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Joint Committee could be a ‘death sentence’ Discussion on J-term focuses on a proposed joint committee and academic rigor by Sean Walsh
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Wellness Center offers individualized nutrition and fitness programs for healthy living by Elizabeth Robinson
Senate passed a funding allocation to the Drake Anime Club at Thursday’s meeting, but most discussion among senators dealt with the possible January term being discussed by Faculty Senate. Sen. Ben Cooper announced that there has been a proposal by Faculty Senate to form a joint committee among students and faculty to further discuss a possible J-term, but warned that this idea could be a “deal breaker.” “The idea of a joint committee sounds great on paper, but I think there is a danger that the momentum can be lost,” Cooper said. Cooper went further by calling the idea a “death sentence” for the issue, which Student Body President Samantha Haas agreed with.
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Other schools have a J-term and it’s still three weeks and three credits. I absolutely think we should do it.
-Senator Amanda Laurent
Sen. Reed Allen said that many faculty members, particularly in the business, journalism and pharmacy schools, are concerned that they would not be able to provide enough professors to staff a J-term, meaning that adjuncts would have to be hired. Cooper also asked senators whether they felt that classes offered in a three-week J-term would be too academically rigorous. Most senators felt that a three-week term would be enough time to cover course materials reasoning that classes that would not fit into three-weeks would not be offered. “Other schools have a J-term and it’s still three weeks and three credits,” Sen. Amanda Laurent said. “I absolutely think we could do it.” Haas thanked everyone who attended the J-term discussion with Faculty Senate last week and encouraged everyone to attend the Faculty Senate meeting this Wednesday at 3:30 in Levitt Hall, where the issue will be discussed again. Senate also unanimously approved a funding allocation to the Drake Anime Club for $350 to help fund their Karaoke, Café and Culture
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>>MEETING IN BRIEF • FACULTY SENATE suggests forming a joint committee to engage J-term discussions further • VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE ELECTION will continue through tomorrow, with results announced at midnight Tuesday • $350 approved to the Drake Anime Club to help fund food and publicity for its Karaoke, Café and Culture event
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This month, health and nutrition is more of a priority than any other time of the year. March is National Nutrition Month, which brings with it even more of a focus on maintaining one’s health. College students often find it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle on campus due to busy schedules, dining hall food and difficulty in finding a healthy balance. Drake’s Wellness Center makes it easier for students to maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing a variety of services, not only to students, but also to faculty and staff. The Wellness Center offers several different programs for those on campus to participate in. One of the most unique services provided is an individualized fitness and nutrition program. This opportunity is by far the most individualized program that the Wellness Center offers. “People set up appointments and we do fitness tests to get a good baseline of their fitness level and set up an exercise program and typically a diet that’s based on what they want and need,” Assistant Director of Wellness Jana Peterson said. Those wanting to participate in this program simply set up an appointment with Peterson or Johanna Determann, the assistant wellness director. From there, the process begins. First, participants talk with either Peterson or Determann and analyze their nutrition along with taking a fitness test, which includes measuring resting heart rate, blood pressure, body fat composition and physical activities such as pushups, sit-ups, sit-andreaches and more. To analyze diet and nutrition, participants record what they eat for two or three days and that information is then entered into a nutrition software to figure out the quality of their diet.
“We don’t necessarily do a diet change, but we get a good baseline to give recommendations,” Peterson said. “Sometimes, unless it’s in writing, you don’t really understand what you’re eating. It’s just an eye-opener.” The program in general lasts around six to 10 weeks. People are encouraged to continue to come back and meet to discuss their progress but it is not necessary. “At that point, it’s a good time to reassess and get you motivated and see if what you’re doing is working or if you’re remaining stagnant,” Peterson said. “If you’re making progress, it’s
a good time to change and not remain on the plateau and think about reevaluating.” Overall, the program has proven very successful for those who have participated in it. People have been able to lose weight, increase muscle or simply improve their lifestyle. Fifth-year senior Lindsay Snodgrass is a prime example of the success that can result from participating in the Wellness Center’s program. After struggling with her weight for nearly her whole life, at the beginning of this school year Snodgrass felt that she really
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Student group challenges L’eggs hosiery line with ‘Nude is More Than White’ movement by Ryan Price
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“Originally it didn’t even register with me as a racial issue,” thirdyear law student, Nawi Ukabiala, said. Oftentimes people associate grassroots movements with election years and political campaigns. That was not the story last Thursday as seven students met at the Black Cultural Center to protest, saying, “Nude is more than white.” The group gathered to plan a campaign to raise awareness regarding their problems with two common lines of L’eggs hosiery. One line of L’eggs hosiery for white women carries the title of “nude” pantyhose, while another for black women carries the title of “brown sugar” pantyhose. The group wants to change the idea that normal nudity is white. “The line [of products] isn’t the problem, just the naming,” thirdyear law student Joel Koer said. Another third-year law student, Isaac Myers, agreed. “It’s like having a ‘chocolate thunder’ Under Armour line for black men,” he said referencing the “brown sugar” line. “Women of color probably deal with a lot of identity issues already,” Ukabiala said. The group of protestors started the night off by reading poems regarding issues of race, and then followed it with some icebreaker
games. The icebreakers slowly formed a discussion on tough issues like race, hierarchies and raising consciousness. “People are just anxious about the status quo, and you have to look at other perspectives and see if it works as well for other people,” Karissa Morton said. Many in the group were originally hesitant about their cause, and didn’t see the larger societal problems with the hosiery. Founder Isaac Myers pestered people and sought to continually change their minds. “When I first saw the flyer, I didn’t even read it,” Koer said. “It’s a big deal to me now, because it’s something that’s ignored a lot. This is one way to challenge the status quo.” “Isaac had to break it down for me, we’re talking about small acts of racial discrimination,” Ukabiala said. “This issue is so genius to take up because there’s no political piece of discussion to it, it opens dialogue.” The group will attempt to work with L’eggs to change its hosiery line, and not work against the brand. “It’s important that we invite L’eggs to join us and not be adversarial. There’s so many products like this and if L’eggs is the first one to change, all the better for them,” Colin Johnson said. “This is almost to their benefit,” senior Shaina Mugan said. Students looking for more information can go to nudeismorethanwhite. tumblr.com and join the movement. The group meets on Thursday nights and the location is currently undetermined for the next meeting.
MTV’s ‘The Real World’ is casting in Des Moines
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MTV’s ‘Real World’ casting in Des Moines Open casting call this Wednesday for applicants over 18 by Jackie Wallentin
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It first happened in New York. Eight strangers were picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped; to find out what happens when people stopped being polite and started getting real. New strangers were picked 24 more times, moving to Chicago, Hawaii and Hollywood. Season 26 of MTV’s ‘The Real World’ doesn’t yet have a location, but casting directors from the show are looking for new talent. The directors will be hosting an open casting call in Des Moines on Wednesday. This season could be the last for the show. The casting call will be at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in West Des Moines from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9. “We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” said Jonathan Murray, executive producer of “The Real World,” in a press release.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24, and are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves, which will not be returned, and a photo ID. For those who can’t make it to the open call, applications are still being accepted via e-mail. Visit www.bunim-murray.com/rwcasting for complete details on how you can apply.
by the economic downturn. These qualities are not a requirement. “The Real World” casting directors welcome anyone with surprising and unusual life stories that have yet to be told on television, according to the same press release.
>>Casting Call Qualifications: •Between the ages of 18 and 24 •Bring a recent picture •Have valid photo ID
The directors are looking for people with qualities like lives most take for granted, weight issues, elite athletes or recent graduates affected
Location: •Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (4508 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266) •Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
FROM WELLNESS PAGE 1 needed to take the steps to truly become healthy. “I wanted this to be the time that I was actually going to follow through with being healthy,” she said. “I’d heard good things about the program and I got up the courage and decided to try it.” Snodgrass fully committed herself to the program. She cut out a lot of sugar from her diet, made time to exercise–particularly taking part in the classes offered in the Move More program–an everyday priority and made a commitment to get out more and be more active. Participating in the Wellness Program and truly living out these lifestyle changes has made a significant impact in Snodgrass’s life. Recently, Snodgrass found out that she has lost 40 pounds since the first week of the school year. “I feel a lot stronger this semester and I have a lot more energy,” she said. “This was probably one of the best school years of my life just because it was something so different and interactive where I actually had people I could talk to who knew how to help me and the exercise classes were something that pushed me to go every day. “ The programs offered by the Wellness Center have proven successful as well as enjoyable for those who have participated in them. To get more information or to become involved in any program that is offered visit godrakebulldogs.com and click on the Wellness option under the Recreation and Wellness tab.
FROM SENATE PAGE 1 Startup Weekend, an intense 54 hour event, was held on March 4-6 at the Partnership Building. The event focused on building a web or mobile application to form the basis of a business over a weekend’s time. Bringing together people with different skillsets, applications were built
and a commercial case developed around them. Assistant Director of the Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Tom Swartwood offered students the opportunity to go. Some took him up on the offer and became weekend entrepreneurs.
The prospect of life in the corporate world doesn’t appeal to me. The entrepreneurial lifestyle-this process of identifying needs, addressing them in new ways, and continually searching for the next idea-really excites me.
-Senior Nate Saul, who attended Startup Weekend
event. The funding will be put toward food and publicity. The event is slated for April 13 in Olmsted Center. Candidates for the vice president of student life position, sophomores Matthew Van Hoeck and Amanda Laurent, spoke during the meeting. The election takes place online today on blueView. Results will be announced at midnight Tuesday on Pomerantz Stage. Van Hoeck and Laurent are in a run-off election, after neither received the 50 percent plus one vote requirement set by the Election Commission in last week’s election. The winner will join Student Body President-elect Greg Larson and Vice President of Student Activities-elect Jessica Hamilton as the third executive officer around the table next year.
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Way to go men’s basketball team! ...There’s always next year.
What are your Spring Break Plans? My all-time awards OUTSPOKEN
Jessica Nightster, first-year “I’m going to Tulsa, Okla. for spring training for the crew team.”
Music has been a staple of my entire life. From rock ‘n’ roll to country, I have heard just about every genre. That is why I’d like to present my opinion on who is the best at every position in three different genres.
Best Vocal Group – The Temptations: With their range, moves and sweet tunes, it is a no-brainer for the Temps to get this award. Runner-Up: The Four Tops
Best Male Lead Vocalist – Levi Stubbs: His emotion and range is incredible, and you can hear every bit of his raw emotion in all of the Four Tops’ songs. Runner-Up: David Ruffin of the Temptations
Rebecca Scott, junior
Best Female Lead Vocalist – Aretha Franklin: This category was a close call, but I have
“I’m going to the Dominican Republic to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Santa Domingo.”
Best Male Solo Performer – Marvin Gaye: The late singer was also a songwriter,
to give it to Aretha. She is known as one of the greatest singers to ever live, and only her crossover genre made this even close. Runner-Up: Martha Reeves of The Vandellas drummer and activist. His music spoke about everything from race to sadness, but his career is unparalleled in R&B history. Runner-Up: Stevie Wonder
Best Female Solo Performer – Aretha Franklin: The legendary soulstress gets her second award of the column. There’s no need to explain this one. Her voice is incredible. Runner-Up: Mary Wells
Nolan Scott, junior
Best Live Act – The Temptations: With their smooth dance moves and sweet vocals, this
“I’m going home to Chicago to hang out with my family.”
rockin’ group gets another award. Runner-Up: Stevie Wonder
Most Valuable Sideman – James Jamerson, bassist for Motown Records: Known as one of the greatest bassists in any musical genre, Jamerson was the key musician on many major hits such as “My Girl” and “I Just Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).”
Greatest Song – “What’s Going On?” by Marvin Gaye: This song, written by Gaye one
year after the death of his frequent duet partner, Tammi Terrell, beautifully describes the ups and downs of life. Runner-Up: “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations
Kelsey Johnson, first-year “I’m going to the University of Illinois for two days, and then home to Crystal Lake, Ill. to work at Panera.”
Best Male Vocalist – Roy Orbison: He can be considered for many different genres, but
his tone was definitely that of a slow, country man. But his velvety voice made it legendary. Runner-Up: Johnny Cash
Best Female Vocalist – Alison Krauss: Her voice has lent itself to many different country songs, and it continues to reverberate to this day. Runner-Up: Patsy Cline
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More than just raising money This year, my sisters and I brought cakes to campus (pancakes, that is.) It was so successful, raised so much money and was so fun that we’re planning on doing it again and again. Sigma Chi has you serve them dinner (sweet deal, guys), FIJI wraps their week up with one of campuses’ most impressive parties and Kappa invites you inside for some blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em. Greek Street raises thousands of dollars every year for various national and local philanthropies. Tying us to the community, our phi-
Have events that would be successful without the philanthropic backbone and it will be easier to win and raise more money.
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lanthropy weeks offer a chance for us to get the entire school involved as well. Anyone can buy a T-shirt and advertise that she started her night off right with Kappa Alpha Theta.
Establish a good relationship beforehand
When you know the other fraternity and sorority members on the street and they respect you, then you always have a better shot. No one likes handing over the win to an ex who broke his or her heart twice or someone who stole an internship. Try to rebuild burnt bridges before a new school year starts. And, if you can’t do that… try looking into studying abroad. Time heals all wounds, right?
Put some Vaseline on your teeth…SMILE
Smiling makes you happy, and happy people just don’t lose philanthropies. Looking happy to be at Sigma Chi Derby Days or a FIJI Goddess meeting will actually make you happier to be there. It’s all about the attitude. Performing skits and serenades or being auctioned off in a drag contest; it doesn’t matter what the philanthropic activity is, people who are happy to be there (or seem it) will take home the trophy. If you can’t be happy then bring something else to do. Your politics flashcards, sociology worksheet or PR homework, whatever will work.
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stage. His deep baritone voice and gruff demeanor showed the reality of the Man in Black. Runner-Up: Toby Keith
Best Song – “Hurt” by Johnny Cash: Written later in his career, this slow ballad, cowritten by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, does a superb job of describing how the vigors of fame and fortune take a toll on a person’s private life.
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Best Male Vocalist – Steven Tyler of Aerosmith: His ability to take any song and give
it his personal stamp, whether it is a scream or a smooth line, is unmatched. Without him, Aerosmith is nothing. Runner-Up: Freddie Mercury of Queen
Best Female Vocalist – Janis Joplin: Her untimely death aside, her anguished screams during her songs make her stick out as the greatest female vocalist. Runner-Up: Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship
Best Guitarist – Stevie Ray Vaughan: He had every aspect of
greatness: tone, speed, fluidity and great improv skills. His guitar playing was absolutely legendary. Just watch videos of him live and come back to me. Runner-Up: Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix (tie)
Best Bass Player – Peter Cetera of Chicago: He may not have been the fastest ever, but he did his job very well. Just listen to Chicago’s early stuff and feel the power in his bass lines. Runner-Up: John Entwistle of The Who
Best Drummer – John Bonham of Led Zeppelin: The thunderous Bonham was so good that for a couple of Zeppelin tunes, they had to put his drum set in the stairwell to tone it down just a little bit. His fills were great and his time was impeccable. Runner-Up: Neil Peart of Rush
Best Group – The Beatles: Who else can it be? These four lads from Liverpool took over
the world with their music in the 1960s, and no one has come even remotely close to them in terms of success and adoration. Runner-Up: Led Zeppelin
Greatest Song – “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin: This seven minute anthem has a ballad side, a rock side, great drumming, great bass and the greatest guitar solo ever. Nowhere else is there as complete a sound as this. Runner-Up: “Let it Be” by the Beatles
With as subjective a list as this, I expect there to be some disagreement, but all of these awards were given to signify that those recognized are the best there is in music.
Who wouldn’t want to buy a group of guitar playing, OutKast singing FIJIs? Or a private exchange party with the men of Yellow House? Especially when the guys on stage are laughing at themselves right along with the audience. Not taking yourself or your house too seriously keeps the tone light and fun. Philanthropies are for good causes, but reminding people of that every five minutes can dampen the mood. Have events that would be successful without the philanthropic backbone and it will be easier to win and raise more money.
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Students celebrate heritage at African Renaissance Night A student (right) struts down the catwalk on Pomerantz Stage as a part of the African Renaissance fashion show. The fashion show was just one element of the celebration on Friday night. The African Student Association sponsored the third annual event to promote diversity and understanding of African heritage on campus. Students learned about African culture through the showcased African cuisine, art, poetry, dance and fashion. Sodexo catered the event, and free entertainment engaged students throughout the night. photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor
Post-tour Chamber Choir concert tonight at 8 in Sheslow Auditorium.
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Why the Academy will always be wrong by Asmita Gauchan
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Art is subjective. No two people perceive any form of art the exact same way. Even though there is usually a general consensus on these matters, the term “universal acclaim” can never literally be “universal.” For instance, we just saw “The King’s Speech” sweep all the major awards at the
83rd Academy Awards last week. It seemed that the whole world, in addition to those present at the Kodak Theatre on Oscar night, was cheering for the film, but Tom Hooper’s big win for his directorial work on “The King’s Speech” over Darren Aronofsky, the Coen brothers and David Fincher in particular, really upset me. Since 1929, the Academy Awards has been an annual event, and after more than 80 years in existence I think it would
COLIN FIRTH plays King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” which won the Best Picture award at 83rd Academy Awards.
be safe to call the Academy Awards one of the most prominent and influential rituals in popular culture. Films that win big at these ceremonies start performing better at the box office immediately after. Of course, there are numerous other organizations and critics societies that honor what they deem the best in the past year, but the Academy’s word is believed to be the final one. And that is what irks me. If art is subjective, why is the Academy allowed to tell us what the best picture in the year 2010 was? It can tell us what it thought was the best picture, certainly. Despite the fact that I mostly disagree with the Academy, its panels’ opinions are not what I’m against here. No, I am against the impact their opinions seem to have on Hollywood, on film enthusiasts’ circles and even on the average movie-going public’s psyche. I am against the perceived “universality” of their opinions. It deeply troubles me that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences promises to honor the greatest achievements in cinema every year. That promise right there, even though it is not really a promise, is what puts me off about the Academy. No one can, or has the right to, point to a film and say, “That was the single greatest film of the year,” because even though that choice may stand true for that person, it is presumptuous to assume it will do the same for everyone else. Not even if they are a large organization of veteran filmmakers and actors, because doing that strips the art of cinema of its subjectivity, and as a direct consequence of that, it strips the audience of its right to perceive that art in whatever way it would like. It robs people of their right to enjoy cinema. And this brings me to what made me want to write this piece in the first place. “The Social Network,” despite being considered the initial frontrunner for winning all the major Oscars, was shown little love on the day of the actual ceremony. Much of its momentum was stolen by “The King’s Speech” in the last month, and while I can live with the fact that “The King’s Speech” won Best Picture (even though I do not agree with the Academy),
Café Scientifique: Get your lab glasses and guac on by Kensie Smith
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The sound of munching chips, tasting tacos and sipping margaritas forms a melodic background to a slideshow picture of blood splatters. It’s not the usual dinner chat, or the typical classroom, but the learning that takes place is immeasurable. Café Scientifique mixes the conversation one might have over a drink with lessons usually reserved for museums or biology class. The Science Center of Iowa hosts the program for free as an informal option for adults to learn about something scientific and applicable to regular life. Programs are held once a month and open to the general public. For those not versed in the sciences, no background is needed, just an interest in the topic. On Tuesday night the Science Center of Iowa once again offered an interesting learning opportunity at the downtown Des Moines Dos Rios Cantina. Held in the back reservation room, an audience of all ages crowded in to learn first-hand from a criminologist about what it’s like to work the “real-life” CSI. Amy Pollpeter presented on the DNA department of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Content of the presentations is focused for ages of young adults and older. However, some of the most vivacious and inquisitive attendees are young children. Questions are encouraged and speakers answer with passion and internal knowledge. At Tuesday’s Café Scientifique many questions
were asked on the differences between the much less glamorous crime scene investigators in comparison to the popular television show. The audience learned that the DCI lab employs civilians that in fact do not carry guns or take crime scene photos on cell phones. Types of crimes actually investigated are usually different from the high profile cases shown on television. Eighty percent of all cases involve sexual assault and a large amount of time is spent tracking down the suspects. Pollpeter received quite a few laughs with stories about her daily work on DNA. “I’m glad that none of the fingerprint lab employees showed up. They like to call it ‘darn near absolute.’” Speakers also like to share interesting experiences that others might not typically see. Pollpeter told the tale of a criminal case where the burglar’s shoes were pulled out of the evidence bag only to reveal they were tagged with the DNA label testing from a previous crime. Previous presenters have included Pioneer soybean geneticists on hybrid planting and Drake professor, Charles Nelson, on black holes. Don’t miss the next Café Scientifique in April. Look for more information to come. Because the program can fill up quickly, RSVPs are encouraged at email@example.com. Stay up to date with all things Science: Web- http://www.sciowa.org/ Facebook- Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater Twitter- @Sciowa
it is David Fincher getting snubbed for the Best Director Oscar that has left me absolutely livid. Never mind the fact that Andrew Garfield was not even nominated when Mark Ruffalo was nominated for playing an entirely insipid character in “The Kids Are All Right.” “The Social Network” is an outstanding film. It was all around wellwritten, well-acted and well-directed. With this directing gig, Fincher managed to make “The Social Network” look as beautiful as it is intellectual. And let’s not forget all the subtle emotions he squeezed out of this rather mechanical looking and sounding film. Tom Hooper’s work on “The King’s Speech,” though being commendable, was not at all spectacular like Fincher’s work on “The Social Network.” Everything from the brilliant performances that he extracted out of an immensely talented
but far more inexperienced cast to the choice of the colors in which the film was shot, makes Fincher, in my opinion, the best director who worked last year. But the Academy did not think so, and 10 years from now, I will have moved on, and quite possibly not even remember I felt so strongly about this. On the other hand, the Academy’s opinions are indelible, and so “The King’s Speech” will prevail, only because in 2011, the Academy members were easily won over by the heartfelt yet simplistic tale of how an English monarch overcame his crippling stammer. I think “The Social Network” is hands down a better film, and I am sure a lot of you agree (or disagree) with me, but the sad thing is, that will not help “The Social Network” become as cemented in cinematic history as that Best Director or Best Picture Oscar would have.
Professor Profile with Lee Jolliffe by Lauren Horsch
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Professor Lee Jolliffe has experienced a lot. She participated in the Ohio State riots, she survived an unhappy marriage and yet, she still enjoys every day of her life. When students first enter her office, they are greeted by antique cameras that she bought at an estate sale, as well as two paintings: One is a tapestryesque butterfly in purple, the other, an impressionist reproduction of flowers. This is the perfect setting for the down-to-earth professor of journalism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has her shoulder length gray hair slicked back in a ponytail while she pours over notes for a book she is writing. When she begins to talk, her blue eyes light up with excitement. Jolliffe grew up in Circleville, Ohio. Her family moved from Richmond, Va. when she was 7-years-old. When she was in the fourth grade, Jolliffe wrote her first play, which was based off of school books. “There were 22 kids, and everyone had a part,” Jolliffe said. Since then, she has always wanted to be a writer. When she was a teenager, she was influenced by Presidents Johnson and Nixon because she did not like the policies they were making. “They were starting to draft my friends’ older brothers and send them to Vietnam,” she said. In high school she and her friends began skipping school to go to the riots at Ohio State. “We never could get very close, because we were skipping school and we didn’t want to go home smelling like tear gas.” She was emotionally involved and invested in those riots after the Kent State massacre. Even now, about 41 years after the event, Jolliffe is still affected by those events and the memories she formed during that time. After her time in high school, she attended Lindenwood University, which used to be Lindenwood College, in St. Charles, Mo. She finished up her degree in two years when she was 20. At the end of her first year, she found out her mother had cancer, and that was a major factor in finishing her education. Even with that, she didn’t miss out on “grand times” in college. “We had a great time, it was really good,” she said. She even knew Billy Joel while he was an unknown before his hit song “Piano Man.” While at Lindenwood she became close to a professor, Geannie Fields, and that is when she decided she wanted to be a professor. “She was a single woman, who didn’t care about being single. She had a boyfriend she lived with in the summer,” Jolliffe said. “She was just so mischievous and so smart, and I felt that life would work for a writer.” Jolliffe received her master’s degree at Ohio State and doctorate degree at Ohio University. She said that her most rewarding part of being a professor is teaching students. Max Cavett is a student that not only has Jolliffe as a teacher, but also as his academic advisor. “As a professor, she’s an interesting person…Because she has a lot of energy and likes to express herself,” Cavett said. He feels that she has a passion for teaching and knows what she is talking about in a classroom setting. In her time away from the classroom, Jolliffe helps rescue song birds and collects antique fruit jars. “The stock market is so unreliable and those (fruit jars) are investments that I have right under my thumb,” Jolliffe said of her antique collection. She was even invited to join the North American Glass Auction. “Song birds are just pretty much endangered…We’ve lost so many of them, even with the supposed ban of DDT,” she added. “I’m just trying to undo some of the damage humans have done.” Jolliffe has enjoyed being in her 20s and her 50s the most out of all of her ages. She did not enjoy her 30s due to being in an unhappy marriage. “I think women are under a lot more pressure to hold a marriage together that isn’t a good one.” When it comes to music, she enjoys The Who and Led Zeppelin, but not so much the Beatles. “Their (The Who) music stands the test of time,” she said. “I like it loud.”
The Cherry Orchard stirs up laughter amidst tragic plot by A.J. Miller
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“The Cherry Orchard” ran from March 3 through March 6 and gave many people insight into what early 1900s Russia was like. This four act play was inspirational and a pleasure to watch. I frequent the theater as often as I can and this play was one of the most entertaining that I have seen in a long time. Before seeing the play I had done some research on “The Cherry Orchard.” Apparently it was written as a comedy, but the tragic nature of the play lent itself away from a comedic performance. The play was hilarious. There were many scenes where subtle humor was superbly expressed by the actors. The actors preformed these subtle actions with much more elegance than many well-known actors on television today. Whenever I visit the theater, I am usually struck by one or two items of interest that are worthy of discussion; this production, however,
had all the necessary elements, from the costumes to the props to the stage and lighting design. Let alone the actors who really made this performance memorable. This play was a tale of missed opportunities and a wacky reclamation of social standards. Of all the plays to end a career, this one would certainly be the most fitting. As Clive Elliott said himself, “The play is literally about an end of an era, and it’s also the end of my Drake career.” Clive Elliott has been a powerful force on Drake campus for 23 years but he is not bothered by leaving. “I’m not losing anything, I’m gaining something. I will enjoy this new world where I can make anything I like,” Elliott said. Elliott is truly an inspiration to us all. “You have given your life, your heart, your art to the education of our students, teaching them and us the necessity of the theatre in making sense of our lives,” wrote Dean Joe Lenz in a letter to Elliott. Everyone here at Drake will be sad to see
him leave because of the deep impact he has made on all of us. President Maxwell had become rather close to Elliott and said in a recent press release that, “I am saddened for all of us at Drake that Clive is retiring. He is
one of the most remarkable people with whom I’ve ever worked — he is gifted at his craft, immensely knowledgeable about the history of the theater and an absolute magician at bringing out the best in our student actors.” Clive is brilliant in the theater giving emotional performances as well as comedic ones. His repertoire is vast and his talent is immeasurable. Maxwell agreed saying that, “Clive’s interpretations of the plays he has produced reflect a very sophisticated and nuanced sense of the material and its possibilities. Most of all, he has been an inspiration to us all, regardless of academic field — so passionate about what he does that he infects everyone around him with enthusiasm and aspiration.” If you were not able to attend this play or even if you were, keep an eye out for future performances because our Drake theater department is incredibly talented. No matter what the play is these young actors will amaze you.
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“The Drake basketball team struggled to keep a constant heartbeat because the student section flat lined. Spike’s Army resembled a miniature Chihuahua shaking in the corner with its tail tucked between its legs. It was definitely not a fierce bulldog.” -TD columnist David Johnson, on the lack of student support for Drake at the State Farm MVC men’s basketball tournament in St. Louis last weekend.
Hackbarth, Turk lead Drake past Creighton Bulldogs send off seniors with a win to finish .500 in the Valley by Eduardo Zamarripa
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Led by the dynamic duo of junior Rachael Hackbarth and senior Kristin Turk, Drake easily handled favored Creighton 6554 in both teams’ last regular season game. Hackbarth finished with a team-high 23 points and also brought down seven rebounds. Turk, who leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring at 19.8 points per game, contributed 18 points and seven rebounds as well. The Bulldogs took a 34-24 lead into the break and never looked back. Creighton could not cut the lead to single digits in the second half. Drake improved its conference record to 9-9 and its overall record to 15-14. With the victory, the Bulldogs earned a first-round bye in next week’s State Farm MVC Tournament. Drake finished in sixth and will square-off against the third seed Missouri State this Friday. The Bears swept the Bulldogs this season. Drake lost 90-61 to Missouri State at home and lost 92-82 on the road just two weeks ago. “If I was going into the tournament, one of the last teams I would want to be playing is Drake,” head coach Amy Stephens said. “Because we have a lot of momentum, we’re winning games, we’re playing better defense and we’ve got our role players really stepping up.” It surely was a special senior day at the Knapp Center. An estimated crowd of 2,691 came out to see Drake take on its bitter rival. Seniors Ellie Ritscher and Turk were honored before the game and certainly enjoyed their last game at home.
Both teams traded blows early on, but it was Drake who would take command of the game late in the first half. With Creighton leading 22-17 at the 6:57 mark, the Bulldogs closed the half on a 17-2 run as the Bluejays missed 14 of their last 15 shots of the half. “I thought our effort was outstanding,” Stephens said. “We really played like a team that wanted to win.” The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points in the second half and exchanged baskets with the Bluejays most of the way, keeping a comfortable lead all throughout. Creighton’s full court press rattled Drake in the second half, but Hackbarth and Turk provided all the offense that was needed. “I’m sad it was my last game but I couldn’t have asked for a better season, a better back nine that we’ve had so I’ve just been really excited all around,” Ritscher said. Junior Alex Montgomery provided six points off the bench and junior Amber Wollschlager added eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Drake shot the ball extremely well, matching its best shooting performance of the season at 49.2 percent from the field. Not only that, but the Bulldogs also held Creighton to 30.2 percent, the lowest they’ve held any opponent this year. “I don’t really like to get caught up in the emotions of senior night because it’s over when it’s over and it’s not over yet,” Turk said. “We still have games ahead of us.” The Bulldogs will tip-off against the Bears at 8:35 p.m. this Friday in St. Charles, Mo. They hope they can carry their momentum from the Creighton victory into the quarterfinal match. “We are ready to go and we are ready to fight and we are ready for the tournament,” Turk said. “This is just another game, it was a great win.”
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SENIOR KRISTIN TURK lets a shot fly from beyond the arc. Turk scored 18 points in her final game at the Knapp Center last Saturday, a 65-54 Drake win. Turk finished the regular season as the MVC scoring leader, averaging 19.8 points per game.
>>2011 State Farm MVC Tournament THURSDAY Game 1 -- #8 Bradley (14-15, 7-11) vs. #9 Evansville (8-21, 3-15), 6 p.m. Game 2 -- #7 Indiana State (14-15, 8-10) vs. #10 Southern Illinois (2-27, 0-18), 8:35 p.m.
FRIDAY Game 3 -- #1 Northern Iowa (24-5, 17-1) vs. Winner Game 1, noon Game 4 -- #4 Creighton (18-11, 12-6) vs. #5 Wichita State (16-13, 10-8), 2:30 p.m. Game 5 -- #2 Illinois State (20-9, 12-6) vs. Winner of Game 2, 6 p.m. Game 6 -- #3 Missouri State (21-9, 12-6) vs. #6 Drake (15-14, 9-9), 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY Game 7 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 1:30 p.m. Game 8 -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m. SUNDAY Championship -- Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 2 p.m. compiled by Matt Moran Sports Editor email@example.com
Where is the love? Drake student section empty in St. Louis The most disheartening element of Drake’s showing in the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament in St. Louis was not the opening round exit. It was the lack of fan support given to this year’s basketball squad. A handful of students made the journey to almost fill the front row of Drake’s student section in the Scottrade Center last Thursday evening. The group could be counted on a single hand with the thumb still being free to give a big thumbs-down to the fact that only four members of our student body showed up to cheer. Even though it took close to six minutes until junior transfer Kurt Alexander recorded a field goal for the Bulldogs with 14:11 remaining in the first half, and the Bulldogs were beaten in nearly all statistical categories by the Bradley Braves, the team at least showed up to compete.
That is more than can be said for Drake’s student body. Drake struggled to keep a constant heartbeat because the student section flat lined. Spike’s Army resembled a miniature Chihuahua shaking in the corner with its tail tucked between its legs. It was definitely not a fierce bulldog. The number of yellow shirts worn in the Scottrade Center during the Drake game was equal to or greater than the number of blue ones. Those yellow shirts belonged to supporters of the Wichita State team, which didn’t even play until Friday evening and had to travel 110 miles farther than the Bulldogs did. Blue shirts did fill the arena on Friday. Unfortunately, they were worn by Creighton fans. Creighton, which is similar in size to Drake, had a full student section. Its student section had painted bodies, blue wigs and overflowing
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spirit. Drake’s fan support was in the shadow of our rival during the festivities in St. Louis. What happened to the recorded attendance of 11,088 fans who watched the Bulldogs beat Illinois State during the 2008 MVC tournament championship game in 2008? Nearly everybody has already tucked-and-rolled off the bandwagon created in 2008. All that is left is the driver and empty seats. The term ‘fan’ comes from ‘fanatic,’ which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion.” A student section of four is not devotion. Will the real Drake fans please stand up? Kudos to the four true fanatics of Drake basketball among our student body, along with the school band, cheerleaders and alumni in attendance. Those students who did show up were among the four loudest people in the Scottrade Center, but the voices of four people are easily swallowed up by an arena that has a capacity of 21,472. It is unfortunate that our campus decided not to take part in what is considered one of the nation’s most exciting and electric mid-major tournaments. Hopefully no potential recruits
witnessed the event. If they did, our campus is probably at the bottom of their list for playing atmosphere based on what was demonstrated in St. Louis. The student body could be blamed for the lack of interest, the coaches and team could be blamed due to their second-straight losing season or the athletic department could be blamed for not pushing the tournament with tools such as providing a bus trip to St. Louis, like other schools have. Parts of all three elements came together to result in the horrendous demonstration of support. The fact remains that the ball wasn’t dropped in supporting our basketball team in St. Louis. Instead, there wasn’t even an effort made to catch the ball.
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Men blank Marquette, women fall to Iowa State Men sweep each singles match in straight sets by Dominic Johnson
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JUNIOR JESS AGUILERA returns a vicious forehand shot. Aguilera lost a tough match in three sets at No. 3 singles in Iowa State’s 7-0 win over Drake last Friday.
>>Drake DOMINATION Here’s a quick rundown of how Drake dispatched Marquette 7-0 last Saturday. No. 1 Mauricio Ballivian (DU) def. Jose Carlos Guitierrez Crowley (MARQ), 6-3, 6-4 No. 2 Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Dan Mamalat (MARQ), 6-3, 6-4 No. 3 James McKie (DU) def. Jose Manuel Munoz (MARQ), 6-2, 6-2 No. 4 Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Logon Collins (MARQ), 7-5, 6-3 No. 5 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Otavio Perim (MARQ), 6-1, 6-1 No. 6 Jonathan Hadash (DU) def. Thibault Troude (MARQ), 6-3, 6-3
MEN Consider the 5-2 loss to No. 16 Minnesota ancient history. The Bulldogs showed no signs of lost confidence as they stormed to a perfect 7-0 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles last Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The win kept the squad perfect at home and moved its record to 7-2 on the season. “We didn’t spend this past week holding our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves about the Minnesota match,” head coach Evan Austin said. “We just came back and worked really hard.” The determination of the last week came through in the matches, as the Bulldogs stormed out of the gate immediately in doubles play. A week earlier Austin said he needed to see more urgency out of his doubles teams, and that was exactly what happened today. Senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomore Anis Ghorbel teamed up once again at the top doubles spot, and the two looked unstoppable. The duo never faltered en route to a perfect 8-0 victory over Jose Munoz and Jonathan Schwerin of Marquette. Unfortunately, on the next court the Bulldogs were struggling. Sophomore Ryan Drake and freshman Robin Goodman couldn’t find momentum against the Marquette pairing of Jose Crowley and Dan Mamalat. Drake and Goodman only managed to capture two games as they lost 8-2. With both teams tied in their quest for the doubles point, the lone doubles point relied on the third doubles slot. Sophomores Jean Erasmus and James McKie held a 6-4 advantage over their Marquette opponents after Drake and Goodman lost their match at second doubles, and they were able to convincingly capture the two needed games to post an 8-5 victory and to go up 1-0 in the dualmatch. “When we go up 1-0 on teams after the doubles point, it will be tough for them to come back because of our depth at singles,” Austin said. The depth of the Bulldogs singles lineup was on full display, as each Drake player won his match in straight sets. Goodman made up for his loss in doubles with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Marquette’s Otavio Perim. McKie showed he was just as strong with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Munoz. The match was clinched in the Bulldogs’ favor by junior Jonathan Hadash as he defeated Thibault
Troude 6-3, 6-3. Despite already claiming victory, the Bulldogs showed no signs of slowing up, as Erasmus won 6-3, 6-4 to make it 5-0. Ballivian followed suit with another 6-3, 6-4 victory. Ghorbel made it a sweep at all singles matches with a 7-5, 6-3 win. “I think that was our most complete match of the year so far,” Austin said. The Bulldogs played the Western Illinois Leathernecks yesterday and The Times-Delphic will have a complete report on that match in the next issue. WOMEN The Drake women’s tennis team had its fivegame winning streak snapped by Iowa State last Friday night, as the Cyclones dealt the Bulldogs a 7-0 setback in front of the biggest crowd of the season at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs came out battling in doubles, but they couldn’t seem to find any ways to hurt Iowa State. Drake dropped the doubles point after being swept in all three matches. The first Drake duo to fall was junior Amanda Aragon and senior Jessica Labarte, as they suffered an 8-3 setback. The next match pitted junior Jess Aguilera and sophomore Manca Krizman against Tessa Lang and Maria Macedo of Iowa State. The Cyclones captured the set 8-4 and took a 1-0 lead with the doubles point. The closest match was at second doubles, as junior Earlynn Lauer and freshman Klavdija Rebol battled the Cyclone squad of Simona Cacciuttolo and Erin Karonis into a tiebreaker to decide the set. The Bulldogs fell short, however, garnering only two points in the tiebreaker. The Bulldogs’ singles lineup saw a drastic change, as junior Gabby Demos, who clinched the previous match for the Bulldogs, a win over North Dakota, was out due to injury. Krizman still reprised her role at the top spot, but couldn’t maintain momentum long enough to win, as she lost 3-6, 4-6. Rebol moved up to fill in Demos’ spot at second singles, and she fought valiantly to take the match to a third set after she won the first set in a tiebreaker. Unfortunately for the Drake freshman, she dropped the last two sets 1-6, 2-6. Like Rebol, Aguilera battled into a third set but was unable to claim the victory. Labarte, Patterson and Aragon all suffered straight-set losses against a very deep singles lineup for the Cyclones. The Bulldogs played Air Force yesterday afternoon. The Times-Delphic will have complete coverage of that match in the next issue.
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Drake bounces back from losing streak in busy weekend Team goes 2-2 at Tulsa Invitational
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After completing the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., the Drake softball team traveled to Columbia, Mo., for a two-game stand against the Missouri Tigers. After dropping both games in Missouri, the team took its play to Tulsa, Okla., for the Tulsa Invitational. Drake went 2-2 at the Tulsa Invitational, registering wins over North Dakota and Ohio State, but losing to host Tulsa and Iowa State. In the Bulldog’s first game of the invitational against Tulsa, senior standout pitcher Jenna DeLong took the mound, but only pitched one inning after giving up four runs on two hits. Senior Brynne Dordel pitched the second and third innings, giving up seven runs total in the two innings. Freshman Jordan Gronewold replaced Dordel, pitching a scoreless fourth inning, before the game ended 11-2 in favor of Tulsa. Even after such a tough loss, the Bulldogs did not hang their heads, returning to the diamond the next day to beat North Dakota 2-1 in eight innings. Freshman Gronewold made the first start of her career and pitched the first 4.2 innings, giving up only one run before DeLong came in to finish the job. “It felt great being out there on the mound for my first college start,” Gronewold said. DeLong threw 3.1 shutout innings and earned the win to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Bulldogs scored in the third inning via a solo home run by junior Torey Craddock, and then tallied the game-winning unearned run by Macie Silliman in the eighth inning on a groundball by Craddock. “I’m glad I could add something to the team,” Craddock said. “Jordan [Gronewold] came out and started the game off great. The team kept adding pressure throughout the game, I just did what I could to help out.” Last Saturday, Drake took on Iowa State and Ohio State in a doubleheader. The team lost a close 3-2 decision to the Cyclones before blasting the Buckeyes 10-4. “As a team we just need to remember what it feels like to win,” Craddock said. “We play so well together, we just need to go out there and have fun.” Gronewold was back in the circle against Ohio State, and the freshman received plenty of help on offense to earn her first win. Gronewold helped her own cause by belting a two-run homer. Despite recent struggles for the team, players remain confident and keep in mind what they need to do to get back on track. “We’re focusing on going out and playing hard every single game, no matter the opponent,” junior Rose Magaddino said.
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Bradley ousts Bulldogs in first round Drake loses MVC tournament play-in game for the second time in three years by Matt Moran
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At the beginning of the game, he was just a guy with a unique name. Now, Drake players may have nightmares about Dyricus Simms-Edwards. The Bradley guard had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the 10th-seeded Braves to a 63-48 win over the Bulldogs in the first round of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last Thursday night in St. Louis. Bradley advanced to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Wichita State last Friday. The Braves lost to the Shockers 70-56. Drake, the seventh seed, finished the season at 13-18. “We had two back-to-back tough offensive games,” head coach Mark Phelps said, whose Bulldogs lost to Bradley last Saturday 90-64 in the last game of the regular season. “Simms-Edwards was difficult to deal with all night long.” Aside from Simms-Edwards and brief productive stints by Bradley’s Andrew Warren and Drake freshman Rayvonte Rice, Thursday’s game was far from one that demonstrated effective basketball. Both teams combined for 19-of-60 field goals in the first half. The Bulldogs had nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes, and the Braves took a 27-22 lead into the break. Things appeared to change at the start of the second half, as Rice exploded for eight quick points and Drake rushed out to a 35-31 lead. But Bradley responded with a 13-0 run, seven of which were tallied by All-MVC first-teamer Andrew Warren. Rice never scored again and Bradley raced to an insurmountable lead. “Guys who were making shots all year long were just coming up short,” Phelps added. “I don’t really have a lot of answers for guys missing shots. I thought we had some pretty good looks.” Rice had 13 points and four blocks to lead the Bull-
dogs, who also received 11 points from fifth-year senior guard Ryan Wedel. It was a difficult loss for Wedel, who struggled handling the ball and had four turnovers. Wedel’s strength is shooting the rock, but he did a tremendous job helping shoulder the load at point guard, contributing to the team in any way possible. “It definitely wasn’t the way I wanted to go out, and we didn’t win as many games as I hoped, but I gave it everything I had,” Wedel said. “I have no regrets regarding my career.” Redshirt junior transfer Kraidon Woods had 13 rebounds for Drake. Warren, Bradley’s leading scorer, finished with 15 points. The Bulldogs shot just 30.9 percent from the field and made only 2-of-17 from beyond the arc. Wedel was the only Drake player to convert a 3-point attempt. Bradley shot 52.9 percent from long range. “As they were scoring, we weren’t scoring,” Phelps said. “We had a hard time keeping Simms-Edwards out of the paint, and we didn’t get it done on the offensive end.” Bradley scored 23 points off of 13 Drake turnovers, while the Bulldogs converted just five points off of seven Braves’ turnovers. Rice also set the Drake freshman record for rebounds and field goals in a season, with 149 boards and 143 shots made. Last week, he set the Drake freshman scoring record. Despite the early MVC tournament exit, the future looks bright for the Bulldogs. The team returns Rice and nearly all of the supporting cast, but Phelps said it will be extremely tough to replace the team’s lone senior, Wedel. “Ryan [Wedel] has been an unbelievable ambassador to our basketball program. This wasn’t the way we wanted him to go out,” Phelps said. “I guarantee the contribution he made to our program will be evident for years to come, and we’re going to miss him.” The third seed Indiana State took on the top seed Missouri State yesterday afternoon in the MVC tournament championship.
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THE DRAKE BENCH (ABOVE) sulks during its 63-48 loss to Bradley in the first round of the MVC tournament last Thursday. The Bulldogs received 13 rebounds from redshirt junior transfer Kraidon Woods (22, top) and 11 points from senior Ryan Wedel (10, middle left) in his final game at Drake. It will be up to his teammates to pick him up (middle right) next year after another disappointing season.