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Non-athletes feel the burn Students Heather Hall
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When we are first taken on a tour of campus, before we’ve moved in, before we’ve graduated high school, before we’ve even filled out an application, we are told that the Bell and Knapp Centers are the workout areas for all Drake University students. Recently the Underground Fitness was added to that tour creating a more central workout location on campus. But, starting this year, an area in the Knapp Center has been revoked from some students. The weight room is now reserved for athletes only. Senior Zach Lukasiewicz wrote in an email to the athletics department comparing the changes to, “if Drake closed all of the academic buildings on campus but doubled the class sizes in Meredith. That would result in overcrowding, complete under-utilization of the other buildings.” Lukasiewicz went on to say that he is “questioning where all of my tuition increases are going when my potential to growth is decreased to a couple of lifting benches and a janitor’s closet complete with free weights and a filing
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Non-athletes (above) work out in the Bell Center. The newlyremodeled (below) Knapp Center Weight Room provides more space for athletes. cabinet. The space itself is too small.” Students have expressed discontent with the decision, especially considering the tuition increase they underwent this year. “The Knapp Center weight room was redone to be a Division I athletics weight room. There are about 350 student-athletes that lift several times per week. Those students needed more access to free weights as well and now they have it,” said Associate Director of Athletics Michael Cigelman.
While students are upset about this issue, the weight room was not previously available for large amounts of time. The weight room was available to students for around 50 hours per week, while the Underground Fitness is open about 100 hours a week and the Bell Center is open 97 hours per week. Additionally, the fitness room was remodeled with more benches and dumbbells. “There are actually three weight rooms now.
Underground Fitness is located in the Olmsted Center, and the Bell Center fitness room was completely redone this summer to include complete weight options. Both offer brand new state of the art lifting stations that include racks, dumbbell areas as well as stretching (and) core work out areas,” Cigelman said. The third weight room is the “old” one, now reserved for athletes. But, Cigelman mentioned that the number one complaint for students in the past was limited access to free weights, not the actual weight lifting equipment. Now, with the remodel, the free weight access is more than doubled. Cigelman said that to get the entire picture you really need to see the facilities. The professional staff at the Bell Center re-did the fitness room so that students would have the same type of equipment as the weight room, or at least the type of equipment that was requested, such as the free weights. Although the weight room is no longer a part of student tours, there are plenty of options left to students to have what they need for a good workout.
Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony
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THE CROWD (above left) watches as first-year pharmacy students receive their white coats. MARISSA AUSMAN (right) receives her white coat on Aug. 26. NEWLY-COATED (below) P1 students take the “Pledge of Professionalism” during the White Coat Ceremony.
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KRISTIN CHERNEY, (above) a recent Drake graduate, plays with children in Drake’s seminar to South Africa. Payton Albrecht
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In the fall of 2011, Melisa Klimaszewski, assistant professor of English at Drake University, unveiled her plan for a summer seminar to South Africa. The seminar was titled “Seeing South Africa: Storytelling and Race Relations.” Its primary focus was the way the people of South Africa tell their unique history. “I teach South African literature every other fall, so the trip grew out of that course and my desire for students to directly see and experience what they read about,” Klimaszewski said. “What I wanted most for students to learn during this trip was a greater understanding of how oppressive, racist histories continue to affect present day living circumstances for so many people.” The summer seminar was worth six credit hours and the students were given a choice between two sets of classes. These classes were AOIs and counted as written communication and multicultural requirements. The trip lasted 25 days, 21 of which the students travelled. These days were spent in Johannesburg,
Durban, Capetown and Pietermaritzburg and in more rural, natural areas of South Africa. “Twelve students went with a mix of majors including English, pharmacy, a theater arts major and some with doubles between the humanities,” Klimaszewski said. “They really learned well together and had good conversation across disciplines.”
“They are less likely now to take their privilege for granted.” — Melisa Klimaszewski, Drake professor
Zach Wright, a prepharmacy student at Drake was one of the students on the trip. He said he was glad to have this opportunity to study abroad, especially since the course fulfilled two AOIs he still needed to complete. A summer seminar abroad in South Africa focused on English and storytelling might not seem like the best use of time for a pre-pharmacy student, but Wright said he took
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Security personnel observed two male subjects urinating on a sign located outside of Carpenter Residence Hall. Security attempted to make contact with the subjects who fled on foot. Security personnel made contact with one of the subjects later identified as a Drake student. The subject appeared to have been drinking but was of legal drinking age. The subject smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. The subject was referred to the dean of students for the above listed offenses. May 4, 6:15 p.m. Security personnel responded to the 2400 block of Clark Street on a report of an attempted burglary. Security personnel met with the victim who stated the following: On Thursday, May 4, at approximately 6:15 p.m. he was taking a nap when he was awakened by a loud knocking sound. As he began to walk towards the door an unknown juvenile kicked in the door. Once the juvenile saw that the victim was home he began to run southbound on Clark Avenue towards Forest Avenue. The
victim chased the suspect and stopped the pursuit when he saw that the juvenile was accompanied by three other male juveniles. DMPD responded to the scene and will conduct the investigation in this case.
year Hannah Erikson is still optimistic she is one of the success stories of the Residence Life department’s several months-long assignment process. “The chances that we will live together all year are very high,” Erikson said. “We are getting along splendidly, and we all have some sort of similarity or way we can relate, so that helped us bond over Welcome Weekend. By the way things are going I am convinced we will remain friends throughout our years at Drake.” According to the Drake website, most first-year students are assigned to double rooms based on when they submit a housing deposit and a rooming application. Erikson is a resident of one of the 55 three person rooms on campus. Nonetheless, she considers
May 5, 12:24 p.m. Security personnel were advised that three male subjects were walking in the 2500 block of Forest Avenue kicking over light poles and throwing the tops of them into the street. Security arrived on scene and located three possible subjects in the
2400 block of Forest Avenue. Security detained the subjects and questioned them about the incident. All three subjects denied any involvement. The reporting parties/ witnesses were contacted and an in field line up was conducted. The witnesses were not able to positively identify the suspects. All three subjects were released without further incident.
May 5, 7:35 p.m. Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report of a stolen banner that was
believed to be in one of the residence rooms. Security knocked on the door and was greeted by a non-Drake affiliated female who was over the age of 21-yearsold. They were four Drake male students and one other female who was also a Drake student in the room. All of the Drake affiliated students were under the legal drinking age and were in a room that had alcohol present. While security was in the room they located the missing banner along with several other missing bulletin boards. The missing banner and other items were returned to their rightful owners. The underage students were referred to the dean of students and the director of residence life for review of possible sanctions. May 6, 2:53 a.m. Security personnel responded to Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on a report of two female Drake students that were harassed. Upon arrival security made contact with the students who reported the following: On
Sunday, May 6, at approximately 2:50 a.m. they were walking in the 1300 block of 30th Street. They stated an unknown male subject driving a Silver Pontiac GS slammed on his breaks and exited his vehicle. They stated the subject offered them $1,000 for sexual acts. The students declined his advances and informed him they would pepper spray him if he did not leave. The subject left the scene without further incident. Case closed due to lack of known investigative leads.
May 9, 5:15 p.m. Security personnel responded to Lot No. 34 located in the 1200 block of 30th Street on a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. Security made contact with the owner of the vehicle. He stated he parked his vehicle ion Tuesday, March 8. When he returned to his vehicle today he noticed that the right passenger window was shattered and his Apple iPhone and Blackberry phone charger was missing. Case closed due to lack of known investigative leads.
May 12, 1 p.m. A male Drake student came to the Security Office to report harassment by a nonDrake affiliated female. The Drake student reported that an ex-girlfriend has been contacting him via-email, by phone and in person after he advised her not to contact him. The Drake student was advised to contact local law enforcement and was given community resources.
May 13, 3:35 p.m. Security personnel responded to the area of 29th St. and University Ave. on a report of four juveniles that were in possession of a BB gun. Security detained two juveniles matching the description provided by DMPD. One juvenile was found in possession of a cap gun. DMPD arrived on scene and informed security the cap gun was stolen from a local convenience store. DMPD returned the cap gun to the store and the juveniles were transported to their residence and released to the care of their parents.
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As an ambitious firstyear student wakes to a 6 a.m. alarm, his less than enthused roommate joins him. Every year, on college campuses nationwide, the first week of school serves as a test of temperament and the compatibility for two near strangers as part of random housing assignments. As courses commence, this week begins the tell-all process whether the dorm room decorating, unpacking and Welcome Weekend activities will give way to friendships, coexistence or a pending roommate divorce. Just eight days after moving into one of five first-year residence halls at Drake University, first-
both her roommates good matches to preferences she outlined on a housing survey when she officially decided to attend Drake. “The survey that we filled out was nice, and my roommates are all pretty close to the same responses,” Erikson said. “I asked for a non-smoker and did not get a smoker, and we are all moderately messy.” Erikson and the rest of the 2016 graduating class found out the details of their respective dorms and pairings together on July 24 after all of the FirstYear Orientations were completed. They have known their roommates for a little over a month and must wait until at least the second week of school to switch to a different room should they like to do so. Drake utilizes a feature
believed to improve the potential success of roommate assignments — grouping First Year Seminar course mates together on floors across campus. Madeline Matthews, a junior education and English major, still lives with her first-year roommate and three other floor mates. “We saw each other everyday and since we didn’t hate each other it worked,” Matthews said. “As freshmen having a class together (first-year seminar) is good because it gives you something to talk about especially when you’re strangers.” As the “honey moon” period gives way to the college routine it remains to be seen how many will be as lucky as Matthews was three years ago or if first-years will be seeking a new housing partner in the coming weeks and years.
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pleany away from the experience. “This trip taught me to think critically about how a story is told,” Wright said. “When we went to a museum or had a guided tour, one of the things that we would discuss as a class was how the information was presented. What was shared or withheld? Was the presenter or the presentation focused on a specific side to a story? I can apply these questions to other aspects of my life. I learned analyze information and claims more critically than when I began as a student at Drake.” Story telling and questioning the reliability of sources wasn’t the only thing Wright learned seeing South Africa. He also enjoyed experiencing a place he had never been before. “My favorite part was being on safari and seeing so many unique animals in their natural habitats. It was so peaceful being out in the bush among these amazing creatures,” Wright said. “The most shocking part of the trip was the contrast between the rich and poor of the country. When we were driving from Cape Town into a township, I noticed an immediate difference crossing under a highway bridge. On one side
were stores and big houses, and on the other side there were metal shacks packed together. I never imagined this kind of shift in housing and wealth to be separated by only a few feet.” Visiting the bush was a new aspect of the trip. The students spent two and a half days out in the bush in an ecolodge. “That part of the trip was really spectacular when it came to the natural world, but it also opened up an area of inquiry that was exciting for me to see and experience firsthand,” Klimaszewski said. “My hope is that regardless of major or discipline all the students are less insolated from people in Southern Africa. That expanded sense of the world really seems to have impacted their understanding of their place in it. I also believe they are less likely now to take their privilege for granted.” This was the second time the trip to South Africa was offered. Multiple areas within the university have responded positively. “The trip went so well I decided not to wait another year to do the next one,” Klimaszewski said. “The next South African trip will be in May of 2013.”
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ZACH WRIGHT (above) plays with a child on his trip to South Africa led by professor Klimaszewski this summer.
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In the United States, more than 14.8 million children live at or below the poverty line according to the Kids In Need Foundation. For these children the cost of purchasing new school supplies each autumn can be more than their family can afford. According to a survey conducted by Perry Research Professionals in 2010 the average teacher spent on average $356 out of pocket annually on school supplies for their classroom. In 2005 a group of Drake University students decided they could do more to lessen to burden for parents and teachers alike. In 2005, Drake alumni Shekinah Young and three fellow Bulldogs began the charity foundation, Back 2 School Bash. Since then the organization has grown and taken in donations and provided new school supplies for hundreds of students. This year, with a donation of $12 per student, the Back 2 School Bash was able to provide 600 students with new school supplies at their event at the John R. Grubb YMCA on Sunday, Aug.26. “Myself and three others were exploring the Drake community and when people asked us what brought us, we would say Drake,” Young said. “They assumed we were athletes. It made us feel like they thought Drake and a higher education were unattainable. We wanted to empower the community and Drake area. We came to Drake as students, as outsiders, and we began to see this community as our community. We wanted to be sure they could achieve any goal they set especially when it came to education.” In preparation for the new school year, the Back 2 School Bash also offered free health screenings. The event also hosted a list of entertainment for the community to have one last taste of summer before putting the donated supplies to work. There was a talent show, a basketball tournament, food vendors and a carnival. Mary Bess Bolling had her first year with the program this year. As a Drake
University alumni, the cause was special to her and hit close to home. “I think one of the most important aspects of the Back 2 School Bash is that it’s a grass roots organization,” Bolling said. “This group of Drake students started when they were still in college. It seems like what they saw in the community really was what started the Back 2 School Bash event.” This past weekend’s Back 2 School Bash marked its seventh year since being created in 2005. “I think the community honestly needs this program, “Bolling said. “There were kids who had already started school lined up at 12:45 (p.m.) to get their supplies and the event didn’t even start until 2 (p.m.). They needed those items in order to continue their education.” Unfortunately, each year school supplies must be replaced. While 600 students walked away with new supplies and are able to have the tools they need to learn this year, there is not a positive way of telling how many will need this charity come next year. “The first couple of years we did 300 bags of school supplies,” Young said. “There were always people at the end of the line who didn’t receive backpacks so we increased it to 500. This year we did 600. The growth is pretty evident.” It is important for those who are able to give to this cause to share what they have for the good of the students. As a founder of the program, Young feels the biggest thanks and greatest outcome would be for the members of the community to continue to give back and create a cycle. “I think continuing to communicate to potential donors that this need is out there is the next step,” Bolling said. “It’s crucial to support education in every community, but especially in ours where it isn’t always easy to stay in school. We need students, activist, and everyone who cares about these kids staying in school to stand behind the Back 2 School Bash and have energy about it. This started with the energy of four individuals and it’s been going strong for seven years now.”
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Opinions&Editorials Welcome first years, to the town with the silent ‘s’
First of all, let me welcome you to Drake University, and even more expansively to Des Moines, which was unofficially named “The Greatest City in the World.” I have lived in the vicinity of Iowa’s capital city my whole life, making me an “expert” on the subject of all things “Des Moinesy.” When you choose a college you also choose the city that comes along with it, and since you will be spending your next four years here, I encourage you to make the most of it. But let us get some things straight, this is Des Moines, famous for its own things that make it unique and that distinguish it from other Midwest cities. It’s not, nor do we claim to be The Twin Cities, where everybody is happy and perfect and you can frolic around on your pet moose down the city streets. I don’t know what makes Minnesotans love their state so much, but don’t mess with one unless you want them to put a bag (say it
with the accent) over your head. Nor do we compare ourselves to Chicago. Yes, you do have taller buildings than us, more museums, more restaurant, and more shopping places. However, when a person here says they are from Des Moines, they are actually from Des Moines and not some suburb an hour away from the actual city limits. Kansas City you can keep your BBQ, and you don’t have to remind us about Worlds of Fun being larger than Adventureland, trust me, we already know. “Des Moines, which is indeed French for The Moines,” still has a lot to offer you for whatever you are looking for, you just need to get off campus to experience it all. “So let us exceed your already low expectations.” If you get bored or need a break from studying, than check out my top pick: The Des Moines Art Center. The Art Center is famous for its architecture and boosts artwork that could give
The Museum of Modern Art a run for its money. The Pappajohn sculpture garden downtown is another place to check out one of a kind art and enjoy the views of the city. My other top tip is to wake up early on a Saturday morning and go to the farmers’ market downtown. There are all different kinds of venues
thing, there is the Iowa Cubs for baseball fans, Buccaneers for hockey fans, Iowa Energy for basketball fan, or the Des Moines Menace for soccer fans. When the weather gets cold, don’t miss ice skating at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Des Moines hosts many venues for music and whatever genre you may Jared Netley Columnist
and great food to eat! Other ideas are to tour the Capitol building and take a tour in the dome, and yes, it does have more gold than yours. Check out the next blockbuster hit at the IMAX dome in the Science Center of Iowa. Take a yoga class at Gray’s Lake for free or walk/ bike/run many of the trails around the lake and along the almost complete River Walk. If sports are your
like. Part of the Principal Riverwalk is Wells Fargo Arena, home to the largest venues that come to town. But if you are trying to get by on a college budget, check out the bands coming to the Val Air Ballroom. Many of the bars and restaurants downtown have live bands, The Lift and Vaudeville Mews are some
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS participate in Welcome Weekend activities in the Knapp Center last week.
How beneficial is Welcome Weekend? them. When you’re playing those games everyone is uncomfortable, and it’s hard to get to know someone by just holding hands and tangling yourself up in a knot. I didn’t mind going and listening to different speakers or watching a skit, but did we really need to play all those games? I think I would have enjoyed
anyone else we might have met and made friends with,” Bartemes said. Bartemes also said that it is good to get to know people outside of your FYS and Welcome Weekend prevents that from happening a lot of the time. Enough hating on Welcome Weekend though, Stephanie Kocer Columnist
Welcome Weekend a lot more without them. Julia Bartemes is a senior now, but she can still recall her Welcome Weekend at Drake. “I remember that I didn’t like how scheduled it was. We had activities going on all the time, but only with our FYS groups not with people from our floor or
there are some good things about it. It’s where you meet your friends. I met my best friends during Welcome Weekend. The downtime at night lets you hang out and get to know people and the hypnotist is always a good laugh. You also learn a lot
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better deals? For one of a kind shopping, check out the shops at West Glenn, Valley Junction, and the East Village (home tonRAYGUN, where some of my quotes come from). This isn’t heaven, it’s only Iowa; but get to know us and you might find your little slice of heaven somewhere in the city. Oh yeah, I almost forgot whatever you decide to call us:(Des Moinesians, Des Moans (rhymes with Samoans), Des Moiners, Des Moinista, or Des Moinae, (yes, even we don’t know what to call ourselves )just remember one thing, don’t pronounce the “S.” For more things “Des Moinesy,” check out the YouTube video, Shit People from Des Moines Say. Remember to keep it classy Drake and get ready for a great year!
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Journalism is about bringing the news to an audience that deserves to know what is happening. So, that is why the TD is here. We are here to bring news to you. In the past, it’s been a lot of even coverage and just skirting by on what we think is needed. This year, the staff will strive to bring you more poignant hard-hitting articles to better suit the Drake community. We will work to bring you stories that mean something to you. Stories that are not just cut-and-dry pieces about speakers and events coming up. Instead, we’re hoping to bring you stories with depth and understanding. Besides working on creating a better TD for the community we wanted to bring out a “call to action” of sorts. We want you, the readers, to engage with us. Write us letters about issues you care about. Write us letters about things happening on campus. We want to have reader input. We want to hear from you. Without readers, we are not a paper. So submit ideas. Submit thoughts. Stay engaged. As Drake students, we are constantly challenged to become more engaged with our surroundings. It’s part of what makes us exceptional students. Samuel Freedman, a professor of journalism at Columbia, said: “Journalism, practiced ethically and excellently, is a deeply moral profession.” This is something we will hold dearly as we work to better serve you this year. Keep reading. Stay engaged.
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Everyone remembers their first days at Drake. You move into a cramped dorm with a complete stranger and wave your family a tearful goodbye. Now you have a bed that is lofted and a pile of laundry started that you have to do yourself. But, you can’t think about any of that now because you have to go to Welcome Weekend activities. I think we can all agree that Welcome Weekend is awkward. Everyone is nervous and excited at the same time. You never really have a free minute to yourself. There is always some program that you have to be at. I sometimes just wanted to be in my room relaxing and getting ready for class. Then there are the icebreakers. Let’s be honest, no one likes icebreakers. I would rather just talk to people than have to play name games or stand on a balance beam with
of my recommendations. Around the city are many outdoor concerts including the ones on the River Walk and if you stay during the summer check out 80/35. Food. Des Moines offers everything from the sketchy taco trucks (which are pretty good if you muster up enough courage) to the 801 Chop Shop at the top of the tallest building in downtown. Some highlights for college students include Zombie Burger, A Dong, Gusto Pizza Co., Fong’s, Palmers, Gateway Market, and Spaghetti Works. Check out Centro, Django, Latin Kin, or Johnny’s Steakhouse if you are looking to impress. But don’t forget the eateries close to Drake that you can just walk to! Des Moines isn’t just a place where you “wave when you fly over and isn’t located off-center from the middle of nowhere.” Jordan Creek may be the only thing you think we have for shopping, but Valley West and Merle Hay malls are closer and dare I say it, have
about the campus and how Drake works, and you get a PMAC to answer any of your freshman questions. “I also liked having dinner with our FYS professor, because we were in an outsideclassroom environment, communicating and having fun,” said sophomore Priya Patel. “This made college seem less intimidating.” We are lucky to go to a school that cares about us and wants our transition into college life to go smoothly. In reality, Welcome Weekend is beneficial to incoming freshmen. Aside from all the silly games, Welcome Weekend eases you into life here at Drake and by the end of it you are ready to dive head first into the life of a college student. Kocer is a sophomore journalism major and can be reached at stephanie.kocer@ drake.edu
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Drug violations across campus Study finds nearly 1 in 10 teens will use marijuana
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On Sept. 1 2011, four Drake University students in Ross Hall were found in possession of marijuana. Des Moines Police found medicine vials with marijuana and stems in them, pipes, glass jars containing marijuana, grinders, a one-hitter, a marijuana vaporizer, water bongs, several containers with marijuana residue and a scale, according to a Times-Delphic article. The students were taken to the Polk County Jail. All four faced fines, court fees and university sanctions; some had previously been caught with marijuana on campus. Although an extreme drugrelated case, it started off a year that has seen large increases in marijuana usage at Drake. Campus security responds to about 20 to 25 drug cases in an average calendar year. The fall 2011 semester alone, 23 students were involved in drugrelated cases. Although the full academic year’s cases have not yet been totaled, Director of Campus Security Hans Hanson estimates the number to be in the mid 30s. Of the drug cases, more than 90 percent were marijuana-related. “We’ll get one or two cases a year that go beyond marijuana, like illegal use of prescription drugs. We’ll also get about one case of manufacturing or delivering, which is a much more serious case,” Hanson said, “but most are just small cases of marijuana.” According to a survey
released last May, the Partnership at Drugfree.org found that nearly 1 in 10 teens
smoke marijuana 20 or more times a month. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari has also noticed a pattern of increased usage at Drake. “I think marijuana is a trend on college campuses and always has been for years, even when I was in college,” Bakari said. “Marijuana is not as big of an issue here at Drake as we see alcohol. But this year, compared to some other years, we have seen an increase.” Hanson has seen years with more drug-related calls than others in the past, too, but cannot give reasons for the increase. “For whatever reason in the world it is, you’ll get a class that comes through the system that is just a little more rowdy, just a little more druggy,” Hanson said. “I can’t give you a reason
for that. It isn’t about one high school coming in or another, it’s just about the class.” Hanson also attributes the trend for increased marijuana usage to mixed messages from the government and media. “If you’re a student from a state
that has a very liberal attitude on marijuana, you might just bring a little bit to campus thinking you’re fine, but Iowa law says no,” Hanson said. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., allow the use of medical marijuana. Similarly, continued dialogue in state and federal legislatures regarding legalizing marijuana has led many people to take relaxed views on usage. Seventy percent of Drake students come from out of state, and a small number are from states, such as Colorado, that have legalized the drug. However, according to the American College Personnel Association, college campuses
are still required to follow the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, which bans drugs on any campus, regardless of state laws. Students caught with marijuana while on campus face even greater consequences than people caught off Drake property. “You’re going to get a double whammy if you’re a Drake student,” Hanson said. “You’re going to get charged by the Des
Moines Police Department and under state law, whatever that particular case was, and you’re going to get nailed by Sentwali.” Bakari administers sanctions based on the magnitude of the case, but he said the severity is greater for marijuana than underage students with alcohol. “The fines are a little higher and the sanctions are a little stronger,” Bakari said. “Students with alcohol might not
be removed from the residence halls until their third or fourth offenses. With marijuana, we probably won’t be as flexible.” Fo most small offenses, university sanctions include paying fines and writing reflection papers. Repeat or larger cases can lead to students being kicked out of residence halls or even expelled. Bakari said many students also go through the process of getting a lawyer to have the report expunged from their records, deal with court dates and fees and facing their parents. Drake security calls the Des Moines police almost every time drugrelated
cases are called in. Hanson said it is easier for the police to seize the evidence than having it go through security. Because possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor, police sanctions involve fines between
$65 and $625 or up to 30 days in jail. Penalties increase with repeat offenses and can result in up to a $6,250 fine or two years jail time. “It’s a learning experience for them, and we don’t see it again,” Bakari said. “Or they are much more clever and thoughtful of what they’re doing so they just don’t do it around here.” Although the university and security take drug cases seriously, many students are indifferent on the issue. Matt Moran, a news/ internet and math major who graduated last spring, believes marijuana use should be up to the individual. “I think if it doesn’t affect their work, students should be able to use it,” Moran said. “Police spend a lot of time and money on it when there are worse things going on in the world.” Moran knows students at Drake use marijuana, but they try to keep it quiet. “It’s a ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ thing,” Moran said. Conversely, senior LPS major Katie Bell has never seen marijuana or drug use on Drake’s campus but, like Moran, does not believe the drug should be criminalized. “I don’t think it should be illegal,” Bell said. “Obviously, college students do it all the time and I’ve never been affected by it.”
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before class without their work done, or the one who prepares everything the night before and shows up on time looking ready to work. And it can be fun. One of the reasons I love (am obsessed with?) fashion is because it’s such a great form of self- expression. Take advantage of these dress code-less years — pretty soon you’ll be in the real world and I’ll bet your office won’t be cool with Norts.
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Sports Coming Up at Drake AUG. 30 Football vs. Grand View 7 p.m. AUG. 31 Cross Country Bulldog 4K Classic 5:45 p.m. AUG. 31 Men’s Soccer vs. Loyola 7 p.m. SEPT. 2 Men’s Soccer vs. Marquette 2 p.m. SEPT. 2 Women’s Soccer vs. North Dakota State 12 p.m. SEP.T 7 Women’s Soccer vs. South Dakota 7 p.m.
Franklin joins Drake athletics administration Taylor Soule
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Downtown Farmers’ Market, yoga at Gray’s Lake Park, Iowa State Fair — Megan Franklin’s Des Moines to-do list is already teeming with Iowa traditions. For Franklin, Drake University’s associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, one Des Moines must-do tops produce, poses and pork chops on a stick. For Franklin, supporting Drake’s student-athletes is top priority. “Mostly, I’m getting excited to cheer on all of the sports teams as they get going in their seasons this fall,” Franklin said. Franklin joined the Drake athletics department in June, and she’s already transforming her position. For Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb, one word describes Franklin’s early Drake contributions. “Tremendous,” Hatfield Clubb said. “She has already made a difference in her role. She was quick to get in and start meeting people and learn the lay of the land.
She’s a well-groomed leader.” Franklin’s favorite high school activity sparked her passion for leadership and athletics administration. “I was an athletic trainer in high school and in college, so I’ve always enjoyed the athletics community as part of campus and the higher education environment,” Franklin said. Franklin earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1998. Three years later, she earned her master’s degree in educational administration from Nebraska. Franklin’s college career wasn’t finished, though. After serving Nebraska for two years as an assistant academic counselor, she joined Virginia Tech University’s faculty in 2003. Franklin comes to Drake from Virginia Tech, where she worked as assistant director of the school’s Office of Recovery and Support. Franklin’s background, disposition and intellect wowed Hatfield Clubb immediately. “One, she has a very di-
verse background of experiences that fit very nicely with where Drake is today and where we see ourselves going in the future,” Hatfield Clubb said. “She has a very interesting mix of experiences that uniquely position her to be at Drake now. Secondly, she has a really infectious, positive personality, somebody that myself and others want to work with. Thirdly, she’s extremely bright.” Associate Athletic Director Mike Cigelman also praised Franklin’s upbeat attitude. “Her exuberance is contagious, and I think she’s motivated everyone to be even better,” Cigelman said. “She is positive. She’s focused. She’s a very intentional person, and I think she’s helping to change our culture in a very positive and intentional way.” Franklin’s approach as associate athletic director reflects her outgoing, outreach-driven personality. “I believe that athletics brings a valuable asset to a campus community, and I really enjoy the opportunity to introduce higher education
to people who would not otherwise come to a college campus except through the athletic arena,” Franklin said. Welcoming prospective student-athletes isn’t her only duty as associate athletic director, though. Franklin also oversees the academic services departments, the athletic training room, the strength and conditioning room and most sports programs. As senior woman administrator, Franklin advocates for equality on and beyond Drake’s campus. “That aspect of my job is to make sure that we, as an athletic department, are meeting the Title IX requirements and also working on equity and inclusion initiatives in the department and on campus,” Franklin said. Beyond campus, Franklin collaborates with NCAA and Missouri Valley Conference officials. “From an experiential standpoint, she’s prepared to serve in that role,” Hatfield Clubb said. “She has a great, collaborative nature to her. The senior woman administrator position is one that
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involves a lot of different people.” From NCAA and MVC officials to Drake faculty, alumni, fans and student-athletes, people are Franklin’s forte. “I’m excited to work with the faculty to support our student athletes’ academic experience,” Franklin said. “And as far as the Drake athletics community, it has been exciting to start to meet the greater Bulldog family and some of the former alumni and Drake fan base.” Franklin’s own fan base joins her in Des Moines. “My husband will be joining me this fall, and I have a stepdaughter who will be going into middle school,” Franklin said. “My stepdaughter is going to be playing soccer this fall, and we’re looking forward to getting involved in her school.” Don’t expect any soccer advice from Franklin, though. “I would tell teams that they don’t want me to play,” Franklin said. “I’m not very athletically inclined. I always say that I am the athletic trainer of the group, as I was in high school and college.” Franklin’s limited athleticism doesn’t limit her participation, however. “You won’t see me on the field, but I do enjoy being able to be there and be supportive,” Franklin said. Whether it be game day or graduation day, Franklin supports Drake’s studentathletes. “Support student athletes — that’s the number one reason why I enjoy coming to work,” Franklin said. “Always to be thinking about how to support the student-athletes, whether that’s through talking to them about their academic experience, hearing about their dreams both during and post-college, making sure that the support is there for them athletically and in the department to make sure that they can perform (at) their peak.”
MEGAN FRANKLIN poses outside Drake Stadium. Franklin joined the Drake athletics administration in June.
Bulldogs looking to crack the top 25 barrier After departure of Austin, Drake faces tough fall schedule Dominic Johnson
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Last May, the Drake men’s tennis team had its season cut short by the No. 19 Auburn Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs had chances to win the opening round match at Auburn, and the 2-4 loss in Champaign, Ill., has hung over the head of the returning players throughout the summer. Although team play doesn’t begin until the spring season, the Bulldogs are motivated and ready to get the fall season underway and see themselves as a team that has hopes of entering the top 25 teams in the nation this season. Drake will take part in four fall tournaments this season: the Drake Fall Invitational, the All-American Championships, the ITA Central Regionals and the Minnesota Gopher Invitational. The Drake Fall Invitational will take place at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. This tournament will be pivotal for the Bulldogs, as it will be their first tournament under a new head coach, who has yet to be named. Over the summer, Drake’s head coach
of the last two seasons, Evan Austin, accepted the head coaching position at Fresno State in California. As of now, the list of teams that will be competing at the Drake Invite has not been finalized. “For the Drake Invite it will be a good tournament to start off with, a good way to get matches in before the big tournaments like All-Americans and ITA Regionals,” said senior Anis Ghorbel. Ghorbel was the star of the fall last year for the Bulldogs. The team captain won both the singles and doubles titles at the Drake Invite. The Bulldogs will then head to the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., during the last weekend of September. The AllAmerican Championships features all of the best players in the nation. Therefore, there are both pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds to go through before finally reaching the main draw. Last year Ghorbel and fellow senior captain James McKie lost in the first round of the qualifying draw. “Last year was my first time playing the All-Americans tournament, so I didn’t know how ready I should be to play at that level,” Ghorbel
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said. “This year I’ve worked hard enough and am fit enough to be able to do some damage there.” The third tournament of the fall will be the ITA Central Regional at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota. This tournament, beginning Oct. 18, will feature the top players in the region, including competitors from power-conference teams like Oklahoma, Minnesota and Nebraska. Last year Ghorbel reached the finals of the Central Regional, matching the furthest any Bulldog had ever gotten at that tournament. “Last year at Regionals I played really well,” Ghorbel said. “This year I’ll have to be really focused and keep the concentration going because it’s a tournament where you have to enter each match as positive as you can due to all the pressure.” The fourth and final tournament of the fall will be the Minnesota Gopher Invitational, once again at the University of Minnesota. This is the first time the Bulldogs have played in this tournament despite having regularly competed against the Gophers in the spring season. The tournament’s lineup is
a step up from the 2011 Purdue Invitational, which was the Bulldogs’ fourth tournament of the last fall season. The Gopher Invite will feature Nebraska, Denver, Dartmouth and DePaul. DePaul is the only team that did not finish last season with a national ranking. “The fall schedule is definitely a lot stronger than last year,” McKie said. “This clearly shows how much this program is set on improving.” Despite only having handful of practices under their belt, the Bulldogs have minimal amounts of rust to knock off before the fall slate kicks-off in a couple weeks. Each player on the team didn’t take the summer off to relax, with a number of the returning players competing in tournaments at home and abroad. Seniors Ghorbel and Jean Erasmus both represented their home countries, Tunisia and Namibia, in the international Davis Cup competition. Ghorbel, who competed primarily in doubles for Tunisia, helped lead his team to an undefeated record in round robin play, moving Tunisia into a higher level “group” of countries. Ghorbel thinks his extensive
training for Davis Cup will help him perform better this fall. “I’ve been playing all summer, a lot from the end of May to end of June when I was practicing almost five hours a day for Davis Cup,” Ghorbel said. “I’ve done so much fitness and conditioning, and I think I’m moving better and faster on the court.” Ghorbel and Erasmus weren’t the only two players staying active. Sophomore Grant Tesmer, who will be vying for playing time at the sixth singles slot this season,
won two ITA Summer Circuit events, one at Wichita State and one at the University of Kansas. Tesmer took out opponents from Nebraska, Marquette, Oklahoma and University of Missouri – Kansas City. The rest of the Bulldog squad, whether practicing with other highlevel players or competing in tournaments, is coming in ready for the fall season.
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Grand View poses early threat to Drake’s PFL title Bulldogs look to start the season strong with a win
Coming off a 9-2 season that saw the Bulldogs claim a share of the Pioneer Football League (PFL) title, Drake will have plenty of motivation heading into its season opener against Grand View (1-0). For starters, the Bulldogs want to prove last season was no fluke and after being picked to finish second in the PFL behind San Diego (the Bulldogs shared the league title with the Toreros last season), Drake will have a chip on its shoulder. “I believe our guys want to do it again and do it better,” said head coach Chris Creighton. The Bulldogs welcome back seven returning starters on offense and six on defense. Fifth-year senior Mike Piatkowski will be headlining the air attack for Drake once again and will look to break the school’s all-time passing yards record. Piatkowski currently sits at 6,927 passing yards, 942 yards short of breaking the record. While the offensive line remains mostly intact, the Bulldogs will have to fill the void of wide receiver Drew
Blackmon and running back Patrick Cashmore. Drake will need big contributions from senior running back Trey Morse and senior wide receiver Joey Orlando.
In case anyone needs a refresher, I’m back for my second year as a columnist (try and contain your excitement). I am a junior going into my third year as a member of the Drake women’s basketball team. More often than not I will write about basketball, but I do my best to make it relatable and amusing for all audiences. Here’s to 20122013. But enough about me, another summer is in the books, folks! Campus is certainly buzzing with back-toschool excitement. It is the time of year where everyone dresses cute, refuses to get behind in their classes and is ready to tackle their goal of a 4.0 GPA. Not to rain on your parade (freshmen), but it won’t last long. You will be rockin’ the sweatpants next week. Happens to the best of us! Aside from that tidbit of advice, here is something else for first-year students to remember: don’t freak out. Sure it’s vague, but trust me, it can apply to so many parts of your life. Having a
perfect every single day of the week. Carly Grenfell But you know what? Columnist It happens. I tend to freak out quite a bit when it comes to bad hair day? Don’t freak out. Miserably failed a test? basketball. However, slowly Don’t freak out. Your boy- but surely, I’m learning. friend said, “Hi,” to another That’s the beauty of it. Being girl? Don’t freak out. You a college athlete presents so went one for 18 from three- many challenges, but in the point land? Don’t freak out. end you are forced to overOh wait… easier said than come them before it is too done. Perhaps that phrase late. Not freaking out is great does not quite insinuate the point I’m trying to get in theory. But cutting yourself some slack is what will across. Let’s just say that it is help you move forward. If a lot easier to “freak out” nobody ever failed then we when it involves something would all be winners. What you genuinely care about — fun is that? There is somewhether that be a sport, your thing about the climb to sucboyfriend/girlfriend or your cess that is more rewarding schoolwork. In hindsight, it than not having to work for is a pretty phenomenal sug- it at all. So next time you hit gestion if I do say so myself. a bump in the road, prepare But in the heat of things it yourself for the inevitable is borderline impossible to — a minor freak out. But execute. So maybe a bet- after the storm calms, just ter way to put it is this: cut remember it is all part of the yourself, or others, a break process. Cut yourself a break next time. sometimes.
Bulldogs should still have enough firepower and experience to make another run at the PFL title. Drake shouldn’t get ahead of itself, though. Grand View came close to stunning the Bulldogs at home last season. The last time these two sides met, Piatkowski found former Bulldog Nathan Paddock for a 10-yard touchdown throw to tie the game up at 2121 with eight seconds left to force overtime. The Bulldogs went on to win 28-21 in what became the first memorable moment of a memorable s e a son for Drake.
O n d e fense, FILE PHOTO D r a k e “They’re well coached. should be able to pressure Last year was the first year the quarterback. The Bull- they had seniors. Anytime dogs return fifth-year senior you have upperclassmen linebacker Tyler Moorehead you are going to get better,” and senior defensive end Creighton said. “We expect Brandon Coleman. The duo for them to continue to get combined for 129 tackles better.” and 22.5 sacks. However, This will be the third time the Bulldogs will sorely miss that Grand View pays a visit cornerback Michael Lahart to Drake Stadium. In 2009, anchoring the secondary. the Vikings were shut down That being said, the 22-0 in what was just their
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There is a high chance that you will fail a test some time in your college career. There is also a high chance that your hair can’t look
second season as a football program. Grand View defeated Graceland 26-6 in their season opener last weekend. Currently, the Vikings are ranked 15th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. It’s no secret the Vikings have come a long way since their inception in 2008. After going 2-8 in their debut season, the Vikings finished 8-4 last year, claiming their first Mid-States Midwest League title and earning their first ever NAIA Football Championship Series berth. While the NAIA might not be as competitive as Division 1-AA football, the Vikings proved they can hang with
the Bulldogs last season. Starting off the year on the right track will be pivotal for the Bulldogs, especially after the NCAA announced last week that, beginning in 2013, the PFL will now receive an automatic bid to participate in the Division I Football Championship. In other words, the PFL champion is now guaranteed a spot in the postseason for the first time ever.
“It’s huge. It’s absolutely a huge deal. It’s long overdue,” Creighton said. “Winning the PFL championship is huge. It becomes a lot bigger when you attach a national postseason berth.” The quest to repeat as PFL champions begins to-
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Bulldogs ready to rebuild after 9-23 season
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After a disappointing 9-23 season, the volleyball team is geared up for a rebuilding season. Head coach Tony Sunga brought on six freshmen to make up his 12-player roster. The tale of the tape reads well for the incoming freshman class, as they average a height of 6 feet and a 1/2 inch compared to their upperclassman teammates, who stack up at about 5 feet and 10 inches. “Our front line players have to be very tall and able to move,” Sunga said. “Our shorter players tend to be faster so they make the best defenders.” Freshman Katie Allen is the tallest member of the team at a height of six feet and three inches, coming
out of Lincoln-Way East High School in Mokena, Ill. The team got off to a rough start at the Wisconsin-Green Bay Tournament, winning only one match and dropping nine to finish the tournament with an 0-3 record. The Bulldogs faced stiff competition. Drake took on Wisconsin-Green Bay on their home court, Auburn (a member of theSouth Eastern Conference) and Central Michigan, who won the MidAmerican Conference tournament last year. The tough road tests don’t stop there. Tonight the Bulldogs hit the road again for the New Mexico State Tournament where they are slated to play Northwestern and Cincinnati (both Big Ten teams) and New Mexico State. Following the New Mexico State Tournament, the team will travel to Madison, Wis., the following week
where they will compete in the Inntowner Invitational. The Bulldogs are slated to take on Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Dakota State. “We are getting ready for conference play so it has been a good development and growth experience,” Sunga said. “For us to develop at a rate that we would find ourselves competing in the Missouri Valley Tournament, we have to play those tough teams.” After three tough tournaments on the road, the team finally gets to open conference play against Wichita State in the Knapp Center on Friday, Sept. 14. To celebrate the home opener, the team will be giving away 100 Tshirts to the first 100 fans. The Bulldogs are looking to finish in the top six of the conference in order to compete in the MVC tournament.
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Drake eyes post-season berth Taylor Soule
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Drake women’s soccer season is barely underway, but senior forward Laura Moklestad is already eyeing a post-season appearance. “I think making it to the championship of the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) tournament and even getting a win and going into the NCAA tournament would be awesome,” Moklestad said. “I think we are in a good place that we can do some great things this year.” Thanks to a first-ever win over Big Ten powerhouse Nebraska on Aug. 19, the
Bulldogs’ expectations are especially high. “I think that just sets the bar a lot higher because we know already what our potential is, and that we can beat a team like Nebraska is huge,” Moklestad said. “So, we’re just looking forward to the other teams we’re playing, that we have the ability and the skill level to beat those teams.” Before MVC play opens on Sept. 2, Drake’s non-conference schedule heats up against South Dakota State at 6 p.m. on Friday in Brookings, S.D. Defense is key against the Jackrabbits’ speedy roster. Drake head coach Lindsey
Horner anticipates entertaining matchups on Friday. “South Dakota State traditionally is a close game with a lot of good individual matchups,” Horner said in an email. “They play on a big field, so we will have space to get our wingers involved in the attack.” With South Dakota State in Friday’s forecast, controlling play is Drake’s top priority. “We’ve played them the past two years, and they have always been guns blazing, full force, fast,” junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch said. “We need to play our own game. We need to control the game.”
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