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Postponed painting still garners crowd Student Activity Fee increase discussed One possible plan raises the charge $5, the other would add $7

by Sean Walsh

Staff Writer

CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

STUDENTS cover each other in paint during Street Painting yesterday. The event was rescheduled because of rainy weather on Friday.


Did rescheduling Street Painting make you less likely to come?

Ann Eitrheim

first year “Oh no, it didn’t change my plans at all.”

Aaron Gernes

senior “I’m a senior and I wanted to go to my last street painting. It didn’t matter.”

Senate discussed two possible resolutions that would raise the Student Activity Fee for the 2012-2013 academic year at its meeting Thursday. Student Body Auditor Brad Koenen and Treasurer Nate Bleadorn presented the possible raises that would take effect during the 20122013 academic year. One motion would raise the fee $5, the other $7. The amount would go toward annually funded organizations’ budgets to help account for budget growth in the upcoming years. The budget for annually funded organizations, presented at last week’s meeting, passed unanimously, but with some debate.


Sarah Gray


senior “Well, I had to reschedule my day, but it was worth it.”

• DISCUSSED: Two resolutions concerning raising the activity fee. One would add $5, the other $7

Kyle Dvorak

• $1.743.50 allocated to Students in Free Enterprise to pay for transportation and lodging at the 2011 National Competition May 10-12 in Minneapolis

first year “No, I’m really happy that I still came.”

• $221.98 allocated to Drake Men’s Lacrosse Club to cover additional vehicle rental costs to travel to tournament April 17 at St. Mary’s University

Raising funds for Belize rewarding and heart-warming

• PASSED resolution in support of an experiential learning requirement in Drake’s curriculum

875 students gather to raise just shy of $30,000 plus uncollected pledges to donate toward the education of Belize children

• DISCUSSED: Next year’s Board of Student Communications budget

by Jessica Mattes

Managing Editor

On Saturday night, dancers packed into Upper Olmsted for the Belize Dance Marathon. They danced, played games and ate heaping amounts of food in order to raise money for the James Arthur Albert Foundation. The foundation helps fund education for children in Belize, specifically for females. James Albert, professor of law at Drake University, has traveled to Belize to monitor the progress of the newly built school and the success of the children enrolled. Several organizations pledged a large portion of their members to participate in the fundraiser. Alpha Delta Pi member Jacqueline Matsunaga represented her house for three hours at BDM. “I thought the Belize Dance Marathon was a lot of fun and for an amazing cause. It was a very rewarding experience to actually see the children we were helping and hear their appreciation through the live feed,” Matsunaga said. “A lot of times we participate in events to raise money, but we never get a chance to see the outcome of our efforts, and that’s why I thought

Audit reveals former university employee embezzled $470,000

the Belize Dance Marathon was so great.” The live feed to Belize concluded with a 7-year-old boy approaching the camera to announce he was going to grade school in the building the James Arthur Albert Foundation built, and he said, “Thank you Drake University, please come see us.” The 12-hour program wasn’t just reserved for dancing. There were performances throughout the night, including the Isiserettes Drill and Drum line, a swing dance group and the local band EGG. “I would most definitely do it again,” Matsunaga said.

by Lizzie Pine


Robert Alex Harlan has been charged with five counts of first-degree theft after embezzling over $470,000 from Drake University, according to the Des Moines Register. Harlan, 49, had been director of student accounts for the past 10 years and had worked at Drake for 20 years. He no longer works at the university. The embezzlement dates back to 2004, but the investigation only goes back five years, according to the Register. Harlan is charged with five counts total, one count for each of the five years. Each count can earn to up to 10 years in prison.


STUDENTS DANCE in upper Olmsted Center during the first-ever Belize Dance Marathon at Drake. The event brought out more than 875 participants on Saturday.

>> 56 pages. Seven sections. One special edition. There will be no Thursday issue of The Times-Delphic as the staff prepares for the publication of its awardwinning Relays Edition. Watch for the all-color publication coming to a newsstand near you next Monday. The issue will include news, sports, opinion and a special section of Relays-related coverage.

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Student winners from Leaders and Luminaries

Nothing meaningful accomplished in government cuts

DeLong sets Drake strikeout record






MONDAY, APRIL18, 2011 | PAGE 2

“ Physics students’ event helps solve the puzzle

news by Ann Schnoebelen

News Editor

The Society of Physics Students is inviting Rubik’s Cube experts and amateurs alike to its event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Olmsted Breezeway. The group is hosting The Rubik’s Workshop in an effort to become more visible on campus, said Secretary and Treasurer Mikayla Seeber. “It’s really just to get Society of Physics Students’ name out there,” she said. Three different stations will be set up that students can participate in. At one, called “Lube Your Cube,” participants

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who bring their own cubes can take them apart and apply a silicone spray to the parts for improved handling. “It just makes it all the more efficient so you can solve it quicker,” Seeber said. At another station, members will help attendees learn how to solve the cube. If that gets to be a little too frustrating, Seeber said, they’ll also be demonstrating how to form patterns, which is a lot easier and a lot quicker. The third station will feature timed competitions for varying levels of cube mastery. Beginners will be judged on how much of the cube they can complete during a specified allotment of time and advanced cube solvers will race to see who can solve the entire puzzle the fastest. Winners of both competitions will

receive Rubik’s Cube T-shirts. A few members of the Society already knew how to solve the cube, Seeber said, but more had to be taught to help out at the event. “We had a meeting about it, so we all sort of got the basics down,” she said. The members who aren’t puzzle-solving tutors will be timing competitions, helping attendees take apart and put together cubes at the “Lube Your Cube “station and assisting in other ways. Seeber said she hopes the evening will help promote the group and garner a decent turnout. “We have not been active on campus at all this year,” she said. “So we just wanted to do something fun for everyone.”

FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 Concerns were raised when Sen. Earl Lee questioned the use of Rainbow Union’s $300 allocation that funds a media library, providing magazine subscriptions for the CAYA House. However, other senators argued that the allocation is very small and the CAYA House is open for the whole campus to use. “Yes, I have a problem with a $300 media library,” Sen. Megan Hutcheson said, “but I also have a problem shooting down an entire budget for a $300 media library, when it could end up being spent on another program.” Senate also discussed a resolution in support of an experiential learning requirement at Drake. The resolution would support the creation of a requirement for students to take part in some type of experiential learning as part of the Drake curriculum. Experiential learning is defined in this case as a community service opportunity or an internship and would be a required onecredit class. In addition, the university would implement a 19-credit hour waiver, allowing students to take over 18 credit hours for no additional cost, if the experiential learning credit is part of that semester. The resolution received support among senators. “Drake is a business, and this would help

us attract prospective students,” Sen. Alex Hendzel said. Senate passed the resolution without any opposing votes, and it will be passed along to Faculty Senate. If approved, the requirement would take effect during the 2012-2013 academic year. Senate also allocated $1,743.50 to Students In Free Enterprise to cover transportation and lodging costs for the organization to attend the 2011 SIFE National Competition in Minneapolis from May 10-12. In addition, a $221.98 funding allocation to the Drake Men’s Lacrosse Club was passed. The money will cover additional vehicle rental costs to a tournament on April 17 at St. Mary’s University. Senate had previously allocated $1,275.90 to cover rental costs for the tournament, but due to problems with the rental company, additional money was needed. Journalism Sen. Rachel Kauffold and Technology Liaison Sen. Michael Riebel presented on the remaining budget of the Board of Student Communications for this academic year. The BSC is responsible for funding Drake publications and broadcasts.

Even after compiling all the research possible about why a garden will stimulate learning and why a parking lot will only damage our neighborhood, there is zero possibility for any student to change administration’s plan.


CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

RUBIK’S CUBE SOLUTION GUIDES are being given to the first 75 participants in the Society of Physics Students’ event Thursday.

Walk through the silence

Male students will don high heels for mile-long trek around campus Thursday by Jessica Mattes

Managing Editor

“Walking Through the Silence” will involve sponsored male students walking in donated high heels around campus in order to take a stand against sexual assault. The event will take place on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The male volunteers will walk approximately one mile around Drake’s campus in donated high heels to show their support. “Walking Through the Silence” will be followed by speakers Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder. According to Addington and Tieder’s website, their program “Let’s Talk About ‘IT’” is about “Kelly’s experience with sexual assault while in college, its impact on their lives, the trauma of the resulting pregnancy and the critical role their friendship played in the recovery process.”

“It’s a good way for men to show their support for females who have been victims, to show that they won’t stand for any abuse or assault for females or themselves,” senior Earl Lee said. Lee was a participant in last year’s “Walking Through the Silence.” Last year’s “Walking Through the Silence” was awarded Outstanding Educational Program of the year at Friday’s Leaders and Luminaries ceremony. “I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Lee said. If any male students would like to participate in the walk, please gather between Cline and Olin Hall with heels in hand at 6:20 p.m. Thursday And to learn more about Addington and Tieder visit

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TANAYA THOMAS, ERICA SKUTA, NAPOLEON DOUGLAS, KELSEY JOHNSON AND LAUREN HORSCH (above) watch as their classmates and fellow Top First-Year Student recipients are called on to the stage to receive their awards. NAPOLEON DOUGLAS AND PRESIDENT DAVID MAXWELL shake hands as Douglas receives his award. Douglas was one of 13 Drake first-year students to receive the prize given to those involved in campus activities, demonstrate scholastic aptitude, leadership potention and commitment to the Drake community.



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opinions&editorials Visualize the Debt: Government budget battle was laughable The American government needs a very serious wake-up call and the latest budget debate proved this to be extremely pertinent. With a $14 trillion national debt looming over America—to be burdened by future generations— Congress has made some serious cuts. Right? Well, not exactly. Although the media and current administration have focused so much on the supposedly harmful cuts, in actuality, nothing meaningful was accomplished. Republicans and Democrats alike are guilty of petty argumentation and poor decision making. Here is a situation not unlike that in Washington (although the figures are not scaled in proportion): Imagine you and a friend have the luxury of receiving $250 a week and you may spend it on pretty much whatever you like. The money, however, is not technically yours. During week one of receiving the money, you and your friend spend $500 using credit. It’s easy to realize that spending hundreds more than what you have is problematic. Not only is it completely unsustainable, but also it isn’t even your money to begin with. Lucky enough for you, a third friend lends you some cash to help out. But the next week’s situation is even grimmer: Although you and your friend still only collect $250, the both of you decide to spend $1,000. By the third week, when you plan on spending $1,500, your friend stops and says, “Listen, this can’t go on any longer. We need to stop spending so much.” It is ironic that now your friend says something, despite the fact that through the previous two weeks it was equally his idea as yours to spend in deficit. The two of you sit down and discuss what to cut out of your spending. After intense banter and political debate, the two of you have a reached a conclusion: Instead of spending $1,500 that week, you will only spend a meek $1,400. Wait, what? It should be painfully obvious that the compromise reached did not put you and your friend in a particularly safe position. Rather, you would still be spending at a much higher rate than you could afford. The money you cut was not near enough to bring you back to even. This is precisely what happened during the latest budget debate between the Republicans and Democrats, partially because the Republicans weren’t mature enough to let go of NPR and Planned Parenthood and start discussing real cuts in problem areas such as foreign policy. But the Democrats seem oblivious to the real need for any sort of cuts and therefore nothing substantial was accomplished. The Washington Post very keenly pointed out that the $38 billion cut in future spending is the largest in history; however, that should not surprise anybody considering the government



Street Painting is finally complete and the painted street looks great!


Go out and change the world, just don’t do it here at Drake

is spending at levels that are shattering previous records. Others deemed the cuts as nearapocalyptic and undoubtedly threatening to our nation’s future. But in all reality, the $38 billion was not enough. The cuts will only reduce the federal government’s budget by less than 1 percent and the major issues of entitlement reform and foreign policy remained untouched. No matter how Keynesian you tend to be,

As an institution of higher learning, it should be assumed that a goal of Drake University would be to foster ambition in its students. However, my recent—and unfortunately final—experiences with Drake University have been contrary to this. Several attempts this year by Drake students to make an impact upon this university have been proposed to administration, where they were quite finally denied. This semester, several students have been active in planning and proposing the open lot on 26th Street and University Avenue to be converted into a garden. The goal would be to make that space more aesthetically pleasing, while also providing students a nice outdoor place to study and spend time. There is even the potential for inter-college collaboration by having art students design statues or decorate benches to enhance the site, while professors can use spaces for research. The facilities staff on campus was very receptive to the idea and was beginning to become active in improving the site by planting trees there with Drake University students along with children from the Boys and Girls Club. Unfortunately, administration refused facilities’ request to plant trees there. And if a couple trees cannot be planted, a garden certainly will not be. My theory for the rejection is because some day at some point in the future (probably when every student here today will no longer be a student here) that space will become a new visitor parking lot. Because of this designation in the master plan, any proposal to change that space to anything but a parking lot was doomed to fail. Even after compiling all the research possible about why a garden will stimulate learning and why a parking lot will only damage our neighborhood, there is zero possibility for any student to change administration’s plan. Apparently, it looks worse for Drake University to destroy a garden at some point in the future, than it does for Drake University to actively deny student creativity and ambition. Also, one of Drake’s main public relations tactics is “Blue is Green,” but by adding more parking lots they are encouraging people to drive— consciously not green. And by replacing the soil with an impermeable surface they are ex-

But in all reality, the $38 billion was not enough. The cuts will only reduce the federal government’s budget by less than 1 percent, and the major issues of entitlement reform and foreign policy remained untouched.

people must recognize that the government’s current spending problem is not sustainable. Almost more importantly, though, it isn’t moral either. Accumulating debt on behalf of people who have no say in the matter—meaning young people like us—is by all means unethical. Ambrose Bierce, a famous American writer, defined debt as, “An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave driver.” Look no further than the government to find that oppressor.


Levine is a first-year politics major and can be contacted at

tending “Lake Drake” to the surrounding neighborhood. Even if there was any potential for the garden to be established, it would be virtually impossible for the project to be completed or even initiated the same year it was proposed. For instance, the prairie north of Meredith took a professor four years of effort before he was allowed to plant it. If it takes a professor that long to see his idea become tangible, how is a student ever supposed to accomplish anything? In another example, a couple students spent almost all of first semester collecting signatures and doing research for better paper on campus. Better meaning Drake would be more conscious about the origin of its paper products, ensuring that it is not contributing to the rapid deforestation of developing nations. After compiling a proposal and preparing a presentation these students explained the need for these new paper standards to Student Senate where a resolution was approved. After this, administration responded by stating that it would not purchase precisely what the students requested because it was not financially viable at the time, even though it would require only $0.62 more per student per year in tuition. Also, if Drake advances its claim to become paperless, then this figure would drop even lower as consumption drops. Administration also responded by saying that it had already decided, independently of this proposal, to make this better paper purchase. However, many students know this to be incorrect due to different sectors of the university individually selecting which paper to purchase instead of being allowed only this globally conscious option. Overall, after students dedicate several months of their time pursuing these changes, the university denies them, while simultaneously telling those students that their efforts were unnecessary since administration had already made a final decision for themselves. ...But thanks for trying.

Bailey Johansen

April showers can wash away stress, relax while you can There’s a lot happening. No one can deny that. Between preparing for finals and recovering from Relays, how is one supposed to even think about having a life? Easy—you really can’t. To me, spring used to mean just goofing off and having fun in the amazing weather. Now, it’s finishing deadlines, scheduling group projects and hoping to God that I don’t have a panic attack at the end of it all. With all of this accumulating, there are some certain steps that all students can take to de-stress and relax:

2. Laugh 4. Celebrate Laughing helps everything. Whether it’s a gut- Relays are upon us. Soak it in. What better way

do anything. Heck, take even two minutes. Just clear your mind of everything that has been on your mind and breathe. Don’t think about the paper that is due in a few days; don’t think about the issues facing the world. Just relax. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that is going on around you, so taking just a few minutes every day can help.

time to other people and organizations, that by the end of the day you haven’t even taken the time to insure that you’re OK. Take the time to sit in your room (or in a special location), to do your own thing. You can study, read a book for pleasure (What? That still happens?), listen to some music or just sit there and stare at a wall. It doesn’t really matter; just take the time to do it.

buster or a friendly chuckle, it doesn’t necessarily matter. Just remember to laugh. You could even combine relaxing and laughing into one step by watching an episode of your favorite sitcom once a day. You never know how much an episode of “Arrested Development” really helps until after you’ve finished and feel better than when you started.

3. Personal Time 1. Relax Take your personal time. People are draining, Seriously, just take about 10 minutes and not trust me. You can dedicate so much of your


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to take some time off of doing anything than by celebrating that once-a-year event that is a “distinctly” Drake event.

Just remember that with everything coming up all at once, just have fun with your life. Taking perspective on what is going on can also help.

Not all of these steps might fit your style, but trying new things can be exciting. Just remember that with everything coming up all at once, just have fun with your life. Taking perspective on what is going on can also help. What you’re stressing over tonight might not even be important tomorrow. So, just do your thing and keep on going. The end of the semester is closer than you think it is.


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Senior Jenna DeLong set the Drake career strikeout record with a ‘K’ in the third inning of game one of a doubleheader against Northern Iowa on Saturday. The punch out was No. 671 of DeLong’s career-breaking Laurie Bowden’s record from 1990-93. DeLong picked up both wins on Saturday and struck out 13, giving her 681 career strikeouts.


Drake claims eight titles at Jim Duncan Invitational by David Johnson

Staff Writer

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SOPHOMORE BRIANA ISOM-BRUMMER hops over a hurdle and sprints to the finish in a race last Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational. The women’s squad won five events.

The Drake track and field programs hit their strides in front of the hometown crowd as they hosted the Jim Duncan Invitational over the weekend. The duo of sophomore Kevin Harp and freshman Phillip Beeler braved the elements last Friday evening to finish first and second, respectively, in the javelin. Harp won with a throw of 185 feet, 10 inches and Beeler took home second place with a toss of 173 feet, 6 inches. Freshman Brogan Austin ran away from the competition in the 5,000-meter during cold and rainy conditions with a time of 14 minutes, 58.13 seconds, over 10 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Sophomore Dan Karys soared past the competition in the triple jump for a title in the event for the second straight weekend. Karys’ jump of 46 feet, 5 1/2 inches was his second best mark of the season. Karys

also placed second in the long jump after a leap of 23 feet, 4 3/4 inches, a personal best. “It was tough for him in the jumps as it was hard to judge the wind,” head coach Natasha Brown said. “He did a nice job today, and it was nice to see that his long jump is improving.” Junior Matt Jurysta placed third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:57.48. The Drake women’s team produced five champions over the course of the weekend. Sophomore Marissa Smith won the 100-meter hurdles crown with a time of 14.73 seconds. Fellow sophomore Sarah Yeager crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 14.81 seconds. Senior Casey McDermott won the 1,500-meter run to win her second event in as many weeks. McDermott crossed the finish line at 4:42.19 Senior Beth Hamling dominated the sprinting events last Saturday with a thirdplace finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.48 seconds, and then she won

the 200-meter dash later in the afternoon when she crossed the finish line in 26.13 seconds. “Beth ran a solid 100 to open up the meet,” Brown said. “She came back and had a strong 200.” The Bulldogs got a victory in the pole vault when senior Johanna Sprang cleared a height of 10 feet, 4 inches. The team of senior Cambria Pardner, freshman Tiara Winston, Smith and Yeager ran a perfectly executed 4-by-100-meter relay to take the title in 48.59 seconds. Drake had a trio of runners finish in the top five during the 800-meter run. Senior Kara McCartney led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish in 2:14.53. McDermott crossed the finish line less than a second later to finish third with a time of 2:15.12, and junior Kirsten Lake’s time of 2:17.32 earned her fifth place. The Bulldogs return to action at the Musco Twilight meet in Iowa City this weekend.


Drake holds off Evansville for second MVC win by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Drake unleashed some of its most impressive play of the season last Saturday to defeat the Evansville Purple Aces 5-2. The win puts the Bulldogs at 11-8 on the season and 2-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bulldogs put on their finest doubles performance of the season to start the match with a bang. Drake was dominant at all positions from the first point, and it was junior Amanda Aragon and senior Jessica Labarte who led the charge with an almost perfect 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Ali Patterson and freshman

Klavdija Rebol granted Drake the doubles point with their 8-4 victory. The duo played extremely well despite having played with different partners for much of the year. The familiar pairing of junior Gabby Demos and sophomore Manca Krizman made sure the Bulldogs went into singles play riding a huge wave of momentum, as they won 8-4 at the top doubles slot. “Doubles was really good,” Krizman said. “Probably the best we played this season, and all three spots were just on fire.” Aguilera carried the momentum into singles for the Bulldogs and gave them an early 2-0 lead with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 win. The Purple Aces were not ready to give in, though, as it was Evansville who registered the next blow with Krizman falling 2-6, 4-6 at the top singles spot.

“She just didn’t miss much, and I didn’t take my chances so that was the difference,” Krizman said. Demos retaliated to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage. The junior registered a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory and Drake moved to within one match of clinching the victory. Once again, the Purple Aces weren’t ready to give in and they defeated junior Earlynn Lauer 6-2, 6-2. The Bulldogs clinched the win off the racquet of Aragon at fifth singles, but not before the Drake junior battled back from a threegame deficit in the second set. Aragon had just barely won the first set 8-6 in a tiebreaker, and it looked like defeat was a possibility before she rallied off five-straight games to win the match 7-6, 6-4.

Rebol was close to getting a straight-set victory with a 6-5 lead in the second set, but she dropped the set in a tiebreaker. Drake’s only freshman eventually came through at the third singles position in the third-set super tiebreaker 10-8 to give the Bulldogs the 5-2 result. “We were all really pumped up after winning the doubles pretty handily, and we lost to them 6-1 last year, so I think we all just really wanted to prove something,” Patterson said. The Bulldogs hoped to continue their revival on Sunday, as they played the Southern Illinois Salukis. Last season Drake lost to the Salukis 5-2 in conference play.


Bulldogs pick up two walkoff wins to sweep twin bill

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THE BULLDOG SOFTBALL TEAM gathers at the mound to discuss defensive strategy. MVC-leader Drake won 3-2 in both games of a doubleheader versus Northern Iowa at Buel Field last Saturday, moving its record to 26-14 and 12-1 in the Valley.

by Blake Miller

Staff Writer




After Drake swept Northern Iowa in a doubleheader last Saturday afternoon, the big story of the game was Jenna DeLong. The senior registered 13 total strikeouts on the day, including one in the third inning of game one that gave her the all-time Drake strikeout record, No. 671 in her career. DeLong finished the day at 681 career strikeouts. Her performance helped boost the Bulldogs to two more wins in the Missouri Valley Conference. DeLong went the distance in game one, giving up two runs on six hits and ringing up 12 strikeouts. She came in for the seventh inning in game two, giving up one run on one hit. The Bulldogs won both games 3-2 with runs in the seventh innings. Drake won the first game on a walk-off wild pitch. The second game provided some late inning drama that the Bulldogs have become used to this season. In the seventh inning, freshman Amy Pierce stepped to the plate with the bases loaded for the third time in the past three weeks. She smacked a single to center field to end the game. “Both games were close, so to win close games like that always feels good and gives the team some confidence,” Pierce said. Freshman Jordan Gronewold was in the circle for most of game two, tossing six innings and giving up one run on seven hits for the no-decision. Gronewold also registered two strikeouts.

The sweep puts the Bulldogs at an MVC best 12-1 and 26-14 overall. After Drake finishes up the three game series with UNI on Sunday, it will face Creighton for one game on the road on Wednesday. The team then hosts three games against Illinois State this weekend and then hosts Creighton next Tuesday. UNI is fifth in the MVC at 7-7 heading into Sunday’s action, while Creighton and Illinois State stand at fourth and second, respectively. Drake has not faced either team yet this year. “In order to continue being successful, we just have to take it one game at a time and stay confident in what we know the team can do,” Pierce said. “Losses are going to happen, but we just have to move on to the next game, and if we can do that I think we’ll be very successful.” Before opening up the series against UNI, Drake faced nonconference foe Iowa State last Tuesday and Thursday. Drake lost both games, but was still able to take something away from them. The Cyclones bested the Bulldogs 8-6 last Thursday in Ames. “Nonconference games really give us a chance to see good competition that we don’t regularly face,” Pierce said. “They also help us prepare for any close games down the road, which helped a lot today.” Drake sported neon green jerseys against UNI to help raise awareness for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The jerseys were also available for auction after the games, and all proceeds from the auction went to cancer research.

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