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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 135 | No. 2 | Wed., Sept. 09,2015 timesdelphic.com

FEATURES

OPINIONS Drake Dining’s choice to change the amount of sides from two to one at Quad Creek is causing frustration among students. But some students feel that the wider variety of sides and sizes of sides may make up for the change in number. Read more on page 5.

SPORTS

The season of farmers markets is nearing an end. Vendors travel from all throughout Iowa to sell their produce to consumers while offering a one-on-one interaction with food growers and art creators in a community setting. Read more on page 8.

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start on the football field this year, winning their home opener against William Jewell College 44-30. Drake was led by junior Conley Wilkins’s 115 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Read more on page 12.

DES MOINES NEWS

PINTS AND POLITICS, hosted by presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, drew students and staff to the Confluence Brewing Company this weekend.

PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR

O’Malley takes casual approach on politics, draws in students Jake Bullington Digital Media Editor jacob.bullington@drake.edu @jakebullington

It was standing room only in the Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines this weekend, as a large crowd was drawn to a ‘Pints and Politics’ event featuring Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland. O’Malley poured himself a beer, clinking glasses with the audience as he made his way back to the front of the room, speaking for the rest of the evening standing on a chair. O’Malley spoke seriously about his 15 years in executive experience in leadership, and the issues that face the nation, which O’Malley called the “land of opportunity.” He has earned a progressive

label from his time in Maryland, having supported the DREAM Act, same-sex marriage, comprehensive gun safety legislation, and job creation. “We created jobs by doing more, not less,” said O’Malley. O’Malley touted his support for labor unions, his desire to expand social security, and making college tuition free. “We need to invest in the things that actually work,” said O’Malley. Currently polling at about four percent in Iowa according to Real Clear Politics, O’Malley has ground to cover, especially with Vice President Biden having confirmed he’s thinking about getting into the race as well. In his speech, as well as during the Q&A after, O’Malley framed himself to be the progressive candidate that can win a general election, something that some Iowa democrats have been waiting for. At one point, O’Malley asked, “how many of you are teachers?”

“I’m running to win, and I intend to win. I need your help.” Martin O’Malley Democratic President Candidate

O’Malley then drew the most applause of the evening from a dig at Governor Brandstad, saying as President he would increase education funding, not cut it. O’Malley also praised President Obama about the recovering economy, citing of 66 straight months of positive job

growth. But it wasn’t all praise for the President. When answering a question from the audience about his plans for cleaner energy, O’Malley voiced his opposition to the Keystone Pipeline, and pointed the hypocrisy of the President’s recent trip to Alaska to bring attention to climate change. Shortly before that trip, the Obama administration approved oil drilling in the Arctic. O’Malley fielded several questions from the audience about tax breaks for corporations and helping working families afford childcare. Drake psychology professor Dr. Maria Valdovinos asked O’Malley about autism and the federal government’s role in funding of care and research, stating that funding right now is currently provided by state and local governments. Overall, Valdovinos said she was satisfied with what O’Malley had for an answer, but said it was

a pretty generic one. “He didn’t give too many details,” Valdovinos said. Drake senior Bri Steirer also attended the event, asking O’Malley about the mass incarceration rate. O’Malley responded by citing his Maryland track record, where under O’Malley, the state achieved a reduced recidivism rate. He also tied the question to gun violence, stating that there are more gun deaths than there are people incarcerated in the U.S. O’Malley has been known to perform with a guitar at the end of his events, but even with the absence of one this weekend, O’Malley still sang a song about Labor Day, getting the crowd to sing along with him. Finally, O’Malley ended the event by asking for the audience’s support. “I’m running to win, and I intend to win. I need your help.”

Quad going orange?

CAMPUS NEWS

Clubs attempt compost initiative Jessica Lynk News Editor Jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk

ORANGE BINS are now placed in Quad for students to compost their leftover food in. Next Course and DEAL are working to make the initiative successful. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR

Olmsted got new furniture, a Quad meal comes with one side and there is now a bus that will take students from one side of campus to the other in the wee hours of the night. But one of the more obvious changes to campus for students may be the bright orange bins sitting in Quad by the garbage. The bins have left many standing confused, while looking at the posters of items behind it. The orange bins, composting bins, are an initiative started by Next Course Food Recovery Network and the Drake Environmental Action League to help bring composting to Quad. The initiative adds to the composting initiative of Hubbell, which has been composting for the past year. “They had put composting in Quad before, but it was just a massive fail because people were putting garbage in it and when you throw garbage in composting

you can’t compost it,” Laura Leben, senior environmental science major and Next Course president, said. “We wanted to try again and see if, with enough education and enough exposure to it, students could get the hang of it and it would be a real possibility.” As they began the proposition, students have defaulted to the old ways. “People are still throwing garbage in it, so we are definitely going to try and push the education as hard as we can with promotion,” Leben said. Although the initiative has started the same way it did before, with people throwing garbage in the bins, sophomore neuroscience major Sara Hillring is happy with progress. Hillring, who was a Peer Mentor Academic Consultant, got to see first hand how first years interacted with composting, before upper classmen came to Quad. She believes this plays a role in why the same issue is occurring. “I think it has been really positive with first year, but the struggle right now is introducing it to sophomores and other

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people who live off campus that might eat at Quad because they aren’t used to composting in their normal life,” Hillring said. Hillring is hopeful that this will change. “As the semester goes on the process will get easier and it will become a part of the Drake culture,” Hillring said. “With any new change, it takes time to get adjusted.” DEAL and Next Course will start a social media campaign, table toppers and put out represenatives stationed during busy times to make sure students are fully educated about what is compostable. “Composting is really important because it diverts waste from landfills and we go through quite a bit of food waste in Quad,” Leben said. “We have the potential to make a huge impact by composting it, which is a natural way to return all the nutrients to the Earth rather than keeping it trapped in a landfill. “


02 | news

Sept. 09, 2015

NEWS CAMPUS EVENTS

RICHARD ROTHSTEIN, the fourth-ever speaker in the Susssman lecture series, spoke to students and community members in Sussman theater this past Thursday.

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Sussman lecture series captures segregation history, audience Jessica Lynk News Editor Jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk

Turning the news on, students can see the turmoil throughout the country involving police brutality. From Ferguson to Cleveland to Baltimore, protests have surged throughout the country making it apparent that racism is a matter of concern for some Americans. One man, Richard Rothstein, is trying to figure out where this unrest comes from. Rothstein explored the idea that the unrest began long ago in government

implemented policies and plans during his lecture for the fourth Sussman Lecture series last Thursday. “The reality is, segregation was purposely created by the federal, state, and local governments, and it’s going to take those federal, state and local governments to create equally purposeful policy to desegregate our metropolitan areas,” Rothstein said. Hosted by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, Rothstein delivered his speech called “Beyond the Invisible Fence: The Making of Ferguson and Baltimore” in Sussman Theater. Rothstein, who has worked for the Economic Policy Institute for

25 years, has worked on education policy and racial segregation, which could be seen throughout his speech. “I’m not suggesting simply desegregating our schools will close the achievement gap, but it’s a step in the right direction,” Rothstein said. Rothstein also discussed how the history of segregation has led to incidents like Ferguson. “The most important step is the American people need to educate themselves about the history of how (segregation) happened,” Rothstein said. “Because so long as people feel like it happened by accident, they’re going to think it can only be undone by accident, not by explicit policy.”

Earlier in the day, Rothstein stopped by to talk to the First Year Seminar “#_____livesmatter: people’s movement for freedom,” which allowed Rothstein and students to have a conversation. Junior Jackie Heymann, the Peer Mentor Academic Consultant for the class, attended the class and the lecture. “He definitely approached it with more of an academic approach than from a social justice where ‘he’s aware of his whiteness’ approach, but I thought it was a very informative lecture,” Heymann said. For Heymann, Rothstein was a good introduction for the course. “It was a very good jumping off point for them to start thinking

critical about social issues,” Heymann said. First year Cecilia Bernard, who is in the FYS that heard him spoke, was encouraged by his speech. “Mr. Rothstein was very insightful and passionate about his work at the Economic Policy Institute, which in turn, made me feel inspired and motivated to continue his efforts,” Bernard said. Thinking critically about the history is something Rothstein challenged in his speech. “We can’t remedy this situation if we do not acknowledge the history that led us here.”

CAMPUS NEWS

Safe Ride service offers security; ridership surprises Public Safety Jake Bullington Digital Media Editor jacob.bullington@drake.edu @jakebullington

A new service at Drake, Safe Ride, has been carting students around campus and the Drake neighborhood. This isn’t the first time a service like this has existed. About a decade ago, Drake had a shuttle service, which then evolved into a taxi service called Drake Direct. However, according to Director of Campus Public Safety Scott Law, over the last three or four years, rides had dropped off significantly. Safe Ride has done much better than Drake Direct has in terms of ridership. “In the first week, we exceeded the total number of rides that (Drake Direct) did last year,” said

Law. Safe Ride reached 50 rides just in the first night of operation, when it was only firstyear students on campus. The reception and usage of Safe Ride was far from expected. “I’m pretty surprised,” said Law. The two shuttle buses were bought used using the existing public safety budget provided by the university. “If we’re going to offer the service, we have to offer it at all times,” said Law, explaining the need for two buses, instead of just one. “If one bus has to get repaired or has to go down for any length of time, we have the second bus to back it up.” However, meeting students’ needs and staying within budget is a balancing act—one that Public Safety aims to maintain effectively.

“We’re careful not to spend student money in a way that doesn’t make sense,” said Law. It also leaves room for expansion of the vehicle fleet, which may be inevitable considering the success Safe Ride has had with students so far this year. “In general, the students really like the idea,” said Law. Drake Public Safety is currently keeping an hour-byhour record of how many students ride the bus, to accurately gauge how to alter routes and adjust to the rising demand. The initial perception of Safe Ride may be that it is simply just another ‘drunk taxi’ service, but Law says it is much more than what meets the eye. “We’re hoping it’s a regular thing students use for many reasons,” said Law. “They can take the bus to go home…

SAFE RIDE, a shuttle service for students late at night, makes its comeback from a taxi service called Drake Direct. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR students are using it to get from the library to their cars. Our goal is to get (students) back and forth as safely as possible.” The bus runs late into the night, but if students find themselves out past the bus times, Public Safety is continuing to give rides

late in the night. Students can visit drake. edu/bus to see a real-time GPS location of the bus, available on both mobile and desktop browsers.


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Sept. 09, 2015

NEWS STUDENT SENATE

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Student Sentate elects new committees Groups provide ability to explore passions Beth LeValley Staff Writer beth.levalley@drake.edu @bethlevalley

The Student Senate kicked off their first week with the election of two comittees: the Senate Judicial Committee and the Political Activity Ad Hoc Committee. The Senate expects the judicial committee to be “known for their objective wisdom and ethical judgment,” especially if a member goes against the principles of ethical conduct. Senators Zachary Lough, Kerstin Donat, Russell White, Trevor Matusik and Naomi Jackson were elected to this committee with Sen. Linley Sanders as an alternate. Maisto suggested creating a Political Ad Hoc Committee for this year because of the increased political activity surrounding Des Moines and Drake’s campus. With the Democratic Debates in November and the Iowa Caucuses in December and January, the Senate will need members to get students aware of the activities and encourage students to become informed voters. Senators White, Evan Guest, Jon Lueth and Olivia O’Hea were all elected to the committee. Before being elected, the nominees spoke about why they would like to be involved in this committee. “Politics is actually one of my fierce passions,” Sen. White said. “I joined Student Senate to help

campus, and I would love it if I could do that with my passions combined.” Sen. Guest said that the Iowa Caucuses were the reason he came to Drake, which is why he wanted to join.

“Politics is actually one of my fierce passions. I joined Student Senate to help campus, and I would love it if I could do that with my passions combined.”

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Sen. Lueth wanted to be on the committee because of his stance in the Senate. “I’m a politics double major, so I always want to be involved,” Lueth said. “(The College of) Arts and Sciences houses many, many, many students having varying levels of love for politics.” Associate Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Parker had many updates and was excited to share the progress Drake made during the summer months. Part of this progress was the Drake Saferide bus, a new

program designed to shuttle students safely across campus during the night. The bus is scheduled to run from 8 pm to 1 am on weeknights and 8 pm to 2 am on weekends. “In its first week of running, there have been about 649 rides given,” Parker said. “That’s 200 more than Drake Direct gave all of last year.” Parker said the numbers have been outstanding, and he hopes students take advantage of the free rides all year long. Parker commended Senate on relaying students’ concerns by speaking about the Drake Direct’s inefficiency last year. Parker also encouraged the Senate to continue doing that in order to make Drake a better environment with a focus on its students. Parker also announced that Meghan Blancas, the Director of Student Leadership Programs at Drake, will now serve as coadvisor with Parker for the Senate. Senate also used their first meeting to make changes to their rules and regulations. The first page of the revised rules and regulations will now include the same nondiscriminatory clause that is used by Drake University. In other Senate news, the Unity Roundtable invited religious organizations on campus to join its discussion of diversity, which is a first for the group.

Student startups lead to success

KELSI ZIEMANN, a senior entrepreneurial management and marketing major with an emphasis on sales and sales management major, speaks at the 1 Million Cups event on August 19 at the Science Center of Iowa. Four of the Lorentzen Student Hatchery student startups also pitched their business endeavors during 1 Million Cups Des Moines, a weekly program that brings entrepreneurs to discuss ideas. PHOTO BY WILLIAM HANISCH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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04 | opinions

Sept. 09, 2015

OPINIONS FILM REVIEW

“Compton” offers an unnecessary viewing of a prominent 1990s topic

Eric Deutz

Staff Writer eric.deutz@drake.edu

I often times associate myself with those who dub themselves, ‘90s kids’. I remember playing Kid Pix, watching Bill Nye the Science Guy and eating Dunkaroos as much as the next college student who can’t

let go of the past. But in reality, I turned 6 years old at the turn of the century, and my recollection of events in the 1990s more important than my Pokémon cards are very much lost to me. This means the legacy of N.W.A. and its most prominent members, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre is something I knew very little about coming into my viewing of “Straight Outta Compton.” But, I’d heard from those older than me how unique they were, how terrifying their music, and how bold their statement. And for a time, the film offers a frighteningly realistic portrait of what reality was like for these innovators, and why it was so necessary that they fight back. Unfortunately, the film never really figures out how to tie itself together, and it ends up falling back on clichés and repetitiveness when it finds it has nowhere else

to go. “Straight Outta Compton” tells the story of a group of men raised in Compton, California, knowing very little outside of the violence and drugs that were as common on their streets as anxious college students biking furiously to get to their next class are on the street outside my University Avenue apartment. (That is to say, very common.) These men only ever gave themselves one option: to use their pent-up frustration, as well as their love of music, to bring nationwide attention to their situation. And eventually, fame found them. But as so often happens, once money is brought into the picture, the group’s members start turning on each other, and this cultural phenomenon formerly known as N.W.A. (which stands for… something that would never get past my editor, so you’ll have to Google it) was taken from us long

before their message stopped being necessary. The first 30 minutes of this film are every bit as visceral and hard-hitting as this young group of west coast rappers were themselves. Well-executed cinematography and editing makes the opening drug bust scene feel more like a video game than real life, and it makes one think, “Do people really live like this in the real world? Is this truly someone’s reality?” Yes, and for those of us privileged enough to never have experienced such things, the film does an excellent job of setting us up in a world that we need to be aware exists. This is their story, shown to us through their eyes, and the young actors cast to portray them are all in, right from the beginning (especially Jason Mitchell portraying Eazy-E, who is responsible for many of the film’s best moments, both comedic and

heart-breaking). But unfortunately, once the band makes it big and the police protests are over, director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) doesn’t know how to sustain his film as the characters split up, and we’re forced to try to follow several severely uninteresting storylines at the same time. Compton offers a beautifully well-fitting tribute to its subjects at the end, and boasts a naturally strong soundtrack throughout. But all in all, it never finds a way to rise very high above being just another story of a band ruined by fame – and a group as important as this one deserves better. Grade: C+

CAMPUS NEWS

CAMPUS NEWS

Having a car on Drake’s campus

Drake needs more than an online course

New passes and lack of available parking

Courtney Day

Graphic Designer courtney.day@drake.edu @twitterhandle A hot topic of conversation on campus always seems to be the one of parking. People getting tickets, appealing tickets, struggling to find a spot, and a multitude of other things goes to show parking at Drake is tough, and it’s tough to get it right. There are two main problems I have with parking at Drake. My first problem is parking passes. Parking passes are never something fun to pay for, and parking spaces are never fun to find. After forking over the $250 for my parking pass this year, I received a sticker in return. In years prior to 2015, Drake has handed out hanging tags to place on your review mirror. I heard numerous people say it didn’t block their view as much, or didn’t distract them. But I found this far from the truth. The hanging tag of previous years never seemed to be a problem for me. It was short enough that while driving I forgot it was even there half the time. These silly window clings? Those I notice. Every time I glance in my review mirror to see behind me, it catches my eye. Every time I think something is behind me, or stuck on my window. I don’t find it any less distracting; in fact, it is more

distracting for me as a driver. The second problem is the lack of available parking. According to US News, 65% of Drake students have cars on campus. I don’t know exactly how many spots are available on campus, but somehow I don’t feel like there is enough. Whether you have a commuter or a residential parking pass, I know we have all been in the situation of driving around a parking lot for 20 minutes before finally giving up and having to park a mile away, on the street. What is annoying about this is the fact that I’m paying for a parking spot, and yet there isn’t one for me to park in. When purchasing your parking pass it is stated “A parking pass does not guarantee you a parking space,” but something about this seems weird to me. Personally, I don’t think the university should sell more parking passes than they have spots. It’s unfair to the students to be paying for a spot if there ends up being 50 less parking spots than there are for students with cars. It’s annoying, frustrating and unfair when we are paying the amount we do to park on campus. The other annoying part of being a student who pays for a parking campus is seeing cars in a parking space — without a parking pass. Overall, Drake does the best they can when ticketing cars. However, during special events like Parents Weekend or Relays, tickets don’t seem to happen. It is infuriating as a student who has paid for a parking spot and has nowhere to park. I, like many students, am actually scared to go out and move my car to go to work or buy groceries. Whether it’s changing the way tickets are handed out, reassigning parking lots or simply selling less parking passes, the parking situation at Drake is definitely something that needs to be fixed.

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In the fall of 2014, Drake University came under fire from students because they were dissatisfied with how the administration handled a sexual assault case. As a result, the university underwent federal investigation for their handling of the case. Even though the results of that investigation are still unknown, there have already been some

changes to Drake’s sexual assault awareness on campus. Last week, all students received an email linking them to an online sexual assault program intended to educate the student body on what constitutes a sexual assault and how to prevent it. After taking the course myself, I can confidently say that I felt it was largely ineffective. While the information was important and may have helped a small handful of students, I’m willing to bet the vast majority simply skimmed through the exercise and didn’t actually read any of the articles because they didn’t really have to. Most of the exercises were easy to simply click through while doing something else and didn’t require much focus. If this is Drake’s answer to the students’ outcry last year, it’s very lackluster at best. If Drake truly wants to promote a safe campus and provide a safe space for sexual assault victims, this online course is only the first step of many that need to be taken to make this goal a reality.

Sexual assault awareness needs to be taken offline and onto campus. Instead of creating a mandatory course that can be glanced over, students should be required to attend a seminar on sexual assault that shows them real life examples of sexual assault and the consequences of their actions not only for themselves, but also for victims and survivors. Drake needs to take a stronger and more visible stance on sexual assault, rather than sending students diving deep through student handbooks and codes of conduct full of the political language required of such texts. I want to hear President Martin publicly taking a stand against sexual assault rather than reading an email from him on the issue. If this is an issue that Drake feels passionate about, which they should, I hope to see more public action and forward movement to create a safe environment on campus in the future, not just scraping by with the bare minimum requirements.

DRAKE UNIVERSITY has begun requiring students to take an online sexual and interpersonal violence protection course in order to register for spring semester classes. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR

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05 | opinions

Sept. 09, 2015

OPINIONS DEAR BRANDI

Dear Brandi: what are Flex/Bulldog Bucks “I feel like I’ve been alone for a long time now and everybody else has a boyfriend. But I feel like it will be really hard to get a boyfriend. How do I get one?” –N.

Brandi Dye Staff Writer brandi.dye@drake.edu @14bad01

Dear Brandi is a weekly column of your questions answered by Brandi Dye. If you would like your question included in future Dear Brandi columns, email her or DM her on Twitter

I’m going to be honest; I am not an expert in the love department. But, not knowing has never stopped me from giving out advice, so I will continue. Any number of magazines can give you a list of “10 Flirting Moves That He Can’t Resist” but I think those are generally a load of bull. Brandi’s advice for hooking a man: find a guy you like and want to date, then spend time with that person – (preferably outside of academic settings). After this, there are two very distinct paths. Some girls are willing to wait for a guy to eventually ask them out. Other girls are not that patient, and will eventually just blurt “Are we gonna date or nah?” To each her own. Despite this earth-shattering how-to guide, much more important than any “tips” or “advice” is being yourself. It is scientifically impossible to fake your way into any meaningful relationship, despite what every chick flick ever has told us.

“Umm, what actually is the difference between Flex Dollars and Bulldog Bucks?” –N. First things first, freshman alert (oops, sorry, we are supposed to say first years), and secondly I completely understand the confusion. There is no reason for Drake to have two different systems, but we do. Flex Dollars are used, essentially, for food. They can be used for appetizers at quad, snacks at the C-Store and coffee or smoothies at the cafés. Bulldog Bucks are used for printing through Papercut and for laundry through the eSuds laundry system. Bulldog Bucks can also be used once you run out of Flex Dollars. That’s about it. Another difference between the two is that Bulldog Bucks can roll over to second semester, while Flex Dollars do not. One day, Drake will simplify to one system, but sadly that day is not today. STUDENTS can use their Flex Dollars while shopping at the C-Store and Bulldog Bucks when printing on campus or doing laundry on campus. PHOTO BY ANNA ZAVELL | OPINIONS EDITOR

CAMPUS NEWS

Drake dining changes to one side with Quad meal

Rachel Wermager Staff Writer rachel.wermager@drake.edu

Upon returning to Drake this semester, students may notice a lot of changes on campus. One of the most crucial and outrageous changes would have to be the fact that students can no longer get two sides with their Quad meal. Now, when you swipe your card at the register, they only ask you which ONE side you

would like. One side? So, I can’t get chips and a banana? Or two bananas so I can stock up on them when they actually have them there? No, we no longer have that luxury. I can’t help but wonder why this happened. Money cannot possibly be an issue; we pay a decent amount of money for our decent-quality chicken wraps and potato chips. Health could be a motivation behind fewer sides; instead of eating two bags of chips or four cookies, you can only have half. This makes no sense unless ate all of his or her sides at once. A lot of students ate one side with their meal and saved the other for later as a snack when they were stuck in class or the library studying. The only pro I’ve seen that has accompanied the decline in sides would be the greater variety of sides in Quad now. The sides that used to come in small plastic containers, like veggie cups, fruit or pudding, are now bigger. There are more types of chips — new flavors of Cheez-

Its and the option of baked chips – and they have added small side salads. Although our amount of sides were cut in half, at least some better and larger sides were added to try and make up for it. It might take a while for students to get over the side shortage fiasco at Quad, but I feel with time, we can all overcome this trying time. Even though we cannot stock up on sides anymore, or save sides for later snacking, and still pay the same price for food… well, it sucks a bit, but really isn’t the end of the world.

What is your food really worth?

HE SAID SHE SAID

He said vs. She said Should more men partake in manscaping In today’s day and age, it seems that every little thing we do could make or break our image. With men, one thing that is not really talked about but is secretly understood is manscaping. Manscaping is an all-encompassing term covering literally any hair on a man’s body, but I will focus on the head, chest, and back. Having witnessed every form of manscaping from a Superman symbol shaved into a chest to Mickey Mouse ears shaved into a lower region (maybe I haven’t witnessed that one, but I have heard about it), one could say that I have a pretty thorough understanding of the true meaning of the term manscaping. As men, we (probably) want to look at least a little presentable, so manscaping is something that men have known about since they start shaving their face. Why do we shave our face in the first place? First, there is just a negative connotation about a 14-year-old boy with a patchy beard. Second, and most importantly, no one likes that very awkward stage of incoming-beard-yet-stillnot-beard beard. And don’t even get me started on mustaches, because if you grow hair like my roommate, growing a mustache takes you two weeks and makes you look crazy. Then you’re in this awkward stage of weird thin hair on your lip versus

a full Mr. Monopoly. The third reason some shave their face is because it makes us feel like the most Chuck Bass-iest of Basses! I was having dinner with a friend yesterday and he had just shaved his face and said that he felt “so handsome” and could not take his hand off his face. You know how girls like to rub their legs after they shave them because they are so smooth? Guys do it too, ladies! Now on to the hard part: the chest and back. The decision to shave the chest and/or back is something that differs between every single man. It is the ones that do it that you have to be careful of, because I promise you those people have opinions. Okay, I am being a bit overdramatic, but there are two types of people that shave their chest/back. The first are the guys that literally HAVE to. If they do not, they could go out in the winter without a shirt and you would compliment them on their sweater. The second is the guy that knows he shaves and makes sure everyone else does too by NEVER WEARING A SHIRT. Seriously dude, it is snowing…why? But the most important thing to take away is that if a man decides to manscape, it doesn’t matter what I think, or what the rest of the world thinks for that

matter, because in the end, it’s for you and you have gotta love your decision! Unless you shave a sports team logo in the back of your head. Then your decision is for you AND the rest of the world. *** Manscaping, as defined by our most reliable source, Urban Dictionary, is how a man is groomed, and can take place through shaving and waxing an abundance of body hair. I’m a strong believer that personality comes first. My attraction towards a guy can fluctuate depending on how good of a person he is. However, even though personality comes first, everyone has preferences about physical features in the opposite sex. Shaving and/or trimming is necessary. The neck beard — also referred to as a neard, according to Urban Dictionary — is a specific section of hair underneath the neckline that is unflattering. A neard comes off as lazy, or dirty. Overly long sideburns must be shaved. Elvis was the only person in the entire world that could pull off the bushy, long sideburns, and that was in the 1950’s, when shaking your hips was too graphic for television. Mustaches without beards will always be creepy. Always. Chest hair in any variety is manageable. If it’s so thick

someone may not know you have skin on your torso, then there may be a problem. But for most cases, chest hair can be attractive. You do you, men. Luscious back hair is not something that I see on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis, but there will always be that man that comes to the pool with an extremely hairy back. I don’t want to say he needs to wax his hair because, frankly, waxing hurts. He‘s also unlikely to be able to shave his back by himself. This leaves a wife/child/ sister to shave his back for him, and I would feel like a monster for endorsing such activities. Perhaps hairy backs just need trimmed up. Men can talk to their barbers and/or other hair professionals about the options for back trimming. Shoutout to the hairy men: as stated earlier, everyone has preferences about physical features in the opposite sex. These manscaping tips are strictly my own. There are women who love hairy men. And by hairy men, I mean these women LOVE beards, mustaches, sideburns, chest hair, back hair, leg hair, and maybe even neards. If you look like a shrunken down version of Big Foot, you’re the ideal man for these females. Keep doin’ you.

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Sept. 09, 2015

OPINIONS STAFF OPINION

HUMANS OF DRAKE

Why you should hold off on getting that tattoo Advice on how to make sure it’s “the one”

Hilary Padavan

Staff Writer hilary.padavan@drake.edu

Getting a tattoo is one of the most permanent things you can do to your body, so it’s a pretty important decision to make. There are a lot of factors to consider, such as placement of the tattoo, the meaning behind it, whether it should be in color or not and the size. As someone who has a tattoo and plans to add to my collection in the future, here is my crashcourse guide on how to decide if a tattoo is right for you. First and foremost, make sure it’s something you actually want. Even if there isn’t any real meaning behind it other than you think it looks super cool, you have to be 100% positive that this is something that you’ll want on your body for the rest of your life. My advice is to keep the tattoo design in a place (for example on your phone’s lock screen or hung up in your bedroom) where you’ll see it almost every day. Sit on the design for a few months. If you still love it and want it after thinking about it for a while, it may be something you want to seriously consider getting— but hold up, it’s not time to run out and get that tattoo yet! The second and most

important part of a tattoo is its placement. There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding where you want your tattoo. If you’re going into a career that is very business professional, you won’t want to get your tattoo anywhere that is easily visible— the neck or hands, for example. Most businesses frown upon tattoos and want you to look as professional as possible at all times, so make sure you choose an area that is easy to cover up. Another thing to consider in terms of placement in the pain threshold for various parts of your body. If this is your first tattoo, don’t get it somewhere that’s going to hurt the most. You don’t know how you’ll react to getting a tattoo and if you can’t handle a tattoo in a more mild area, getting one in a more sensitive area may not be the best idea. Lastly, don’t cheap out when getting a tattoo. Tattoos shouldn’t be too cheap, and if they are, I would reconsider your choice of tattoo parlor. It costs a lot more money to fix a botched tattoo than it does to shell out a little more money for a higher quality tattoo. Make sure the parlor you go to is reputable and clean. If it looks a little sketchy, that’s probably because it is. I’d so, you should reconsider getting a permanent image inked on your body from them. All-in-all, getting a tattoo is a very personal choice that is not for everyone. Make sure your tattoo is something that you’ll still look at and enjoy for the rest of your life, otherwise there’s no point in getting it. Your tattoo is your choice, so be creative with it and design the perfect tattoo for you.

NATIONAL EVENTS

Call them what they are: Refugees are not migrants Should America be offering more help?

Jake Bullington

Digital Editor jacob.bullington@drake.edu @jakebullington Major news outlets, including some of the most highly respected companies such as the BBC and the New York Times, have labeled the hordes of Syrians making headlines as “migrants.” But surprisingly, BuzzFeed News has been a leader in covering the situation appropriately, using the title ‘refugees’ in headlines and in stories. The reason these people are refugees and not migrants is because they’re fleeing a dangerous and incredibly deadly civil war, estimated to have killed over 100,000 Syrians since 2011. The country has been lead by Bashar al-Assad, who has been accused of war crimes, dropping bombs and using chemical weapons on his own citizens. alAssad has long been a target of international scrutiny, and this flood of refugees is just the most recent in a long line of problems in the region caused by the Syrian government. And now, numbers have come out estimating that over 2,000 people have died trying to reach Europe this year alone, highlighting the serious humanitarian needs these refugees represent.

Images of the small Syrian boy’s body laying face-down, having washed up on shore, have brought more international attention to the crisis. Part of the international attention is from right here in the United States. Should we as Americans be asking what we can do to help? Other countries have already committed to accepting and providing aid to tens of thousands of refugees, while the U.S. has so far pledged to very few. German Prime Minister Angela Merkel came out this week in support of the refugees, and called on other European countries to provide equal support, as she feels Germany has taken on an unfair burden while providing a majority of the logistical and financial assistance. As this issue balloons into a crisis, it has naturally become a part of presidential campaign speeches and platforms. Democrat Martin O’Malley has been vocal about needing to do more for these refugees. “We can do better,” O’Malley said at an event in Des Moines this weekend. He suggests putting up barbed wire across borders, as other countries have done, isn’t going to solve the issue. Americans should be sympathetic to the Syrians’ cause, considering there is a good chance a majority of their ancestors were either immigrants or fleeing their home country generations ago. If we’re not going to open our homes to them, then we could at least provide more support in the form of humanitarian aid. This isn’t just a Middle Eastern issue, and this isn’t just a European Union issue. This is an international issue, and it demands our help.

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Sept. 09, 2015

FEATURES FASHION

Tips for comfortable summer styles for fall’s quick arrival Using your summer clothes in the fall Maggie Dickman Staff Writer maggie.dickman@drake.edu @maggie_dickman

College students have found a way to balance a hectic schedule, but some find picking out what to wear even more stressful than their course load. Summer is one of the shortest seasons in the Midwest, but this back-to-school season is bringing the heat. This warmth calls for a wardrobe that balances both looking cool and feeling cool. Stylist Jessica Miller, coowner of Hill Vintage & Knits in East Village with Erica Carnes, says summer is the store’s most popular season for denim cutoffs, flowy fabrics and cotton — with an emphasis on comfort. “Find stuff that fits your personality and that’s comfortable to wear, especially in Iowa when it can be 60 (degrees)… and then 90,” says Miller. Drake University sophomore Marissa DePino, a style guru for College Fashionista, reports on the latest trends on campus. She agrees that keeping an easy-going wardrobe is the best way to go. “Find the right style for you,” says DePino. “You can be cute, casual and comfortable all at the same time.” DePino’s go-to? The T-shirt

dress, which can be dressed up or down with accessories, like a floppy sunhat and strappy sandals. New Yorkers have stylish, comfortable dressing figured out. Drake University junior Eunice Chang learned that less is more when it comes to dressing in the heat after spending her summer in New York City as a digital marketing analytics intern with NBC. “When it’s really hot outside, I don’t like wearing a lot of accessories,” says Chang. “A very simple necklace, a few thin bracelets, or just some midi rings are enough.” She typically took to the streets in dresses and sunglasses, wearing her Adidas Superstars as a means for both style and comfort. She also took cues from the New Yorker stylebook — shift dresses, distressed denim, off the shoulder tops, and bucket bags were all spotted on the city commuters. Easy summer style tips don’t stop with women, though. Firstyear Noah Marsh, a bow tie creator from Kansas City, believes that men need to take more style risks in their wardrobe. “Everyone needs pants and a shirt,” says Marsh. “However, accessories, like a watch, hat, socks, belt, can add your own personal twist.”

For a dressier look, ideal for internship dressing, he recommends pastel pants and a rolled up button down, a relaxed and trendy combination. For casual campus style, Marsh sees what he calls “nativism” as a trend on the rise. “People are wearing graphic tees that either represent where they’re from or something that they’re very, very passionate about,” says Marsh.

“Find the right style for you. You can be cute, casual and comfortable all at the same time.” Marissa DePino Student

Tees sold at shops like Raygun are hip and fitting for the trend. His tip: Look for brighter color palettes and lighter fabrics. Pair a printed top with solid colored bottoms, and vice versa. All of the pieces can be slipped on with ease. “There’s a bit more freedom (in summer) since there’s more color to work with,” says Marsh. That’s is a tip that can go for everyone.

DRAKE STUDENTS share tips and show off their summer styles during the warmest months of the year. (Top left) Chang poses in New York City. (Top right) DePino wears her ribbed T-shirt dress. (Bottom) Marsh’s simple accessories make his outfit look more complete. PHOTOS BY MAGGIE DICKMAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Sept. 09, 2015

FEATURES CAMPUS EVENTS

Students discover new clubs at Activities Fair Sydney Price Managing Editor sydney.price@drake.edu @sydpriceless

Last Thursday, Olmsted Center was a flurry of activity as informational flyers and email lists exchanged hands throughout a room lined with busy tables. Drake students descended on Parents Hall to encourage membership in their organizations and find new ways to get involved on campus at this semester’s Activities Fair. First-year, transfer and returning students alike had the chance to talk to representatives from over 100 student groups during the event. Each club had its own unique way of making their group stand out, ranging from colorful trifold posters and photo slideshows to team jerseys and sports equipment. But the real draw of the fair was talking to

passionate students about their organizations. “My strategy for recruiting is just getting people to talk to me,” said Alex Stumphauzer, captain and president of Drake Ultimate Club. “As soon as I can tell them about our club and what we do, I can usually get them to write an email address down. The club speaks for itself in that way.” To secure a table at the fair, current campus organizations had to attend the mandatory President’s Summit, held earlier last week. The workshop ensured that all student groups knew important information, such as the proper procedures to host an event on campus and how to request funding. The Student Activities Board, which had a booth in one of the conference rooms, also used the fair to hand out applications for committees and their Relays executive board. “I think the fair went really well. It is always fun to talk with

students and see what they are interested in doing at Drake,” said Erin Griffin, president of SAB. For Praneeth Rajsingh, a junior transfer student, the occasion was a way to understand more about what Drake’s clubs have to offer and showcased student diversity. “The number of varied clubs, societies, fraternities and sororities on campus is a testament to the diverse mix of students who call Drake home,” Rajsingh said. The abundance of options available for students interested in joining activities and organizations both on and offcampus also came as a pleasant shock for Rajsingh. “I doubt there is a more chaotic, colorful and eclectic mix of students gathered under one roof than during Activities Fair,” Rajsingh said. “For someone who is new to Drake, the throng of people at the fair was a surprise.” STUDENTS at the Activities Fair on September 3 sign up for campus clubs and off-campus organizations. PHOTO BY GOOI YING CHYI | PHOTO EDITOR

FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers markets offer variety in local food and products Sarah LeBlanc Features Editor sarah.leblanc@drake.edu @sarahleblanc201

When it comes to buying fresh, organic produce in Des Moines, there is no shortage of options. Whether searching for a meal, home decorations, cactuses or candles, farmers market vendors come from all around Iowa to local markets to sell their products to thousands of visitors each week. Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market, situated on Court Avenue, runs from the first Saturday of May to the last Saturday of October and boasts anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000 weekly patrons who flock to the market for entertainment and organic and local products. “(Entertainment) is a draw to people who may not even know to seek locally-raised food or

that knowing your producer is important because they’re drawn by the excitement of what’s happening at the market,” said Kelly Foss, the director of the Downtown Farmers’ Market. “Once (people) are there, they’re having that opportunity to meet farmers and learn about the food and pick up some recipes.” From a parking lot to nine city blocks, the Downtown Farmers’ Market has expanded exponentially and is celebrating its 40th season. “(The farmers market) started in 1976 with an idea from a group of volunteers, a handful of vendors and a parking lot,” said Foss. Foss now oversees around 300 vendors from 56 of Iowa’s 99 counties with the Vendor Advisory Committee. “We only have a certain amount of space, so we want to make sure we’re really seeking variety and quality and passion is a part of it, too,” Foss said.

“We want to seek people who can sustain this business and be part of the farmers’ market more than one term.” The market’s evolution from crowded sidewalks to spacious streets has aided in its mission to support the community and advance the economic success of its vendors. “The farmers market is kind of an engine for entrepreneurs,” Foss said. “That’s one of the goals, connecting people to the food that they eat and at the same time creating a very lively festive atmosphere to bring downtown.” Though the Downtown Farmers’ Market is the most populated per week, the Valley Junction farmers market, held on Thursdays, and the Beaverdale farmers market, hosted on Tuesdays, value the neighborhood closeness they receive from their patrons. “The people that come to our market are a lot of the neighbors,”

said Jane Gasperi, vice president and vendor manager of the Beaverdale Farmers Market. “It’s a very family event.” Now in its fourth year, the Beaverdale Farmers Market attracts around 1,500 weekly visitors between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and hopes to increase its popularity for future years. “It’s nice to know where our food was grown and meet the person who grew it and hear their stories,” Gasperi said. “I want people to come and get the fresh produce and meet these people and have that interaction.” The Valley Junction farmers market, located on 5th Street in West Des Moines from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., hosts around 100 weekly vendors and spans over two blocks. Coinciding with a theme of humble beginnings, the Valley Junction Farmers Market started out of the flatbeds of trucks and

adopted its current format in 1988. “About 15 years ago was when it kind of grew to the current size, and now we’re maxed out,” said Jim Miller, the Junction’s executive director. “We always get new vendors every year, but around half of our vendors have been here 10 years.” Situated along rows of shops, the market also acts as a draw to local businesses. “A lot of the main street businesses will stay open longer during the farmers’ market,” said Katie Funk, the events manager for Valley Junction. “Our main mission as an organization is to bring people to the shops.” In order to obtain visitor loyalty, maintaining a variety in products among booths is crucial to both the success of the vendors and the market. “We don’t like to overlap,” Funk said. “We want everyone to be successful.”

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FARMERS MARKETS around Des Moines offer healthy food and local products. (Top) People wander the Des Moines farmers market. (Bottom left) Visitors to Valley Junction’s farmers market can enjoy entertainers and main street shops while exploring the market. (Bottom right) Beaverdale’s farmers market allows neighbors to catch up on Tuesday nights. PHOTOS BY SARAH LEBLANC | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


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Sept. 09, 2015

FEATURES POLITICS

Drake’s Harkin Insititute engages students, community Tim Webber Editor-in-Chief timothy.webber@drake.edu @HelloTimWebber

“There’s a lot going on,” Dr. Rachel Paine Caufield says inside her office at the Harkin Institute, and neither Republicans nor Democrats can deny that. It’s a warm Friday afternoon, the beginning of what’s forecasted to be a gorgeous, but hot, holiday weekend. There aren’t many weekends left before the Iowa caucuses, however, and that means that Caufield will be spending this one—like most others on the horizon—hard at work. Caufield, the Associate Director for Citizen Engagement at the Harkin Institute, is one of four staff members who work at the Institute. The organization was founded in 2013 to expand on the work of former Sen. Tom Harkin and foster citizen engagement with the political process. But judging from the success of the Institute and its ability to put on events that connect with students, one would be forgiven for thinking that five times as many people work at the Institute. The Harkin Institute’s skeleton staff does receive some assistance in the form of student interns, but with a field of presidential candidates that seems to number several hundred soon descending on Iowa for the first caucus of the election cycle, everyone will be stretched to the limit. “This is going to be the busiest, most dynamic, most vibrant caucus season we’ve ever had at Drake,” Caufield said, and while some of that is due to the enormous field of candidates, much of the excitement stems from groundwork that was laid long before the birth of the Harkin Institute.

Drake University has been working hard over each of the past election cycles to establish a strong reputation within the political community and attract major events to campus. In 2011, Drake hosted a nationally televised Republican presidential debate in conjunction with ABC News. This year, the university has been awarded a Democratic debate, which will be held on November 14 in Sheslow Auditorium in conjunction with CBS News. “We’ve had a number of candidates, campaigns, parties, come to campus and say, ‘This is by far the easiest process we’ve ever experienced. You know what you’re doing,’” Caufield said. “When we start conversations about a debate, it is undoubtedly a huge advantage that we’ve done this before.” But the debate, while undoubtedly important, is just one of many political events taking place in Des Moines and throughout Iowa in the coming months. And while Drake University is the one primarily holding the reins for the debate, the Harkin Institute and its Iowa Caucus Project will play a major role in connecting the citizens with the candidates during caucus season. The Iowa Caucus Project website – iowacaucusproject.org – is filled with more information than most voters know what do with. It’s easily one of the most comprehensive political guides in the country, providing both current and historical information on every county in Iowa. The front page of the website contains an interactive map. Click on a county, and you’ll pull up an overlay with demographic information containing everything from age breakdowns to gun ownership. If the statistics seem cold and uninviting, the website also allows visitors to view a

schedule of campaign events around the state, which they organize by county or candidate. A blog provides updates from the campaign trail. There’s even a section for students looking for internships with candidates. The website paints a picture of Iowa—not the candidates—which Caufield says is by design. “The national media oftentimes pops into Iowa,” Caufield said. “They point their cameras at a candidate. They leave. They write a little story about what’s going on in Iowa. But they don’t really know Iowa. They’re covering the candidates. We want to talk about the story of Iowa.” A quick look at the Iowa Caucus Project website in Caufield’s office on Friday revealed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Saturday visit to Iowa. But the big event last week — at least for the Harkin Institute — had already occurred. Thursday evening’s Sussman Lecture, featuring Richard Rothstein, was a prime example of the Institute’s non-caucus work, focused on engaging citizens with political and social issues. The Harkin Institute often holds lectures and receptions for community leaders, elected officials and advocacy groups with the purpose of helping them forge a connection with students and community members. “We think, sometimes, that politics is far away, it’s for important people who think important things, and they’re all brilliant and powerful and important,” Caufield said. “It’s just not true. This is a democracy. We’re all important. And quite frankly, they need us as much as we need them.” Caufield described Rothstein as an excellent speaker — one of a growing list who have come to Drake through the Sussman Lecture series. “We work on the principle of bringing in very high-quality

lectures,” Caufield said. “That might mean that we have fewer (lectures), but we always want to make sure that they are very high-quality and filled to capacity — and they have been.” Unlike some campus events that are sparsely attended, those put on by the Harkin Institute always draw a crowd. “We’ve created a really great reputation for good events on campus that are worth going to, that aren’t a typical lecture where you’re going to sit passively in a room and listen to someone that you’ve never heard of talk about a topic you’ve never thought about before,” Caufield said. As part of their efforts to engage students, the Harkin Institute often holds events in more intimate settings. The organization presents small, private luncheons and receptions with dignitaries throughout the year, with ten students receiving the opportunity to meet the featured guest in a more personal setting. The Institute attempts to select a diverse mix of students for each reception, and encourages everyone from first-year physics majors to senior politics majors to apply. “Because we limit it to ten students per event, we’ve seen some really remarkable connections come out of them,” Caufield said. “Instead of sitting in a great big room listening to someone talk, you actually have a much more intimate experience. You can actually have a conversation around the table with these folks.” Caufield gave an example of the connections the often come out of the receptions. After an event featuring David Oman, a Drake alumnus currently working on the Jeb Bush campaign, Oman asked a student whom she was supporting in the upcoming election. After finding out that her candidate of choice

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S visit to Drake last year was put together in part by the Harkin Institute. If he decides to run for president, Biden may soon return. FILE PHOTO wasn’t Bush, he asked her to find some time to come and meet Jeb Bush. Three days later, at the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Caufield received quite a surprise. “Jeb Bush walks in, and directly behind him is David Oman,” Caufield said. “And directly behind (Oman) was the student. She’s now working on the Bush campaign.” Experiences like this are par for the course for the Harkin Institute. This past summer, for the first time ever, the organization granted two students with a “D.C. Experience” scholarship, which paid for housing and travel to Washington, D.C. for an unpaid internship. While some students may not receive such a special opportunity, everybody will have an opportunity to have an impact during caucus season. “There are events happening in the Des Moines area, right under our noses, all the time,” Caufield said. “It is easy to go these events. It is easy to meet a presidential candidate—any presidential candidate. Any opportunity you have to go see them, you should go see them.”

CAMPUS DINING

Students weigh costs, benefits of meal plans and cooking Brandi Dye Staff Writer brandi.dye@drake.edu @14bad01

It is no secret that Drake University students can be a bit disillusioned with the dining hall options, yet students who live on campus are still required to have a meal plan. “If I had a choice, I would not get a meal plan at all here,” said Andrea Aguilar, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major. First-year magazines major Jacob McKay finds his 195 meals per semester meal plan satisfactory, but he does not agree

with how Drake formulates meal plan costs. “If you charged people less for less food that would make sense,” McKay said. Drake has four meal plans: 10 meals a week with 275 flex dollars, 14 meals a week with 100 flex dollars, 195 meals per semester with 300 flex dollars and 335 meals per semester with no flex dollars. All four meal plans cost the same, $2,223 per semester. At the current cost of meal plans, students like Aguilar, who regularly eats at both Hubbell and Quad, would prefer more variety in the type of food offered in the dining halls. “I feel like I have to use the meal plan since I’m paying for it,”

Aguilar said. For off-campus students, Drake has two commuter meal plan options: 75 meals with 75 flex dollars per semester, which costs $555, or 125 meals with 125 flex dollars per semester for $925. Queion Swift, a junior broadcast news major, opted to go without a commuter meal plan for his first year living off campus. “I couldn’t go back to eating straight Hubbell and straight Quad,” Swift said. “The perk of not having a meal plan is I get to go shopping for real food and I can cook.” “Drake could make the meal plans optional,” Aguilar said. “I think it is totally plausible to do that because you end up spending

the same amount of money, if not less, than what you’re paying for a meal plan that you don’t even use fully.” McKay would not want to live on campus without a meal plan, but he does wish that Drake dining was more consistent. “The quality of food fluctuates at an obscene level,” McKay said. “If the Chinese food was as good as the pizza, I wouldn’t even be complaining right now.” For Aguilar, a pescatarian (she chooses to eat fish but not meat), the quality of Hubbell Dining Hall and Quad Creek Café is secondary to their lack of options. “I feel like there is not a lot of variety in terms of healthy options for me,” Aguilar said.

Swift, however, does not feel that being off a meal plan has improved his ability to eat healthy foods. “[Drake’s meal plans] can’t make you eat anything that’s going to make you healthier,” Swift said. “It’s not like I’m at the crib making delicious salads and fruit smoothies.” Between cooking, eating at restaurants and getting swipes from underclassmen friends, Swift’s dining options are vast. “But who actually wants to cook everyday, three times a day?” Swift said. “It’s a freedom but it can be a costly and time consuming freedom as well.”

MEAL PLANS may be a more convenient and accessible option for on-campus students, but the option to cook allows off-campus students like junior Claudia Williams to enjoy more freedom in her choice of dining. Here, she shows off her salad with tomatoes, french fries and ketchup, and biscuit with fried chicken cooked by a chef at Alpha Phi. PHOTO BY CLAUDIA WILLIAMS | PAGE EDITOR


10 | sports

Sept. 09, 2015

SPORTS VOLLEYBALL

Bulldogs fall to 6-2 after second tournament of 2015

AFTER STARTING the season on a five-game win streak Drake lost two out of three matches in Illinois last week. (Left) The Bulldogs celebrate after taking a point last year versus Missouri Valley Conference rivals Bradley University. (Right) Senior Rebecca Brown gets airborne for a set above the net. Brown was responsible for 95 of Drake’s 132 total assists last weekend. FILE PHOTOS Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan After a stellar 5-0 start, including a tournament win at the Hampton Inn Leatherneck Invitational at Western Illinois University, the Bulldogs were humbled this past weekend, losing two games out of three at the Omaha Invitational. “Last week was a little bit harder for us,” said sophomore Kyla Inderski. “We struggled coming out strong.” Taking on the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights, a team ranked in the top 35 in the nation, on Friday, the Bulldogs win streak was brought to an abrupt end as they were swept in three games: 25-23, 25-20, 25-23. Drake didn’t go down without a fight, however, as each game

stayed close and the Bulldogs were able to outperform the Knights on several fronts, if only by a small margin. “That team would’ve just destroyed us a couple years ago and to play them this weekend and to lose two sets by just two points, where it could’ve gone either way,” head coach Darrin McBroom said. “Really proud of our team for those.” Drake shared the wealth well, as seven different Bulldogs picked up at least three kills, as compared to six for the Knights. Each team’s leader made the difference, where UCF’s Kia Bright recorded 20 kills as compared to Inderski’s six. Drake also had 10 blocks on the day, while the Knights only had nine. Falling to 5-1 on the season, the Bulldogs retook the court the next day to face off with the University of Nebraska Omaha.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Dropping the first two games 25-12, 25-18 put Drake in a hole that it would have to fight out of to prevent a losing streak from forming. With their backs against the wall, the Bulldogs stayed alive after falling behind 18-10 and forced a win-by-two scenario at the end of game three. Drake responded with an 11-1 run to take the lead. They finished off Omaha in extra points, taking advantage of back-to-back errors to win 30-28. That momentum carried over to the final two games, as the Bulldogs won game four to survive into the fifth, deciding set. The final game was neck-andneck, pushed into a win-by-two situation yet again. “It was do or die, so we definitely did,” senior Rebecca Brown said. We weren’t going to die. Drake was able to out-survive

Omaha, thanks to junior Makena Schoene who contributed two of the Bulldogs’ final four points. Schoene led the team with 27 kills, followed by Kyla Inderski with 11. Brown picked up 40 assists and 13 digs in the win. Inderski also had 15 digs, but Michelle Tommi led the team with 23. “It was huge,” Inderski said. “It took a lot of our energy, which reflected in the last game that we played… against North Dakota.” Even if their energy had been sapped, the Bulldogs were still able to keep the match close against the University of North Dakota (UND). The first two games were each pushed to extra points, but the Bulldogs weren’t able to pull it out in the end and lost each set by a score of 27-25. The third game wasn’t as tight as the first two, as UND sealed their victory with a 25-18.

“The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I feel like our effort was there,” Brown said. “And it was definitely Drake volleyball.” The team’s performance gave McBroom confidence that they will be able to complete their goal of finishing with a record over .500 for the first time since 2010. McBroom hopes that Drake will finish in the top 6 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, securing a place for them in the conference tournament. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 6-2 on the season, and will be looking for revenge against UND as they travel to North Dakota for the UND Classic in their first game out of four this weekend. “If we can capitalize earlier,” Brown added. I think those wins are ours for sure.”

MEN’S SOCCER

Mistakes costly for Drake, Defense proves importance as Bulldogs losing streak now at three split two games on road over the weekend Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

Every point matters in soccer due to its low-scoring nature. That is what makes simple mistakes so costly, a hard lesson that the Drake Women’s Soccer team learned on the road Friday night against the University of Northern Colorado Bears. In the 25th minute, the Bears lined up for a corner kick, which led to a misdirected clearance attempt for the Bulldogs that ended up inside the net – the dreaded own goal. Drake still put up a fight, determined to not let their mistake cost them and were able to tie the match back up in the second half. In the 77th minute junior Rebecca Rodgers scored her first goal of the season off an assist from senior Rhian Pritchard, bringing the score to 1-1. Regular time expired 13 minutes later, leading to Drake’s second overtime match of the season. The first period of extra time came and went as neither team was able to capitalize on the two corner kicks they were each granted. The second period of extra time continued much as the first did, and the game looked as though it might end in a 1-1 tie. The Bulldogs were again unable to score on either corner kick they took in that period and the Bears were able to make a surge on goal as the game entered its final minute. Northern Colorado moved the ball into the Drake box, where

Bears midfielder Paige Morris made a header pass to teammate Sydney Schroeder, who scored the decisive goal. Two days later, facing off with the undefeated University of Wyoming Cowgirls, Drake was met with defeat yet again. Cowgirl sophomore Shaina Ashouri opened scoring in the 35th minute with an unassisted goal. Just two minutes into the second half Ashouri scored again, unassisted, and the Bulldogs found themselves down 2-0. A late corner kick for Wyoming sealed the Bulldogs’ fate, as Cowgirl defender Alyssa Murray scored on a rebound to give her team a three-goal lead with just over five minutes to play. Drake responded quickly as freshman Alyssa Brand picked up her third goal of the season off an assist from Kylie DeHaven, but it was too late. The most glaring problem for the Bulldogs in the game was a lack of offense. Brand’s goal was one of only two shots on goal for Drake in the game. Wyoming, on the other hand, tallied 18 shots total, with 10 of them on goal to go along with 10 corner kicks. Drake’s next contest will be on the road against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday followed by a match with Saint Louis University on Sunday.

Catch their game TUESDAY, SEPT. 15 against UMKC at 7 p.m. — Cownie Soccer Complex

Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

Strong defense has spelled success for the Men’s Soccer team in 2015, not giving up more than one goal in any match this season. That defense has played a big part in Drake’s 3-1-1 record at the start of the season. “Not only did we get the results we wanted, but also had good performances in each game,” redshirt junior goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod said. One goal offensively proved to be enough to top the University of Belmont Bruins at the ProRehab Aces Classic in Evansville, Indiana this past Friday. Two goals were all the Bulldogs needed against the Air Force Academy two days later. Not even five minutes into the match against the Bruins, Drake got out to a lead that would hold

through the rest of the match. Freshman forward Nic Jaimes picked up his first assist of the season on a pass to junior Ben LeMay, who deflected the ball past Evansville goalkeeper Grayson Rector. MacLeod earned his third shutout of the season in the game, picking up five saves off of the Bruins’ eight shots. Drake played its second game of the ProRehab Aces Classic on Sunday, taking on Air Force under the hot summer sun. The temperature at game time was close to 90 degrees. Drake freshman Nic Jaimes, after being denied his first goal in his last three games, put the Bulldogs in the lead before the heat was able to wear them down. An early turnover by Air Force led to a breakaway for Jaimes, who put the ball past the keeper before the first minute was up. Air Force junior midfielder Tucker Axhoj responded quickly, scoring a goal in the 18th minute

off of some well-placed passes from teammates Joey Haug and Gus Jensen. The game was still tied as the clock closed in on 90, each team hoping to score a goal to prevent overtime. Drake redshirt junior defender James Grunert was up to the challenge. A corner kick was awarded to Drake in the 87th minute, to be taken by James Wypych. Wypych sent the ball towards the near post and Grunert put the ball in the back of the net, the first goal in his collegiate career and the deciding goal of the match. “I think college soccer is all about small details,” MacLeod said. “(You need to) minimize the oversights and capitalize on moments of brilliance.” Drake’s accuracy on net made the difference, converting on two out of three shots on goal. The Bulldogs will take the field again on Saturday against Butler University in Indianapolis.

Quick Hits Women’s Golf

The Bulldogs competed in their first tournament of the season last weekend at the Redbird Invitational in Normal, Illinois. Drake finished in 11th place out of 16 teams. Bradley University finished tied for second place, the best finish for any team from the Missouri Valley Conference. Freshman Grace Dunn paced the Bulldogs with a final score of 235 after three rounds.

Men’s Cross Country

Despite having started training only a week ago, the cross country season is already underway. Only 17 athletes competed in the Drake Bulldog Classic 4k in Ewing Park, Des Moines: 10 Bulldogs and seven runners from Southwest Community College (SWCC). Drake runners took each of the top seven spots, led by junior Reed Fischer with a time of 13:00.

Women’s Cross Country

The Women’s Cross Country season kicked off at the Drake Bulldog Classic 4k as well. 11 Bulldogs ran for the women, while only five athletes represented SWCC. Drake dominated on the women’s side just as much as the men did, with all seven Bulldogs crossing the finish line before even one runner from SWCC completed the course.


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Sept. 09, 2015

SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL

Bulldogs abroad: Drake Basketball 2015 European Tour

EUROPE presented a slew of new experiences and perspectives for the Drake Men’s Basketball team. (Left) Kale Abrahamson extends his arm for a selfie with his teammates in Rome’s Coliseum, a building 1900 years older than the Knapp Center. (Right) Jacob Enevold Jensen describes the ethnic Danish foods that the team sampled while visiting Denmark. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

Most athletic teams try playing exhibition matches against teams that will simulate the type of competition they will face later on in the regular season, but the Drake Men’s Basketball team had a different approach this past summer. With over two months left until the start of the season, the team traveled to Denmark and Italy for three games against professional international opponents over the span of 12 days. In addition to helping the Bulldogs gain valuable playing time, the tour also gave the team an opportunity to see a part of the world that few of them had experienced before. “It’s always good to just get away from the university,” said junior center Jacob Enevold Jensen. “There’s a little bubble here and everyone’s kind of their own, but to get outside of the university you get to know people a bit better and get to hang out with them in a different setting than we usually do.” Not only did Jensen appreciate the change of setting, but he was also able to return home. Jensen was born and raised in Denmark, although he hasn’t been home in several years. “It was pretty cool, getting to show my team where I live,” Jensen said. “We even went to my host family’s home so they could

see where I’ve grown up a little bit.” Seeing their teammate’s roots added to the bonding that accompanied the trip, giving the players an added perspective to Drake’s 7-foot center and the country they were visiting. “I think it was great to see Jacob’s family and see how happy he was to see them,” sophomore guard Reed Timmer said. “It was nice to see him being able to reconnect with how he grew up and for us to see that.” Not only did the team enjoy seeing their fellow Bulldog’s homecoming, but Jensen had the opportunity to watch his teammates be surprised by where he grew up. “It was just funny seeing how they react to things,” Jensen said. Jensen stated that the highlight of his trip was seeing the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, a sentiment reflected by several of his teammates. “You couldn’t walk than 10-feet before walking into something that was 2,000 years old,” junior forward Kale Abrahamson mentioned. The trip wasn’t purely focused on the aesthetic and cultural differences across the Atlantic. There was still basketball to play. The Bulldogs played their first game overseas on August 15, facing off with Værløse, hailing from Horsholm, Denmark. Regardless of their pro status, the Bulldogs were able to control the court and led throughout the game. Up by 10 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs went on

to win the game 83-55 and start their international play with a record of 1-0. Drake’s second match would prove to be even less of a challenge for the Bulldogs, thrashing AP Castelfranco, an Italian professional team. The building they played in lacked air-conditioning, making for a game full of sweat and substitutions, but it didn’t seem to faze the Bulldogs as seven of them would score 10 points or more in the game. Up by 36 at halftime, Drake only extended on their lead in the second half, and ended up walking away with a 114-51 victory. The third and final matchup of the trip turned out to be much closer than the other two, as Drake took on BC Atletas on August 21 in Ponte Buggianese.

Atletas has been in the 1st division of Lithuanian basketball for much of their history, which explains their toughness and talent on the court. BC Atletas got out to an early lead thanks to stellar shooting from behind the arc, but Drake was able to battle back behind Abrahamson’s 18 points, 12 of which came in the 3rd quarter. “I think our guys kind of thrive with our style of basketball with being physical and getting the right shots,” Timmer said. “I think it definitely helped our chemistry and our teamwork to try and play together as much as we could and just to carry that over to practice here and eventually to games.” Closing the gap to within two possessions in the game’s final two minutes, Drake was unable to complete the comeback,

losing 84-79 and finishing their European tour at 2-1. “The third game was a good challenge for us,” Jensen said. “It was maybe more of a wake-up call that we still need to be mentally tougher and we need to play some more and get better, but overall it was a good learning experience for us.” Even though the basketball trip ended with a loss, it still provided a positive learning experience for the Bulldogs both on and off the court. “We were together 24-7 for 12 days, (and) obviously you either have to bond or just hate each other, so I think we ended up bonding,” Abrahamson joked. “It was more of a bonding thing than a basketball thing, but the basketball was great as well. It was a great trip for us.”

THE BULLDOGS came together as a team and gained crucial on-court experience in their final exhibition match in Italy against BC Atletas. (Left) Jacob Enevold Jensen uses his height to his advantage, towering over defenders under the basket. (Right) Reed Timmer drives the lane through a crowd of defenders. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Jonas out for season, aims to provide guidance and support from sidelines Austin Cannon Staff Writer austin.cannon@drake.edu @NotAustinCannon

BECCA JONAS, number 35, in a huddle with her teammates last year. Jonas is expected to retake the court as a Bulldog next season as a junior. FILE PHOTO

The season won’t start for another two months, but the Drake Women’s Basketball team has already experienced a loss. Sophomore center Becca Jonas will miss the 2015-16 season after undergoing surgery on her left knee, head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced Thursday. Jonas started all 31 games as a freshman in 2014. She averaged 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. Her rebounding ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference and tops among freshmen, helping her earn MVC All-Freshman and All-MVC honorable mention honors. Jonas said she’s been inactive since April with a stress fracture that was revealed by an MRI, a wear-and-tear injury.

“It was a more gradual thing,” she said. When she underwent exploratory surgery a couple weeks ago, the doctors found a microfracture. “They were just going in to see what was going on, and they weren’t really sure what they were going to find and they found the fracture,” Jonas said. After discovering the fracture, the doctors repaired it. Jonas was told she will miss the upcoming season when she woke up after the surgery. “It was definitely hard just knowing that I wasn’t going to be out there, but at the same time this year is still definitely going to be a good one for our team,” Jonas said. Preseason practice will give head coach Jennie Baranczyk time to fill the empty starting spot. Freshmen forwards Sara Rhine and Madelyne Johnson will surely see added minutes

as a result, as will 6-foot-3 senior Emma Donahue, who has averaged just 6.2 minutes per game over her first three years. Regardless of who may step up to fill the role, an integral piece of 2014’s 20-11 team that reached the WNIT will take on more of a coaching role. “(I’m) going to have to be more vocal on the sidelines and just really encouraging and just try to be there any way that I can for everyone during the season,” Jonas said. “That’s what I’ll be focusing on.” This is the second season in a row that the Bulldogs have lost a key starter early on in the year. Kyndal Clark, who led the NCAA in 3-point shooting percentage and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2014, injured her knee in the first game of the 2014-2015 season. Clark remained part of the team for the rest of the year, although she didn’t suit up as a Bulldog again.


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Sept. 09, 2015

SPORTS FOOTBALL

Offense leads Bulldogs to victory, scoring 44 points in season opener

STRONG STUDENT TURNOUT, bolstered by Spike the Bulldog (left), helped spur the Bulldogs to victory in their home opener against the William Jewell Cardinals on Saturday evening. (Right) Three Drake defenders wrap up Cardinals quarterback Nick West, who was sacked three times throughout the game. PHOTOS BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH AND YING CHYI GOOI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER AND PHOTO EDITOR Austin Cannon Staff Writer austin.cannon@drake.edu @NotAustinCannon

An oft-used script for the 2014 Drake team was its superb defense compensating for an offense that struggled to score. That script flipped in the 2015 opener. After only one touchdown drive in the first half, the Drake offense reached the end zone four times in the final two quarters and the Bulldogs beat the William Jewell Cardinals 44-30 Saturday night at Drake Stadium. “We knew that we were going to be better offensively,” Drake coach Rick Fox said. “We’ve got a lot of weapons offensively … It

was fun for those guys because of how we struggled last year.” Perhaps chief among those weapons was running back Conley Wilkins, who ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns, benefitting from a balanced and effective passing attack. “This year, we want to make a statement that the offense will carry more than the defense in some cases,” Wilkins said. Senior quarterback Andy Rice added 76 rushing yards of his own to go along with 286 yards through the air and two touchdown passes. Nine different receivers recorded a reception on Rice’s 24 completions in 37 attempts. Tight end Eric Saubert had seven grabs for 74 yards, leading the Bulldogs in both categories.

TIGHT END Andrew Vesper celebrates his first collegiate touchdown with a backflip, for which his team was awarded six points and saddled with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result of the freshman’s excessive celebration. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH | STAFF PHOTOGRAHPER

Drake scored its first touchdown on its opening drive, but the offense was otherwise limited to a pair of field goals in the first half. Rice said the offense needed to get out of its own way as they retook the field for the second half. “We were our own worst enemy, just doing little things that were holding us back,” he said. “It really wasn’t them, it was us.” Drake received to begin the third quarter, and Rice found receiver Michael Hudson for a 46-yard gain over the middle. Hudson was knocked out-ofbounds at the Jewell 1-yard line, but Wilkins dove in on the next play. The drive took only 2:36. The Hudson catch-and-run set the tone for two more big plays from receivers. With Drake up 19-9 in the middle of the third quarter, Rice found tight end Andrew Yarwood on a shallow drag route. Yarwood cut it up field, used a couple of blocks and streaked up the right sideline to the end zone untouched. Saubert made the biggest play of the game with a little more than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. A one-handed touchdown catch by Jewell receiver Cody Edwards had trimmed the Drake lead to 29-23, but Drake responded with a drive deep into Cardinal territory. On third-and-11, Rice found

Saubert in the middle of the field near the 10. The 6-foot-4, 242-pound Saubert spun off a couple of hits and broke two more tackles before lunging into the end zone. The two-point conversion gave Drake a two-possession lead on a night where its defense wasn’t up to its excellent 2014 standard. Jewell wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard, but did manage to stick around into the fourth quarter. Down 10 at halftime, the Cardinals got a 29-yard touchdown run from Trejuan Mask and a 97-yard kickoff return from Anthony Mullins in the third quarter. Mask was the workhorse for the Cardinals. The 5-foot11, 225-pound bruiser ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Behind him, the Cardinals were able to move the ball reasonably well, tallying 16 first downs. “He was a very hard runner,” safety Bryan Pisklo said. “I think gang tackling is something we’ve preached all week, and I think with a hard runner like that, that’s the best way to take him down.” Linebacker Taylor Coleman was out with a shoulder injury and defensive back Bob Quilico also did not play, but the shorthanded defense still kept Drake in front and provided a pair of vital turnovers. Pisklo picked off Jewell’s Nick West in the end zone early in the first quarter. In the fourth, Cody

Stepanek intercepted West off a deflection. Both turnovers were followed by touchdown drives, the 14-point difference in the final score. “Turnovers are really something we preach here,” Pisklo said. “Turnovers always lead to good things, so as many as we can get, that’s always a good thing.” In the red zone, Drake was a perfect 7-for-7 in scoring opportunities, four touchdowns and three field goals. The offense recorded 496 total yards. In 2014, Drake averaged only 367 yards per game. The tight ends (Saubert, Yarwood and Lee Snell), combined for 164 receiving yards. Granted, this was a game against a D-II Jewell team picked to finish seventh in their conference, but the numbers don’t lie. “When everyone’s getting a touch, I love that, and they love it because everyone is open on every play, according to them,” Rice said, laughing. The Bulldogs also snapped what had become an uneasy trend. After dropping the 2013 and ‘14 openers, Drake came away with what mattered most Saturday night: a victory. “When you come back in that first game, there’s a little bit of doubt,” Fox said. “And until you get that first win, you can’t exhale a little bit. Our guys can do that.”

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

A long time coming: Zlabis plays first game for Drake as senior Coach Fox looks to prevent mistakes on special teams as season progresses Austin Cannon Staff Writer austin.cannon@drake.edu @NotAustinCannon

The majority of Drake football players only have to wait through the offseason before returning to game action. The wait was longer for senior receiver Zach Zlabis. Zlabis was redshirted his freshman year. He broke his foot before the 2013 season, requiring season-ending surgery. His foot didn’t heal correctly, so he needed another surgery last year. The 2014 season was lost as well. But after three years of waiting, Zlabis was healthy and ready to go in Drake’s 44-30 victory over William Jewell. He caught four passes for nine yards in his first game action since his senior season at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. “We have a great group of guys out here, so it was a blast,” Zlabis said. “I couldn’t have had it any other way.” Zlabis got involved right away, catching two passes for 16 yards on Drake’s first offensive possession, including a 10-yard catch to convert on third down. The high volume of reps in spring ball and fall camp, in addition to his previous

experience, had Zlabis ready for his return to the field. “Football is football, no matter what level you’re at,” he said. “It’s still the same game.” With Zlabis finally hitting the field, head coach Rick Fox has another option at receiver, one that’s been a long time coming. “(I) couldn’t be more excited for Zach,” Fox said. Melton injured Senior left guard Aaron Melton sustained a right ankle injury on the offense’s first play from scrimmage Saturday. Melton was blocking in front of running back Conley Wilkins near the left sideline. Wilkins went down and fell on Melton’s ankle. After receiving treatment on the sideline, Melton was carted off to the locker room. He returned to the sideline during the second half on crutches with a boot encasing his right foot. Senior linebacker Taylor Coleman didn’t play. A shoulder injury kept him on the sideline in street clothes. Block party Extra points are often taken for granted in college football, but there’s still plenty that can go wrong for the kicking team. Two

such instances occurred Saturday night. Josh Lee, who was 3-for-3 on field goals, had his extra-point attempt blocked by Jewell’s Kier Stamp after Drake scored the first touchdown of the second half. Regardless of that mishap, Lee was still named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week. Trailing 19-3, Jewell responded with a touchdown of

its own. Brandon Womack’s kick was too low and Phil Hespen blocked it. In all, there were three blocked kicks Saturday night. Jewell’s Orlando Ward blocked Cam Bohnert’s punt with a little more than two minutes left in the game. After allowing a pair of blocked kicks and a kickoff return for a touchdown, Drake has plenty to work on.

“Our special teams, we’ve got to just clean up a couple plays there,” Fox said. Up Next Drake travels to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to play the University of North Dakota on Saturday. UND beat Wyoming 24-13 in its opener, its first victory over an FBS opponent. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Bulldog Football Week Two Preview at University of North Dakota (1-0) 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 in Grand Forks, ND UND 2014 Record: 5-7

Big Sky Conference

Offensive Player to Watch — Freshman running back John Santiago started his college career with a stellar first game against Wyoming last week, racking up 148 rushing yards on 24 carries and finding the endzone twice. Defensive Player to Watch ­— Senior middle linebacker Will Ratelle was selected as most valuable defensive player on UND in 2014. He was a force last week, leading his team with seven tackles last week at Wyoming. Fast Facts • UND will be carrying momentum from an upset on the road over Wyoming last week when they take on Drake on Saturday. • UND is projected to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference this season.

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