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The Times-Delphic Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Volume 138, No. 23

Earth Jam brings attention to environmental concerns

KATIE SIN sings at Earth Jam to bring attention to DEAL and environmental concerns. Sin was one of many local artists that preformed at the event. PHOTO BY TINA INTARAPANONT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Phong Ly Features Editor @originalphong

Drake students gathered around the Olmsted pit to celebrate the end of Earth Week, organized by Drake Environmental Action League, with the annual music celebration Earth Jam. Artists were brought in to sing about the ocean and the earth in a “different and new style with their set” according to sophomore Sonita Van Der Leeuw. “Although the audiences faded as the evening went on, the artists were still able to captivate everyone who was in attendance,” Van Der Leeuw said. The environmental science major said she had a wonderful time at the earth-appreciating concert last Friday. “The weather was beautiful,” Van Der Leeuw said. “Also, it was really nice to see such a big turn out and celebrate the Earth on this campus.” According to DEAL’s president, Gabriella LeFevre, Earth Jam was the “bookend” to DEAL’s Earth Week and celebrated DEAL’s accomplishments over the past year.

“We invite all of campus, so they can learn more about the work DEAL does as well as how much fun we are,” LeFevre said. Earth Week’s theme this year was the prairie. DEAL created different events throughout the week, which helped them inform Drake students more about the world’s fastest disappearing landscapes. “We even had a trivia game as a component to the evening,” LeFevre said. “Which quizzed the audience on their knowledge of prairies and water.” For Earth Jam this year, DEAL aimed to have a concert with regional artists of color performing. “Our Earth Jam Coordinator, Lillian Moravek, oversaw choosing the setlist and the promotional merchandise,” LeFevre said. “While two of our acts dropped out last-minute, we were still able to provide a diverse show in our three remaining acts.” According to LeFevre, her role as the president of DEAL came with a different set of responsibilities, comparing it to when she was the Earth Jam Coordinator two years ago. “I will say that my role as president brings some different responsibilities in overseeing all of Earth Week,” LeFevre said. “That

means I was the first resource when confusion or crisis arose and I got cc’d on all the emails.” LeFevre said she was pleased with the turnout of the event this year. “It was the best-attended Earth Jam I’d been to in four years and I fully expect next year to be just as good,” LeFevre said. The president of DEAL’s hope for Earth Week’s events was to increase student understanding of prairies.

“At the end of the day, our goal was heightened awareness in the student body paired with the hope that only gatherings like Earth Jam can provide,” LeFevre said. “We wanted to incite passion for prairies that triggered conversations at Earth Jam about our seed bookmarks or how they wanted all the grass on campus to be shortgrass prairie instead.” Sonita Van Der Leeuw also said she thinks Earth Jam provided her with the opportunity for a getaway

from the busy school life. “It’s something that sometimes as a student I observe and feel on this constantly busy campus, but yet with Earth Jam it was time to just enjoy nature and songs that were promoting sustainable living,” Van Der Leeuw said. “People should come to Earth Jam not just for a break for themselves, but as a friendly reminder to think past our small campus and reflect on the world as a whole.”

STATIONS SET UP WITH SNACKS around Olmsted Pit. There was a globe to take pictures next to and areas to relax. PHOTO BY RACHEL JAMES | NEWS EDITOR



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STUDENTS WATCH PERFORMERS at Earth Jam in the Olmsted Pit. Multiple musicians performed at the event, there was also trivia and advocates who spoke about DEAL. PHOTO BY TINA INTARAPANONT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

02 | News

April 10, 2019

News Creativity flourishes with Drake Mag’s Let’s Make a Scene Night Savanna Bous Staff Writer

Drake Mag hosted its first Let’s Make a Scene event at the Gas Lamp where more than 50 people, students and community members alike, crowded in the darkened bar on Grand Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 30. Morgan Noll, editor-in-chief, made it a goal of hers to create an event that would appeal not only to Drake University students, but also people in the Des Moines community. This led to her idea of “a concert/pop-up shop combination” Local music artists Andre Davis, Colo Chanel and Odd Pets took to the stage to provide the entertainment for the night. 515 Vintage, Thrifty Bitch and Rumors set up shop to show off their vintage treasures.

Nobody feels confident doing it, but it’s about vulnerability because I’m going to look stupid in front of all these people, but they’re going to look stupid with me. Noll kicked off the event with a statement. “Drake Mag is a completely student run publication, so we rely

on a lot of hardworking people to put it together,” Noll said. “The point of this event is basically to promote some of the creative people in Des Moines. Something I learned really quickly from running Drake Mag, was to collaborate with a bunch of people which is what this event is. Support local art – that’s what we’re out here doing tonight.” The past met the present through vintage clothing during Let’s Make a Scene. The crowd wore fashion from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This included 80s-esque makeup, bright yellow bobs, floor length floral gowns and Tom Petty sunglasses. There was an abundance of personality worn on people’s sleeves both figuratively and literally. Paxton Gillespie, a senior vocal performance major, attended the event to show support for his friends involved in Drake Mag. He wore a pastel floral shirt with a calf length denim dress over it. “I want to tell something interesting with what I’m wearing,” Gillespie said. “And I want to communicate with my clothes.” Music, dancing, conversation, shopping and photo ops followed as the event progressed. Colo Chanel was the second performer of Let’s Make a Scene. Noll reached out to Colo Chanel on Instagram to see if she would be interested in performing at Let’s Make a Scene. Caldwell said she was happy to agree to the opportunity since she is closely connected to Drake. Colo Chanel, aka Courtnei Caldwell, started her music career while she was a student at Drake University. “There’s a lot of female rappers that say they’re for women, but their actions don’t really follow through,” Caldwell said. “I wanted to approach the hip hop scene and the female rap industry in way

LETS MAKE A SCENE NEON SIGN at the Gas Lamp where Drake Mag hosted their first Let’s Make a Scene event. PHOTO BY SAVANNA BOUS | STAFF WRITER

I don’t really have to use my sex appeal as much as other female artists do.” Eventually, she elected to leave Drake to focus solely on her music career. “Waking up and knowing I’m living my purpose feels really good,” Caldwell said. “It feels like there’s no limits. It feels like freedom.” Caldwell is happy with the change from student to artist, but she mentioned it wasn’t easy and that it might not be for everyone. She remains connected to Drake since both her manager and photographer are Drake Students. Kate Gorden, 2018 Drake graduate, came to Let’s Make a Scene for three reasons. It was free, Odd Pets and Colo Chanel were performing and it was hosted by Drake Mag. Gorden was easy

identify amongst the crowd as she danced in the center of room. “For me, I’m really socially anxious, but I love to dance. I always have this moment when I go to a concert where I’m aware other people aren’t dancing and that makes me uncomfortable,” Gorden said. “So, I break through that anxiety of people looking at me and being weird and just have fun. The band appreciates it, I like it and other people like it. It’s an emotional growth type thing.” Gorden was not the only one dancing. A large portion of the attendees swayed or shook along with the songs, but not as uninhibited as Gorden. Gillespie also lacked fear when it came dancing. “It’s like a conversation. The band is giving me something and I need to communicate back to

them to keep the channel open,” Gillespie said. “Dancing is inherently uncomfortable in public. Nobody feels confident doing it, but it’s about vulnerability because I’m going to look stupid in front of all these people, but they’re going to look stupid with me.” After the night ended, Noll said she thought the night was a success.

“When people see that you’re cultivating your art, people will want to invest in you and cultivate your art with you.”

– Colo Chanel

Harkin Institute connects people with policy Second annual Harkin on Wellness Symposium comes to life Peyton Maulsby Contributing Writer

The tagline of The Harkin Institute at Drake, “Connecting People with Policy,” came to life last Wednesday, April 3, at its second annual Harkin on Wellness Symposium in Olmsted. This year’s topic was Public, Planet and Health Policy: a new age approach to food systems, which emphasizes the importance of the intersection between diet and climate change.

I felt like they talked about things that have gone well, then also kind of gave us maybe a that are going bad, but then also hope for how we can use our own voice to influence policy and change it. Beginning at 9 a.m. Tom Harkin, former U.S. senator and The Harkin Institute namesake, introduced the event along with Executive Director of The Harkin Institute, Joseph Jones. Harkin’s track record of impactful work in food policy inspired the implementation of this event program, which was open to all students and members of the

public, with more than 200 attendees. Tom Harkin spoke at the closing reception, and he said was pleased with how the event had gone. Harkin emphasized that food must be thought of as more than just the endgame of diet and the like, but rather as a whole chain of production and distribution. “We often think of health and wellness in terms of diet,” Harkin said. “But we have to also remember the health and wellness of the environment. We need to start looking at food in a holistic manner.” After the opening remarks, a panel commenced to discuss the answer to long-term health solutions for a healthy, sustainable diet.

Members included experts from the Drake Agricultural Law Center, the USDA, an Iowa farm and the Des Moines Area Religious Council. Breakout sessions then took place with representatives from Children’s Hospital Colorado, Main Street Project, and New Haven Farms. After a keynote lunch, the afternoon presentation was given by former Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa,Tom Vilsack. More breakout sessions took place at 2 p.m. with representatives from The Farm at St. Joe’s, Boulder Valley School District Food Project and The Food Commons. In the early afternoon, there was another panel discussion on policy

approaches to healthy, sustainable food systems. The panel was led by William Dietz, who had given the opening remarks, and panelists came from the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, the USDA, and Practical Farmers of Iowa. After the closing remarks, a closing reception took place in Upper Olmsted, which was open to all who had attended, spoken during, or worked at the event, including members of the student staff at The Harkin Institute. The following day at The Harkin Institute, Lyndi BuckinghamSchutt, who played a large part in the organization of the 2019 Harkin on Wellness Symposium, spoke about the event. One of five full-time staff

members and the Associate Director of Wellness and Nutrition Policy, Buckingham-Schutt said was also pleased with how the event had gone, sharing that one of her favorite parts was the afternoon panel. “I felt like they talked about things that have gone well,” Buckingham-Schutt said. “Then also kind of gave us maybe a bleak look at things that are going bad, but then also hope for how we can use our own voice to influence policy and change it.” Currently, student staff are working on writing up summaries of the event, and full-time staff are in the process of uploading footage from the event to The Harkin Institute’s Facebook page.

April 10, 2019

03 | Features

Senator at large candidates

Candidates present platforms to student body prior to election

Kyle Tekautz

Rachel James

Adam Koch

Ian Klein

Kasey Springsteen

Hannah Cohen

Sarah Hutchison

Jaelyn Lentz

Timothy Gant

Nathan Trees

My platform is centered around advancement, with the slogan “DU: Forward,” and based on the contentions of Collaboration, Communication and Continuation. I plan on collaborating with other senators to bring forth initiatives to improve the day-to-day lives of students. My conversations as a senator will be focused on

intentionality, whether that’s around or outside of the table. I will communicate positively and effectively with the student body to foster a culture and student government students can be proud of. I am enthusiastic about what Drake has accomplished, yet recognize there is still room for improvement. I would like to focus

on continuing the support for and addressing equity on campus. I want to focus on curating culturally mindful students with intentional communication. I plan to advocate and continue to support our fellow Bulldogs and to advance DU: Forward. I encourage you to email with any questions!

I’m running on a platform of mental health advocacy. I think making sure students have the resources needed is imperative, I agree with the push to have counselor numbers on the back of student ID cards. I also would like to have student leaders on campus, especially

student senate, be trained on suicide prevention and awareness. You cannot be a leader on campus if you are unable to recognize those who do not feel seen. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. Drake busy is a real and palpable thing and can put immense

pressure on students. Mental health shouldn’t be something that is just discussed during finals week, there should be a constant conversation about the reality of living with mental illness and the transition to living away from home. To my Bulldogs out there, I see you and I’m here.

Identify: student senate is a valuable resource for Drake students, and it should be a place where students are able to identify issues important to them. I want to add the renovated senate website to MyDrake to it exposure. Engage: I want to engage organizations to collaborate with each other. It helps save student

dollars while bringing together student groups that might have not interacted before. I also want to engage with the Drake community as a whole. We often fall into the Drake bubble, but we can expand our horizons. Advocate: I want to advocate with various student groups and organizations to create positive

change around campus and for students to be uplifted. UNITY organizations’ resources should be expanded to further equity and inclusion measures. Additionally, I want to advocate with mental health organizations to spread information and resources to the student body.

My platform focuses on three points: competency, civility and creativity. As the Organizational Affairs senator last year, I was able to review 70 current student organizations and help facilitate the approval of 12 new student organizations this past session. It is important that our student representatives follow-through

on commitments, and I hope to continue this promise. With civility, it is my belief that our student senate can do more to reach out and show appreciation to the student body. Political dialogue can be improved as well, and I will support efforts to enhance the ability of students to communicate

across difference. Finally, I hope to add some creative ideas to student senate discussions. For instance, the student senate can improve public relations by showing the more “fun” sides of serving the student body. If you have any further questions about my campaign, feel free to email me at

I am running for student senate because I know I can help foster a sense of connectivity and learning on campus. My three platform points are cooperation, initiative and health. Drake needs to be a place where students feel comfortable coming out of their shells and learning

about ideas different from their own. Cooperation allows for organizations to learn about each other in a way that doesn’t force programming. Initiative creates a lasting space for dialogue. Lastly, health, referring

primarily to social and emotional well-being reprioritizes the students’ needs. We must push each other to be better in a way that makes people want to listen.

Currently at Drake, I am on the exec board of Drake Community Action Board, which aims to engage the Drake community and neighborhood. Service has always been relevant in my life, and I find giving back to others is crucial for growth. In order to get students more engaged with life around Des Moines, I aim to build a survey for

students to take that will match them with a local nonprofit, based off of the students’ interests and past experiences. For students who need service hours or desire to give back to the community, this survey will allow local organizations to receive volunteers that have skillsets that they actually need. My involvement this past year

with Next Course has taught me the value of composting and limiting food waste. There is always more we can do to be sustainable. I want to work with environmental science students to do further research on how effective our system is, the amount of waste we are still producing, and how these issues can be resolved.

I’ve spent a majority of my time on senate watching and learning about how the body works, what can improve, and what we do best. In my experience, senate is misunderstood as an elite body, and by perpetuating that idea, the myth will only get worse. Student senators are just people, who make mistakes and want to learn from

them, and who have passions outside of the table. My vision for next year isn’t threefold or full of vague promises. This semester, the student senate voted to remove the Fine Arts senator position due to a history of inactivity. This removal hurts, knowing that the creative arts no longer have a prominent space

within student leadership. I want to use my position and experience to create a space for students to showcase their creative talents. I’m here for specificity and passion, and I’m excited to incorporate my interests to advance the student body and make room for more voices to be heard.

Hey Bulldogs, I’m Jaelyn Lentz and I’m running to be one of your senators-at-large on three keep points: inspire, engage and connect. Inspiring individuals is a call to action, to examine their beliefs, the role they play at Drake, to rise up to the occasion and make Drake a welcoming home for all. Engaging everyone pertains

not only to those currently living/ learning on Drake University’s campus, but also the students looking to make this university their home. Everyone should be able to find a home within Drake where they are respected. Connecting communities not only means bridging the gap between student organizations

and eliminating the competition mindset, but that we can be better neighbors our surrounding community. Drake’s located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Iowa. There’s a lot of opportunities to connect with these communities left untapped. I am asking for your vote on April 11-12.

I am running for senator at large to create and sustain spaces that positively engage the student body on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion to equip them with the social intelligence and tools to use in their personal, professional and academic lives. I plan to encourage and facilitate collaboration amongst different

student organizations to make apparent the wealth of knowledge, skills and talents that make up the drake student body. My most fervent hope is that the Drake community in every way aspires to be a model for innovation, co-operation and solidarity.

I’m running for student senate because students deserve to have their voices at the table. This past year, I’ve always made it my priority to provide the same opportunities to students of any ideology/political party. If re-elected I will continue to advocate for diversity of thought and productive dialogue on our campus.

Voting takes place on MyDrake

Voting is open April 11 and April 12

04 | Features

April 10, 2019

Features Student senate candidates announce their platforms

Calvin Blume

in the senate, but I will also make sure that the CBPA is made aware of updates from the senate through monthly updates I send out. Through my time on SFAC, I’ve seen the power of groups that work together. To this end, I want to help facilitate teamwork amongst the different businessfocused organizations on campus.

While the faculty and staff of the CBPA do a fantastic job building the curriculum for students, there are some improvements to be made. Through conversations I’ve had with students, I know many different ideas that students want to see implemented and will doggedly pursue the possibility of enacting these changes.

My name is Peyton Maulsby and I’m running for Equity & Inclusion Senator for the 20192020 academic year! I’m a firstyear studying Strategic Political Communications; Law, Politics, and Society; and Women’s and

Gender Studies. Outside of the classroom, I write for the Drake Political Review and The TimesDelphic, am a member of Drake Democrats and work at The Harkin Institute. When developing my platform points, I wanted to make measurable goals, so my points are as follows: developing a mandatory diversity training to provide at

orientation, providing forums throughout the semester where students can address their concerns, and requiring syllabi to address microaggressions in the classroom. You can follow my Facebook event for more information and you can email me at peyton.maulsby@ if you have any questions or just to say hey!

Academic Senator Candidate School of Journalism and Mass Communication My platform has three points; Proactivity, Versatility and Honesty. Proactivity revolves around the fact that I intend to have an active partnership with every BSC publication’s Editor-in-Chief or president. I want to get their

content in front of as many eyes as possible to highlight the amazing work being done. Versatility has to do with my variety of experiences in my time here; from anchoring a show for DBS to writing for both The Times-Delphic and Drake Political Review, I’ve become a journalist comfortable just about anywhere. Finally, honesty has

to do with what it means to be a communications major. Your reputation is your livelihood— without that, your career won’t last very long. I’m not running to add to my resume. My passion for this place is real, and I’ll use the SJMC senator position to make sure everyone can feel that same passion.

Academic Senator Candidate School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hi reader! My platform for SJMC senator includes innovation, transparency and emotional intelligence (EI). I am campaigning from abroad, so I have to be innovative and strategic in order to reach as many voters as possible. But I am a self-starter and not

afraid to try something new! I plan to continue to innovate on behalf of SJMC when elected. SJMC should set the best example of transparent communication for the student body; it’s part of our acronym. When elected, I will greatly publicize my office hours to facilitate collaboration and advocate for the writing of clear and public mission statements for

student-run publications. Finally, an extensive understanding of EI will allow me to effectively contribute to general senate business, but more importantly to promote empathy as a staple of SJMC in times of campus strife. Check out my Facebook event and Wednesday’s candidate forum for more details!

Academic Senator Candidate School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hello, Bulldogs! As your SJMC senator, I vow to be your advocate. Running on transparency and accessibility as a senator is not enough—I am running to best serve you. With my three years of

strong education in the J-School and multiple internships, I am fully prepared to speak on behalf of the SJMC on senate. I also plan on hosting several forums throughout the year so I can be best educated on the issues and concerns facing students. Whether it’s through my experience of writing for the

Drake Political Review or serving as account executive for my SPC capstone, I believe I am the best candidate for this position. Please direct any questions about my campaign to lauren.selfridge@ I appreciate every vote and look forward to working with you!

Academic Senator Candidate College of Arts and Sciences I am a Law, Politics, and Society and History double major running for Arts and Sciences senator. Through this position, I hope to provide resources for students to enhance their professional development. I believe that a large part of this is done by teaching

students how to effectively market themselves to employers. My second point is political activism. Many Arts and Sciences students are actively engaged in the upcoming presidential caucus and I want to ensure each student from all sides of the aisle are able to practice that passion in a safe and accepting environment.

My final point is community enhancement. I have had the opportunity to be a leader on Drake’s campus and have experienced first hand the competition that runs deep between organizations. As a member of the student senate, I hope to foster a community where all organizations work to build each other up rather than compete.

Academic Senator Candidate College of Business and Public Administration My platform includes the following pillars: communication, collaboration and curriculum considerations. For CBPA students to stay in the loop, communication is crucial. Not only will I ensure the voice of the CBPA is heard

Equity and Inclusion Senator Candidate

Peyton Maulsby

Carson J.S. Reichardt

Maddie Topliff

Lauren Selfridge

Raeann VanDrongelen

Sloan Wheeldon

Academic Senator Candidate - College of Arts and Sciences My name is Sloan Wheeldon campus has. Namely, we need more and I’m a junior data analytics and parking. Finally, I will increase music double major at Drake. As knowledge across the student body your Arts and Sciences senator, on what the student senate does I want to raise awareness across and why it matters. One way that I campus on the dilapidated state of would like to accomplish this is by the Harmon Fine Arts Center. I also updating the student senate website. want to start conversation to fix Thank you for considering me for the many parking issues the Drake your Arts and Sciences senator for Academic Senator Candidate - School of Education

Emily Veatch

While running for School of Education senator, my focus is to cooperate and create meaningful discussions with those around. I want to be present and engaging while offering any ideas that come into consideration for the greater good. Having conversations where

everyone is respected and included is also something that is of great importance to me. Communication is vital and I plan on making it a priority to always provide open and clear dialogue to the Drake community.

the 2019-2020 school year!

General Election Forum April 10 7 p.m. Pomerantz Stage

Second annual Suicide Prevention Walk focuses on awareness Taryn Ripple Staff Writer

The second annual Suicide Prevention Walk is coming to Drake to increase awareness for National Suicide Prevention Week. This is an annual movement in the US that aims to gather awareness of suicide prevention and to engage the public in learning more about it. Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention conducts and promotes several campaigns centered around suicide prevention and awareness such as walks, mental health treatments

and training and volunteer opportunities to help those who are struggling. In 2019, National Suicide Prevention Week will be recognized from Sep. 8 through Sep. 14. This year at Drake University, however, Suicide Prevention Week will be recognized the week of April 8 through April 13. From Monday until Saturday, student senate will offer the Drake community daily events that highlight the importance of mental health and suicide awareness. Junior Abbie Gartland is in charge of orchestrating the final event of the week, which will be the second annual Suicide Prevention Walk on April 13. Gartland also

organized Drake’s first ever Suicide Prevention Walk last year. Gartland explained that she first became involved with mental health and suicide awareness when she was in high school, since she knew that a lot of people have friends or family who struggle with mental illnesses or suicidal thoughts. “People have a hard time seeing their full potential and I wanted it to be my goal to make sure they know they’re not alone,” Gartland said. Gartland also shed some light on the process behind the planning that went into Suicide Prevention Week. She explained that she and her student senate committee began planning for the event in

September and have been holding weekly meetings since then. Preparation for Suicide Prevention Week has included talking to other organizations, reaching out to local high schools and the Des Moines community and promoting the event with posters and emails. First year Emily Hanna has also played a large role in organizing Suicide Prevention Week and its events. Hanna explained that her main responsibility for Suicide Prevention Week was advertising the event. She was also in charge of collecting donations for Suicide Prevention Week. Hanna said she is most looking foward to the Share My Story event. She noted

that it can often be difficult or scary to reach out to others who are struggling with mental health complications. “Through the Share My Story event, I hope more people will be able to have that courage and learn more about how to help,” Hanna said. Like Gartland, Hanna became involved with mental health awareness in high school and said she grew up learning about the importance of being conscious and informed about the topic. “There are so many ways to look at it,” Hanna said. “Suicide prevention is so important and so present in any topic, and people need to know about it.”

April 10, 2019

05 | Sports

Sports Men’s tennis goes 2-0 over the weekend Bulldogs improve to 5-1 in conference with one regular season game left

DRAKE MEN’S TENNIS TEAM cheers at home against NO. 15 Oregon midway through the season. The Bulldogs play away at Old Dominion at 2 p.m. on April 13 in their regular season finale. They will then advance to the Summit League Tournament where they will attempt to make the NCAA tournament for the third-straight year. PHOTO BY DYLAN HEUER | PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS Erin O’Boyle Staff Writer @erin_oboyle1

As the school year slowly starts to wind down, so does the Drake Men’s tennis season. On April 6, the Bulldogs had their last regular season Summit League match against Valparaiso in Indiana. Although the Bulldogs were still at the top of the Summit League’s rankings, they were on a five-match losing streak that they just couldn’t seem to shake. So, on Saturday morning the Bulldogs arrived in Indiana ready to fight to stay on top. Vinny Gillespie, at his usual No. 1 singles spot, defeated his opponent swiftly in set scores of 6-1, 6-0. Tom Hands, at No. 2 singles, also delivered a quick defeat with a first set score of 6-3, and then a shutout in the second set 6-0. At No. 4 singles, Bayo Philips had a longer match than No. 1 and No. 2 singles with a close win in the first set, 7-6 that was decided by a 11-9 win in the tiebreaker. The second set for Philips ended 6-2 and therefore the point for the Bulldogs at No. 4 singles.

Ben Clark also played well at No. 5 singles with a 6-3 win the first set, and a 6-1 second set score. To cap it off, Finley Hall was victorious at No. 6 singles with a 6-2 win the first set, a 1-6 loss in the second set, and then a 10-5 tiebreaker win.

Winning the conference tournament and making it to the NCAA tournament and winning a round or two there is definitely the big picture goal for us right now. The Doubles competition did just as well with No. 1 doubles, consisting of Philips and Gillespie, pulling out a win in a set score of

6-3. Hands and Hall were paired at No. 2 doubles, but their match was left unfinished. Calum MacGeoch and Barnaby Thorold at No. 3 doubles also won their match 6-3. With the singles and doubles success, the Bulldogs left Valpo with a 6-1 overall match score and left the losing streak behind. After the match against Valparaiso, the Bulldogs got back on the bus and took the hour and a half drive to DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Senior Tom Hands expressed that it takes everything a team has to withstand the travel in between a doubleheader. “It is tough to stay focused after playing one and not mentally checking out after the first,” Hands said. “Then traveling and waiting to play the second is always tricky because you have to stay motivated and hungry for the win.” Mere hours after the Valpo win, the Drake men’s tennis walked into the match against DePaul “hungry for the win.” Gillespie took down DePaul at No. 1 singles with set scores of 6-1, 7-5. Hall, at No. 2 singles, started his match with a 2-6 loss in the first set, but then had a 6-3 comeback in the second set.

With a tie of 1-1 in the tiebreaker portion of his match, the game was called and left unfinished. No. 3 singles Calum MacGeoch won in back to back 6-3 set scores. Philips at No. 3 singles was also left unfinished after he lost the first set 2-6, won the second set 6-3, and the tiebreaker was stopped at 2-4 tiebreaker score. At No. 5 singles, Clark had a long battle against his DePaul opponent. Clark fell in the first set 3-6, made a 6-1 comeback in the second set, and captured the win with a 6-1 tiebreaker score. Freddie Powell, a sophomore on the team, was given the opportunity to play No. 6 singles against DePaul. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to secure the win and fell to DePaul 3-6, 2-6. The Bulldogs were able to pull two wins and one unfinished match in the doubles competition portion of the match. Gillespie and Philips were paired at No. 1 doubles and were able to win in a set score of 6-1. Thorold and MacGeoch at No. 2 doubles left their match unfinished with a 3-4 set score at the time the match was called. Finally, Hands and Clark were victorious at No. 3 doubles with a 6-4 score. With 3 clear wins in

the singles competition and the majority of wins in the doubles competition, the Bulldogs were able to secure the team win with an overall score of 4-1. The Bulldogs came in on Saturday with a five-streak losing streak on their backs, but left with a two-match winning streak and a new spring in their step. The Bulldogs have one regular season match next week against Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, April 13. The Drake men’s tennis team will then return to Drake for a week before leaving for Tulsa, Oklahoma where the Summit League Tournament will begin on April 27 and go through the 28 as well. The men’s tennis team is yet to win an NCAA game, but have made it to the tournament the last two years. Winning the Summit League Tournament and then an NCAA game is a dream of Hands’ “Winning the conference tournament and making it to NCAA Tournament and winning a round or two there is definitely the big picture goal for us right now,” Hands said.

DRAKE MEN’S TENNIS’ sophomore Finley Hall lets out a yells after winning the second set 6-4 against Oregon’s Charles Roberts. PHOTO BY DYLAN HEUER | PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

06 | Sports

April 10, 2019

Sports Boston Celtics secure No. 4 seed in the East JDPelegrino Sports Editor @jddontdrop

Friday night determined who would take control of the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics were ready, but up for a challenge against the No. 5 Indiana Pacers. The Celtics packed their bags and headed to Indiana to hopefully win the series against their prospective first round playoff matchup. Entering the game, the Celtics were 2-1 against the Pacers and have outscored them by 36 points across the three-game span. Although the two teams pose similar records, the Celtics were playing a different level of basketball on Friday, specifically forward Gordon Hayward. The game was initiated with an Aron Baynes 3-pointer. Baynes plays center and forward for the Celtics, but if a team’s big man is going to open the game up with a 3-pointer, you know that team is going to play well. Baynes then snatched the ball out of the air to throw down an alley-oop dunk from Al Horford. Baynes had the Celtics’ and the game’s first five points. Boston’s guard Kyrie Irving proved why he is one of the best in the business scoring 11 first half points to pair with Baynes’ seven points. Boston trailed the Pacers 24-27 at the end of the first quarter. This would be the last time throughout the game the Celtics would be down. Gordon Hayward has re-entered his prime. As has happened many times throughout the season, Hayward stepped onto the court to begin the second quarter and made a nine-foot pull up jumper to tighten the game. In the first three minutes of the second quarter, Hayward scored eight points for Boston. Hayward’s 19-footer at the eight minute-mark of the quarter was the shot the Celtics needed. The two points from Hayward gave his team the go-ahead point and they retained the lead for the rest of the game. “You hope to play your best and be playing well going into the playoffs,” head coach Brad Stevens said in a Celtics video tribute. “As far as regular season games go and the impact on home court and potential playoff matchup and everything else, this is as close as it gets.” Not only can Hayward start

quarters and the Celtics’ offense, but he can finish. With the final seconds winding down in the second quarter, Irving hit Hayward with a pass that would lead to a buzzer beater. At the end of the first half, the Celtics led the Pacers 5847. To begin the second half, both teams struck from deep with 26foot 3-pointers, but it was the Pacers’ Cory Joseph who had the last laugh ending the burst of three’s with a 27-footer. Boston’s rich lineup of Tatum, Morris, Smart, Irving and Horford held things down until Hayward entered the game to continue where he left off. In under one minute, Hayward made a driving layup, a 21-foot jumper and an eight-foot shot. Hayward was on fire and could not be stopped. He is also statistically the best free throw shooter on the Celtics, so sending Hayward to the free throw line wouldn’t help the Pacers comeback efforts. Fast forward two minutes. Hayward closed out another quarter making the Celtics final shot. He shot a seven-foot twopoint shot with 36 seconds left to increase Boston’s lead 91-74. With a 17-point lead to begin the final quarter of play, Hayward had one more item on his agenda for the Celtics before he sat for the rest of the game: go up by 20. A little over one minute into the fourth, Hayward took a pass from Morris in transition and went to the hoop drawing a foul on an and-1 layup. Hayward cashed in on the free point to give the Celtics a 20-point lead over the Pacers 96-76. Indiana’s sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic was held to only four points shooting 1-for-8 in the game. Since the Pacers lost star guard Victor Oladipo, Bogdanovic has taken the lead on the team and has been averaging 22 points-pergame according to Celtics reporter Marc D’Amico. “He’s been ballin’,” Hayward said. “I mean he’s been playing really really well since Oladipo went down.” The Celtics took home the No. 4 seed after holding onto the 20-point lead in the 117-97 win on the road. The Celtics looked like they were in playoff form with six players scoring 10 points or more: Tatum led the Celtics with 22 points in his 34 minutes. Morris, Horford and Baynes all scored 11 points, but Baynes’ 11 paired with his 11 boards gave him a doubledouble. Irving added 17 points, but

BOSTON CELTICS FORWARD Gordon Hayward during Boston’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17, 2017. Hayward has put up double digits in the scoring category over the last eight games excluding the game against the Washington Wizards. PHOTO BY PHOTO BY ERIK DROST | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

the story of the night was Gordon Hayward. Hayward led the bench with 26 minutes, but in those minutes he scored 21 points shooting 100 percent from the field. Hayward went 9-for-9 inside of the arc and didn’t attempt a single shot from three. Hayward was sent to the line for three free throws and escaped with three points shooting 100 percent there too. He added four

rebounds, two assists and one steal. When Hayward was on the court, the team was +23, the best differential in the game. Hayward becomes the first Celtics player to score 20 points or more while shooting 100 percent since Kevin McHale did so in 1986. Hayward has now scored in double figures in the last eight games (16 points against the Orlando Magic) and is proving to

be the player that Boston brought in from Utah. Hayward’s and Tatum’s contributions helped improve the team’s overall record to what is now 48-33. The Celtics await the NBA playoff reveal to see who they will end up playing in the first round of the NBA playoffs. With the win against the Pacers they clinched home-court advantage through the first round.

BOSTON CELTICS POINT GUARD Kyrie Irving plays defense against former teammate LeBron James in his Celtics debut last season. PHOTO BY ERIK DROST | PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

April 10, 2019

07 | Commentary


Jordan Peele’s “Us” hits viewers with a strong message

This stunning social commentary shocks audiences

LUPITA NYONG’O stars in the film as Adelaide Thomas, a mother of two children who finds herself confronted by her doppelganger on a family vacation. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

*Spoiler Alert* Peyton Maulsby Staff Writer @peytonmaulsby

As someone who is very new to the horror movie genre, I was hesitant to go see the new film “Us” in theaters. But I knew I would enjoy Jordan Peele’s work, so I gave it a shot. And I can’t stop thinking about it. Particularly the stunning social commentary that made Peele’s “Get Out” so popular when it came out in 2017. To set the stage for analysis, the film’s title “Us” can be read in one of two ways. The first, as is intended, highlights the fact that the main family in the film, the Wilsons, will be hunted by their doppelgängers. But the title can also be read as “U.S.,” which highlights the underlying themes throughout the film. Though these themes are not quite as overt as those in “Get Out,” they are still just as powerful.

With symbolism, horrific imagery and moments of comedy throughout, this film provides something for everyone to enjoy. Towards the end of this film, it is revealed that the doppelgängers are clones called the Tethered that were left to live underground after a failed government experiment. And the main character, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) was actually one of the Tethered all along. Audiences had previously been led to believe that Adelaide had grown up with the trauma of encountering her double in a house of mirrors as a child. In reality, however, Adelaide’s double had dragged her

But there is also another America behind the scenes, where society is divided and people must fight to survive. underground and trapped her there, leaving her to rot while her double went on to enjoy life above ground. Much of the movie up until this reveal takes on a new meaning when audiences realize that Red (Adelaide’s double) was truly the real Adelaide. Red had spent most of her entire life underground, planning a revolution with the other Tethered to take back her life above ground. So now, the protagonist that we’ve been following and rooting for during the entire film becomes more sinister. And we begin to question whether the primary villain was really a villain after all. At one point early on in the film, Adelaide asks the doubles, “Who are you?” Red gives an unusual response that takes some analysis to really understand. “We’re Americans.” Knowing that Adelaide was really one of the Tethered who had spent her life adapting to above-ground society, themes of assimilation and immigration come into play. Many immigrants feel pressured to leave behind their roots to become a full-fledged American. So do they ever stop being part of their own culture? Or will it always stick with them, as Adelaide’s trauma did with her? The theme of the separation of the Tethered living underground and regular people living above ground introduces another theme of duality, which has been threaded throughout the film. When you think about it, there are really two separate and distinct Americas. There is one of privilege and opportunity, characterized by the American Dream. This is

“US” is directed by Jordan Peele and was released in theatres on March 22, 2019. The film has so far grossed over $216 million worldwide and received large amounts of praise. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON

represented by the Wilson family’s upper-middle class status. For the majority of the film, Adelaide’s husband Gabe even wears a Howard University sweatshirt, indicating that he attended the prestigious university. These upperclass Americans are the ones constantly praised for their work and their succes in following the American Dream. But there is also another America behind the scenes, where society is divided and people must fight to survive.

These Americans are constantly overlooked and ignored, for they weren’t lucky enough to benefit from the American Dream and instead were pushed to the side where others will not get to see them. This is represented by the chaos underground, where test rabbits and the Tethered absently copy the actions of their above ground counterparts but reap none of the benefits. Jordan Peele’s “Us” is definitely a film that deserves

several viewings, as I expect to find more thematic elements with every watch-through. These are just the themes that stood out to me on first viewing. I look forward to reading the thoughts of other viewers and seeing what they saw throughout the movie. I highly, highly recommend this film. With symbolism, horrific imagery, and moments of comedy throughout, this film provides something for everyone to enjoy.

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April 10, 2018


The fifth dimension has never felt more empty Jordan Peele’s new adaptation of “The Twilight Zone” falls short in recreating Ron Serling’s original

Ryan LeFort Staff Writer @ryanlefort

Ron Sterling’s revolutionary anthology series, “The Twilight Zone” is once again breathing life. The show that captivated the minds of 1960s television watchers is back on CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access. The revamp of the original sci-fi television series comes to us from comedian turned Oscar-winning writer and director Jordan Peele. Peele, now taking the place of Ron Serling as the show’s host, is here to lead us back into the fourth dimension through a series of twisted, horrific, and magical tales. The first two episodes of the new reboot, which were released on CBS All Access on April 1, both boast some major star power. Kumail Nanjiani, who received critical buzz for his role and screenplay for “The Big Sick” (2017), and Tracy Morgan, who stars in “The Last O.G.” (2018) co-produced by Peele on TBS, both star in the pilot episode of the reboot “The Comedian”. The premise of the episode revolves around a stand-up comic (Nanjiani) who is given advice from a famous comedian (Morgan) to use experiences from his own life in his act only to find that by doing so those experiences disappear

from reality. The second episode titled “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) as a paranoid journalist who discovers a podcast listing the events of how his flight will eventually crash and disappear. Elements of the original show can be found throughout each episode. The basic formula of every episode is fairly similar; an ordinary person has something unexplainable happen to them that eventually leads them to their destruction or to a sudden realization with a dramatic twist dropped here and there. At first glance, this new adaptation appears to do a good job at recreating all the elements from the original series while also giving it a modern touch-up. But the one element that can’t be recreated is the show’s original host Ron Serling. At the end of the day, “The Twilight Zone” is Serling’s creation, and without him, the show feels hollow. Serling had a lot of creative control with the original Twilight Zone series, and while Jordan does a fantastic job as the host for the show, he doesn’t have the same mysterious and ominous presence that Serling had. You would think that after having successful ventures like “Get Out” (2017) and the recent critically acclaimed horror flick “Us” (2019) that Peele would

THE TWILIGHT ZONE is a web television series based on the original 1959 television series. The first episode premiered on April 1, 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

have a knack for creating strange and disturbing stories for a TV show that have some political or social satire wedged in there. The twists and commentary are present through each episode, but it is the delivery of those aha moments that feel very watered down and almost predictable to a certain extent. “The Twilight Zone” has spawned the creation of multiple sci-fi anthology series such as “Tales from the Crypt” (1989)

ADAM SCOTT guest stars in the episode entitled “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”, a remake of the original series episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON


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and the very popular “Black Mirror” (2011), which has been called “The Twilight Zone” of the technological age. The emergence of these recent entries in the long list of anthology series has become very repetitive in recent years and this recent reboot of the series is just that… repetitive. The timing of this reboot is not just any coincidence. In the past five years, TV shows and movies have been getting the reboot treatment more and more. Some prime suspects include “Will and Grace” (1998), which returned to NBC two years ago after a 10year hiatus. The cult classic “Twin Peaks” (1990) also made a return to Showtime in 2017 after being canceled after two seasons back in 1991. Even “Star Trek” has found its’ way back onto the small screen with “Star Trek: Discovery” (2017), the first original series produced by CBS All Access. Despite the feelings of mass nostalgia, it seems that with the recurring trend of reboots in the past few years people aren’t interested in new and thrilling ideas. Instead, they seem to prefer the same old same old reimagined for a newer generation. This is something we have seen repeatedly with the constant remakes of movies and shows over the past decade of filmmaking. What made the original Twilight Zone one of the most iconic shows of all time was that

it was one of the first shows that pushed the boundaries of not only science fiction but television itself. It made people think and re-examine themselves, which is something that Peele’s Twilight Zone tries to attempt.

Despite the feelings of mass nostalgia, it seems that with the recurring trend of reboots in the past few years people aren’t interested in new and thrilling ideas. In the end, it relies on big and dramatic twists to help carry each episode without providing a different perspective on the world. Peele’s Twilight Zone has everything the original had, the iconic theme song, the intro, and the mysterious narrator, but it can never recreate what Serling did to cement The Twilight Zone as one of the most creative and ingenious television shows ever created.

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