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Adult Literacy Center seeks tutors Interested volunteers must attend training sessions tomorrow and Saturday by Jackie Wallentin
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The majority of classes at Drake University focus the curriculum around textbooks, journals or outside readings. Students may spend three or even six hours each week with their noses in a book. Professors expect students to understand the texts and apply them. That expectation is not always reality. Anne Murr understands that the ability to read is not a skill everyone has. Murr is the coordinator of the Drake University Adult Literacy Center, a resource for community members to gain easy and free access to learning tools. ALC is looking for students who desire to help others advance their reading and comprehension skills–abilities students often take for granted. “We want volunteers to have a willingness to learn within a given structure,” Murr said. Student volunteers will be working oneon-one with an adult for one to two hours a week. Murr asks volunteers to commit for at least an academic year, which allows for a relationship to form between the volunteer and the adult. She said students can understand better how their adult’s learning process can be improved. Murr said many of the adults can sound out and recognize words by sight but that the adults need someone to develop deeper cognition skills. “You really get to know and see a person’s life that is so different from your own,” she said. “You’re privileged enough to read. You see adversity in a different way.” Interested volunteers must contact Murr to sign up for training sessions this weekend. Students must attend both sessions, held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the School of Education building. The sessions will educate tutors on the causes of reading difficulties and provide instructional methods and materials tutors can use when volunteering. ALC will offer training sessions in July and October for students interested in volunteering next academic year. Also, Murr added that the ALC is starting a new computer training program that will offer basic lessons like how to set up an email account or navigate the Internet. Students can contact Murr about that opportunity, as well. “You’re adding value to a person’s life and to your own life, too,” Murr said.
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The student car rental program is likely to begin operations on Drake’s campus next fall and a presentation by its representative received positive feedback from student senators at last week’s meeting. But what exactly is it, and what would it mean for students’abilities to get around? What is WeCar? WeCar is a car-sharing program that works off a membership basis. It is for people who want an alternative method of transportation; it offers lower costs and reduced hassles of traditional transportation.
How can one become a WeCar member? To become a WeCar member, go to the application page of the website link provided by your WeCar administrator and sign up. After being approved, WeCar will contact you to schedule an orientation and provide you with a welcome kit that will have your membership card and number.
When did WeCar begin? Car sharing by Enterprise Holdings Incorporated started July 2007. How does WeCar Work? WeCar is a membership car-sharing program that works with members to reserve and use a car for a 24-hour period. WeCar is for members who will be making a round-trip and plan on returning the WeCar to the same location in the 24-hour time period.. How can someone use a WeCar? You have a reservation to use it. The reservations can be made electronically from any computer or device that is connected to the Internet. After a reservation is made, a WeCar member is able to access, drive and return the vehicle without any paper transactions or help from personnel. It is all dependent on the use of the membership card (the card comes in the welcome kit). The keys for the cars are located inside the glove boxes of the cars. The membership card held over a sensor is what unlocks the car for the initial opening.
Is it possible to be a WeCar member if you are under 21 years old? It is. This would work for a student at one of the WeCar university programs who is between the ages of 18 and 20. There is a parent/guardian consent form that must be filled out with your application. The application can be found online. What are some of the benefits of WeCar? Not only would WeCar be able to provide students who have a valid driver’s license and car insurance the ability to use cars on an hourly basis, but it is also trying to prevent the number of cars that are on the road. The cars from WeCar are mainly hybrids and are all very fuel-efficient. WeCar also provides 24-hour, in-house roadside assistance and 24-hour in-house customer care. WeCar members are also supported by Enterprise Rent-A-Car rental branches. What are other benefits to Drake Students? WeCar would also be working with a WeCar intern. The intern would gain experience and be able to see how this program would work firsthand at Drake University. How accessible are WeCars? WeCar vehicles are available any time of day. WeCars work with an Enterprise Rent-ACar network of over 5,000 branches, all within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population.
NPR rock critic’s speech takes on tough issues Hawley Lecture speaker Tim Riley discussed censorship and Mark Twain, net neutrality, WikiLeaks by Kristen Smith
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Tim Riley, a rock critic, an author and a journalist-in-residence at Emerson College, began his lecture in Sheslow Auditorium on Monday night with a joke. “Since I’m a rock critic, I get to start my presentations like this,” Riley said. “How many hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Oh, it’s a really obscure number you don’t know, you wouldn’t even understand.” Throughout the lecture, “Let Freedom Leak,” which was sponsored by the Drake Honors Program, Riley talked about other obscure subjects. He addressed issues of free speech and how the Internet complicates these issues. One of the first questions Riley wanted the audience to consider was how is the nation going to effectively take care of speech issues in America? He then asked how this would affect not only communication in America, but also, what he called, “global speech.” Riley talked about the importance of the First Amendment and read it to the audience. He spoke about government involvement in Internet censorship and how national security concerns mixed with the freedoms in the First Amendment can be problematic.
“Because of how we communicate through the Internet, issues are suddenly global and the law is evaded,” he said. “We are in one of the most intense news seasons since I can remember as a journalist, and we are encountering free speech issues.”
Because of how we communicate through the Internet, issues are suddenly global and the law is evaded. We are in one of the most intense news seasons since I can remember as a journalist, and we are encountering free speech issues. -Tim Riley
Hannah Fordyce, a sophomore law, politics and society and English double major, said she heard about the lecture in one of her LPS classes that specifically focuses on the First Amendment. She said she was glad she attended because the presentation was relevant to what she learning about in the class.
“I think that national security is always an issue, and the way he tied that into tonight was interesting,” Fordyce said. “Thinking about how the U.S. has varied greatly on the issue, especially between the McCarthy era to now, we’ve just had a wide variety of policies on it, and he brought up some good points.” Riley said there are three types of censorship: government, commercial and self. But there are things that all three have in common, such as claiming that they are not censors, having glaring omissions and contradictions and lacking a sense of humor. He focused on three issues dealing with censorship. The first was about Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and how there is a new version that replace the N-word, which is used over 200 times in the novel, with the word “slave.” “Why do people want to go after this particular book?” Riley asked. “Nobody wants to do it with William Faulkner’s work. ‘Light in August’ uses a lot of racial slurs as well.” Riley said one argument for not creating new versions of the book is because it won’t get rid of racism now or make up for racism of the past. “If we censored Playboy, there would still be sexism,” he said. “You just can’t stamp the word out from American history, that’s
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“ BlueSky email system to launch next fall quote of the
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Over 247 billion emails are sent around the world each day. The system Drake students use to add to this number is being replaced. Zimbra email accounts will be transitioned to Microsoft Outlook at the end of the current semester. With a new program came the need for a new name—something catchy and exciting to launch. Opportunity came to take part in the christening of the new system in the form of a social media question, asking students to help name the platform in exchange for a prize. Jon McDonald, a junior marketing student, was the first to suggest the new name, BlueSky.
FROM FREEDOM, PAGE 2 quite ridiculous.” The second issue Riley discussed was net neutrality or, rather, lack thereof. This means that the Internet itself falls more the side of leftwing politics because the widespread use of it promotes liberal tendencies, he said. “The Internet can foster free expression as well as propaganda,” Riley said. “We have to ask ourselves, ‘Is the new medium the message? Does the Internet steer people toward democracy?’”
...because I honestly don’t care. Like, not even a little bit. Wear them, don’t wear them, go naked, I really don’t care.
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“I saw the message and just thought of cloud computing and then tried to pair that with what current students are used to, with blueView,” McDonald said. The imaginative pairing earned McDonald a Xbox 360 Kinect gaming system; the hand free motion sensor console that recently hit record sales at 535,000 in February, according to an article posted on Bloomberg.com. “Honestly I had forgotten that I even entered, so it came as a nice surprise when I heard the announcement that I won,” McDonald said. Michael Riebel, technology liaison for Student Senate, said that the process for choosing a new email system has been a long time coming. “I know the university has been thinking about this email migration for a while,” Riebel
said. “When the university found that students wanted something else as well, they moved forward into research.” Throughout the process the search relied heavily on Chief Information Technology Officer Ann Kovalchick and student input. Both students and faculty were invited to attend presentations by different email providers, like Google and Yahoo. BlueSky email will hold up to 18 megabytes of information per message and is mobile accessible. Skydrive is a function of the email
Sophomore broadcast news major Katherine Fritcke said she thought lectures like this are important because of how engaged students are with Facebook, Twitter and the Internet in general. “Basically, everything that we say is going to go into this public sphere, and I don’t think that students realize that issues like the ones he was talking about come up,” Fritcke said. “It’s just important to realize the fact that what you say, especially on the Internet, can influence the future.” Riley wrapped up his presentation by talking about the third censorship issue: WikiLeaks.
He talked about “Collateral Murder,” the Iraq Apache helicopter attack from 2007, which killed 18 people, including two Reuters journalists. “They tried to hide it because it showed the war up close and made people extremely uncomfortable with how warfare is handled today,” Riley said. Riley also discussed the WikiLeaks war log files and cablegate. He said Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, forced the government to be more transparent, but because Assange put the information on the Internet, he received a lot of flak.
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that will allow collaborative, simultaneous work on documents. More office apps will also be available to email users for enhanced communication. “Microsoft Outlook may not have been the first choice for a lot of students, but it will bring many new resources for situations like group projects,” Riebel said. With new features and easy implementation, the sky is looking blue and limitless for the future of electronic communication at Drake.
>> Visit drake.edu/bluesky for more information and to view a diagram of the new platform
“On the Web, innocent until proven guilty does not apply,” Riley said. “They’re only going after this guy because he published it on the Web. Yet it’s perfectly acceptable to publish it in a newspaper like The New York Times.” Riley said that nowadays, we are entering a new realm of global citizenship and it is creating conflict about sharing information. But this conflict will not be resolved through censorship, he said. “I think the remedy is more speech, not silence,” Riley said. “We don’t need less liberty, we need more liberty.”
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Drake Sometimes we all sit back and actually realize what we’re all doing here, and it’s amazing. This is just my little bit of time to celebrate where we all are; to bask in the glory of learning. There is no grand purpose for this column except to exalt the beauty of higher education at Drake University. Sometimes we need to take a break from study and discussion to actually rejoice in the opportunities we all have here at Drake to simply learn. I am in a wide assortment of courses this semester—law, politics and society, journalism, rhetoric, psychology, honors, anthropology—and the diversity between the types of students and professors in each are amazing. I’m not talking about physical diversity but instead, intellectual diversity. In the journalism class, students can look at any image and say how the photograph could have been better. The anthropology students discuss the culture that made the photograph possible, while the LPS students see ways society could make the image a happier one. Rhetoric students wonder what the meaning of the image is. If I was in a philosophy class, we might get entangled in the question, “Well, what is a picture anyway?” The different ways we each view the world around us is a source of limitless bewilderment and wonder, and that is what makes a “higher” education possible, and I might add, worthwhile.
If we don’t leave Drake University questioning the world, curious about alternatives and [are] essentially the same person as when we moved in the firstyear halls, then what are our mountains of debt worth? I might add, too, that would be a terribly boring way to spend four years of life.
and essentially the same person as when we moved into the first-year halls, then what are our mountains of debt worth? I might add, too, that would be a terribly boring way to spend four years of life. The problem we constantly see, though, is that all of this education is only present if we take advantage of it. A faculty-led working group on global and multicultural understandings sent out approximately 150 invites offering a free (delicious) lunch to students and faculty who would come discuss the ways Drake could provide a better education. Let’s guess the number of RSVPs by playing hot-cold. 140? Haha. Bahaha. 100? The world is iced over in a post-apocalyptic state. 75? Biting cold. 48? Refrigerator temperature. 20? Chilly, my nipples are still hard. 4. Out of 150 invites, four members of the campus community RSVP’d to the lunch offering to help the university produce a better education in a globalized world. All of the departments encompassed by humanities held a symposium last Saturday. Humanities courses read “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee during the semester, and then students had the opportunity to discuss the novel with professors at the symposium. The discussion of the novel, completely optional, was attended by 14 intellectuals and professors and a grand total of five students. So few students from the entirety of humanities attended the discussion that the students present had a 3:1 professor-student ratio. When the intellectuals spoke, the others present nodded agreeably or shook their heads angrily, while beginning to prepare their responses in their heads. However, when a student spoke, the professors quite literally sat on the edges of their seats, truly listening to what the student was saying. If you get to know a professor on this campus well enough, it is only a matter of time until they decide office hours are too boring a setting for discussion and they invite you to lunch. At first, this was weird for me. How do I deserve the audience of a Ph.D. to bounce ideas off of ? However, what Drake University says quite unambiguously is that if you are a student at this university, you do. I can be quite critical of the place where we’re at, and I often am, it’s the best way to improve it. However, once in a while you have to sit back and look at what you’re doing. The learning that goes on at this place, if you take advantage of it, is what makes it all worthwhile.
It depresses me when I hear of students who go to college to just earn a degree so they can get a job after college and contribute to some company’s profit margin their whole lives. Oftentimes, these areas of inquiry that we are “forced to take” are more vital to arming us as citizens and workers to take on the world than the actual courses focusing on our work. If we don’t leave Drake University questioning the world, curious about alternatives
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Smoking pollution a problem at Drake Is throwing cigarette butts on the ground the same as throwing around larger trash items? Scene 1: I am walking through campus on my way to class. Scene 2: I am walking across a parking lot and into a store or mall. Scene 3: I am driving in my car and noticing other cars around me. What do these three scenes have in common? An unfortunate and sadly ignored form of pollution: cigarettes. I don’t smoke. I also have trouble understanding what makes a person start to smoke. But the biggest issue I have with smoking and with smokers has nothing to do with the actual act of smoking and has everything to do with the cigarette leftovers when the smoker is finished. It is impossible to go anywhere without encountering cigarette butts strewn over the ground. How is it possible that people do not see the alternative disposal options? People standing on a sidewalk smoking are often only a few feet away from a trash can, almost all of which have an ashtray on top of them. The people smoking in their cars cannot claim that they have the only cars made without an ashtray. The world is designed to accommodate smokers in the places where they will be smoking, yet these accommodations are rarely used. I still see piles of cigarette butts on the ground outside stores, only a couple feet from the trash can ashtrays. I sit in my car at red lights behind people who open their windows and chuck their halfsmoked cigarettes onto the street, when they have perfectly good ashtrays in their cars. Why? You wouldn’t throw the packaging and leftovers from your meals out onto the side of the road (well, maybe you would, but that brings up another issue entirely). Generally speaking, however, people are far less likely to throw larger forms of trash out their windows or onto the ground while they’re walking. So why are cigarette butts OK?
The world is designed to accommodate smokers in the places they will be doing their smoking, yet these accommodations are rarely used.
The answer? They’re not. Throwing cigarette butts on the ground is pollution, just like throwing down any other form of trash. They may be small, but they add up. Cigarette butts are covering the ground everywhere in our country. Newsflash to smokers: The world is not your ashtray. Don’t pollute.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Student not concerned with Greek life’s, Collins’ issues I don’t for a second believe Emma Collins, Times-Delphic editorialist of “Greek Life, A Way of Life,” speaks for the entire fraternity and sorority community at Drake. Though a proclaimed God Damn Independent, I have friends who happen to be in houses at Drake, and somehow, none of them have ever engaged me in a conversation about drink koozies with Greek letters. Shocking though it may be if your vision of sorority and fraternity life is based on these editorials, most of these students are not apathetic, shallow partiers. They are instead human beings who do things like lead the student body, study organic chemistry without the aid of house test files and shave their heads to support a friend and brother. The conversations about Greek life I have with them are not generally about how “letters are probably the trickiest in [their] Greek wardrobe,” because I honestly don’t care. Like, not even a little bit. Wear them, don’t wear them, go naked, I really don’t care. If fraternity and sorority life deserves such a large portion of campus attention, they need to step up and prove it’s more than parties and patterned letters; there are bigger issues within Greek life. Each year on the Drake campus, our sororities and fraternities put on incredible events and come together to help those in need. Where are the articles about how
unbelievable this is, how unique to Drake? Or better yet, where are our conversations about getting the other 70 percent of the student population involved in Greek philanthropy? Also, what’s it like to be the “less attractive” sister hidden in the kitchen during recruitment? Why has no one addressed the heteronormativity and homophobia within our Greek system? How can the fraternity men of Drake “walk in her shoes” against sexual assault and then sing drinking songs about pushing women up against walls and taking advantage of them? These are articles I would read and discussions that need to happen. I refuse to believe that the intelligence and passion within Drake’s fraternity and sorority community ends with party busses and bid day shirts. It’s been insinuated that the aforementioned Greek section continues to appear in The Times-Delphic because there’s a lack of other material to fill the space. If this is true, please let me know. I would happily write a GDI editorial with such topics as “Each Morning I Make My Own Decisions about What I Wear and That’s Why I’m in Sweatpants” and “Your White Trash Themed Party is Classist.” Cate O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Poetry’ presents actress after 16 years of retirement by Asmita Gauchan
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Films that set out to explore ideas that most people would rather not think about are often the finest films. However, not every one of these films gets it right. Many just pose the obvious questions, answer them in unoriginal ways and expect the outcome to resonate with the audience. “Poetry” is not one of those lazy fares. Written and directed by former South Korean minister of culture and tourism Lee ChangDong, “Poetry” is one of the finest films I’ve seen so far this year and not just because of its harrowing plot. “Poetry” starts to impress almost as soon as the credits begin to appear on the screen. The opening sequence evokes a sense of serenity, making you feel as if you are falling asleep to the sound of rainfall, yet at the same time is as ghastly as hearing a muffled scream in the distance. I will not delve into the details for the purpose of not spoiling what could possibly be the most haunting scene in the whole film. Next, audience members are introduced to the protagonist, Yang Mija, in a hospital waiting room. Mija is a frail aging woman who walks with a subtle skip in her steps. She lives on a government subsidy, but also makes money by taking care of an old man half-paralyzed by a stroke. Her teenage grandson lives with her because his mother moved to a different city after her divorce. This grandson, throughout the course of the film, does not say a single kind word to his grandmother, but that doesn’t stop Mija from unconditionally loving him. Mija reminisces about her childhood when she was told she had a “poetic vein” in her body. One day, upon seeing a flyer advertising a poetry writing program at the local cultural center, she decides to explore that potential. Her teacher is an eloquent man and tells the students that to be able to write poetry, they need to see things in their entirety. Mija follows suit and from then on spends hours just looking at things, trying to really see them. The film spends a lot of time with Mija try-
ing to write a poem. These instances and the ones she spends inside the classroom demonstrate an uncommon honesty in portraying how basic the most complex of human emotions can really be. Perhaps director Chang-Dong’s novelist past is to be credited with this feat. Whatever the reason behind it may be, the result is truly moving. The tone of the film is very subdued. Mija’s life is portrayed as being routine, quiet and peaceful at the beginning, but even after news of the film’s central tragedy hits Mija not much changes. She does not react in any way I would imagine a reasonable person to react in her situation. Her toil is an internal battle, and one that is so elusive, it will make you wonder if she even understands the implications of what has happened. Lee Chang-Dong does a marvelous job underplaying everything. One of the most striking things about this film is its appearance of stagnancy. It is not to say there is no plot progression or change in the film, but simply that the progression is so subtle and smooth, like the movement of a glacier, that we are hardly aware of it. Veteran South Korean actress Yun Junghee returned to acting after 16 years in retirement for “Poetry.” Her embodiment of Mija is sublime. While trying to salvage what is left of Mija’s heart, she skillfully manages to break the filmgoers’. I found it particularly remarkable that she could so gracefully pull off being the sole driving force of such a powerful film while playing a character as submissive as Mija. The film does not provide the audience with any sort of concrete resolution in the end. Mija puts an end to her ongoing internal battle but it is hard to tell if she survives it even though audience members know that she only looks frail. “Poetry” is an absolutely devastating film, but I couldn’t help but feel joy in the fact that her arduous pursuit of poetry culminated in the beautiful poem that is read over the final scenes. “Poetry” is playing at the Varsity Theatre. Show times include evenings at 7:15 and 9:40, a Friday matinee at 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday matinees at 1:30. YUN JUNG-HEE plays Mija in “Poetry” after 16 years in retirement.
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Twitter: a trending phenomena by Megan Bannister
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In July of 2006, a few lone chirps echoed through cyberspace. In the past five years, the chirping has turned into a deafening drone as over 190 million users worldwide have started tweeting. Twitter, a social media outlet that allows users to publish 140 character messages, has become yet another hub of popular culture on the Internet. Many use the site as a venue for networking, sharing information and the expansion of new media. “I got into Twitter partly for professional reasons for public relations and digital marketing,” sophomore Kensie Smith said. “But also for personal reasons, because Des Moines has a really strong social media community and there’s the ability to connect with a lot of other people on Twitter around Des Moines and around the country.” Although many Drake students use Twitter to network, share links or learn about upcoming campus events, the site also facilitates trending, a means of categorizing popular information that is being shared on a local or a global scale. “I tweet because of the Twitter community,” said Nicole Wilke, a senior English major. “It’s less about creeping through people’s Spring
Break pictures and more about communicating and sharing.” Twitter is more than just 140-character updates. The social media site also allows for trending topics to be viewed by users. Trends can be filtered globally, by country or by city, allowing users to see what topics are making an international impact. Topics ranging from pop culture to current events generally comprise the list of trending items. “Twitter is the best way to stay updated on news, chat with friends and follow celebrities,” said Becca Mataloni, a sophomore journalism major. “Also, many J-professors have it, so it’s a nice way to contact them.” Of the year’s overall top trends, the Gulf Oil Spill, which garnered massive media attention from April until July, topped the list at No. 1, according to Twitter’s 2010 Year in Review. Subsequently ranked topics were the FIFA World Cup, the film “Inception” and the Haiti earthquake. However, trending topics on Twitter also reflect the large user population that uses the site to respond to pop culture. During the evening on March 27, the globally trending topic #BornThisDay appeared on the radar. The hashtag, a play on Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way,” was being used in tweets celebrating the artist’s March 28 birthday. “Thank you for trending #BornThisDay
monsters!” Lady Gaga tweeted the morning of March 28. “The sweetest tweet! You are all the present I need in the world. I’ll be 25 in about 4 hrs!” Twitter offers an open venue for communication between users that would not generally be available, as in the relationship between Lady Gaga and her fans. The site also creates a platform for users to promote viral video sensations. Each week Twitter compiles a list of the week’s top trending topics. Last week, Internet music sensation Rebecca Black, a 13-year-old who has gained infamy with her song “Friday,” took the first place slot for the week’s trending topics. The teen’s Ark Music Factory song has received over 64 million views and has become the subject of countless YouTube parodies. Falling behind Black was Elizabeth Taylor, who died March 27, at No. 6 and the conflict in Libya in seventh, pointing to the prevalence of pop culture icons over current events on the site’s global trending scale. Hashtags, descriptive phrases or keywords denoted with a pound sign, are another way Twitter determines social trends and topics. Over the last week #SongsforJapan, a compilation album available on iTunes to help the Japanese Red Cross effort, and #100factsaboutme have been consistently trending global topics on Twitter. “The best trending topic is #beastmode,”
senior Kelsey Jones said. “You can throw it on after tweeting your favorite NFL player or brag about your awesome Twitter skills.” Trending topics vary based on geographic location as many organizations use their hashtags to promote news and current events. In Des Moines, hashtags such as #dmweather, #smcdsm and #dmtweetup are prominently used for local weather, the Des Moines Social Media Club and Des Moines Tweetup. “I tweet politics, current events & CHI sports news,” said senior journalism and politics double major Matt Vasilogambros, emulating Twitter’s 140-character style. “Fav TTs (trending topics) are #poorlifechoices #iacaucus & #tigerblood. But I may be a little obsessed...” In past weeks, Charlie Sheen’s controversial and now notorious public rants created a trending frenzy of hashtags and catchphrases across Twitter. From #tigerblood to #winning, the jury is still out on whether or not Sheen’s newfound Internet popularity is a true win. “My least favorite trending topic is anything Charlie Sheen-related,” Wilke said. “Although if I could capitalize on my drunken ramblings, I totally would.”
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STUDENTS’ PRAYERS from last week’s informal prayer hosted in Morehouse Ballroom go to Japan in its time of crisis. Students took time of silence and time to share their feelings and thoughts with othersduring the organized prayer.
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Resident Assistant to host religious variety by Jared Hannel
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Are you a member of Campus Fellowship? Are you a participant of Hillel? How about an atheist? Ever thought you might be interested in another religion? This Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Bulldog Theater, Umesh Veerasingam will be hosting his second Religious Fishbowl event. This event gives students the opportunity to speak to various religious and non-religious individuals and get an idea for what their ideals stand. Students will also be able to have all of the questions they have prepared answered on a wide variety of values. Veerasingam felt that having an event like was this was important to help the Drake community recognize and respect the various religions on campus. “As a result, I teamed up with my friends from Residence Life and Drake Interfaith Dialogue to organize a religious dialogue at the Bulldog Theater,” he said. With this being the second time a religious fishbowl even has happened on campus this year, Veerasingam said that the turnout for the last event was good, so he decided to hold another one with an even more diverse set of beliefs. “This time, we will have a Methodist, a Jewish Rabbi and a representative of the Jain faiths. Also, last time, all representatives had religious
beliefs. This Religious Fishbowl, however, will have representation from the side of an atheist as well,” Veerasingam said. He also added that having a non-religious representative would help form a sense of tolerance during the discussion and would help open up further dialogues between the Drake and Des Moines communities. Speakers attending the event will be Ted Hatten, an ordained minister for 17 years who runs the Wesley house and is an adjunct faculty at Drake; Randy Henderson, the president of the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers; Mirza Baig, the president of the Islamic Center of Des Moines; a representative of the Jain faith; and, lastly, a Rabbi of the Jewish faith. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of the representatives of the various faiths. “Oftentimes, students on campus think about what other religions are like, and this event could inspire them to look more into religions or perspectives that they find interesting,” Veerasingam said. The Religious Fishbowl will definitely be one that will give insight and intrigue the mind. Students will be able to get all of their questions answered about those religious queries they might have. Whether students are religious or not, there is an opportunity for them to discover other faiths.
WALK THE WALK?
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 | PAGE 6 “We are annoyed, but that won’t stop us from winning. We know we are the team to beat. We will be back in those rankings soon. However, the rankings aren’t our main goal. Our main is goal is to win the conference title, which will happen.” DRAKE SOPHOMORE JAMES MCKIE, on the men’s tennis team being dropped from the ITA national rankings after a win.
Both Drake teams hit the road looking to stay hot Men ready for non-conference tilts in Rockford, while women head to UNI to open MVC play by Dominic Johnson
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MEN The Drake men’s tennis team will hit the road this weekend en route to Rockford, Ill. The Bulldogs have spent the week preparing for contests against the Western Michigan Broncos and the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Bulldogs are looking to add to their seven-match winning streak. The team has not lost a match since Feb. 25 against a nationally ranked Minnesota squad. Drake is looking to remain focused this weekend and enter conference play as a dominant force in the Missouri Valley. Last week, Drake was ranked No. 71 in the nation, but due to the nature of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s ranking process, the squad is absent from the top 25 this week. The Bulldogs’ win over Creighton was no less impressive, but the fact that the Bluejays hold no top-tier wins this season affected the rankings. Head coach Evan Austin believes that garnering two wins this weekend would help put the squad back in the rankings, possibly even into the top 65. “We are annoyed [about being dropped for the rankings], but that won’t stop us winning,” sophomore James McKie said. “We know we are the team to beat. We will be back in those rankings soon. However, the rankings aren’t our main goal. Our main is goal is to win the conference title, which will happen.” The weekend won’t be a cakewalk for the
Bulldogs, especially in Saturday’s tilt against Western Michigan. The Broncos have faced multiple nationally ranked opponents this year, and have a very impressive win against the Purdue Boilermakers, now ranked No. 60 nationally. “They have nationally ranked wins over teams like Purdue, so they can obviously play at a very high level,” Austin said. Like the Bulldogs, Western Michigan has faced its fair share of Big Ten adversity this season. Whereas Drake lost to Minnesota and Iowa, its only two losses of the season so far, Western Michigan has lost to Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern (and Nebraska, who will join the conference next season). The Broncos were just a match away from defeating No. 67 Northwestern, and they battled fiercely against the other Big Ten teams. Western Michigan has also competed against teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Broncos took on Illinois State on Feb. 19, but lost 1-6. The Bulldogs’ result against Western Michigan would be a way for them to gauge their progress in comparison to Illinois State, who many considered to be the conference frontrunners along with Drake. On Sunday, Drake will face off against a competitive Northern Illinois squad. The Huskies don’t have the same all-around balance as the Broncos, but they are very competitive at the top three singles positions. “Northern Illinois has a younger group of guys,” Austin said, “but they have been improving throughout the year, so we’ll need to come right back on Sunday and compete hard.” Like Western Michigan, Northern Illinois has faced its share of Missouri Valley Confer-
>>Ballivian named Player of the Week again On Monday, Drake senior Mauricio Ballivian was named MVC Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and for the seventh time in his career. The Bulldogs’ top singles player was undefeated in both of his matches last week against Creighton. He dispatched the Bluejays’ No. 1 Billy Paluch in straight sets, and did not lose a single game in the match. Ballivian also teamed up with sophomore Anis Ghorbel to win 8-3 in No. 1 doubles over Creighton’s top duo. Ballivian and Ghorbel are ranked No. 72 in the nation in doubles play. Ballivian owns 179 wins during his career, which ranks sixth on Drake’s all-time list. He needs five more victories to move into fifth. He has won seven of his last 10 matches and owns a combined 46-13 record in singles and doubles this season.
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JUNIOR JESS AGUILERA lunges to hit the ball. Aguilera and the Bulldogs go for their fourth straight win on Sunday. Drake takes on Northern Iowa in its conference opener.
ence competitors. The Huskies have played Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Bradley so far this season, falling each time to the Valley squads. In nearly every match the Huskies have provided stiff competition, with their top three singles players often notching the only points for the team. The Bulldogs’ success this weekend will rely on strong play from senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomores Jean Erasmus and James McKie. These three sit atop the Bulldogs’ singles lineup and will be tested the most in both matches. One thing Drake has prided itself on this season is its depth at singles, which will have to remain strong this weekend despite the loss of junior Jonathan Hadash at the sixth position. Hadash is suffering from a back injury, and his return this season is unknown. Junior Cesar Bracho has returned from injury and is filling in for Hadash at the final slot. WOMEN The Drake women’s tennis team kicks off Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend against in-state rivals Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs are looking to add to their three-game winning streak and make a strong first impression in conference play. Last season, Drake finished 2-5 in the MVC, but this year’s squad has im-
proved under the tutelage of first-year head coach Paul Thomson. The Northern Iowa Panthers are a very similar squad to the Bulldogs, as both programs have garnered nine wins this season, often against similar competition. Like the Bulldogs, the Panthers have won against the University of Missouri-Kansas City and North Dakota, but both teams have suffered losses against in-state rival Iowa State. The match should be close, as Drake has faced this squad three times before in individual competition. Last fall both teams competed in the Drake Fall Invitational and the Northern Iowa Fall Invitational. Both teams kicked off their spring seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals Tournament. Sophomore Manca Krizman, junior Jess Aguilera and senior Jessica Labarte were the only three Bulldogs to take victories off of the Panthers in those previous meetings, with Krizman winning in the fall and Aguilera and Labarte at the MVC Individuals Tournament.. Strong play will be needed at every position, in both singles and doubles, if the Bulldogs are to obtain the victory in Sunday’s match in Cedar Falls. The Times-Delphic will have results from all three Drake matches this weekend in Monday’s issue.
Bulldogs sweep twin bill to extend win streak to seven by Blake Miller
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AFTER TAKING A TWO-GAME SET AT BRADLEY, Drake’s doubleheader against South Dakota State on Tuesday was postponed due to weather. The games were moved to today, and they start at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will try to stay undefeated in the MVC this weekend when they host Evansville.
The Drake softball team is on a seven-game winning streak after beating the Bradley Braves last Sunday and Monday in Peoria, Ill. The winning streak puts Drake at 5-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference, beating Indiana State three times and now Bradley twice. Drake now stands at 16-11 overall on the season. On Sunday, senior Jenna DeLong continued her incredible season by tossing a complete game in the circle and hitting a home run in her third straight game. DeLong’s win was her 10th on the season. “Against Bradley, it seemed as if everyone took part in the victories,” DeLong said. “If players weren’t getting hits, they seemed to be making phenomenal plays in the field, so again, it was another team victory.” Drake ended up winning the game 6-1, tallying 11 hits. Junior Torey Craddock had four of them, and senior Molly McClelland had two, including a two-run single to give Drake a 2-0 lead. One of the runs was scored by junior Jaimie Duffek. “We put pressure on Bradley’s defense almost every inning by putting runners on base,” Duffek said. “Bradley made some mistakes, and we made sure to capitalize on those.” DeLong gave up one run to Bradley in the fifth inning and responded the next inning with a home run at the plate for the last run of the game. The next day, Drake and Bradley played a rematch in Drake’s fifth MVC game of the season. The second game ended with the same outcome, a Bulldog victory, but the score was
closer. The Bulldogs won 3-2 behind pitching efforts from seniors Brynne Dordel, who earned the win, and DeLong, who closed it out. Dordel earned the win in 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out seven. DeLong came in for five straight outs to end the game, including three strikeouts. The winning streak has provided a lot of consistency, with solid hits from the entire lineup and stellar pitching from DeLong and Dordel. “Consistency is what makes teams good and makes it possible for average teams to beat above average teams,” DeLong said. “If my teammates and I can continue to channel our energy into being consistent across the board, we are going to win a lot of games.” Some of the solid play at the plate has come from Craddock this season, who went 2-for-3 on Monday against Bradley. Craddock currently has the team’s highest batting average at .344 and is also on a five-game hit streak. All three of Drake’s runs were unearned, including Duffek scoring on a McClelland sacrifice fly in the third to tie the game at one. “Our team needs to keep hitting the ball hard, making plays and giving it all we’ve got, and we’ll be fine,” Duffek said. No other Drake team in history has started the MVC season at 5-0, and the team is tied for first out of 10 in the conference. Southern Illinois stands at 3-0 in MVC play, but has a better overall record. The seven-game win streak is also the longest of the season. “I think everyone would agree it feels great to win,” Duffek said. “We know we can play with any team on any given day. We just have to keep the intensity level up.”
>> this weekend in BULLDOG SPORTS MEN’S TENNIS Saturday vs. Western Michigan, 11 a.m., Rockford, Ill. Sunday vs. Northern Illinois, 1 p.m., Rockford, Ill.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Sunday vs. Northern Iowa, 1 p.m., Cedar Falls, Iowa TRACK & FIELD Saturday @ Razorback Spring Invitational, Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday @ Central Invite, Pella, Iowa
SOFTBALL Today vs. South Dakota State (DH), 2 p.m., Buel Field Saturday vs. Evansville (DH), noon, Buel Field Sunday vs. Evansville, noon, Buel Field
ROWING Saturday @ Creighton, Omaha, Neb. Saturday @ MAAC Invitational, Shelton, Conn. compiled by Matt Moran Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRACK & FIELD
Bulldogs back in action for outdoor season
Drake places sixth, Mauk 10th at Saluki Invitational Bulldogs finish ahead of two MVC opponents, but fall to champion SIU, BU by Elizabeth Robinson
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SENIOR ARI CURTIS races over the hurdles at the Jim Duncan Invitational last spring. Curtis captured the attention of the rest of the Missouri Valley with her break-out performances last season, but will she repeat that success with a target on her back?
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The Drake men’s and women’s track and field squads will return to the oval this weekend in Arkansas to begin the outdoor season after over a month of down time following the indoor season. Other team members will travel to Pella, Iowa, for the Central Invite. The men’s team will be anchored by junior Jon DeGrave who is coming off an indoor conference title in the 400-meter dash. DeGrave will be returning to the 400-meter hurdles, which is his best outdoor event. He has been nationally ranked 30th in the event by a poll released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. DeGrave won the MVC 400-meter hurdle title last year with a time of 51.27 seconds.That time was just .5 seconds off the school record time of 50.77 seconds set by Dan Cleveland in 1989. “It’s something I have been keeping my eye on for a while, and it’s an attainable goal,” DeGrave said. “I have been working on my opposite leg so I can use either in a race and it won’t slow me down. I am more confident in it, and it should help cut down my time.” Head coach Natasha Brown thinks DeGrave should break that school record soon. “[DeGrave] has been at an amazing level all indoor season,” Brown said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t break the record in the first few outdoor meets. He
should crush it, weather permitting.” Sophomore Isaac Twombly, who set the school record in the weight throw during indoor season, will return to the hammer throw where he already holds the school record with a toss of 164 feet, 8 inches. Sophomore Kevin Harp holds the school record in the javelin with a toss of 202 feet, 6 inches. Joining Harp and Twombly in throwing events will be freshmen Phillip Beeler and Andy Curtis. “Our throwers are probably one of our hardest working group of individuals,” Brown said. “We haven’t had four great throwers like this in my tenure. I am expecting big things from this group.” An athlete for fans to keep an eye on this outdoor season will be Dan Karys, who will participate in the 4-by-100 relay, long jump, triple jump and the 4-by-400. “He is a great athlete and utility guy for our team,” Brown said. “He is competing all day, whether it is starting in the 4-by-100, then doing his jumping events, rests for about an hour and then has to run the 4-by-400.” The Bulldogs will look for big things from freshmen Brogan Austin and Omet Kak and junior Charlie Lapham. “All three of them scored points for us at the indoors conference meet,” Brown said. “Three first-year athletes scoring is very impressive.” The women’s team has plenty of senior leaders competing for their final year this spring. “This is probably one of our largest class of seniors,” Brown said. “The track
>> Outdoor Track and Field KEY MEETS April 7-9 April 15-16 April 21-23 April 27-30 May 13-15 June 8-11
Texas Relays Jim Duncan Invitational Kansas Relays Drake Relays State Farm MVC Championship NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship
Austin, Texas Drake Stadium Lawrence, Kan. Drake Stadium Cedar Falls, Iowa Drake Stadium
team is made up of mini teams, and each one has a senior, so there is someone for underclassmen to strive to be like.” Senior Ari Curtis received a national ranking of 20th in the 400-meter hurdles and 38th in the heptathlon by the USTFCCCA polls. Curtis already holds school records in both events, and she was a member of the school record relay teams in the 4-by-100 shuttle hurdle relay and the distance medley relay. “The rankings are nice but to be honest, you have to run the events to see the best times,” Brown said. “Jon and Ari both got a taste of regional NCAA qualifying last year, and it has left them hungry to get there this year.” Sophomores Marissa Smith, Sarah Yeager and Emily James of the recordsetting 4-by-100 shuttle hurdle relay team will be back in action this season. Smith had a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the MVC indoor championships and was followed by Yeager, who placed sixth. Seniors Casey McDermott and Beth Hamling, will be back in action for the Bulldog distance squad. McDermott holds the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase. “McDermott is so diverse; I haven’t seen a person like this who can run so many events,” Brown said. “She has such a range of talents, it’s fun to have her on the team and to see what she can do this season.” Senior Cambria Pardner is the women’s utility athlete, as she will compete in the triple jump and in sprints for the Bulldogs. Senior Johanna Sprang, school record holder in pole vault, will anchor the Bulldogs in field events, and senior Tyse Samani will look to achieve personal bests in the high jump in her final season. “[Sprang] is a tremendous athlete and has been working hard at trying to get over that 12-foot barrier,” Brown said. “I fully expect a breakout season from Samani, who has been consistently getting over the 5-foot-6 mark. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her at 5-foot-8 this year.” Fans will get their first chance to watch the teams at home during the Jim Duncan Invitational on April 15 and 16.
The Drake women’s golf team walked away from the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., last Monday with a sixth-place finish and very cold hands. While chilly weather played a huge factor in golfing conditions last weekend, the Drake women were able to come out of the meet with a two-day total score of 655. The Bulldogs improved by nine points from the first day to the second day with a score of 332 on day one to 323 on day two. “Overall we’d like to have individual scores in the 70s, but I think we did a good job because we improved on the second day,” freshman Hadley Jennings said. Senior Kaitlyn Mauk had a successful weekend, tying for 10th place with a two-round total of 161, shooting an 81 on Sunday and then an 80 on Monday. Other teammates who added to the team’s high placing were senior Michelle Mathwick shooting an 162 overall score, junior Chelsey Falk shooting a 168, junior Christy Whittmer shooting a 170 and Jennings shooting a 165. “Our team goal is to shoot around 315 which is all of our scores in the 70s,” Jennings said. “We’re all very capable of that , but we haven’t reached that goal yet.” Not only did the cold weather present a challenge to the golfers, but the tricky layout of the course proved to be an obstacle as well. According to Jennings, there were several tough holes all in a row that were mentally challenging to prepare for. The drawn out winter weather, including frigid temperatures and snow, has slightly inhibited the team due to the fact that they have been unable to hold practices outside for the vast majority of the spring season. Practices are typically held in the Drake Fieldhouse or in an indoor dome in Urbandale. These indoor practice facilities do not allow players to practice to their fullest potential. “The hardest thing coming from winter is that we hit balls all the time, but we never chip and putt,” Jennings said. “So I think a lot of people struggled getting their short game down.” Overall the Drake women played consistent in last weekend’s invitational. Mauk and Mathwick ended the weekend with fairly consistent back-to-back rounds, which was a driving factor to the team’s overall success. Simple, consistent play, as opposed to fancy and risky golfing, was a key factor leading to the Bulldogs’ sixth-place finish. The women are looking for more spring weather in the near future so that they will be able to get outside more often to work on more specific aspects of the game. “We don’t ever really know until the day comes whether we’ll have practice outside or not,” Jennings said. “Being inside is definitely not like the real thing.” The Bulldogs will be back in action April 11-12 at the Wichita State Invitational in Andover, Kan.
>>FINAL RESULTS 10. Kaitlyn Mauk (81-80 = 161) 14. Michelle Mathwick (81-81 = 162) 26. Hadley Jennings (87-78 = 165) 35. Chelsey Falk (84-84 = 168) 46. Christy Wittmer (86-84 = 170) Team: Sixth Place (332-323 = 655)
Drake starts spring practice with Africa in sight by Elizabeth Robinson
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JUNIOR QUARTERBACK MIKE PIATKOWSKI looks for an open receiver in a 10-7 win over Butler last fall. Piatkowski earned an All-PFL honorable mention last season, and the Bulldogs are expecting big things from him in his third season under center.
While players in the National Football League are questioning whether they will be playing football in the near future, Drake’s football players are back in action with the spring football season underway. Drake’s spring season began on March 23. The 15 practice sessions will last for a month and conclude on April 23 with the team’s spring game. During spring practice, the team is looking to find ways to work better together, to gel as a team, and to try new players in new positions. “Spring is time where all the ideas you’ve written on napkins and talked to people about, you actually get to put them into practice,” head coach Chris Creighton said. The spring season is also a key time for players who do not often get much playing time to gain more experience on the field. “It’s definitely a big change because the younger guys are normally on the scout teams,” freshman Mike Kremske said. “But now we get to fill the roles on some of the other teams.” Creighton said that he already knew the freshman class was talented, and he’s excited
about the group. The overall goal of the spring football season is to improve as a team in order to prepare for next fall’s season. According to Kremske, the spring season is “a way to set yourself and to see how you’ll do in the fall when the season comes around.” This year’s spring season is different than those in the past because of the team’s trip to Africa in May. Drake will compete in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania on May 21 against the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico. Despite such an important upcoming event, the team is staying focused on getting some finetuning done during this spring season. “Although there’s a lot going on in terms of spring practice and meetings and such, none of that is geared toward the Africa trip,” Creighton said. The team is looking to use this spring season along with their experience in Africa to make them even stronger in the season to come. “Along with literally climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, symbolically as a team we want to continue to grow and climb to the top, which is ultimately being Pioneer Football League champs and beyond,” Kremske said.
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SECURITY REPORTS BREADSTICK BLUNDERS 4:08 p.m. March 29 Security responded to a fire alarm on the fourth floor of Ross Residence Hall. It was determined that there was no fire, but rather burnt breadsticks in the microwave. The Des Moines fire department was called.
9:13 p.m. March 16 A security officer observed a male driving recklessly in a Drake parking lot located in the 2500 block of Forest Street. He was advised on trespass for the campus. 12:45 p.m. March 17 A security officer heard a smoke detector going off above the security office. It was determined the alarm went off because a female student living in the apartment had water on and it boiled over and was creating dense smoke from grease and other stuff. No fire was found in the apartment.
7:20 p.m. March 20 A security officer found graffiti on an emergency phone kiosk in a Drake parking lot located in the 2800 block of University Avenue. 2:05 p.m. March 21 A female student reported a male student has been harassing her since June 5 of 2010. The matter was coordinated with the dean of students.
5:25 p.m. March 25 Security was called to Stalnaker Residence Hall on report of a burglary. A female student reported that a clay jar with almost $100 in quarters inside was stolen. She doesn’t know when it was stolen and doesn’t know who took it. She said she locks her door. 8:43 p.m. March 25 Security went to Crawford Residence Hall on a theft report of stolen clothes from the laundry room. The male student reported $300 worth of clothes stolen. This happened between 5 p.m. and 8:43 p.m. The student doesn’t know who did it. 6:30 p.m. March 26 A white, male adult, non-Drake student with a full beer can in his hand was advised on trespass by security.
12:13 a.m. March 28 Marijuana was found in parking lot 29 at 31st Street and Carpenter Avenue. Security came upon a vehicle running with its lights on that was occupied by three people. The guard approached the vehicle and noticed a distinct marijuana odor as he made it to the driver’s side window. He then asked the group what they were doing. They said nothing. They were then asked if they had been smoking weed, and they said no, but their eyes appeared bloodshot and glossy. The guard had the two passengers step out of the car. All of them denied having marijuana. Finally, one admitted to having smoked the substance. At that point the Des Moines police were called to search the car. When the car was searched they found two small prescription bottles of marijuana. The three boys were issued citations by the Des Moines police department.
6:03 p.m. March 29 Security responded to a fire alarm in the Olin greenhouse. There was no apparent fire or smoke present when they officers arrived. It was determined that dust was swept up by custodians and caused the fire alarm to go off.
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