swimming or just kind of wanting to do swimming to stay in shape (can join),” McCabe said. “You don’t have to have a competitive swimming background or anything like that. You just have to have an interest in being able to swim or swimming to stay in shape, really.” Caroline Gander, the secretary of the club, said that she has been swimming at a competitive level since she was eight years old. Like McCabe, she encourages students of all swimming levels to join, whether they have plenty of experience like her or are just starting out. “I would definitely encourage other students to join, especially if they have a swimming background because we’re not super intense,” said Gander, a first-year pre-pharmacy student. “It’s just mostly about staying in shape and meeting new people, so it’s more fun the more people that come out.” Anyone interested in joining the club is encouraged to email McCabe at email@example.com or to look out for a practice schedule posted at the Bell Center for information about the upcoming meetings and practices.
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SPORTS TRACK AND FIELD COLUMN
Freshmen reflect on first two seasons The return from Spring Break marks the beginning of the outdoor track and field season. Athletes are awarded a few days recovery after the culmination of the indoor season before practices resume for the outdoor season. The first outdoor competition usually takes place the weekend following Spring Break. This past weekend, the Drake University Men and Women’s Track and Field teams travelled to the University of Arkansas to open up the outdoor season on a cold, rainy, and fast weekend. Despite the bad weather, Drake produced a first place finish from Taryn Rolle in the Triple Jump along with some new PRs from other athletes. This is the beginning of the third and final season of the year. For the freshmen, this year of competition is their longest year they’ve ever had. Usually high school track athletes compete only in outdoor track and crosscountry (for distance runners), and if they have an indoor season it is much shorter than the collegiate season. This transition from high school to college can be very challenging, both academically and athletically. “The transition has been pretty difficult educationally and athletically,” said Olivia Rogers, a freshman mid-distance runner. “I have had to learn to manage school differently in college as well as managing my recovery athletically.” Rogers studies the sciences and remarks that chemistry has been a difficult class. In figuring out the best way to study, she started attending office hours and tutoring sessions, and has seen her grades improve from these practices. In athletics, she has noted that focusing on recovery, like foam rolling, going to yoga, and cross training, has been a change from high school but it has helped her improve. Rogers teammates, Mykaela
Cole, agrees that school is more difficult in college than in high school. “You have to actually read,” Cole said jokingly. “Things like studying always take longer than I expect them too, and same with practice commitments.” Cole notes that collegiate running is much more independent than high school running. “The team is competitive, but really, I’m just trying to improve upon my own personal bests,” said Cole. “I used to be told everything I had to do, but now I am held accountable for getting things done on my own. It makes it a much more independent experience.” Morgan Garcia, a freshman mid-distance runner, has also experienced a transition from her high school track program to Drake’s program. She says the amount of miles she runs has increased quite a bit, which can be challenging but is necessary to her improving. “The increased mileage is definitely good for me,” said Garcia. “In high school I was surrounded by unmotivated people so I was in a situation where I wanted to do well but it was easy to fall in with the unmotivated crowd. Now at Drake, my teammates are all very motivated and that helps me feel motivated to get out and do my longer runs. I know this new training will help me be the best I can be for my team.” Xavier Lechleitner also notes that an increase in mileage has been somewhat difficult in the high school to college transition. Lechleitner is a freshman 800m runner, but also ran cross-country this fall, and nearly doubled his weekly mileage from what it was in high school. “College has been a challenge, but once you apply yourself you can do more than you think you can,” said Lechleitner in regard to
academics and athletics. Alec Bognar, a sophomore who primarily runs the 800m, understands much of what the freshman are experiencing, having gone through it himself just one year ago. Bognar advises the freshmen to enjoy any breaks that they have. “Sometimes you can get so caught up in everything you’re supposed to be doing that it is good to allow yourself to destress and take a break,” said Bognar. “Taking care of yourself and recovering mentally and physically helps you be able to put your best foot forward when you return.” Bognar says that while academics and athletics are important in college, they are not the only reason to be in college. “You are not here solely to get a degree and run,” said Bognar. “College is about the journey as a whole, making good friends and making good memories alongside the academics and athletics.” We aspire to get better each meet, and after each meet we will share one athlete’s new best mark. This week’s featured PR: Xavier Lechleitner, 800-meter run, 1:55.22, (previous PR: 1:56.48) #GetAnotherOne
Softball starts slow Bulldogs enter season on seven game losing streak
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Despite high-expectations the Bulldogs have found themselves in a hole at the start of regular season play. After an average performance in preseason tourney play, finishing with a record of 16-9, Drake has entered regular season play on a seven game losing streak. The Bulldogs were selected as favorites to win the MVC Championship in preseason polls. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, they seem to flailing a little bit without acepitcher Nicole Newman. Newman has not seen action since Feb. 24 when the Bulldogs faced Maryland in a preseason tourney. Drake has a record of 6-17 since Newman’s last outing against Maryland. Entering regular season play on March 26 the Bulldogs fell victim to a mercy rule after falling behind 10 runs against Wichita State in their first game. In the second game of the day the Bulldogs picked up the pace, but the 10 hits and five runs scored was to no avail. Wichita State narrowly escaped with a one-run win. Wichita has become somewhat of an archenemy to the Bulldogs. In 2016, Wichita State defeated the Bulldogs in the MVC championship, and seems to have become a kryptonite for Drake. The Bulldogs looked for a win against Creighton on March 22, but fell short by one run. It was a hitting intensive affair between the two teams with each team having at least 10. The pitching duties were mostly headed by, junior Kailee Smith – for all seven games. Newman and Smith typically divvy up the pitching responsibility and the Bulldogs have found success with that
formula. With Newman out on an injury, it is more relevant than ever that she is a vital piece of the Bulldog puzzle. Smith has experienced ups and downs in these first seven games. Her season ERA is 4.53, but 1.17 is her lowest of the regular season. She attained her season low in six innings against Southern Illinois on March 25. The three games against Southern Illinois were mirrors of the previous performances. Despite the absence on the pitching staff, the Bulldogs are still all there. They are the same team that made it to the final round of the MVC tournament last year and will undoubtedly turn these losses into fuel to bounce back even harder when Newman comes back. The game of softball is contingent on a well put together pitching staff. Smith’s role is vital, but without the other half of the duo, it’s hard to fill the void. The Bulldogs will be home for a while, with the next nine games being played at Ron Buel Field. They will face Indiana State in two games April 1 and 2, followed by a game against the University of Iowa on April 5.
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Coming Up At Drake APRIL 1
Softball vs. Indiana State 12 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Central Missouri 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Indiana State 2 p.m.
Softball vs. University of Iowa 6 p.m.
vs. Indiana State
Men’s Tennis vs. Southern Illinois 10 a.m.
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SPORTS DRAKE ATHLETICS NEWS
Drake, Baranczyk call for Women’s Tennis breezes past dismissal of lawsuit Upper Iowa University, 6-1
Former assistant coach still Bulldogs overcome injury, Herder out during win claiming discrimination, lawyer says trial seems likely Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
Drake University and its women’s basketball coach have requested an Iowa Circuit Court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former Drake Women’s Basketball assistant coach who alleges that she was discriminated against and fired because of her sexual orientation. Courtney Graham was as an assistant coach at Drake from May 2012 until May 2015, when she was asked to resign. Both parties agree on this, but not much else. Graham, who is a lesbian, alleges that she was discriminated against because of her sexuality. She accuses the university and head coach Jennie Baranczyk of disclosing private medical information, reducing Graham’s assigned duties, and excluding her from team meetings and scouting trips, according to the original lawsuit. In the motion to dismiss, filed on March 14, Drake and Barancyzk said that the responsibility rollbacks and eventual firing were because Graham had failed to perform to the expectations the job required of her and had nothing to do with her sexuality. According to Jeffrey Janssen, one of Graham’s lawyers, a motion to dismiss is a common action taken by defendants. Janssen said that lawyers for Drake and Baranczyk helped create the schedule for when court material — such as witness lists and evidence — should be submitted if the case ends up in court. This implies that they don’t believe the case will be dismissed despite their attempt to get it thrown out, Janssen said. If the proposed schedule is followed, a courtroom trial would begin in April 2018.
“Both parties want to see (the case) go away, but I think it will go the long haul,” Janssen said. The motion to dismiss the case was filed on the heels of Drake Women’s Basketball’s first conference tournament championship in a decade. Janssen says Baranczyk’s and Graham’s personalities are pushing the case toward court, rather than an outside settlement. “They always work hard to win any given game, or any given trial … The coach mentality is to see what the final scoreboard says. They both want victory. That’s their drive,” Janssen said. “Even if you think you have a 10 or 20 percent chance of winning, you still want to fight for it.” In an email to The TimesDelphic, Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb said, “(Drake Athletics is) working through the legal process, and when we are able to share more, we will do so.” The Graham case isn’t the only one the university is dealing with right now. Drake University is currently in a lawsuit filed by former athletic director Scott Kerr, who says he was wrongfully fired because of a medical condition. Former board of directors member Tom Rossley sued the university in February, claiming he was voted off the board unlawfully after he persistently pursued what he felt was an unjust expulsion of his son in spring 2016.
JOELY LOMAS prepares to return a serve during last Saturday’s win over UIU. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @adam_rogan
Drake Women’s Tennis didn’t need senior Tess Herder to cruise to a 6-1 victory over Upper Iowa University on March 25 in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The only point Drake didn’t win on the day was a result of the forfeited point resulting from Herder being benched with an injury. The Bulldogs only have six players on their team. If someone can’t play, it’s an automatic loss of a point against a full-roster team. Herder has the second most wins on the team in 2017. She was tied before Saturday, but junior Summer Brills took the top mark with her team-leading fourth
consecutive win. Brills is now 8-2 in 2016, with every win except one coming on the first court. Her win on Saturday was also the clincher for the team match. With Herder’s injury, the Bulldogs had to forfeit one of the doubles matches. To win the doubles point, they needed to win both of the others. Brills and sophomore Joely Lomas teamed up and won handily, 6-0. Sophomore Kenya Williams and junior Mela Jaglarz took awhile to get some momentum going. Jaglarz struggled with some nets on serves and both missed a few seemingly easy returns. They fell behind 1-4, but won the next five games consecutively to take the match 6-4 and give Drake a 1-0 lead. It was immediately tied thereafter because of Herder’s absence and the forfeited point,
but that would be the only UIU score on the day. Freshman Alex Kozlowski was the first Bulldog to win in singles: 6-1, 6-0. After starting her season and college career with 10 straight losses, she’s bounced back and won two straight. Jaglarz snapped a six-match losing streak with a two-set victory. Williams won her third straight quickly as well: 6-0, 6-1. Lomas tied Herder’s record of 7-2 with a two-setter of her own: 6-3, 6-0. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play just one match on the road this weekend. They will play the University of Northern Iowa on April Fool’s Day.
Drake sweeps Nebraska, can’t upset Cornell Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
Drake Men’s Tennis beat unranked University of Nebraska at home on March 22, but continued to struggle against high-level teams with a 4-3 loss on the road to no. 18 Cornell University on March 25. The Bulldogs are 12-5 against unranked teams in 2017, but 0-3 against ranked ones. Drake looked like a powerhouse team against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers didn’t log a single point, although they pushed two singles matches to a third set. Freshman Barny Thorold won his fifth match of the year in a closely fought abridged third set, 11-9. Sophomore Tom Hands was the other Bulldog who won in three sets. He won 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Junior Bayo Philips won his second straight match, his third of the season, to improve to 3-6 in 2017. Junior Ben Wood won in straight sets, and sophomore Vinny Gillespie only lost one game. After Gillespie won his next match over the weekend — again with only one game lost — he improved to 14-2 on the season,
further solidifying himself in NCAA’s top 75 players. He was ranked 61st when the last rankings were announced on March 21. Against Cornell, Gillespie was one of only two Bulldogs to win in singles. Hands was the other. He battled to a close two-set victory: 6-4, 7-6(3). Drake had won the doubles point in two matches, but was unable to ride the momentum to the three necessary singles wins to seal the team victory. Wood and Thorold both survived into a third set, but neither won more than three games in the final set. The loss was Drake’s third to a ranked team, although the Bulldogs performed better than they had in their first two. Both were shutouts suffered to top-25 opponents: Oregon and Michigan. The Bulldogs don’t have any more scheduled matches against ranked opponents. A conference championship would give Drake a seed in the NCAA Tournament and a chance for redemption against some of the nation’s elite teams, but that is still more than a month away. First, the Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Denver for a pair of matches this weekend. They will face their hosts the University of Denver on March 31 and the University of California Santa Barbara the following day.
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SPORTS RELAY’S PREVIEW
Four pro athletes confirmed for Drake Relays Adam Rogan Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @adam_rogan
The first professional competitors have been confirmed for the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. At a March 22 press conference, Relays Director Blake Boldon confirmed four professional athletes who have already agreed to return to this year’s Relays, which is now less than a month away — April 25-29. “(The Drake Relays is) the destination for world-class track and field athletes in April,” Boldon said. Both of America’s best pole vaulters, Sandi Morris and Sam Kendricks, will be back for the second year in a row. Morris won the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also set the American women’s outdoor pole-vaulting record after clearing five meters last September. Kendricks has won four consecutive US Indoor titles and received the bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Morris won the women’s competition at last year’s offcampus Capital Square Vault; Kendricks placed second. The off-campus event will return to Capital Square this year, hosted by The Des Moines Register and Catch Des Moines. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. “To be able to (see the pole vault) literally an arm’s reach away is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for spectators,” Boldon said.
Both Morris and Kendricks are planning on competing in Drake Stadium during the weekend as well. Morris and Kendricks are among the 60-plus athletes who competed at both the Drake Relays and Rio Olympics last year. Twenty of those athletes medalled, including 10 golds. The Grand Blue Mile / US Road Mile Championships will take place the evening before the Vault at Capital Square. Those Races are scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 25. Both of last year’s victors — four-time Grand Blue Mile champion, six-time Relays gold medalist Heather Kampf and two-time Relays gold medalist Chad Noelle — will be back to defend their titles. Also in distance running, Drake senior Reed Fischer is scheduled to challenge a 39-year-old school record in the 5000-meters on Thursday evening. Last year, he set a new personal record with a time of just over 14 minutes and finished third in the event. Boldon promised, “more announcements will be coming in the near future,” regarding pro athletes who will be competing at the Drake Relays. There are a couple changes coming to the 2017 Relays, each aiming to bring in more competitors and viewers. The Relays will be live streamed on USATF.tv as part of the 2017 USATF Championship Series, but will also be broadcast for two hours on NBCSN on the final afternoon of Relays: Saturday, April 29. There will also be additional sections of the high school 400-meter hurdles, opening up
RELAYS DIRECTOR BLAKE BOLDON addresses the press and fields questions from all. Boldon came on board earlier this year and is looking to make his debut, as the director, memorable. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR slots for 16 more young athletes to compete in Drake Stadium. The high school 3000-meter and 3200-meter races will also be moved to after 6 p.m. Boldon said this change was made so that the student-athletes would miss less school-time and more fans would be able to see “Iowa’s best distance runners here on the Blue Oval.” The 2017 Drake Relays will be the first under Boldon’s leadership. He took over the position in October after former director Brian Brown resigned
in order to take a role at the University of Missouri. Brown had been the Relays director for 11 years before his departure. Boldon said that following in the footsteps of Brown has been a challenge, but also an honor. Boldon grew up in Osceola, Iowa, and has competed in Drake Stadium several times. In 1998, he won the 3A high school 1,600-meters on the Blue Oval. He returned as a collegiate competitor from Missouri State and won the 1,500-meters in 2003. In 2007, he placed second
in the mile, losing to Alan Webb who set a Drake Stadium record in the race. That same year, Boldon became the third Iowa-native to run a mile in less than four minutes. “It’s been invigorating. It’s been exciting. It’s been scary, which I never thought Des Moines, Iowa would be scary,” Boldon joked. “But it’s fantastic to be back.”
The search for a new men’s baskteball coach is over With the new coach comes new changes to the progam at Drake Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
Drake Athletics introduced Niko Medved as the next head coach of Drake Men’s Basketball at a press conference at the Courtside Club in the Knapp Center on March 27. Medved is the program’s third head coach in five months, a time that Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb called “very difficult and challenging.” Ray Giacoletti resigned eight games into the season and Jeff Rutter stepped in as interim head coach for the rest of 2016-17. “I am confident that Niko coming on board will be a defining moment for our men’s basketball program,” President Marty Martin said. Medved has shown the capability to turn a losing team into a top-of-the-conference program. That’s why he became the top candidate for the search team, headed by Hatfield Clubb and consultants from the Korn Ferry recruitment firm. Before accepting the Drake job, Medved had been the head coach at Furman University since 2013. The season before he took over at Furman, the team’s record was 7-24, identical to Drake’s finish each of the last two seasons. Since, Furman’s record has improved incrementally each year. Medved won Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2017. He coached back-to-back SoCon Players of the Year, one of whom was named Freshman of the Year in 2015. Furman’s season still isn’t over. The team finished the regular season 20-10, including a 10-game win streak and a share of the conference regular-season title. Furman will play tonight in the third round of the College Insider Tournament, but will be
doing it without Medved on the sidelines. “The timing of it’s terrible, but I can’t continue to coach those guys. That’s not the right thing to do,” Medved said. “You can’t be coach in two places.” Before becoming Furman’s head coach, Medved spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado State University. CSU appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice while Medved was there, but haven’t been back since he left for Furman. A Minnesota native, Medved came on Drake’s radar thanks to his Midwestern ties and experience at a small, selective, liberal arts university similar to Drake. “Just meeting him today, hearing what he had to say, was really good,” junior forward Ore Arogundade said. “He seems like he’s a standup guy who really is about us and wants to win. And I think that that’s going to be good for our team.” Several members of Drake men’s basketball had advocated keeping Rutter on board for 2017-18. With Medved’s hiring, Rutter’s departure seems likely. “Coach Rutter is very deserving of an excellent job,” Hatfield Clubb said, “and I will do everything I can to help him be successful wherever that is.” Junior forward Billy Wampler has already announced via Twitter that he will be transferring for next season, although he didn’t say where he’ll play in the future. Wampler was Drake’s second highest scorer in 2016-17 with 9.6 points per game. Although he felt optimistic after getting Medved’s first impression, Arogundade seemed disillusioned over both Rutter’s presumed departure and how his last three years of basketball have turned out. He still plans to return for the 2017-18 season. “These past three years haven’t been what I envisioned for my
NEW HEAD COACH NIKO MEDVED introduces himself to a crowd of press and Drake Athletics staff and supporters. Medved’s parents even accompanied him to his first day on the job. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR college career,” Arogundade said. “I’ve always been on winning programs, but …. I’m going to go out on a high note.” A high note would be a winning season, hopefully with postseason play, Arogundade said. Since he was a freshman, the Bulldogs have won less than 25 percent of their games. They’ve been eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament each of the last four seasons. “There’s nothing I’m going to say to (the team) right now in this
moment to make them feel better about the change (or) the way that they feel about the staff that’s there,” Medved said. “That’s not possible.” Martin said Drake “made investments into the program” in order to hire Medved. This included an augmented salary pool to hire assistant coaches. Martin added that Medved will be compensated among the top half of head coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference. This means Medved’s salary will be
at least $401,200 per year, the median salary amongst MVC head coaches, according to an analysis conducted by The TimesDelphic. In 2014, Giacoletti had the highest salary and second-highest compensation of any Drake employee, pulling in $381,774 with $38,613 in additional compensation. Only thenPresident David Maxwell made more.