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T-minus nine days Undergraduate commencement ceremony is May 14

Last two weeks for Student Senate busy ones

WHEN: May 14, at 10 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Graduates must check in at the Bell Center gym by 9:15 a.m., and instructions and announcements for the processional and recessional will be at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: The Knapp Center LUNCH: All graduates and families are invited to the Commencement Lunch at Quad Creek Café. Tickets are $6.25 in advance and $7.25 at the door.

illustration by Drew Albinson Staff Illustrator

BSC funds debated, organizations approved, $4,248.80 allocated

The Royal Intern

by Sean Walsh

Junior’s study abroad internship gets him up close and personal with William and Kate by Matt Nelson

Relays Editor

Drake junior Oliver Housman found out he would be covering the Royal Wedding for Fox News less than a day before the event. “My boss calls me Thursday night, and says, ‘Hey, I got you a pass,’” Housman said. “I got there at 6:30 a.m. (the next day).” Housman, who is currently studying abroad in London, ended up spending 15 hours on location. He recently completed an internship for Prime Television, an equipment rental company that rents out cameras and microphones to interested studios. At the wedding, Prime Television was contracted out with Fox News. Housman assisted in helping set up equipment, including cameras and tripods, and brought sandwiches and drinks to hungry crew members. Housman said he didn’t want to pass up the opportunity, however last-minute it may have

been. “It looks great on the resume,” he said. “You get in-the-field experience that not too many people are going to be able to have.” Housman said there were some technical difficulties with the shoot. Technicians organized a “pool feed,” which is a collection of wedding footage. At times, the pool feed didn’t always flow correctly, which Housman said was “stressful.” Housman said he was about 100 yards away from the balcony when Prince William and Kate Middleton emerged, and he saw them when they kissed. “(People were) pretty happy,” Housman said. “Some guy had a vuvuzela — yeah, it was really weird. But there was a lot of cheering… The crowd was calling for a second kiss, which the royal couple obliged.” Although American media reports have criticized the duration of the kiss, Housman said the British people seemed

Candidates for sexual violence response visit campus by Lizzie Pine

overlooking Buckingham Palace before the Royal Wedding.

satisfied with it. “It was more than a peck, but less than a kiss,” Housman said. “When you have a royal couple and everyone is calling for a kiss, you’re not going to complain.” Housman said that Prime Television had 16 cameras covering the event, and he wasn’t sure how many people from Fox were working. “It’s a huge logistical

We hope this person will make a new culture of education about the topic and hopefully make Drake a better place. -Sentwali Bakari

A year ago the Task Force met to recommend the position, President Maxwell provided the funding and the search committee was formed. They didn’t want to jump into anything, Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari said. “We wanted to be clear about what they would be doing and how they would deal with these cases,” Bakari said.

operation,” he said. Housman said his experience at Drake and interactions with Todd Evans and John Lytle, both professors of journalism, had prepared him well for the event. “Obviously there’s some stuff that you can’t prepare for,” Housman said. “But when a situation did arise, stuff was really familiar because of the work I’ve done at Drake.”

Current Deputy Provost to assume interim position

On April 26, Drake announced the appointment of Susan Wright as the interim provost. Wright was selected to move from her current position as deputy provost to the new post after Provost Michael Renner announced his resignation effective May 31. Beginning June 1, Wright will assume all responsibilities of the provost, said President David Maxwell. Other faculty members will be assuming different or new roles as well. Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Raylene Rospond will serve parttime as deputy provost. Keith Summerville, associate dean of Arts & Sciences and associate professor of environmental science, will be co-chair, along with Rospond and former Provost and Senior Counselor for International Initiatives Ron Troyer, of the Strategic Planning Initiative being formed to guide the university through its next planning cycle. Maxwell sent an email to all university students and staff last week saying he was “confident that we have an academic administration leadership team — including Vice Provost Wanda Everage, Associate Provost Art Sanders and the Deans’ Council — that offers both considerable experience and expertise and new perspectives as we move forward.” As a part of her new post, Wright said she would continue to manage many of the responsibilities she’s already held as deputy provost. “Some areas won’t be a lot different; I’ll continue to do quite a bit of what I have


During the past two weeks, Student Senate has been hard at work closing out the 24th session of the governing student body. On April 21, Sen. Michael Riebel proposed a separation of the Student Activity Fee to take out the 27 percent Board of Student Communications budget. Journalism Sen. Rachel Kauffold read a letter from Kathleen Richardson, the director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, encouraging senators not to separate the BSC budget from the Student Activity Fee because it would require student publications to request for a raise in funding from Senate in the future. Most senators were in consensus, arguing that the BSC budget is still student funds, and therefore should be regulated by Student Senate. “Fundamentally it does not make sense to give up power we already have,” Vice President of Student Activities Greg Larson said. The resolution passed with all senators voting in favor except Sen. Kauffold. Senate also voted to pass a resolution presented at last week’s meeting to raise the Student Activity Fee $7. The raise, if approved by the Board of Trustees, would not go into effect until the 2012-2013 academic year. In terms of allocations, Senate gave $3,225 during the meeting to send three delegates to the LeaderShape Institute Conference during the summer. During the April 28, meeting Senate allocated $1,023.80 to the Drake Ultimate Frisbee Club to cover registration and transportation costs for the USA Ultimate Regional Tournament in Appleton, Wis., on April 30. On April 21,w Tom’s Campus club was recognized as a student organization. The organization aims to educate and do outreach


Sue Wright will take on role beginning June 1 until Renner’s successor is found News Editor

What takes longer than creating a new position in the administration and finding a qualified candidate for it? Saying the position’s title. The new staff member, the coordinator for sexual violence response and healthy relationship promotion, will assume his or her role in the fall. The creation of the position stems from a recommendation from Drake’s Alcohol Task Force. The Task Force is interviewing two candidates this week: Carrie Giese and Indira Blasevic.


photo courtesy of OLIVER HOUSMAN

OLIVER HOUSMAN sat in the Fox New Studio on the edge of Green Park

by Ann Schnoebelen


Staff Writer

been doing,” she said. “There will be a lot of different meetings and I’ll be working more with the president to ensure there’s support for him and backup in terms of taking care of the entire academic division.” She is beginning to meet with various administrators and divisions to decide which duties she’ll have to reassign. She said she was not hesitant to accept the position. “I think there’s a need to have someone there who has some experience and knowledge of a lot of the areas of the academic division,” she said. “I was glad to be able to do what I can to help things move forward during the next year.” After Renner’s successor assumes the provost’s responsibilities, Wright said she will try to balance playing a role in his or her transition process with her retirement plans. “I’m going to be flexible and see what the new provost would want, or what the president would suggest is an appropriate role at the time and how it affects my desire to retire in the not-so-distant future,” she said. Maxwell said Drake will use a search consultant firm to seek applicants for the position. This strategy helps the university find people who may not be looking for a new job but who would be strong candidates, and allows the firm to handle a bulk of the search’s preliminary workload. “A search consultant will manage all of that because it’s an awful lot of work,” Maxwell said. “You don’t want to say to a search committee that consists of faculty, students and staff, ‘On top of everything else you do, you’ve got to manage correspondence with 140 people.’” The new provost is expected to begin work in June 2012.

>>MEETINGS IN BRIEF APPROVED: Community Outreach Committee to help outside of the Drake Community $3,225 allocated to send three delegates to the LeaderShape Institute Conference over the summer $1023.80 allocated to the Drake Ultimate Frisbee Club to cover costs for its Regional Tournament RECOGNIZED: Tom’s Campus Club to help reach out to poverty stricken children in Africa PASSED: Resolution to raise the Student Activity Fee by $7

>>WHAT’S NEXT SENATORS for the 25th session of the Drake Student Senate will gather around the table for their first meeting tonight at 9 p.m. in Drake Room in Upper Olmsted.





Finals are approaching fast... Are you ready?

The United State’s defecit and how it really affects us

The Nappy Roots rocked the Court Ave. celebration

Drake men’s tennis wins Missouri Valley title






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Security and the fire department responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall based on a fire alarm. It was determined a male student had tried to cook rice cakes and the pan of oil got too hot, resulting in smoke which activated the alarm. The room was ventilated by opening sliding glass doors.

1 p.m. April 15 A Sodexo male employee advised that a student was looking around in the C-Store of Hubbell Dining Hall and then looked at him and said: “I will take care of you.� It was determined the employee quit his job. 5 a.m. April 17 Security found a male passed out in a vehicle in a Drake parking lot located in the 1300 block of 32nd Street After several attempts he was awakened and the underage-fordrinking male student said he had been drinking at a bar located in 2300 block of Forest Avenue. He then went

to his fraternity house and back to the parking lot. His communication skills were not the best and he was seen back to his residence hall. 12:22 p.m. April 19 Security responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall based on two students who had been fighting. It turned out to be a domestic fight between a male and female student who were arguing about property and other matters. The property was returned, and residence hall staff has been advised. 2 p.m. April 25 A police detective informed security

Many observers have pointed out that Mr. Bin Laden’s death is unlikely to mark the end of this violent period.


that a 20-year-old intoxicated male student reported he was punched in the face at a bar located in the 2300 block of University Avenue just before 1:15 a.m. on April 23. He didn’t know the name of the suspect, but thought it was his best friend’s former girlfriend’s former boyfriend. The matter has been coordinated with the dean of students.

9:30 a.m. April 28 A staff member reported that two TVs, a 42 inch and a 32 inch, were stolen from the southwest corner media room of the Drake Stadium between 4 p.m. on April 27 and 8:45 a.m. on April 28. There were no signs of forced entry and the room was found unlocked at 12:30 a.m. on April 28.

home and turned him over to his mother.

1:43 a.m April 28 A security officer had parked a security vehicle in a Drake parking lot located in the 1300 block of 31st Street when he observed a group of over 50 people walking southbound from a tent party at 31st Street and Forest Avenue. As the group neared, it appeared to the officer that a fight was about to begin. He opened his door and a male slammed the door into the officer, knocking him back into the vehicle. Help was requested and two other Drake Officers were successful in detaining the suspect until police arrived. The 22-year-old student was arrested for assault and intoxication. The dean of students has been advised.

10:56 p.m. April 28 A female student reported a group of males broke out her window at the Norman Apartments and they urinated in the stairwell. Security caught up with the group a short time later and after asking several times, one intoxicated and underage-fordrinking male student admitted to breaking out the window by accident. The Drake Real Estate Manager was advised as was the dean of students.

5:46 p.m. April 29 A police officer reported several juveniles jumping stairs and knocking over positioned rocks near Olin Hall. Five juveniles ages 16 and 18 and a 33-year-old male adult were stopped. They were all advised on trespass.

SAB helping students relax with free massages

2:47 a.m. April 29 A security officer observed two males attempting to steal a bicycle near Cline Hall. Both ran, and one escaped. The other was stopped and advised on trespass near Cowles Library. A police officer took him

4a.m. April 29 A male staff member struck a gate with a university vehicle while entering the Herriott Circle. There was some ego damage, but very minor damage was done to a sideview mirror.

2:48 a.m. April 30 Security responded to Carpenter Residence Hall based on report that someone had pulled an emergency light fixture from the ceiling. A student heard noises, came out of her room and observed a male going into a nearby room. The four males in the room were questioned and all denied damaging the fixture and the witness was unsure if any of them were suspects.

Tips for getting your study on during Finals Week

by Nicole Mittelbrun

by Cori Clark

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Overwhelmed by the end of semester? Dead Day Massages sponsored by the Student Activities Board is the perfect study break. Come relax at Pomerantz Stage between 12-3 on Friday for free, five-minute massages. Four licensed massage therapists will be giving chair massages, including Drake’s very own massage therapist, Kevin Peterson. The massages are first come, first serve. Summertime refreshments will be served at the event. “The event will provide stress relief for students to come and relax during the very stressful time of finals week looming and to take a quick break from studying,� said Nick Lund, SAB entertainment co-chair said. “Students should attend for the relaxing atmosphere and for the massage. It’s a great excuse for a quick study break and is sure to make your Dead Day great!� he said. Check out to leave feedback and see plans for future events.

Once you’re ready to hunker down for a night of studying, follow these tips to maximize your full potential and remain productive all night. 1. Study in the cold - You will be less likely to fall asleep without the drowsiness heat brings. 2. Study in short increments - Try and take a 5- to 10-minute break once every hour. Stretching or walking around will help circulate the blood to your brain. 3. Stay away from sugary foods - While you may feel energized for a while (sugar high), they can eventually make you feel drowsy. Kick the candy bar and try an apple. Apples can keep your blood sugar stable so you’re able to stay awake longer. 4. Chew gum - Like shaking your leg, chewing gum is an unconscious activity that will help keep your brain focused while staying awake. 5. Rotate subjects every hour -You will get tired and mentally wear out if you study the same thing for three hours straight.

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THIS YEAR’S EXAM SCHEDULE can be found on the Drake website by going to the Current Students page, then clicking the Student Records link in the Campus Resources column. Next select the final exam schedule link found in the menu on the left side of the screen.

As the Relays hangover clears and the crowd disappears, you’re realizing one terrifying fact: finals are right around the corner. The first day of exams is just one week away. Have you even touched your biology textbook since midterms? See the table at left for exam times, which can also be found in the student records section of the Drake website. Evening classes, meaning those that begin at 4 p.m. or later, follow the Evening Examination Schedule. These tests are given on the usual class meeting day, MondayFriday, May 9-13. However, to avoid conflicts with regularly scheduled, classes those exams must take place after 6 p.m. unless special arrangements are made. The Drake University Law School follows a different final exam schedule, listed on its website. Overwhelmed? Undergraduate students may ask for assistance from the dean of their college with changing their individual exam schedule if they have more than three exams in the same day.

New Community Outreach Committee will be concerned with off-campus FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 to children in poverty throughout Africa, in part by donating TOMS brand footwear to children without shoes. Sen. Amanda Laurent presented a bylaw change to make the Community Outreach Committee a permanent standing community on April 21. Senate voted on it during its April 28 meeting and made it an official committee. COC will help achieve Senate’s leadership goal next year to reach out to the community and be involved in community issues outside of Drake’s campus. WHAT IS THE SIGN OF A GOOD DECISION? Ž

It’s representing a Fortune 500* Company before graduating from college. Midwest Associates, a general agency of MassMutual, is looking for motivated individuals who wish to stand out in the crowd. We offer internships for students interested in financial services. As a financial representative intern, you’ll have the opportunity to be in business for yourself – not by yourself. And, you’ll be supported by our specialists, training programs and mentoring opportunities. If you have what it takes to gain real-world experience connecting with people, we are looking for you. Make a good career decision today and contact our agency recruiter at 515-457-3327. To learn more, contact: Tara Christiansen, Agency Development Coordinator UI4USFFU 4VJUFr8FTU%FT.PJOFT *" rUBSBDISJTUJBOTFO!ėOBODJBMHVJEFDPN

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New position will help create a 24hour hotline for victims of sexual FROM TASK FORCE, PAGE 1 range of things, advocating for sexual assault victims, working with administration to create educational programming to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships. A 24-hour hotline will also be established for victims to call. Bakari said it’s important for students to know there’s a person at Drake who is an expert and can help students get the support they need. “We hope this person will make a new culture of education about the topic and hopefully make Drake a better place,� Bakari said.


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Good luck on finals!

Distruction and success of teens in the music industry

Forget the poor

When we look at the new teenage sensations like Justin Bieber, Rebecca Black and Miley Cyrus, it’s really easy to proclaim the next big thing. But is success at that young age a good thing? It can be either a blessing or a curse for many of them. There are many examples of both in popular music — past and present. Let’s start with the success stories in teenage sensations.

A final word about the government’s income through taxes and health care abilities

Simon & Garfunkel

The famous folk-rock duo started out as Tom and Jerry in 1957 when both were 16 years old. In their twenties, the two had great success, with such songs as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “The Boxer.” Since then, both have had great success as solo artists and are still playing while even in their seventies today.

The Bee Gees

The three Gibb brothers all started in Australia with the song “Spicks & Specks,” when they were all in their early teens and the success didn’t stop there. They are the only group to have three consecutive No.1 hits, and are one of the most successful groups in terms of all-time chart hits. They all stayed together until Maurice Gibb died in 2003 of a heart attack.

There is one main example of teenage success that has gone wrong, and we are all familiar with that example:

Michael Jackson

Now, I know what everyone’s thinking. How could the “King” of pop be a failure? The answer is simple. Look at his personal history. He had great success as a member of the Jackson 5, and became even bigger after the group disbanded. Yet, he never really grew up and that led to his failure. His lack of a childhood due to early fame led him to become a person who thought that he could get away with anything, leading to his controversial public and legal situations. From his dangling of his son off a balcony to his criminal trial, or even his controversial death from enough drugs that could kill an army, Jackson struggled with his personal life, and that is why his early fame led to later failure. Now, there is definitely the chance that all of today’s top teenage stars could continue their success, but tread carefully. Miley Cyrus is already starting to struggle and isn’t even touring America anymore. I don’t know who will be next, but it won’t be pretty.

Stevie Wonder

We all know the story of Stevie Wonder, right — the poor, blind kid who hit it big at age 11 after getting signed to Motown records? I know it sounds like a bad movie, but that’s exactly what happened. He is still with Motown and is still huge all over the world. From his early songs like “Fingertips” and“My Cherie Amour,” to today, Stevie is a living legend who is still cranking out songs.


Wendlandt is a sophomore broadcast journalism major and can be contacted at

In defense of Campus Fellowship “If you were to die tomorrow, how sure are you that you would go to Heaven?” The first time a member of Campus Fellowship asked me this, I had a response involving my desire to effect positive change in the world and my hesitancy to believe in a loving God who damns people for eternity. The next ten times or so I was asked, however, I started to respond with sarcastic remarks. For instance, a list of reasons I thought Hell would be more fun or an estimated amount of the day I spent sinning. According to the Bible, it’s a pretty high percent of my day, by the way. It’s mainly my affinity for swearing and a lack of interest in stoning people that does it. Ask nearly any student at Drake and they can tell you about a friend who was sucked in or about being a “project” for well meaning and slightly creepy conversion tactics of Campus Fellowship. The way some people talk about weather, Drake students talk about being preyed upon by what we clearly deem a religious cult. Judging from the ferocity of the conversations we have, Campus Fellowship regularly practices bloodletting rituals and human sacrifice in the middle of Helmick Commons. I am well aware of the accusations against Campus Fellowship by the rest of campus, and my goal isn’t to defend any of these issues. Yes, at Alive a few weeks ago they discussed how people have become too tolerant of immorality (read: having the sex, voting the democrat or being the gay). Clearly someone should calmly explain that Jesus was pretty good at the whole “love everybody” thing. Despite the fact that some of Drake’s brightest, most compassionate women are in CF, women aren’t allowed to be Bible study leaders (because, you know, Eve couldn’t lead, so…). Obviously we should probably have moved past the Dark Ages and into the era with Title IX and votes for women. We need to work on that. Yes, of course it’s super awkward when someone you’ve just met corners you and tells you that you’re going to Hell. Not everyone is blessed with the whole “tact” thing. Let’s move on. But reading between the lines of our very valid concerns with CF, it seems like we feel frustrated that they judge us and make assumptions about our lives and beliefs. I used to make sarcastic responses to the heaven question because I felt they didn’t care about my answer enough to listen to or consider it. If they won’t listen to me, the 10-year-old in my head reasons, I just won’t listen to them. We assume all members are clones and judge them as holding the exact same beliefs. On the whole, we’ve somehow decided that the best way to deal with perceived closed-mindedness is by being closedminded. Here’s a to do list: stop calling them a cult; don’t call them “Alivers”; stop blaming religious intolerance on them, because in doing so, we ourselves

are becoming intolerant; when they ask how sure I am about Heaven, engage them in a conversation about it rather than being a sarcastic jerk. There were chalked Bible verses around campus this week. None of them said that someone was going to eat our babies or anything else even remotely offensive. With all due respect to whoever chalked sarcastic responses, is it really such an infringement on your walking space that you can’t let them share God’s love? If it had been another group on campus using quotes from the Koran, would we have done the same thing? Religious dialogue on Drake’s campus is left wanting so much of the time, and we feel compelled to shut down CF every time we hear their name or sense their Evangelical spirit on campus. But here’s the best kept secret at Drake: Some of the kindest, smartest, most compassionate, critically thinking Drake students go to Alive each week. Those chalked versus were written by a passionate group of individuals who care deeply about something and ask the big questions that sometimes, the rest of us are scared to. Thei incite conversation in a way no one else on campus does. There are radical people in every group on campus, but truly, most people in CF won’t jump you and start sharing their testimony the moment they spot you across Hubbell. Do you know what they might do? Start a normal conversation. Remarkable. How can we possibly live up to the Drake mission statement and its claim of living “meaningful personal lives” if we aren’t even willing to hold a discussion with someone who believes differently from ourselves? We alienate so many of these students, making CF into this terrifying “other,” but really, they give us an opportunity to be people accepting of different perspectives. Whether you agree with them or not, they are people who are trying to find meaning in life. And really, who am I to say they’re wrong?

MATT MORAN, Sports Editor

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Of course, everyone likes to whine about how most of us don’t pay income taxes on our billions of dollars in profit. Sure, Bank of America, Verizon, Boeing, GE and Citigroup collectively paid less than $10 in taxes last year, but all that forgone, income is not why we have a deficit problem. It’s NPR and Planned Parenthood. If GE actually paid its taxes last year, the government would have an extra $5 billion to spend, sure. But if everyone took our corporate- and Republican-approved math courses, you would know the $93 million in funding for NPR is actually greater than $5 billion in foregone tax revenue from GE. Of course, the American “sheeple” continue to have the gall to ig-

KAILA SWAIN, Digital Editor



REED ALLEN, Business Manager


nore our tweaking of the facts and insist on acquiring “knowledge” without proper corporate censorship, but rest assured that their transgressions will be dealt with as soon as we get more of our puppets in power. Speaking of puppets, Paul Ryan, our favorite Wisconsin congressman, has introduced his glorious new budget to Congress. In order to solve the problem of too much spending, he’s going to carve up Medicare and sell its flesh to corporations like ours. To solve the problem of expensive medical care for the old, we’ll simply remove the problem of old people. Give us control over the remains of Medicare, and we’ll release our newest line of fiscally sensitive products like “Granny-be-gone,” the oven explosive that is guaranteed to pull the plug on grandma the next time she tries to bake sugar cookies for the children. If your elderly aren’t cooking inclined, you could try “Geezer-Wheezer,” our potent new mustard gas that will send grandpa back into memories of trench warfare. In the event that the elderly protest their liquidation, the military-industrial complex will finally be vindicated when we use one of their useless, billion-dollar blueprints as we literally roll out the “Gray-Roader” tank, designed specifically to squish the oatmeal right out of them with its titanium treads. Rep. Ryan is also going to cut Medicaid for the poor. What perfect timing. Our newest line of delicious soup calls for several teaspoons of grounded bones from the poor. Toss in the entrails of immigrants for extra flavor. Not all of the immigrants, of course; how could we keep shoveling our synthetic corn products down your throats and crap on Steinbeck’s grave without taking advantage of the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to work for nearly free? So vote for the “right” party next election cycle. We don’t like the phrase “two more years” or “four more years” because that implies going into the future. We prefer “negative 100 more years!” as we hearken back to a better time when unions were stricken down for their insolence and doctors only provided health care for those that could afford it. Oh wait…


Protzmann is a first-year philosophy major and can be contacted at


Act of violence no reason to celebrate In the hours after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden in a US Special Forces raid near Islamabad, Pakistan, spontaneous celebrations occurred at universities around the United States. The campus of Iowa State University in Ames was one of these locations, although Drake University was not. As I looked at photographs and video at students brandishing American flags, parading down the streets, and singing the national anthem, I felt a sense of ambivalence at this outpouring of emotion. I understand, and to an extent share, the relief and feelings of justice done that President Obama described in his speech on Sunday night. On the other hand, it is difficult for me to celebrate an act of violence that, when put in the context of the wars of the last ten years, and the probability of ongoing conflicts in the years to come, is only one part of a larger, and grimmer, picture. Many observers have pointed out that Mr. Bin Laden’s death is unlikely to mark the end of this violent period. Nor is it likely to make the United States a safer place to live in any straightforward way. It certainly will not return to life those who died in the attacks of 9/11 and the wars that followed. The celebrations contrasted with the disposal at sea of Mr. Bin Laden’s remains by the US military, which involved washing to body according to Muslim tradition and reading religious rites in Arabic. These rituals displayed a solemnity and cultural sensitivity that was more fitting to the event and more heartening for those who look forward to an end to this cycle of conflict. Michael Haedicke, Assistant Professor of Sociology

O’Donnell is a sophomore secondary education major and can be contacted at


JESSICA MATTES, Managing Editor

In order to solve the problem of too much spending, he’s going to carve up Medicare and sell its flesh to corporations like ours. To solve the problems of expensive medical care for the old, we’ll simply remove the problem of old people.



It has been a good decade so far for us in the corporate world. Last year’s profits were literally the highest they have ever been in history. At the end of September last year, we collectively had nearly $2 trillion in cash reserves. Isn’t it lovely? All that money, just sitting around. Sure, we could use it to employ more workers and produce more products, but what’s the fun in that? Why create millions of new jobs for unemployed Americans when we can snort coke off a hooker’s stomach instead? The best part about these last few years has been the elections. While that socialist weasel from Kenya may have won in 2008, we got our people back in power in 2010. Why, right now they are fighting to cut our corporate taxes in half. That’s right! If they succeed, as we sure hope they will, we’ll have even more money to spend on hookers and narcotics. Sure, it might hurt the deficit if it goes through, but we aren’t to blame for America’s economic problems. It’s obviously the fault of all those greedy unions and their fat-cat teachers, firemen and janitors. No. 2 pencils, “stop, drop and roll,” and cleaning solution are obviously the culprits for the government deficit.

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THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 | PAGE 4


Graduation is May 14 at 10 a.m. in the Drake University Knapp Center.


with Nappy Roots by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

On Friday night, hip-hop group Nappy Roots performed at the annual Drake Relays Court Avenue celebration. The group was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Rap/Song Collaboration for their song “Po’ Folks.” On Friday, Nappy Roots knew just what to offer to the enthusiastic crowd of college students on Court Avenue: loud music to dance to.

Q: How did you meet and how was the band formed? A: We met at West Kentucky University between 1993 and ’97. We were

all trying to get an education and to better ourselves. Fish Scales was there on a full-ride basketball scholarship; he’s from Georgia. The rest of us are from Kentucky. What really brought us together, though, was our love of music and, especially, hip-hop. At first, we would spend our nights free styling in the back of house parties. Then we started putting songs on cassette tapes and ended up putting out our first album with Atlantic Records in 1998. What we remember is that we all came from college; we’re proud of that.

Q: Who are your musical influences? A: Definitely Ice Cube. Also, Tupac, Church, Bob Marley… Q: Where else have you performed and where was your favorite place? A: We’ve been all around the world. In 2003, we performed for the troops

in Kuwait. We’ve also been to London, Germany, the Bahamas and almost all 50 states, except North and South Dakota–we hope to get there soon. The sky is the limit for us. We mainly perform for universities, they’re our comfort zone, but we have versatility. We’ve performed in small holein-the-wall venues and big arenas. We have also been fortunate to align ourselves with some of the greats. We recently performed with Keri Hilson. In the past we’ve been with Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, The Marley Brothers and more. I think our favorite place was at home in Louisville, Ky., at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in 2004. It was the first annual Nappy Roots Day. There were about 16,000 people there.

Q: How did you feel when you were nominated for a Grammy? A: It was a damn good dream. The thing about the greats who have won,

OPENING PERFORMER (top left) mixes beats and puts on a show under flashing lights at Friday night’s concert. THE CROWD (above) got rowdy during Nappy Roots’ performance downtown. SKINNY (right) is a member of Nappy Roots, the main performance at the Court Avenue concert. BIG-V, (lower left) a member of Nappy Roots, got the crowd pumped between songs. B-STILLE (lower right) rocked his cowboy hat Friday night during the concert event hosted by SAB.

they’re legends. It was a surreal experience.

Drake University Honors: A different way to learn by Drew Kauffman

Staff Writer

When coming to college, students have a lot of choices to make. At Drake University, one of those choices students make is how to fulfill their general education requirements. Students can participate in the Areas of Inquiry program or they can participate in the Honors Program. When students hear Honors Program they may think “overachievers,” but those involved in the program say that’s not necessarily what it’s about. “The Honors Program here is probably a little different than what you would find at another university,” said Amy O’Shaughnessy, interim assistant director of the Honors Program. “The Honors Program is focused on interdisciplinary education. All the classes are small; they’re capped at 20 students. They’re reading and writing intensive.” The Honors Program director, Angela Battle, agreed that the program has a more distinctive path for students than other schools’ programs. “The Honors Program provides an alternative choice to the university’s general education requirements, also known as the Areas of Inquiry,” Battle said. “If a student prefers this kind of learning environment then the program might suit them well.” To graduate on the Honors Program track, students have to meet several requirements that are the same as those on the AOI track. Students must take one quantitative course, one artistic experience course and one physical or life science course with a lab. However, instead of fulfilling the other AOI course requirements, students instead take a class called Paths to Knowledge and 15 Honors credits the students get to choose. The courses that students take to fulfill those 15 credits are on a wide variety of subjects. Next semester the Honors Program will be offering courses on subjects such as human evolutionary psychology, the impact of social media on governments, Nazi and resistance cultures, urban environmental history and even the music of the Beatles. As students approach graduation, they also

have the choice to go one step further in the Honors Program and try to graduate with University Honors. If a student has a 3.5 cumulative GPA and completes an Honors Senior Thesis, that student can have the distinction of graduating with University Honors. The Honors Program isn’t just about academics though. Throughout the year, the Honors Council plans many social activities. “We try to make an actual community out of the Honors Program,” said First-Year Representative Jordan Payne. The events, such as Random Night Dinners, speakers and movie screenings, are open to all students, not just Honors students. Payne said the events are open to everyone because the council wants to show that anyone can be a part of the Honors Program. John August, a Drake University and Honors Program alumnus and screenwriter known for his work on films like “Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Corpse Bride,” said that participating in the Honors Program has helped him in his career. “My Honors classes were the only ones that asked me to write 30-page papers,” August said. “That was daunting at the time, but as a screenwriter, most of my work now is around 120 pages. The ability to write and structure long documents has proved essential.” August also suggested that students take classes that “scare” them. “I took a quantum mechanics class that seemed out of my league,” he said. “I loved it. It wasn’t practical in any classic way.” August said he writes a lot of science fiction stories, and taking that quantum mechanics class helped him formulate ideas because of all the ‘matrix algebra’ he had to do. Overall, the Honors Program is an important part of the Drake community that allows students a different way to learn in a way that can positively impact their futures.

Don’t burn out this finals season by Chelsey Teachout

Staff Writer

Drake University students can relate easily to a recent UCLA study finding first-year college students’ emotional health dropped to record low levels in 2010. Added social and academic pressures of adjusting to college life can be a source of tension, but for some it’s just a way of life. “If you aren’t stressing, then you’re forgetting something,” sophomore accounting and finance major Michael Riebel said. Riebel is a Student Senate senator-at-large, Student Activities Board member, fraternity brother and part-time teller at Premier Credit Union. His course load is 15 credit hours this semester. Required office hours, meetings and a part-time job add up to 20 hours of extra work on a light week. Drake Health Center therapist Kirk Bragg encourages students to prioritize their lives to help with stress management. Bragg said students worry about paying loans, finding jobs and the future. Drake students aren’t unique with their stress, but they might have more debt than other college students because of privateschool tuition. Signs of stress include headaches, excessive sweating, upset stomach and poor concentration. “The point is not to run away from things, but learn to cope with them,” Bragg said. Bragg said the basics in life, like a balanced diet and exercise, are most important. He encourages students to manage stress with a daily planner. Riebel agreed that organization is key. “It’s all about managing it,” he said. Riebel ran for vice president of student activities and, although he did not win the election, he still spent time building and running a campaign for the few weeks before elections. Riebel captured 43 percent of votes while his opposition captured 54 percent. His competitive race reflects his competitive attitude about Drake. “It’s Drake University,” Riebel said. “You need to be that better student.” Stress may be a continual reality, but Riebel balances it by catching an episode of “Jersey Shore” or

hanging out with friends. Other short-term ways students can handle stress include taking a break, pausing to breathe and prioritizing. Students can handle long-term stress by using a support system like friends, recognizing limits and making their own goals. “It’s the slow drip of chronic stress — your body will tell you. It’s the stress that gets to people,” Bragg said. Riebel isn’t the only one who has managed to avoid stress-related problems. Sophomore physics and math double major Bennett Hansen is involved in several campus activities outside his 17 credit hours. He participates in curling club events, maintains The Times-Delphic website and is a member of a fraternity, Student Senate Student Services Committee and Goodwin-Kirk Executive Council. “I constantly have things in the back of my mind that I have to think about,” Hansen said. Hansen manages his workload by writing things down in his planner. He said he realizes that his involvement in campus organizations at Drake has value. “Because it’s small, the stuff you’re involved in will matter,” Hansen said. Hansen copes with stress by taking advantage of his free time. He uses it to get things done and occasionally nap. Some students manage their stress with a more hands-on approach. Kevin Peterson is a senior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major and licensed massage therapist at Drake. Peterson treats four to eight students a week at Drake’s Wellness Center. He started working last year, and his practice now receives more attention than it did before because of open advertising. “People are realizing that this will help with stress-related symptoms. I almost exclusively see students for stress,” Peterson said. Peterson’s advice is simple: Know your limits and get to know yourself. He believes that selfawareness is the first step in figuring out how to eliminate that point of stress. “Make sure to take care of yourself while taking care of everything else,” Peterson said.


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with Intisar Nasir by Ethan Clevenger

Staff Writer

Intisar Nasir is an international Drake student from Pakistan. An actuarial science major, Nasir is just completing his first semester here in Des Moines. He gives us a firsthand look into the conflicts of the Middle East.

Q: Let’s just start from the beginning, I guess. Where are you from? A: I lived 13 years in one city, then four years in the other. And just before moving here I lived for four months in another. Thirteen years in Karachi, some five years in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. And currently I was living in Lahore.

Q: Pakistan was affected quite a bit by the Iraq, Afghanistan wars. What

was it like before that? A: Well, I was nine, I think. Well right now, the situation is terrible. The economy is bad, first of all. Terrorism is, like, the worst thing right now. Every week, two weeks, month we have a new terrorist. You watch the news, you know. So that situation is worse. Other than that, there are other problems, such as electricity. Even in the big cities, we’re currently having, in summer especially, problems with electricity every day. The supply of water is not available all over Pakistan. If you live in the big cities, you’re well off, but in rural areas, that’s a big problem. The crime rate is high as ever, of course. Social disorder. No one is ever satisfied with the government. You compare it to America, you see more civilized people here. And why is that? I think it’s because of education. The whole system, compared to America, is upside down. As the role of an individual, that’s different over there. In America you have freedom of voice and everything. In Pakistan, technically you have it, but in reality you don’t have that. Religious problems are a big issue in Pakistan. I especially come from a minority. We are a minority. We have been persecuted for the last 35, 40 years now, and it just gets worse and worse.

Q: What is that minority? A: We are a minority Muslim sect called Ahmadis. Q: So have things happened to you personally, regarding persecution? A: Personally, I would say my family has been lucky enough to escape

that. But my uncle, back in 1998, he was shot outside his warehouse, you could say. He was reading a newspaper outside there. And there was a guy, he comes up — and that’s the situation in Pakistan — there’s a guy who comes up and his name was Ijaz, so a guy comes up and says ‘Are you Ijaz?’ and he’s like ‘Yeah,’ and he took out a gun and shot him and ran away. And when we take a man to court, we don’t have any support of the people, because in Pakistan they believe killing us sends them straight to heaven, you know? They’ve been trained by these extremists of Islam, and jihad literally applies everywhere. Are you familiar with Sunni Muslims and Shi’ite Muslims? (Note: Bahria Town is a real-estate company in Pakistan. Controversy about the company includes a case in which Malik Riaz, CEO, secured a contract with the Pakistan government to develop land already owned by certain allocated individuals and then turn it over to them. The individuals who had already owned the land were charged for the land again by


One Drake student’s journey to America and his firsthand experience with Middle Eastern conflicts Bahria Town. Riaz then, in violation of both law and the contract, backed out and sold the land off, leaving the initial owners in an unsure position. Petitions have been filed in court.) Sunni Muslims are the majority, and other sects have come along and so the Sunni Muslims are actually the most extremist. You kill a Shi’ite Muslim, Sunni Muslims will support you. You kill us or…there are 73 sects of Islam, so it’s pretty complicated all over the world. But that’s the main point. Your rights, just…you can’t expect justice in Pakistan. Now my father, he was in the military and now he’s retired. His close friend is the director of military intelligence right now. He came to our house about six months ago and I cared enough to listen to one of their conversations. Now the Pakistan navy, it’s also called Bahria in Urdu. Now there was a problem. There’s this housing society that was named Bahria Town. Now, thenavy had a problem with that for years that there was actually…well it reflects our image, because people think ‘navy, Bahria,’ but it had nothing to do with that. So they talked to the person who owned that society who is a very rich man and asked him to change the name and he didn’t. Then the case was going on for 10, 15 years, and this friend of my father, he said they went to that person’s house. They sat there for like 35 minutes so that he would come down, and he comes down after 35, 40 minutes, and here is the director of military intelligence sitting in his living room and he just comes down and says, ‘Well, if you guys are going to do a lawyer, I’m going to do a judge.’ That’s how the system works. If you think the court system, the justice system is fair…You can buy a judge and he’ll make a decision. You kill me, suppose, and my family tries to go after you, and if you’re for some reason rich, you can just pay the judge. So basically you can say there’s no…humanity? It’s just sick, it’s sad. Sometimes it gets really… you just hate it. Everything bad, you name it, it’s there. Women’s rights, people will bury their young daughters if they are born out of shame. Just bury them alive.

Q: How many people that you personally knew have been killed? A: I mean, I knew a lot of people from various mosques…the saddest

thing that happened was the 28 of May last year. Muslims, you know, gather in mosques for Friday prayers. Six terrorists, armed with grenades, AK-47s, I mean you name it. They just entered the mosque and opened fire. There were 87 that died, over 100 injured. And then the terrorists just ran away. I was young, so I didn’t know. I remember I had final exams that day. I had three papers, so I was gone all morning. So, 5 o’clock when I go home, something was wrong. My mom was signaling me ‘Come over here, something bad has happened.’ And she was crying and my dad was crying and I just thought ‘Wow.’ That day, the 28th of May 2010, that day I no longer have mercy for the people of Pakistan. They have been so bad to us. I don’t cheer for them. I used to support my team and be patriotic with the World Cup or championships, you know? My dad, he never supported them, because he’s been around. There were a lot of worse things that happened in the ’70s. In 1974, the Constitution actually declared these people are no longer Muslims. Since then, terrible things have happened. They’ve burned down mosques. But our motto is ‘Love for all and hatred for none,’ so we don’t raise arms against anyone. That’s it. Even if you tried to kill me right now, I would say ‘OK.’ I, personally, I don’t like people anymore. I just…I hate the country. Terrorism is so dominant right now. Recently there was the governor of Punjab – he was shot down by a police man because of the new blasphemy law. If you kill a person and say ‘I did it to save Islam,’ the country will support you. A couple of months ago the prime minister, he was a Christian, he was shot down. If you’re


rich, you can do whatever you want. You have power. Police can’t arrest you because you can buy them out. And if you’re poor, you suffer. That’s it. And you don’t have a voice.

Q: So how were you fortunate enough to get the chance to come here? A: Well, my dad was in the military, so from day one my dad was always

paid well and I received a good education. The thing about Pakistan…if I’m living in a country like America, I see Kevin upstairs. He’s smart, he’s interested in politics, and he can write papers. I can do that in Pakistan, but what do I do? If I want to succeed I come over here, because I know there’s nothing there. I have friends at Stanford, Harvard, Yale – you’ll find Pakistanis everywhere. Why? Because, I mean, why don’t you see Americans going abroad? Because for you: study good enough and you can find a good future here, but a talented person in Pakistan sees, when he grows up, ‘Eh, I can do better. I should go abroad.’ So I received a good education from the first day. We were well off. I mean, we didn’t have financial troubles. We weren’t rich but we were OK. When my father retired he got a good job, CEO of a company, and I got good grades in high school. My high school is the reason. I mean, it’s fantastic. They made it possible for us to go abroad. I was a good student of course.

Q: What’s it been like here in America? What’s your general opinion? A: Of course, compared to Pakistan, it’s good. Life is more meaningful

— you can do more. If you want, you can make a difference. You have the right where your voice matters. I mean, even if you say something just among friends, the culture is so different here. People listen to you. When you talk, people take you seriously. That’s one thing that is the most different. The standard of living here is high of course — you don’t get those problems you have in Pakistan like electricity. Quality wise, America is good, very well off. People are more civilized and education has a big part to play. You won’t get crazy things said by people every day. And religion… that affects me the most. I mean, there are so many, and frankly no one cares about my religion. So that’s the one thing that’s most important for me, the freedom of religion. I’m a religious Muslim so I can do something freely, I can say something freely. Here’s the thing — some people will say people in America are more nice. Some people say back home they are nice. The thing is, back home, wherever your home is, you feel comfortable there because it’s your people. Of course if I could get more Pakistanis here I would be happier. But there’s nothing wrong with life over here. For me, it’s perfect. And that’s something I keep saying every day. Americans, things they consider problems…‘We have to do this, we have to do this.’ Well you don’t realize how good life is here. A guy from Pakistan wouldn’t bother at all with what the government is doing.

Q: Are there any challenges in getting the opportunity to study abroad? Is

there a lot of interference and red tape? A: No, there aren’t problems when people would say ‘no.’ No one cares. No one says, ‘Why are you going abroad?’ Actually, people say you’re very lucky you’re going abroad. I mean, the challenges were more financially. Let’s be clear here: a dollar here is like 86 rupees, and $25,000 annually means 2 million rupees, you know? Financially, things are tight. My father…because it was my dream — I wanted to become an actuary — that’s what parents do. I owe it to them, you know? And I just don’t want to fail here. I want to be a good one (actuary).

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Animal Collective’s last release was 2009’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” The album was a huge critical success garnering placement on many top 10 lists and selling more copies than any of Animal Collective’s previous releases. Since then, each member has participated in various side or solo projects with generally good results, including Avey Tare’s 2010 record “Down There.” But no one thrives outside of Animal Collective better than Panda Bear (Noah Lennox). His 2007 album “Person Pitch” was a seven-track masterpiece, successfully drawing from his previous freak-folk influences and beefing them up with some genuinely impressive production and song writing. On April 12, Lennox released his latest album “Tomboy,” just after Animal Collective’s touring reunion and before an appearance at Coachella. The result is something sonically gorgeous and invigorating. “Tomboy” is instantly recognizable on the opening track, “You Can Count on Me,” if only for the circuital, reverberating droning that is indicative of Animal Collective’s sound. The repetitive chorus and overall lyrical and vocal inflection is incredibly soothing. Immediately, the record is more subdued and relaxed than his previous works; the noodling effected guitars and carefully arranged vocal harmonies reflect the Beach Boys’ influences that often shape Lennox’s melodies. “Tomboy” is incredibly layered throughout — heavy with syrupy patterns that slosh beneath the vocal arrangements. The effect is similar to listening to a record at the bottom of the swimming pool, an all encompassing auditory experience that envelopes the listener in its thick arrangements. Nowhere is this aesthetic more pervasive than on “Surfer’s Hymn,” a pseudo-beach parable featuring a cyclical-wave pattern that plays from the beginning to the end of the track. Most of the tracks on “Tomboy” are tidal in nature as they creep into a climax and pull back and flow into the next song. Indeed, every track is so carefully structured that it’s almost impossible to digest “Tomboy” all at once; each repeated listen yields something different as each layer is peeled back. In that regard, the album is an audiophile’s delight. Melodically, “Tomboy” is probably the most accessible Animal Collective affiliated release to date. “Merriweather Post Pavilion” was lauded for similar reasons, which explains its modest commercial success. Essentially, the reason these melodies succeed, just as it was on “Pavilion,” is because the intense watery layers do not drown the vocals. Moreover, they are beautifully constructed in terms harmonic composition. The tunes, though mostly cyclical and droning in style, have discernible chord changes

that melodies drift through effortlessly. “Last Night at the Jetty” is the strongest track on “Tomboy” for that very reason. It hunkers down into a groove, and evolves like a typical pop song would. But Lennox’s style is such that it gets creatively turned inside out. There are no songs that are simply verse, chorus, lyrics, changes, etc. While these elements do present themselves in Lennox’s work, they hardly define it. Structure is centered on fitting the words into the melody and the general tone of the song. “Dreams that we once had/ Did we have them anyway?/ Seems that we once had/ Now we’ll have them all the time.” The simplicity of the lyrics is contrasted by Lennox’s harsh vocal inflection and the complex arrangement crafted around it. That’s why “Tomboy” can be cyclical and repetitive in its undertones without sounding repetitive. The pulsing static or rolling, wavy loops serve to distort the basic elements of the song without corrupting it. In turn, each component part of “Tomboy” quite beautifully complements another.

Tomboy works on so many levels and is truly a listening experience...Every layered piece of the record feels more in its right place, and the final product sounds much less anxious.

Tomboy works on so many levels and is truly a listening experience. Granted, it does not have the same cohesive feel that made “Person Pitch” so great. There’s a general lack of climax on “Tomboy,” something that detracts from its overall impact. However, Lennox is going for something different here. Every layered piece of the record feels more in its right place, and the final product sounds much less anxious. Tomboy has tracks that provide a much more personal feel due in part to excellent modal lyricism and hummable spacious melodies. It’s an album that gets into the bloodstream and warms the soul. Fans of Panda Bear and Animal Collective will not be disappointed, and if you’re looking to get into some freaky noise music, “Tomboy” wouldn’t be a bad place to start.





THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011 | PAGE 6 The Drake men’s tennis team is headed to the NCAA tournament after winning the State Farm MVC Championship last weekend, and the No. 63 Bulldogs will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first round in Champaign, Ill. No. 17 Illinois is 16-10 and has a history as one of the top men’s tennis programs in the country. The winner will take on the winner of the North Carolina vs. Eastern Kentucky match in the next round.


Drake sweeps WSU to capture title

Bulldogs to take on No. 17 Illinois in NCAA tournament by Dominic Johnson

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“I couldn’t feel my legs.” Up 6-5 in the second set, Drake sophomore James McKie had just given himself a 30-15 advantage. He was two points away from sealing the victory and clinching the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA tournament. But just as McKie caught a glimpse of the finish line, his body gave out. Food poisoning from last Friday night left him in a weakened state Saturday, and the rigorous play of the championship match had taken its toll on the young Bulldog. “I was cramping all over, in my legs and back,” he said. “I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to continue.” The Bulldogs held a 3-0 advantage over Wichita State as McKie lay writhing in pain on the court, but the Shockers had laid claim to three sets in the three remaining matches. If McKie retired from his match, the Shockers would have had a chance to steal the conference title from the No. 63 Bulldogs. But the Bulldogs did not garner a 14-match winning streak and a 20-2 record by giving up. Five minutes of treatment and two points later, McKie was back laying on the court, but this time as a Missouri Valley Conference champion. His teammates bounded over the net and piled on in celebration as the scoreboard read 4-0. The Bulldogs were headed to their fifth NCAA tournament in school history. Three hours prior to the celebration on Court 4 of the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis, head coach Evan Austin’s Bulldog squad waited in the locker room battling their nerves in between moments of excitement. Drake was the top seed and the clear favorite in the match, and the added pressure brought even more nerves. “Everyone was so pumped up,” McKie said. “We were nervous, but it wouldn’t have been normal if we weren’t.” The Bulldogs took to the court minutes later to begin the championship with three doubles matches. Throughout the year, Austin had stressed the importance of winning the lone doubles point to give his team an early advantage, and the same message rang true on Sunday morning. But it was Wichita State who came out of the gates fastest in doubles. “Wichita (State) came out extremely aggressive in doubles so we had to shake off our nerves pretty quickly, or we would have been in trouble,” Austin said. The Bulldogs didn’t shake the nerves off fast enough at the third doubles spot, as junior Cesar Bracho and freshman Robin Goodman fell 4-8 to Wichita State’s Juan Estenssoro and Valentin Mihai. With Wichita State just one match away from claiming the doubles point, it was the top two Bulldog duos who raised their level of play. At the second doubles position, sophomore Jean Erasmus paired with McKie in what became an epic back-and-forth battle. The pair of sophomores managed to take the match to a tiebreaker at 8-8, but from there, it was total domination by the Bulldogs. The duo rushed out to capture the first four points of the tiebreaker to

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SENIOR MAURICIO BALLIVIAN AND SOPHOMORE ANIS GHORBEL high-five after earning a point in a doubles match. The duo has been key to Drake’s MVC championship season, but they will be tested in the first round of the NCAA tournament against No. 17 Illinois. set the tone, and four points later Drake had won the match 7-1. The doubles point then rested on the racquets of senior Mauricio Ballivian and sophomore Anis Ghorbel. Like Erasmus and McKie, Ballivian and Ghorbel were pushed to a tiebreaker to decide the match, and just like their teammates, they dominated at the finish. Taking the tiebreaker 7-2, the Bulldogs gave themselves a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. “I think the confidence and toughness we’ve gained throughout the year was the difference there,” Austin said. Ballivian and Ghorbel carried the momentum from doubles into singles play. Ballivian lived up to his title of Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, while Ghorbel proved he is even better than his All-MVC accolade as the No. 4 singles suggests. Both players rushed out to win 6-3, 6-2, and the Bulldogs pushed

their lead to 3-0. “Mauricio has been solid from start to finish in both singles and doubles and has been a true team leader in his senior year,” Austin said. “Anis has played lights out since the match against Minnesota, and I just think he’s matured a lot as a player.” At this time, Erasmus, Goodman and Hadash had all lost their first sets at third, fifth and sixth singles, respectively, but each Drake player looked to clinch the match on their courts. As McKie battled closer to victory on Court 2, Goodman had taken the second set 6-1 while Erasmus was leading 4-2. But each match was called to an end as the Bulldogs rushed to celebrate the 4-0 victory with McKie. “James really flipped the switch and found where he needed to be from an emotional standpoint and was not going to be denied on Sunday,” Austin said.

The Bulldogs are looking to extend their 15-match winning streak next Friday as they take on the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign, Ill., in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match will begin at 3 p.m. at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Drake and the No. 17 Fighting Illini share similar results, despite the discrepancy in the national rankings, as both teams defeated the Illinois State Redbirds by a score of 6-1. Both teams also suffered losses to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, with Drake losing 2-5 and Illinois losing 3-4. “We don’t care who we come up against,” McKie said. “We know we are capable of beating any of the top teams.”


Drake, Illinois State continue to battle for top spot in MVC Bulldogs look to recapture their swagger in final MVC regular season series at Southern Illinois by Blake Miller

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JUNIOR TOREY CRADDOCK catches the ball and tags first base to get the out. The second baseman is tied for the Valley lead in doubles with 13.

Heading into last week, the Drake softball team was in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. After falling to Illinois State and Creighton in back-to-back games at home, Drake is now in second place, trailing Illinois State by a half game in the standings. Drake followed the losses with wins against Missouri State to put its record at 32-18 on the season and 18-4 in the Valley. “We have been trying to regain a little confidence after losing to Illinois State,” freshman Amy Pierce said. “But I think we feel good about where we are heading into the MVC tournament.” The second loss to Illinois State came in a rubber match of a three-game set at Buel Field. Senior Jenna DeLong, who has been unstoppable all season, gave up five runs on seven hits for her first MVC loss of the season. The Bulldogs ended up falling 5-2. Drake was back in action four days later against the Creighton Bluejays, who stand at fifth in the conference. While the Bulldogs have pulled out some exciting games in the late innings this season, this one did not go their way.

Drake loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-1, but the Bulldogs left three runners stranded and were unable to convert. Senior Brynne Dordel tossed 1.2 innings and struck out three to move into a second-place tie on Drake’s all-time strikeout list. After a three-day break, the Bulldogs took the diamond to face the Missouri State Bears on the road for a three-game series. The Bulldogs swept the Bears, winning the first two games 2-1. In the final game last Saturday, DeLong won her 20th game of the season, becoming the second pitcher in Bulldog history to accomplish the feat. Drake has three more games on the road against Southern Illinois this weekend before beginning the State Farm MVC Tournament in Springfield, Mo. “We need to go into the tournament playing hard all the time,” Pierce said, also noting that the team will need to keep its cool mentally. “Once you start playing the game at a higher level, the mental side of the game becomes more important.” If Drake wins the rest of its games, it will go into the tournament as either the first or second seed, depending on what Illinois State does in its final games. The Redbirds close the regular season with a three-game set at Creighton.

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Intramurals 14 records broken, one tied at 102nd Drake Relays more than just fun and games Basketball top draw for students among 2010-11 Bulldog intramurals by Monica Worsley

Staff Writer

CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

THE 102ND DRAKE RELAYS saw 14 records broken, and Drake Stadium hosted its largest crowd since it was reconfigured in 2006. The Bulldogs compete in the Messersmith Invitational this weekend in Cedar Falls before the State Farm MVC Outdoor Championships next weekend.

Sophomores Harp, Twombly break records in javelin, hammer throw by Matt Moran

Sports Editor

After all was said and done for the 102nd edition of the Drake Relays, 14 meet records were broken and a new attendance record was set at Drake Stadium. A total of 14,504 people came out to the Drake Relays on Saturday, tying the Saturday session of the 2009 meet for the largest crowd at Drake Stadium since it was reconfigured in 2006. This year’s Relays were headlined by the world-class athletes the meet has attracted for years. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the 400-meter race in 45.19 seconds, the best 400 time in the U.S. this outdoor season. U.S. Olympian and Des Moines native Lolo Jones was ousted in the 100-meter hurdles for the second-straight year. Tiffany Ofili won the race in 12.66 seconds, while Jones crossed the finish at 12.80. “I fell apart in the middle and end,” Jones said in a Drake athletics press release. “But that is coming off the worst indoor season of my career. I haven’t

gone over as many hurdles in a race, so I’m not as race-savvy or sharp.” Kenya’s Boaz Lalang ran the top mile time in the world this year in 3:58.26, capturing his second-straight special invitational men’s mile run title at the Drake Relays. Drake Relays director Brian Brown’s 1997 high jump record was matched by Dusty Jonas. Jonas, who won the Drake Relays high jump title in 2008 with Nebraska, cleared the bar set at 7 feet, 7 inches to earn the high jump crown once again. For Drake, sophomore Kevin Harp his broke his own school record in the javelin throw last Friday, with a toss of 208 feet, 7 inches to finish in eighth in the event. “We are excited for him to perform at this high of a level,” Drake throwing coach Mark Kostek said. “The most important thing is he learned how to compete on a national level. This was a highly competitive meet, and the learning experience he has for this event will help him in the future.” Sophomore Isaac Twombly broke the school record in the hammer throw last Thursday to continue the Bulldog throwing success this season.

Last Saturday, the Bulldogs were led by junior Jon DeGrave and freshman Omet Kak. DeGrave ran the second fastest time in school history in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.91 seconds. It is a personal best for DeGrave and the best time in the Valley this season. Kak ran a personal-best time of 3:48.30 in the 1,500-meter run, which is also the top time in the MVC this year. “My family has never watched me run in my whole entire life,” Kak said in a press release. “Today, my mom came out to watch and I tried to run well. Coming down the homestretch I thought of how my mom was in the stands and I had to succeed.” The top showing for the women’s squad came Saturday in the sprint medley relay. Seniors Cambria Pardner, Beth Hamling, Kara McCartney and sophomore Marissa Smith teamed up to finish 10th with a time of 3:58.01. Senior Casey McDermott also performed well in the 1,500, crossing the finish line in 4:15.15 to place 14th. Both Drake teams will be back in action this Saturday, competing in the Messersmith Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Intramural games are more than just balls soaring through the air and light competition at Drake University. Uneducated intramural participants and spectators may be under the assumption that intramurals are just “fun and games.” This assumption could be rapidly disproven upon attendance at any intramural event. Sweat, choice words and oftentimes people accompany the balls in flight on the intramural courts and fields, all in the name of some good old competition. Thus far during the 2010-2011 school year, 1,761 different males and 853 different females have participated in intramural sports at Drake. “The general attitude of players is very serious and competitive, but there are always the outlier teams that are just there to have fun,” Intramural Coordinator Matt Gasser said. Basketball draws the most participation in intramurals with a wide variety in skill and motivation. Although Drake students maintain a competitive attitude, sometimes it is hard avoid the humor in the events that ensue throughout the year. “Competition can bring about the best and worst in people, and intramural officials get to witness it all,” intramural official Frances Thomas said “And while I love a good nail-bitter, my favorite basketball game was Fiji Duff vs. Phi Delta Chi. The Duff team is notoriously known for running ridiculous plays and stretching the rules.” Thomas explained how one of the Duff players was fed up being on the losing team, so the player reversed his jersey and played for the other team while receiving a technical foul during that game.   Intramural games often expose different personality characteristics of people not usually shown in class and sometimes much more. “One of my weird memories of officiating intramurals would be the Pike vs. SigEp flag football game,” official Joanie Barry said. “It was my job to makes sure there were no penalties in the line of the end zone, and I was very focused on the player with the ball. Someone went for the player’s flags and missed. Instead of grabbing his flags he completely pulled the poor kid’s shorts off and I had a very awkward view of his butt.” Whether students are looking for competition or a good laugh, Drake intramurals offer them the opportunity to let time fly by while they are having fun.

>> DRAKE ACTION this weekend Today, softball @ Kansas (DH), 5 p.m. Saturday, track and field @ Messersmith Invitational Saturday, softball @ Southern Illinois (DH), noon Sunday, softball @ Southern Illinois, noon


Bulldogs drop heartbreaker in MVC quarterfinals Illinois State ousts Drake 4-3, but team returns four seniors for next year by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | photo editor

JUNIOR GABBY DEMOS tosses up the ball and gets ready to serve. Drake dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the State Farm MVC Championship last Friday to finish the season.

With the end of another school year comes the end of another women’s tennis season. Drake had a successful season with an overall record of 13-10 and a Missouri Valley Conference record of 4-3. The team wrapped up its season on April 29, at the State Farm MVC Championship in St. Louis. The Bulldogs faced the Illinois State Redbirds in the quarterfinals, but were unable to pull through in the end for the win. “It wasn’t really what we were expecting,” junior Jessica Aguilera said. “We were expecting to win.” The Bulldogs won matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to earn the doubles point. Junior Gabby Demos and sophomore Manca Krizman pulled through to beat Aniko Kiss and Phyllis Tigges of Illinois State 8-4 to decide the doubles round. “We did a really good job playing doubles, so I think that was very good that day,” Krizman said. Illinois State came back during singles play, winning the first two singles tilts to take a 2-1 lead. The meet continued to go back and forth as matches carried on. The Redbirds took back a lead of 3-2, but Drake freshman Klavdija Rebol came away with a 7-6, 3-2 decision match at the

No. 3 slot, pushing the meet to a winner-take-all scenario at the fourth position. Aguilera pushed the Bulldogs close to victory by winning her first set and held the lead at 5-3 in the second frame. The Redbirds were able to come back in the end of the match, winning the second set and final frame to take the win with a final score of 4-3. “Illinois State came out a little tougher in singles than we expected, and we just kind of fell flat,” Demos said. Krizman agreed with her doubles teammate. “I don’t think they were necessarily better,” Krizman said. “They just found a better way to win that day.” Despite the upsetting and unexpected loss, Aguilera finds it important to stay positive and continue looking forward. “We had a good win, and we had a winning season so we have to look at the positives,” she said. Next year, the team will lose graduating senior Jessica Labarte, but will have four new seniors leading the team. Following a successful season in which the women grew closer as a team and adjusted to a new head coach, the team is looking forward to an even better season next year. “We came together as a team this season, and everyone was always really excited to get on the court,” Demos said. “Personally, I feel like next season we’re going to be the team with the most potential out of all the years I’ve been here. I’m very hopeful and excited for next year.”



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The best of Relays

Miss Relays already? 103rd Annual Drake Relays — April 26-28, 2012 according to In Des Moines for the summer? The 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held in Drake Stadium June 8-11.

This will be the last issue of The Times-Delphic until next school year. Have a good summer!

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