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THE TIMES-DELPHIC DES MOINES, IOWA | MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 | VOL. 129, NO. 37 | WWW.TIMESDELPHIC.COM
>> HAVE YOU VOTED? See PAGE 8 for a rundown on this year’s candidates 2011-2012 Student Senate elections begin today and last through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. To cast your ballot, go to the Campus Life tab in blueView.
Campus Media Fee debate continues
Chapel featured in lecture series
Senate scrutinizes which university groups should control the funds
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Three funding allocations were passed at Senate’s meeting on Thursday night and one new organization was recognized. However, most debate arose when a campus media fee resolution was proposed by Journalism Sen. Rachel Kauffold. The resolution would separate Board of Student Communication funding, which funds student publications and broadcasts, from the Student Activity Fee. The new Campus Media Fee amount would be approved by both Student Senate and Faculty Senate, guaranteeing that more than one campus organization has control over funding for campus media. “We’ve been unclear about the solution that is the best way to fund everything appropriately,” Kauffold said. “The BSC saw this solution and it would be the first step of many.” Treasurer Nate Bleadorn raised concerns that a non-student organization, Faculty Senate, would have control over student funds.
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>>MEETING IN BRIEF • FAILED: resolution to separate BSC funding from Student Activity Fee • TABLED: motion to recognize Tom’s Campus Club as student organization • RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT the creation of a high-speed rail system in Iowa as recommended by Iowa Public Interest Research Group • $2,207 allocated to Drake Honors DUH Magazine for printing costs • $2,000 approved toward entertainment at Dogtown After Hours • $850 allocated to Drake Colleges Against Cancer for Relay for Life’s rental fees and performer costs
by Sonya Brauchle
The Oreon E. Scott Chapel will be featured in a tour hosted by the Iowa Architectural Foundation Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The chapel is one of the “Sacred Spaces” highlighted in the tour, which is “an exploration of how architecture and faith intersect,” according to the press release promoting the event. Five spaces were chosen throughout Des Moines. Each space represents unique architectural styles and faith groups. The tour includes a presentation by Maura Lyons, associate professor of art and design at Drake and also the curator of the “Building a Modern Campus: Eliel & Ero Saarinen at Drake University” exhibit. She will discuss the style of the chapel and the effect the building has upon faith and the services held. A guided tour will follow. The chapel was dedicated in 1955 as a “place of worship to preaching, to communion, to meditation, to searching of the soul and renewal of the spirit of those who would be spiritual guides to others” according to the press release. The space serves as a nondenominational place of worship and contemplation and was originally designed to be the chapel for Drake’s Divinity School. For more information on this tour, or a complete list or Architecture Month Lecture series events, visit www.iowaarchfoundation.org or contact Paula Mohr at 515-783-2167. Lyons will also co-present an upcoming historical lecture titled “Home Away From Home: Drake Student Housing Through the Decades” on the connection between Drake University and neighborhood architecture on April 14.
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THE OREON E. SCOTT CHAPEL will part of the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s “Sacred Spaces” tour this Thursday.
Twyla Tharp to deliver Bucksbaum Lecture Choreographer, dancer, author will discuss lessons learned in world of dance
You don’t have to have experience in dance or know anyone in dance to get something out of her speech. -Erica Harschen, Keppler Speakers representative
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For Twyla Tharp, dancing is not just a hobby or a pastime; it is a way of life. Tharp will be speaking tonight at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center as part of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series. “Our goal is to bring people of national and international stature from some important dimension of society who can
>> Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series “An Evening with Twyla Tharp” TONIGHT 7 p.m. Knapp Center Book signing to follow
provide a timely and interesting perspective to share with Drake students, faculty and the community,” said Neil Hamilton, Bucksbaum Lecture committee chairman. Tharp will provide a perspective in the arts and culture in her lecture. She is a worldrenowned dancer and choreographer, whose work has been featured in over 135 dances, four Broadway productions, five Hollywood films and several television programs. After starting her own dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance, in 1965, Tharp’s career has skyrocketed, landing her numerous awards including a Tony Award and two Emmy Awards. The lecture being presented tonight, while incorporating Tharp’s dance background, will touch more on how lessons she learned through dance can be applied to the broader spectrum of life in general. This topic ties in well with two of her books “The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons on Working Together” (2009) and “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life” (2003). The importance of creativity, hard work
and inspiration will be the premise of Tharp’s speech. “You don’t have to have experience in dance or know anyone in dance to get something out of her speech,” said Erica Harschen, the primary contact between Drake and Keppler Speakers, the agency Tharp works with. “The goal is to have the audience take something she’s going to talk about and be able to use it in their lives.” The Bucksbaum Lecture Series was established in 1996 in honor of Martin Bucksbaum, a prominent figure in the Des Moines community and a member of Drake’s governing board. Former Bucksbaum speakers include Jane Goodall, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and Maya Angelou. “We want students to hear somebody talk about their career and life path, and we hope it’s an inspirational opportunity,” Hamilton said. “That experience will add to their personal growth and help them reflect on the important role that our university plays in their lives and on the Des Moines community.”
CBPA Minigolf Open far from subpar
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On Saturday, 80 students from the College of Business and Public Administration gathered in the basement of Aliber Hall. Sixty of them took up putters and minigolfed. CBPA Leadership Council event had nine business organizations create nine themed holes. Around 60 students showed up to play, trying to hit the ball through tubes, around obstacles and up ramps. Delta Sigma Pi (above left) won $50 for its organization in the contest for the best themed hole and DATA (above right) took home second place and a $25 prize.
BSC names 201112 student-funded media leaders
NBA is a slam dunk compared to NCAA’s college amateurs
When and where to celebrate Pride Week
Crew team blasts past Connecticut over the weekend
quote of the
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What makes our actions in Libya different from Iraq or Afghanistan is that the people of the country in question have begun the process of establishing democracy without our help.
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STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERS AND AREA PROFESSIONALS mingle and chat during the SAA’s fourth event of the year, an evening of networking downtown with Drake alumni and friends from every field. The event was held at Meredith Corp. headquarters and catering was provided by Gateway Market.
New leadership for student media BSC names 2011-2012 editors of Drake Magazine, DUiN, Periphery, The Times-Delphic, president of Drake Broadcasting System by Jeff Nelson
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The Board of Student Communications reviewed applications and interviewed candidates for positions at four on-campus publications and the Drake Broadcasting System. Positions were filled, and results were announced for the 2011-12 school year. Autumn Moore is the new president of the DBS, Erika Owen was selected to be editor-in-chief of Drake Magazine, Molly Bochanyin was re-hired as the editor-in-chief of DUiN, Jeff Hoyt will serve as editor-in-chief of Drake’s art and literary journal “Periphery,” Kristen Smith will take over as editor-in-chief of The TimesDelphic and Kaila Swain will take on the title of business manager for The Times-Delphic. Biweekly ads for the offered positions were placed in The TimesDelphic three weeks prior to the March 25 interviews. There were two or three applicants for each post, and members of the BSC — a group of various faculty members and student senators — cast votes after 10 minutes of dialogue with each candidate and 15 minutes of reflective discussion. One quality the BSC looked for was leadership,
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Senator-At-Large Michael Riebel said. But that wasn’t the only criteria considered. “Of course we looked at who we thought had the best leadership skills,” said BSC member and Associate Professor Jeff Inman. “But we wanted to find people with the best skill set and who we thought could get students involved and interested in the [media outlets].” After about three hours of deliberation, all the decisions were made, and Riebel said he is pleased with the selections. “I’m very confident the candidates chosen will do their best to continue to improve the campus publications,” Riebel said. Because Drake is recognized for its journalism school and student-run publications, Riebel said it is important the new leaders work hard to uphold that status. A number of the publications have been finalists for and even won Pacemaker awards, and one of the new editors hopes to continue her publication’s success by making various improvements. “I want to produce the caliber of the magazine our readers are still used to,” said Owen, a sophomore magazines and international relations major and entrepreneurship minor, who has been on the DrakeMag staff since the beginning of her freshman year. “But I really want to revamp the site and make it the best it has ever been.” Riebel also noted that 27 percent of student activity fee funds go to the BSC. Upon hearing this figure, one student says she wants premium end products when so much student money is going into these projects. “It’s important that these campus leaders know what they’re doing because they’re handling a lot of money,” first-year marketing major Claire Vandercar said. “If they’re not representing Drake well, there are plenty of other organizations that could use the money.” The next step for those recently hired is to appoint staff and plan for next year.
Curling Club teams up with WHO radio The curlers broadcast live with morning show hosts Van and Bonnie from 5-9 a.m. on March 31 from the Metro Ice Sports Facility. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness of their unique sport while giving area residents a chance for some early morning fun.
Celebrate National Public Health Week April 4-10 on-campus events Most of the events below are a part of a U.S. Department of Education Title VIA Curriculum Development grant to support the creation of the new concentration in Global and Comparative Public Health. Grant Co-director Debra DeLaet worked with Meghan Harris of the Iowa Department of Public Health to organize the public health fair and the career forum, and campus organizations such as the Center for Global Citizenship and the South Asian Student Association also helped in event planning. MONDAY Public Health Education and Career Fair Olmsted Center Breezeway, 11am-1pm Film: A New Picture of Health: the Impact of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (United Nations Foundation, 2010) Meredith Hall 101, 7:30-9 pm TUESDAY Film: Children of War (2009) Olin Hall 101, 6:30-9 pm Discussion facilitated by Dr. Neil Mandsager, Preinatal Center of Iowa, LLC WEDNESDAY Public Health Career Panel Meredith Hall 101, 6-7pm THURSDAY CGC International Movie Series 104 Harvey Ingham, 7pm “The Official Story” Spanish (Argentina), 1986
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MEMBERS OF THE DRAKE UNIVERSITY CURLING CLUB teach proper curling techniques (top left). KRISTIN HUFFMAN, junior, supervises while children from the community attempt to move the stones across the ice (left). GRANT CASWELL, junior, concentrates as he demonstrates the sport of curling (above)
FRIDAY Film: Harvest of Grief Meredith Hall 106, 6pm Sponsored by South Asian Students Assoc.
Senate reaches into community issues as they express support of high-speed rail FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 would have control over student funds. Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears argued that having Student Senate being the only organization funding the BSC should not be seen as a problem. “We are a campus, and students are representing those media. We are here to represent their views,” Spears said. Many senators raised concerns that Faculty Senate did not want to take part in funding student media. The motion failed with 19 senators opposed
and three senators in favor of it. Kauffold said she will work on writing another resolution, which will exclude Faculty Senate from approving BSC funding. Drake Honors DUH Magazine was unanimously allocated $2,207 for the printing costs of the publication. DUH Magazine will be distributed to campus later in the semester. The Student Activities Board was unanimously approved $2,000 to go toward entertainment at Dogtown After Hours, which will take place Friday night. Drake Colleges Against Cancer was unanimously allocated $850 to pay for rental fees and performer costs for Relay for Life,
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which took place Friday, March 25. A motion to recognize Tom’s Campus Club as a student organization was tabled. The organization aims to educate and do outreach to children in poverty throughout Africa, in part by donating TOMS brand shoes to children without them, said Sen. Megan Hutcheson. However, senators questioned whether the organization was a nonprofit and what types of programs the organization would have. Senators requested to have members from the group speak at Senate next week. Senate passed a resolution in support of the creation of a high-speed rail system in Iowa with 19 senators in favor and four opposed. The
resolution is in support of a recommendation made by the Iowa Public Interest Research Group which has lobbied for the creation of a high-speed rail train between Chicago and Omaha, with a stop in Des Moines. “I’m all in favor of this,” Sen. Seejo Valacheril said. “It’s a great step in the right direction, especially getting involved in the community.” Sen. Laura Menendez agreed. “It’s good not only for the state of Iowa but also Drake,” she said. “It would be great for recruiting purposes.” Iowa PIRG will be on campus this week to meet with students.
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OPINIONS & EDITORIALS
opinions&editorials March Madness overshadowing the best basketball
One student takes concern with the perception of college vs. professional basketball in the United States Every March, the NCAA tournament becomes the most popular and most important event in sports. Next to the Super Bowl, one would be hard-pressed to find an occasion that is followed with more fervor by the American public than March Madness. Frankly, I would rather hear Marv Alpert call a game instead of having Dick Vitale scream it at me. I am bothered when I hear someone yell “Jimmer!” when taking a shot instead of “Ray-Ray!” Come on now, Jimmer? What happened to Kobe? Ray Allen? Heck, Kyle Korver? I don’t appreciate when Kevin Durant tweets that Jimmer Fredette is the “best scorer in the country.” No Kevin, by scoring 28 points per game in the NBA, YOU are the best scorer in the country.
Although I grudgingly accept that NCAA basketball is more popular than the NBA, I really don’t understand why.
Although I grudgingly accept that NCAA basketball is more popular than the NBA, I really don’t understand why. After all, it was Bill Russell’s Celtics that showed us what it was like to put winning above everything else by compiling an unprecedented eight consecutive NBA championships from 1959-1966 (he has 11 rings total, by the way). It was Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that showcased the magnificence of competition by participating in what still is the most personal, professional rivalry I have ever seen and, in the process, taking the NBA to new heights during the 1980s. And of course, wasn’t it Michael Jordan who made us all believe we could fly? When comparing NCAA and NBA ball, I really don’t think it is close. Think of NCAA basketball as Neo in the first “Matrix.” Sure he can fight, jump buildings and dodge bullets. But he gets his butt kicked in by Agent Smith and still doesn’t convince you that Morpheus couldn’t take him one-on-one. NBA basketball is comparable to Neo in “The Matrix: Reloaded.” His powers are fully realized: he can fly, stop bullets in mid-air and fight 10,000 Agent Smiths at once. (Note: “The Matrix” as a FILM is better than “The Matrix: Reloaded,” but that’s an op-ed for another day.) Anyway, here is my take on the arguments people use in favor of college basketball.
of course, the 1994 No. 8 Nuggets’ upset of the No.1 Sonics is the standard for out of nowhere, how-did-that-happen surprises. Although the NBA playoff system is set to seven games, every game is intensely fought for, and there is nothing like an all-in game seven that decides the series. Last year’s game seven between the Lakers and Celtics was absolutely electric. And with guys like Kobe, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, buzzer beaters can always happen.
Unlike the NBA, the college game is selfless: OK, NBA players are being paid millions of dollars to play ball, and there are players who pick stats over wins. That being said, consistently successful teams that compete for championships have players who put the team first and strive to be a part of something bigger then themselves. They may not represent a school but they represent our nation’s greatest cities, giving its residents reason to be proud of their hometowns. Like the NBA, college teams that sacrifice personal statistics and play the right way, usually come out on top. Which is why Duke’s Jon Scheyer is a champion and Michael Beasley is not. Like pro clubs, power conference teams also reap incredible benefits. Let’s not pretend like many of these NCAA stars aren’t playing for just as many (future) millions as current NBA players make. These kids aspire to make a living from basketball, too.
College basketball is prettier to watch. I mean, they run set plays! Wrong. Running a zone defense doesn’t make the college game prettier or more complex than the NBA. NCAA games are riddled with missed layups, bricked jump shots and fumbled passes that aren’t as common in the NBA. Not to mention the exhilarating final scores of 53-4. The NBA showcases athletes with fully developed games, who were born to play the highest level of basketball. From the physical dominance of LeBron James to Kobe’s refined game, it’s an honor and privilege to watch the best in the world play. NBA offenses are more direct with basic picks and rolls, inside-outside perimeter play and post-ups. Defensively, the pro coaches utilize complex schemes to stop players like LeBron, Kobe and Carmelo. Watching these coaches counter each other’s moves in a series is comparable to a chess match. So please, enjoy March, but leave the real magic to the professionals in April.
Hello? Upsets?! March Madness is more exciting: Sure, with one-game eliminations, upsets are bound to happen. But that doesn’t mean that the NBA’s system isn’t just as upset prone. In 2007 the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors upset the No. 1 Mavericks, which the year before had been in the NBA finals. And
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Survey size insufficient polling for campus size I am writing in regards to the article titled “Faking It” that appeared in the Monday, March 28, issue. The tagline states that “3 student reporters investigate the prevalence of fake IDs on Drake’s campus and where students are getting them.” I take issue with the prevalence portion. It is my understanding that prevalence refers to the extent or widespread use of something. How can a survey of only 37 first-year students possibly give any indication of the widespread use of fake IDs on campus? As of the beginning of the fall semester, there were 864 first-year students at Drake. A survey of 37 is only reaching 4.3 percent of the total first-year population. While I realize that reaching all the students is not feasible, I find the small sample size completely inadequate to attempt to
draw conclusions. The authors do state the sample size several times throughout the article but they bold and draw attention to the statistics based on the small sample size. This can be very misleading. For example, if one happened to miss the sample size, they might believe that 90 percent of firstyear male students have a fake ID. It is very improbable that the results of 37 students would track exactly with the whole population. I doubt the number is not even close to 90 percent. In conclusion, the authors either needed to draw more attention to the miniscule portion of the first-year students sampled or have used a much larger survey to avoid misleading readers. Ethan Hillestad firstname.lastname@example.org
Fighting for democracy before America intervenes Along with the events of the Middle East and North Africa, the situation in the West African nation of the Ivory Coast has been rapidly degenerating into civil war. The incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step down after the opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won the 2010 Presidential elections. Over the last four days, armed combatants from both sides have been engaging in combat throughout the nation, culminating in opposition forces proceeding into the capital in an attempt to remove Gbagbo and install Ouattara. Within the last 24 hours of writing this piece, the French have sent over 2,000 ground troops into the Ivory Coast. They have already occupied the airport in Abidjan, the commercial heart of the Ivory Coast, and are preparing to intervene in the escalating conflict in the capital city to help install Ouattara as president, being the internationally recognized victor in the elections. To me, this event typifies the new foreign policy being exercised by the world powers in an attempt to foster democracy in the undemocratic world. NATO intervention in Libya also reveals this new trend. In both of the African nations, there are armed conflicts between two groups: one supporting the old regime and the other supporting a new democratic regime. And in both cases, the Western powers believed that military intervention would be necessary to achieve the democratic goals of the opposition groups. Unlike the events of the Bush era, armed engagement is being used not to start democratic movements, but to finish them. What is also clear, is that most Americans are sick of policing the world. Many people, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe that our involvement in the Libyan Revolution is costly and unnecessary. They make the argument that President Obama is continuing the Bush policies of expensive wars of aggression that serve no good and further degrade our image to the world. It is true that our limited intervention in Libya is costing us copious amounts of money. It is true that people are dying in Libya because of our actions. It is true that now, for all intents and purposes, we are engaged in three different operations in the Muslim world. What is also true is that we are not forcing democracy on the Libyans. What makes our actions in Libya different from Iraq or Afghanistan is that the people of the country in question have begun the process of establishing democracy without our help. Our presence is not to force democracy on them but to help them achieve their own goals of establishing a democratic regime. While there were many reasons why our occupation of Iraq went wrong, it cannot be denied that one of the major ones was our
forcing the creation of democracy through the barrel of a gun. Democracy, by its very nature, means that you cannot force people to be free. In Libya, however, the people have tried to create their freedom by their own power. Unfortunately, they are not strong enough to defeat Gadhafi’s tyranny. By intervening there, we are not repeating the mistakes of the past. Rather, it shows that we have learned from our mistakes and realized the way to bring democracy to the Muslim world is to allow the people of the Muslim world to create it themselves. Our intervention is only to ensure that the democratic movement succeeds. Yes, it will cost lives and cost money, but if we do not intervene, democracy in the Middle East could very well be crushed before it has a chance to mature. If we do not intervene, tyranny will have one the day and many more lives could be lost. We cannot sit idly by while innocents are being or will be massacred by an insane tyrant desperately clinging to power. When we began our operations in Libya, the revolutionaries began to turn the tables on Gadhafi. Once our engagement began to scale back as it has in the last week or so, Gadhafi began to regain territory. Truly, the only way the Libyans can hope to be liberated from tyranny is if the Western powers continue their intervention. We cannot consider intervention to be a reprisal of the past; rather, we should consider it to be a step toward the future. When NATO intervenes in Libya or when France intervenes in the Ivory Coast, democracy is not a seed being forcefully planted with the deaths of innocents but a sapling being watered with the blood of tyrants. We cannot fail our sisters and brothers of the Earth and allow them to be massacred because they stood up for freedom. For the first time in decades, we are fighting a just war. Let us not be bogged down by the false rhetoric of misappropriating past failures to current actions. Instead, let us finally stand up for what we truly believe and help the people of Libya achieve the freedom they so desperately desire.
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The Rob Scheps/Breg Gisbert Quintet featuring Bob Bowman is performing Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz center.
Alpha Phi Omega to host week of service Drake’s service fraternity devotes a week to its national philanthropy by Jessica Mattes
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April 4-8 is Alpha Phi Omega’s national philanthropy week. The purpose of this week of service is to spread service to campus and spread awareness of APO and its principles: leadership, friendship and service. Monday’s event is in collaboration with nonprofit organization Everybody Wins! Iowa. Everybody Wins! Iowa is a federally funded organization that works with children from disadvantaged household to increase literacy rates. “Students are paired with a child and work with them on a weekly commitment schedule,” Drake sophomore Lauren Phillips said. Phillips is Alpha Phi Omega’s special service committee head. Drake volunteers can meet with disadvantaged children either during the breakfast hour, where they can get breakfast foods while they read, or over the lunch hour. “This is a great way for children in disadvantaged households to be exposed to varying literature,” Phillips said. Tuesday’s game of Wiffle ball serves one sole purpose: to bring all students together to have fun and play ball. Members of APO will be in Helmick Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all the necessary equipment. All students are welcome. Wednesday, students will be writing letters to politicians in support of Pell Grant funding for students. Anyone interested is able to stop by the booth, write a letter and talk about the future of Pell Grants. Friday’s blood drive is in an effort to give to hospitalized patients what they need most.
“One pint of blood could save up to three different hospital patients,” said Lauren Phillippi, Alpha Phi Omega’s vice president of service. If students are interested in joining Alpha Phi Omega, there will be another recruitment week at the beginning of the upcoming fall semester, Phillips said. If there are questions about Alpha Phi Omega or the recruitment process, email Cara Pratt. “APO enables me to meet and befriend people on campus that I wouldn’t have known otherwise, and people in the Des Moines community through service,” said Mariam Vahdat, a first-year student and new member of Alpha Phi Omega.
APO enables me to meet and befriend new people on campus that I wouldn’t have known otherwise, and people in the Des Moines community through service. -Mariam Vahdat
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Townpoints bring new addition to local Groupon-like competition by Kensie Smith
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With its navy blue and gray cityscape, the logo draws the eye inward. The pointed building in the middle is clearly the iconic Principal building of downtown Des Moines. What sort of secrets have yet to be uncovered in this city? Where is one to adventure in this city? The logo labels the new local coupon site Townpoints. The new coupon service will launch in the near future, with an already announced deal from the eclectic Being There Coffee House in nearby Altoona.
It’s all about getting people invested in a company and then spreading the word in a fun way. The local business will also be able to offer deals and thn be able to keep in contact with people involved. -Ben Cox
Townpoints hopes to bring something new to the Des Moines market. Each discount will generally be 50 percent or higher off. Categories of discounts will range across the market, from restaurants to golf courses. The system functions on a point system. Users can build up points from a number of activities to unlock even better deals. Those activities include referrals, points from businesses for reviews, Facebook likes and other creative interaction with a business and or brand. Ben Cox, one of Townpoints’ founders, united creative forces with a strong three-person team. The crew of business and web oriented innovators came together to further develop the concept of “local commerce companies.” “The idea started five to six months ago and grew. It was a child of a brainstorm session and we whittled it down to the basic concept,” Cox said. “We tossed around a number of ideas and looked at things from both the consumer and business perspective.” Townpoints joins a crowded market of other couponing websites. Groupon is the most recognized as one of the largest of these sites. The 2008 start-up is now worth more than $1.3 billion and has expanded to the international market in Europe, South America, Singapore, Japan and Russia. The basic idea is to partner consumers with a business by offering a special deal to those who opt in. For example, on March 29, Groupon offered a deal that for $50, the users would get a $50 eye exam and $150 toward eye wear at One Hour Optical in West Des Moines. LivingSocial.com offered $145 window and home washing service for Window Genie of Des Moines. Cox explained how Townpoints is different than the national giants — more of a mutual win-win transaction. Instead of using local consumers’ money and then shipping it out to larger companies out of state, the Townpoints model keeps the money in the local economy. “It’s all about getting people invested in a
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company and then spreading the word in a fun way,” Cox said. “The local business will also be able to offer deals and then be able to keep in contact with people involved.” The customer is more important in the Townpoints model. They are given incentives to purchase points, like frequent flyer miles. Townpoints will only be offering more deals. Click to townpoints.com to sign up for the service.
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Be proud during DU’s Pride Week Monday
This week, April 4-7, is Pride Week on Drake University’s campus. This is a week filled with gay pride related activities, such as a Drag Show and a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” For some, this is a week to embrace their sexual orientation, but for others, it is to show their support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through the awareness events. “Pride week is about raising LGBT awareness on campus and allowing those individuals, who are a part of the LGBT community, to express themselves in a more accepting environment,” said first-year advertising student Kayli Mernka. There are four main events being held by the student organization Rainbow Union. Each event is aimed at raising LGBT awareness and a chance to get all of campus, regardless of their sexuality, involved with the gay community. The EXPOSED! Faculty Roundtable on Monday will be an opportunity for students to ask faculty members, including Joan McAlister and Sentwali Bakari, questions about queers in the media, sexuality, stereotyping or to just listen to their discussion about the community. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about how gays are portrayed in the media and community as well as to ask the faculty and fellow students gay-related questions. Guest speaker Shane Windemeyer will be giving his “Time Is Now” speech on Tuesday. This is focused on how “time is working in the favor of the LGBT community.” He will be discussing the campus issues that members of this community may face, the different campus advocacy strategies to be conducted and the changes that are occurring throughout the country for the members of the gay community. “The importance of these events are that they allow the gay community to come out and enjoy life with little discrimination,” said sophomore Kylie Cin. “It gives them the freedom to be themselves and be with other people that have the same lifestyle as them.”
6 - 8 p.m. Medbury Lounge
“Time Is Now”
8 - 9 p.m. Bulldog Theater
9 p.m.- 12 a.m. Pomerantz Stage 12 - 3 a.m. Bulldog Theater
Rainbow Union aims to make every Drake student feel welcome by Bryn Goldberg
Midnight Showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
One form of expression is a Drag Show. Drag Show’s are typically seen as a transgender or gay man act, however, that is not always the case. There are performers who are straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, sexually confused and so on that perform. This year, there will be performers, professionals and a few surprise queens who will be strutting their stuff down Pomerantz Stage Wednesday night. It is a free event, but donations are highly recommended! Another form of expression is the midnight showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This event will include pretzels, popcorn and pop. It is also highly encouraged that audience members dress-up, in very crazy and unique outfits or lingerie. For those “RHPS virgins,” this movie is very out there with its humor and catchy songs, and has audience involved moments throughout the film.
During this week, I am able to see my friends that are a part of the gay community go out and have fun without fear. -Kylie Cin
“During this week, I am able to see my friends that are a part of the gay community go out and have fun without fear,” said Cin. “It gives them hope that the future is going to be filled with acceptance and love compared to the current life they endure now in some parts of the country which are not so accepting.”
Don’t let the joke be on you this holiday season
The best and the worst pranks from April’s only holiday can be harmless or harmful if pursued improperly by Ben Levine
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There are two types of people in the world: those who like April Fools’ Day and those who do not. The folks who enjoy April 1 usually do so because they are the ones pulling the jokes and getting the last laugh in. Understandably so, for those who are at the other end of the jokes, April 1 is a day of paranoia and constantly checking over your shoulder to make sure nobody is conspiring against you. But beyond the suspicion of the day, there are admittedly hilarious pranks that serve as classic examples of why April Fools’ Day continues to be the tradition it is. Although the history of April Fools’ Day is rather unclear, many people date it back to 16th century France when the French New Year was celebrated from March 25 to April 1. When Charles IX adopted a new calendar issued by the Pope, the New Year celebration moved to Jan. 1, but not everyone enjoyed the alteration; many kept on celebrating on April 1 and were subsequently pegged as fools by their peers who also pranked them to exemplify their stupidity.
What were some of the old pranks that they pulled? Well, we have 16th century Europe to thank for the “kick me” sign. Today’s pranks, though, are more intricate and clever than a simple sign. With technology improving constantly, our shenanigans not only grow larger, but also become Internet sensations overnight. A recent prank that created a lot of web buzz was pulled during College Humor’s latest prank war: the fake marriage proposal. It is a fairly simple prank, although it may be a bit pricy and rather destructive to a relationship—but, hey, it’s April Fools’ Day, right? The next time your friend takes his girlfriend on a date to a sporting event, buy one of those scoreboard messages that appear during intermission and propose to his girlfriend as him. The hilarity of it all: watching your friend explain that he actually is not proposing. Of course, this joke works best if your friend has been dating the girl for at least a few years; then the possibility of them getting married is much higher and the girl is undoubtedly thinking about it. Classic. But for those who wish not to end a relationship of a few years—a noble wish, I might add —have no fear. There are pranks that can be
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performed in which no girl’s dream of marriage is deliberately crushed. Since we live in fairly close quarters at college, this is very easy. Simply waiting in a friend’s room until he or she returns and giving that person a scare will always work. Although, next to a fake marriage proposal, that admittedly seems
It is hard to pull a really good prank in our dorms because we don’t want to get in trouble with Drake’s rules. You have to be creative. -Hayley Keil
lame. “It is hard to pull a really good prank in our dorms because we don’t want to get in trouble with Drake’s rules. You have to be creative,” first-year Hayley Keil said. This April 1 was a bit different for freshman (April Fools’! We’re first-years, not freshman, because that’s more politically correct). Sure, there may be more opportunities to pull a prank on someone, but there are even more rules that get in the way of the fun, fire hazards being the largest obstacle to overcome on the road to a successful trick. So, if you’re still plotting to “get” one of your friends, just remember two things: There are university rules (like always) and there is also a little thing called karma. This year you may have been the person that spent April 1 keeled over in laughter, but next year may be different. And let me tell you, spending a whole day in paranoia gets exhausting. Happy Fools’ Day and I hope everyone enjoyed the pranking.
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With nearly the entire college basketball world wrapped up in March Madness, it’s easy to overlook other postseason tournaments. Drake’s MVC rivals Wichita State and Creighton have made terrific tournament runs, with the Shockers’ capturing the NIT title last Thursday with a 66-57 win over Alabama. Creighton nearly won the CBI title, losing to Oregon 71-69 in the final game of a best-of-three series to determine the champion.
Bulldogs split with SDSU, sweep twin bill over Evansville Drake remains undefeated in the Valley thanks to 24 hits in doubleheader by Blake Miller
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After beginning the Missouri Valley Conference schedule with five straight wins, Drake split a series with nonconference foe South Dakota State. Last Thursday, Drake was able to take the first game 6-5, but dropped the second game 4-3 to end a seven-game winning streak. The Bulldogs returned to MVC play last weekend, taking both games of a doubleheader against Evansville. Against the Jackrabbits, junior Torey Craddock erased the bulldog’s 4-2 deficit in the fourth inning of game one with a three-run home run, her fifth of the season. The 1-for-4 effort moved Craddock’s batting average to a team-best .347 on the season. Senior Brynne Dordel was in the circle for the first game, allowing five runs on seven hits and earning her seventh win of the season. In the second game, senior Jenna DeLong, junior Jaimie Duffek and Craddock had two hits each, but their efforts were not enough for the Bulldogs, as their seven-game winning streak was snapped with a 4-3 loss. Freshman Jordan Gronewold took the circle for game two, allowing four unearned runs on seven hits in four innings for her first loss of the season and of her college career.
Last Saturday, it was back to MVC play for the Bulldogs as they took on Evansville in a doubleheader. DeLong took the circle in the first game, going the distance for a 6-5 victory. DeLong struck out seven, moving her career total to 650, 20 shy of the Drake all-time record. Gronewold homered twice in the first game, and DeLong and catcher Erin Mollohan added solo shots of their own. Gronewold went a combined 5-for-6 on the day. Game two wasn’t as close as the first. Drake only needed five innings to beat the Purple Aces 10-2 in a run limit shortened game. The Bulldogs’ 10 runs tied a season high, which they set on March 5 against Ohio State. Dordel tallied her eighth win of the season, giving up only two runs on two hits. With six strikeouts on the day, Dordel moved her career mark to 643, just 27 shy of the record. After going 0-for-3 in the first game, Craddock made up for it with a home run in game two. Drake tallied 24 hits and seven home runs total in the twin bill. Mollohan had two hits and four RBIs in game two. The win put the Bulldogs at 20-12 overall on the season and kept their best MVC start in program history going, moving to 7-0 in MVC play. Game three of the Evansville series was Sunday at noon.
>>seventh heaven Here’s a quick look at how the Bulldogs have risen to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference by winning their first seven league games. Drake is alone in first followed by Illinois State (5-1), Southern Illinois (41) and Creighton (4-1). All games included are through Saturday:
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SENIOR JENNA DELONG anticipates the pitch and prepares to swing. DeLong homered in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Evansville, one of seven Drake round-trippers on the day.
March 19 vs. Indiana State, W 2-0 March 19 vs. Indiana State, W 5-4 March 20 vs. Indiana State, W 4-0 March 27 @ Bradley, W 6-1
March 28 @ Bradley, W 3-2 April 2 vs. Evansville, W 6-5 April 2 vs. Evansville, W 10-2 (5 innings)
Drake Varsity 8 wins at MAAC Invitational, Creighton downs JV by Monica Worsley
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The Drake crew teams raced separately on Saturday at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Invitational and at a dual-match against Creighton in preparation for the upcoming conference championship. Drake’s Varsity 8 won the MAAC Invitational in Shelton, Conn., with a three-second margin over Army. The boat finished the 2000-meter race in 8 minutes, 36 seconds, to also beat boats from Fairfield University, Iona College, Sacred Heart University and Skidmore College. “I was very happy that they won today,” head coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. “When we came out to this race we borrowed a boat and had to change the lineups at the last second, which are not normal for our race, but they handled it well.” Despite close competition during the first 1000 meters, Drake broke through Skidmore near the 1000-meter mark and then passed up Army at the end. “Army was a fight all the way down. We were lucky our sprint was a little stronger than theirs today, so we sprinted through them right at the end,” DiSilvestro said. “I was really proud of them to see that we were able to race hard in stroke-for-stroke racing and then to have a little left in the tank to sprint through a strong crew like Army.” The MAAC Invitational comes two weeks before the MAAC Championship where many of the same schools will compete again.
“We set the tone at this race for conference since all the schools, except Army and Skidmore, will be there,” junior Kat Moore said. “This race is what the other schools will look at when assessing competition and helps establish seeding for conference, putting us in a pretty good position.” Drake’s Junior Varsity and novice boats raced in Omaha, Neb., on the calm 1900-meter Carter Lake course at Creighton. In the first race of the morning, Drake’s junior varsity 8 finished in 7:06 and behind both Creighton’s junior varsity and varsity boats. Drake’s novice four maintained contact with one of two Creighton boats until the last 200 meters and clocked in at 7:50. Drake finished three seconds behind one Creighton boat and 28 seconds before the second Creighton boat. “I think the performance today shows that they could put up with better competition and that training is working,” assistant coach Jaclyn Aldworth said. In the last heat of the day, another Drake 4 also finished in between two Creighton boats. After the first 1000-meters Creighton’s varsity 4 pulled away to eventually beat Drake by 28 seconds. The Drake boat finished one minute and 23 seconds ahead of the second Creighton 4 with a time of 7:39. “I think like most teams right now, the goal going into conference is getting our boats up to par with their strength,” Aldworth said. “It’s about getting everything together with technique and strengths and making the boat as fast as possible.”
>>Drake vs. Creighton regatta results VARSITY 8’S 1st - Creighton A 2nd – Creighton B 3rd - Drake (JV)
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VARSITY 4’S 1st - Creighton A 2nd - Drake (JV) 3rd - Creighton B
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THE BULLDOG VARSITY 8 SQUAD squeaked out a win over Army at the MAAC Invitational in Shelton, Conn., last Saturday. The JV rowers travelled to Omaha, Neb., and lost a dual-match to rival Creighton.
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TRACK & FIELD
Drake turns in gutsy performances at Razorback Spring Invitational, Central Invite by David Johnson
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The Drake track and field teams returned to action at the Razorback Spring Invitational hosted by Arkansas following a monthlong break between the indoor and outdoor seasons. The Bulldog throwers highlighted the action for the men’s team in Arkansas. Sophomore Isaac Twombly placed third in the hammer throw after a throw of 145 feet, 10 inches and ninth in the discus with a toss of 136 feet. “Coach [Mark] Kostek has been working with [Twombly] on breaking down his form and building it back up in the offseason,” head coach Natasha Brown said. Freshman Phillip Beeler finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 197 feet, 5 inches. Sophomore Kevin Harp finished just behind Beeler with a toss of 186 feet, 9 inches for a sixth-place finish. Freshman Andy Curtis finished fifth in the hammer throw after registering a toss of 131 feet, 10 inches. Junior Jon DeGrave sprinted to a secondplace finish with a time of 52.75 seconds in his return to the 400-meter hurdles, which is not run during the indoor season. Freshmen Omet Kak and Brogan Austin and junior Charlie Lapham crossed the finish line in a pack during the 1,500-meter run, finishing 12th, 15th and 16th, respectively. Senior Colin Coomer ran to a sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:01.25. Sophomore Marissa Smith started the outdoor season exactly how she ended the indoor season for the women’s squad, setting another personal best. Smith sprinted to a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a personalbest time of 14.35 seconds. Sophomore Sarah Yeager finished the race in 12th place with a
time of 15.02 seconds. Senior Tyse Samani tied for fourth in the high jump after clearing a height of 5 feet, 3 inches. Senior Johanna Sprang cleared 10 feet, 10 inches in the pole vault, finishing tied for 14th. Senior Ari Curtis placed 11th in the 800-meter with a time of 2:15.90. Fellow senior Kara McCartney followed Curtis across the finish line for a 12th place finish, clocking in at 2:16.14. Curtis did not compete in the 400-meter hurdles, which is the event she is ranked 20th in the country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Senior Cambria Pardner sprinted to 12th in the 100-meter dash for the Bulldogs, clocking in at 12.22 seconds. Pardner placed eighth in the triple jump by registering a distance of 37 feet, 7 inches. Junior Megan Pierce-Cramer’s toss of 128 feet, 2 inches was good enough for a fifth-place finish in the discus. “We knew that this meet would be tough,” Brown said in a press release after the meet. “Not only is it our first competition since late February, but we competed against teams in larger conferences.” The Bulldogs also sent athletes to compete at the Central Invite in Pella, Iowa. Sophomore Kelly Hendricks placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.07 seconds after a time of 12.82 seconds in her qualifying heat. Freshman Alex Kaster brought home the triple jump title, covering a distance of 42 feet, 10.75 inches. Freshman Jason Wood placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.26 seconds. The Bulldogs return to action this weekend at the Tom Botts Invitational in Columbia, Mo. Other team members will compete in the Duke Invitational in Raleigh N.C., and in the Texas Relays in Austin.
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SENIOR TYSE SAMANI explodes from the starting position to begin a hurdles race. Samani tied for fourth in the high jump last weekend at the Razorback Invitational with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches.
Drake Stadium Drake rolls past Western hosts lacrosse club Michigan for eighth straight win games for first time by Dominic Johnson
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The Drake men’s tennis team notched its eighth straight win on Saturday with a 5-2 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos. The win puts the Bulldogs at 14-2 heading into a match against Northern Illinois, which was played yesterday. These matches are the last two nonconference tilts for Drake. On a day with less than perfect conditions in Rockford, Ill., the Bulldogs started slowly in the three doubles matches. Head coach Evan Austin once again put the duo of senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomore Anis Ghorbel at the top doubles position. The duo was dominant throughout the match, as they rolled to an 8-2 win to put the Bulldogs just one win away from capturing the doubles point. The next match finished was at third doubles, where junior Cesar Bracho and freshman Robin Goodman teamed up for the first time this season. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the tandem lost the match 6-8. With the doubles matches
tied at 1-1, the doubles point was decided at the second position where sophomores Jean Erasmus and James McKie represented the Bulldogs. In a tight battle, it was the Broncos who captured the doubles point with an 8-6 victory. Despite dropping the doubles point, the Bulldogs remained confident in the tough conditions. “It was cold and windy, but my team stayed focus and played hard,” Ballivian said. “We are a tough team that plays hard in any conditions.” The Bulldogs showed that they were the tougher team in singles, starting with Goodman’s dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory at the fifth position. McKie was the next Drake player off the court, as he won 6-3, 6-1. The first contested match came at the top singles slot, where Ballivian took on Michael Calderone of Western Michigan. After winning the first set 6-4, Calderone took Ballivian into a tiebreaker to decide the match. Ballivian dominated the tiebreaker 7-1. The match was clinched by Ghorbel, who moved up from the fourth position to play at the third spot. Ghorbel won
the first set with relative ease, as he took the set 6-3. Like Ballivian’s match, the Western Michigan opponent came back to life in the second set and took the Bulldog into a tiebreaker. Ghorbel won the tiebreaker 7-4 to clinch the victory for Drake. Erasmus gave Drake its fifth victory of the day with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win at the fifth position. The only singles loss of the day came at the sixth slot, where Bracho captured the first set 6-0 but failed to convert in the next two sets. This marked the first singles loss for Bracho since returning from injury a few weeks ago. “The most important thing today was to just get the win,” McKie said. “Very windy conditions mean anything could have happened.” Drake’s match against Northern Illinois took place on Sunday afternoon, and The Times-Delphic will have complete coverage of the match in Thursday’s issue. The Bulldogs return home this weekend with a Saturday match against Bradley and a Sunday match against Illinois State.
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THE DRAKE LACROSSE CLUB hosted Wisconsin-La Crosse and St. Mary’s (Minn.) for its first-ever home games at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs lost 11-2 to UW-La Crosse and 8-7 to St. Mary’s.
by Tad Unruh
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The hard hits, fast feet and flying sticks of the Drake lacrosse club stormed the field for a doubleheader this past Saturday against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and St. Mary’s of Winona, Minn. On the last day of March the sun finally began to do away with winter, and the warmth made a great sporting atmosphere. The lacrosse club is a part of the Great Lakes Lacrosse League, which includes 32 teams spanning schools across the upper Midwest. Three teams convene at a school each weekend and all three play one another in a doubleheader type format. In the first game, both Drake and UW-La Crosse came out with a lot of energy in hopes to oust each other. It just wasn’t meant to be Drake’s game. The experienced Eagles overmatched the Bulldogs as they were beaten 11-2. Freshman attacker Jackson Dodge scored one of the Bulldogs’ two goals and noted that UWLa Crosse has a lot of playing experience on its side. “I felt like they were a great team. They were really impressive,” Dodge said. “They have been playing together for a long time. They have been in the league the longest.” After that game, UW-La Crosse played against St. Mary’s. Once the second match was finished, Drake played St. Mary’s to conclude the afternoon. Drake came out fast and hard against the Blue Jays. They had an offensive barrage that included five goals in the first half. That amounted to a 5-1 lead, but a more relaxed Bulldog team came out in the second half. “Coming out of halftime when we had the lead, we just can’t let up,” sophomore midfielder Pat Bradley said. The Blue Jays took advantage of Drake’s laid-back play and slowly chipped away at the lead. The Bulldogs scored two more goals in the second half, but St. Mary’s countered by adding seven second-half goals to earn the win, 8-7. Next weekend the Bulldogs will travel to Winona, Minn., for a doubleheader hosted by the Winona State lacrosse club. They will play Winona State and St. Norbert College. Bradley feels their toughest competition is behind them and that they are staying positive about the upcoming games. “We are hoping to win most of the rest of our games,” Bradley said. “We’ve already played most of the stronger teams in the league, so we can use our experience against the rest of the teams in the league.”
>>Drake (14-2) vs. Western Michigan (11-9) SINGLES: No. 1 Mauricio Ballivian (DU) def. Michael Calderone (WMU), 6-4, 7-6 (1) No. 2 James McKie (DU) def. Kazuya Komada (WMU), 6-3, 6-1 No. 3 Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Pablo Olivarez (WMU), 6-3, 7-6 (4) No. 4 Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Casey Cullen (WMU), 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 No. 5 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Brad Noel (WMU), 6-1, 6-1 No. 6 Ross VanderPloeg (WMU) def. Cesar Bracho (DU), 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 Team: Drake 5, Western Michigan 2
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Head coach Mark Phelps has high expectations for next season, as his young Bulldogs have gained a year of experience under their belts. Next season will be Phelps’ fourth at Drake, and it will be the first time he has more upperclassmen than underclassmen. Drake loses fifth-year senior guard Ryan Wedel, but the returns of Frank Wiseler and Karl Madison from injury should help fill the point guard void. Freshman Rayvonte Rice, who made the MVC All-Freshman and AllNewcomer teams, will be expected to shoulder even more of the scoring load with the loss of Wedel. The Bulldogs will welcome only one freshman next year, 6-foot-5 guard Judd Welfringer from Waukee, Iowa.
Drake will compete in the Branson Creek Invitational today and tomorrow at the Branson Creek Golf Club in Hollister, Mo. The tournament is hosted by Missouri State. This invite marks the last time the Bulldogs will be in action until the State Farm MVC Championship on April 25 and 26. The last competition for Drake was the Jackrabbit Invitational, in which the Bulldogs finished sixth on March 15. Senior Ben Freeman led the charge with a third-place individual finish.
NCAA TITLE GAME TONIGHT Today is a sad day for America, as basketball fans will have to wait another year for March Madness. Tonight marks the finale of the tournament, with the national championship game between Butler and Connecticut. The eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs are remarkably making their second-straight appearance in the title game, while the third-seeded UConn Huskies look to ride Kemba Walker to head coach Jim Calhoun’s third national title. The game in Houston is scheduled to get underway at 8:18 p.m., and Connecticut is favored by 3.5 points.
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Drake Student Senate General elections start today on blueView School and Diversity Interest Senators
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General elections are underway for Student Senate. Be sure to go vote on blueView via the Campus Life tab. The candidates have been hard at work putting up posters and talking to campus organizations, now it’s the students’ turn to vote for whoever they believe should represent next year around the table. Voting ends Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m., and results will be announced Wednesday morning after midnight on Pomerantz Stage.
I will be constantly working to make sure that student opinion has a voice in the college. I will not only be available as much as possible to hear student input, but I will actively seek it out every chance I get.
I would like to continue to make Senate approachable to every student so that all Drake students know how their money is being spent...and communicate to journalism students what Senate is working on.
Next year I would like to continue publicizing the Fine Arts on campus and improve communication between Student Senate and the student body, including facilitating more discussion and debate in the student body about Senate activities.
Here are excerpts from the candidate’s answers to the questions: What top three goals or priorities do you hope to address during your term in office? What makes you qualified to achieve these goals.
Business and Public Administration
Why Should Student Vote?
I want to further the CBPA’s interaction with the Des Moines community as well as Drake as a whole. My experience in Alpha Phi Omega has given me a glimpse at the community surrounding Drake and how our school can help.
I want to continue to reevaluate the CBPA’s undergrad curriculum and core classes always striving to make Drake’s CBPA more of a standard for categories for other business schools to measure up to (we already do in professional development).
I want to ensure that when issues do arise, business students are aware, and I would be able to meet their needs. I have been to a number of Senate meetings and feel I understand the issues and what the school needs.
While in office, I will make sure that I am in constant communication with the School of Education to Student Senate and vise versa. I will assist with the planning and preparation of the new School of Education to be built through distinctly drake.
My first priority would be to connect the pharmacy school to campus and campus to the pharmacy school, as they can separate at times. Being involved throughout campus gives me a perspective of both pharmacy and non-pharmacy majors...
My first goal would be to have a lot collaboration happening among not multicultural organizations respectively, but other organizations on campus as well. I would like to see the multicultural organizations collaborating with SAB and DBS.
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Senators directly represent students around the table. They consider the voices of the students and make decisions about what happens around campus. They’re not just talking heads.
This is the students’ chance to become involved without actually running for office. Students can pick who they believe best represents their needs and wants in the Drake community.
The academic senators are liaisons between students and the deans of their respective schools. They can help make changes and propose how to better equip the schools for the next generation of students.
If students vote, that means those posters that litter the floor and walls will magically disappear, just like how they magically appeared.
If students don’t vote, they can’t complain about what is going on in Senate next year. This is the time where all voices can be heard, so go out and vote, the senators will represent you.
Some of my goals include serving as a voice for all Drake students during Student Senate meetings, help achieve connections between the Drake Community and the Des Moines Community...
A more specific topic I would like to focus on is food options. One of the most highly discussed problem on campus is often said to be the food.... One of my primary goals is to work to find a greater number of healthy food choices...
One of my priorities for my term is to increase the effectiveness of Student Senate. Not only do I want to improve internal efficiency, but I hope to ensure that students feel as though they are being adequately represented by the organization.
As Senator-at-Large, I want to create better unity among all students and Drake. I plan on trying to get speakers installed in Hubbell and the Olmsted Terrace so that any student organization can broadcast events to the rest of the student body.
My goals for Senate next year include continuing to positively impact the student body by making people more knowledgeable about Student Senate affairs and the issues we discuss.
I will perform my duties as a Senatorat-Large to the highest standard. My top priority is to be a direct representative for the entire campus. My current involvement has given me much feedback about what Drake students want, and I am excited by the opportunity to continue leading.
I will uphold active communication with my constituents to make sure that they are informed about important campus issues, and I will also voice their concerns at the Senate table.
I would have three main priorities as a Senator-at-Large:continue to exceed what is “required” by my position, continue to express students’ wants and needs to the university and continue to be friendly and accessible to all students and faculty on campus.
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I’d like to make additional funding more readily available to organizations willing to think outside the box, because Senate needs to encourage the types of creative projects that will grow and challenge the university as a whole.
I would like to continue to improve the image of Student Senate on campus and continue to reach out to students. If a student has a problem with something on campus...we should be receptive to their ideas and suggestions...
I would like to create a more unified campus, to make students more aware of events and organizational opportunities and to ultimately increase attendance at those events.
I want to work hard so that no undergraduate student remains unaware of any decision that directly/indirectly influences his/her academic career and experience at Drake.
Students should exercise their titles as senators when they have earned it through the effective use of their positions. My goal would be simple: get things done... Senate should always have its pulse on the needs of the student body.