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THE TIMES-DELPHIC Wed., March 21, 2018

Volume 137, No. 20


DRAKE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL celebrates their conference win at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The team was a #13 seed in the NCAA tournament, ultimately losing to #4 Texas A&M. Read more on page 7. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS



Panel discusses visibility of women in justice movements Holly Santman Contributing Writer holly.santman@drake.edu The “Women Makin’ Moves” panel focused on social justice movements, activists and how women, specifically women of color, are erased from many of the movements taking place today. The panel took place on March 8, which is recognized as International Women’s Day. It featured women working with different organizations around the Des Moines area, including Terry Hernandez, a representative from the Chrysalis Foundation and Dr. Jennifer Harvey, a professor of religion at Drake. The event was put on by Student Senate and was organized and led by Bakari Caldwell and his student committee. As the community outreach senator, Caldwell said one of his goals is to break the “Drake bubble.” “This university is a guest of Des Moines, and it’s not the other way around,” Caldwell said. The women on the panel answered questions surrounding their work, inspirations and

journeys, as well as how students can get involved and become social justice activists. Harvey responded strongly to one question about whether or not women get erased from movements and how this can be seen today. “My first thought was, of course, women of color get erased,” Harvey said. “And is this happening right now, the answer is yes.” She said the movements of today’s world, such as the Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movements, are erasing their leaders as they are happening. Harvey said that in order to remedy this, people need to know the names of the women of color who have led both of these movements and those that have taken place throughout history. “The one thing that I think is important to remember, even the #MeToo [movement], does anybody know the origins of that? So, it wasn’t a white woman. It wasn’t an actress. It was in fact a black woman about 10 years ago who wanted to work with survivors of sexual assault,” Terry

Hernandez said. Kenia Calderon, a local activist working to support immigrants and fight for their rights, agreed. “It’s not until—I’m just being very real—it’s not until white women get with the movement that people start paying attention, and if you look at history, that is how all movements have gone,” Calderon said. Due to the size and pressure surrounding social justice movements, it is easy for people to get erased or put out of the spotlight. Erin Lain, associate provost for campus equity and inclusion, said that “we devalue just those everyday moments where we can stand up for justice” either on campus or in general to ensure people are being seen across movements. Others on the panel echoed that sentiment, saying that attempting to focus on everything can be overwhelming and committing time and energy to one cause or area can help create change. “We have to have the conversation, and it has to be

had over and over again, and not to repeat the same exact things we’re talking about, but to put those names out there like Dr. Jennifer Harvey was talking about,” Caldwell said. Throughout the panel, the women reminded students that

they must recognize and value the origins of movements in order to continue fighting for their causes.

PANELISTS prepare for the“Women Makin’ Moves” panel on International Women’s Day. PHOTO BY HOLLY SANTMAN | CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Senate approves pro-Israel, climbing and Pan-Hellenic groups Ian Klein Staff Writer ian.klein@drake.edu At its weekly meeting on March 8, the Drake University Student Senate approved a new club that will promote Israeli culture and the state of Israel itself on campus.

The Senate motion for the approval of Students Supporting Israel states that the purpose of the club “is to be a clear and confident Pro-Israel voice on campus” and to “support students in grassroots Pro-Israel advocacy.” Representing the club at the meeting were first-year students Sam Veytsman and David

STUDENTS SAM VEYTSMAN AND DAVID SCHULLER give their pitch for the organization “Students Supporting Israel” on the March 8 senate meeting. PHOTO BY IAN KLEIN | STAFF WRITER

Schuller. Schuller told the Senate that “our goal is to familiarize students in the University and community with current events” and that “we believe in ensuring knowledge for students of Israel’s history, diverse people, and its day-to-day reality.” Veytsman and Schuller fielded questions about the club from senators who wondered what types of events the group would hold on campus and how they would converse with other groups on campus regarding the topic of Israel. “Part of the education is having an open dialogue. We want to be another voice in the dialogue,” Schuller said. Veytsman and Schuller indicated that the group would be willing to engage in panels with representatives from other student organizations regarding the topic of Israel. Senators also questioned what motivated the formation of this club. Veytsman and Schuller said incomplete media portrayals of Israel and a lack of voice on

Drake’s campus in support of Israel prompted them to organize the group. Schuller, however, clarified that the group does not necessarily agree with Israel’s “policies, politics or its conflicts” but rather “supports Israel in its right to exist” as a sovereign state. Veytsman noted that the group will receive resources from the national Students Supporting Israel (SSI) organization, which oversees SSI chapters across the country. Veytsman said the relationship between the Drake chapter and the national group will be “close” with the national organization funding “whatever we need.” Sen. Jake Bullington argued that approving the club “is only fair and logical for a university that values dialogue and civil discussions around issues like this.” The Senate voted unanimously to approve the club. Also seeking organizational approval from Senate were the Drake Climbing Team and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

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The senate motion for the Drake Climbing Team reads that the purpose of the group is to “provide students with an opportunity to work with others as a team, train to compete competitively, and to learn climbing skills.” The senate motion for the National Pan-Hellenic Council states that the group seeks “to advance the collegiate experience of students of color and execute programming of substance in community, academic and professional settings.” Senate unanimously approved both organizations. Other Senate topics included the 2018-2019 annual budget composed by the Student Fees Allocation Committee (SFAC), the creation of a new senate position that would oversee organizational affairs at Drake and bylaw changes for the Student Activities Board. Student Senate meets weekly on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in Room 201 of Cowles Library.

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March 21, 2018


Speaker goes in depth about cryptocurrency, Bitcoin craze Rachel Trbovic Contributing Writer rach.trbovic@drake.edu At 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Innovation Studio, adjunct professor Tom Myers gave the presentation “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies,” on the current stages of cryptocurrencies and their possibilities for the future. According to the New York Times, “A bitcoin is a digital token, with no physical backing, that can be sent electronically from one user to another, anywhere in the world.” Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency, also known as digital currency. It is a form of digital public money that is created by mathematical computations and policed by

millions of computer users called “miners.” Physically, there is nothing to hold, although it is possible to exchange crypto for cash. “With typical currency, it requires trust,” Myers said. “With bitcoin there doesn’t need to be trust because the network creates total transparency. Everything is displayed on the network, so if someone tries to steal your bitcoin, which is almost impossible, you would see it and be able to track whoever took it.” Bitcoin was the first crypto coin currency invented. No one knows exactly who created it since cryptocurrencies are designed for maximum anonymity, but bitcoins first appeared in 2009 from a developer under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. “That’s what I don’t like about bitcoin,” first-year actuarial

science student Becky Jonen said. “It’s somehow completely transparent, so everyone sees everything, but then everyone can be under fake addresses, so you don’t actually know who is who.” Sometimes the transparency and anonymity is what attracts users. This peer-to-peer economy model not only creates transparency, but also creates very low transaction cost, almost zero dollars. Since all of the currency is online, this eliminates the idea of “skim dollars,” which is extra money people have to pay to bank companies for transferring money. These skim dollars are an issue for those in third world countries since they can’t afford to pay the extra costs to the banks. “Bitcoin wouldn’t lead to devaluation of money, therefore (it) could make banking open to

those without bank companies available,” Myers said. Although bitcoin has been around for nine years, it’s still in it’s beginning stages. As Myers put it, bitcoin is in the garage phase of Apple. “I think that since this is only the start of bitcoin, it’s hard to see where it could go,” said firstyear business student Manny Gutierrez. “But it (bitcoin) has the chance to end corruption within our currency exchange, and I think that’s a chance we need to take.” Since everything is shown on the network of bitcoin, there isn’t the opportunity to do behind the scene transactions. However, students also pondered what would happen if bitcoin began being shared on a server not seen in the public eye, such as the dark web.

“Bitcoin is the main form of currency for places like the black market and the dark web since it isn’t an official form of currency, and it has allowed this market to flourish, so can you actually consider it transparent if it isn’t on a public domain?” Jonen said. Although it’s difficult to see where bitcoin will go in the future, whether this may be the new form of currency for the world or just another trend waiting to die out, it already has made impacts on society. “This will affect the world more than the internet, it wouldn’t happen without the internet, but it’s going to be bigger than the internet,” Myers said.


Pantries offer food assistance around Drake University campus Christina Schallenkamp Contributing Writer christina.schallenkamp@drake.edu One in every six-people living in America face hunger and more than one in five children are at risk of hunger. Dosomething.org found that each day “49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.” Renee Sedlacek, the community engaged learning director at Drake University, came up with an idea inspired by little libraries to raise awareness for this problem. Instead of filling the libraries with books, they would be filled with pantry items for people in the Drake community to access for free. The idea behind these little pantries would be “take what you need, leave what you can,” Sedlacek said. Sedlacek received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to get this project going. After that, she handed the idea over to the LEAD 100 class at Drake. Last spring, Katherine O’Keefe and six other students in LEAD 100 were approached by Sedlacek and told to “take it, run and do whatever you want with it,” O’Keefe said. Initially there were only three locations in the Drake community: the sprout garden, the parking lot outside of the Olmsted Center, and by the bus stop behind Goodwin-Kirk

residence hall. Now, they have increased the number of pantries around the Drake neighborhood from the original three to seven. They have also expanded to after school programs at local schools, churches and different areas that need this program. While this project is still a work in progress, Sedlacek has already seen how it has benefited the community. “The pantry by the sprout garden is the one we see the most use,” Sedlacek said. “It will be full in the morning and be completely empty by the afternoon.” Drake University students can get involved by donating their food items directly to the pantries or put them in the donation boxes during the collection periods outside of Spike’s C-Store. Amy Helseth, a first-year pharmacy student, donated to that pantry last semester. “I had a box of unopened Cheez-Its that I wasn’t going to eat, and instead of letting them go bad, I thought it would be better to donate them,” Helseth said. “We do recognize that this will not solve the problem of hunger in Des Moines,” Sedlacek said, “but we hope to raise awareness about food insecurity and maybe this can be one step forward for people in the neighborhood who have food insecurity.” More information can be found on the Facebook page Drake Littles Pantries.

FOOD PANTRIES have been around the campus over the past year to help alleviate food insecurity in the Drake neighborhood. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | FEATURES EDITOR


Campus community questions Iowa’s future with marijuana Aileen Acosta Contributing Writer aileen.acosta@drake.edu According to Iowa’s SF 282 bill, possession of marijuana is only legal for medicinal purposes but only with certain conditions, and illegal possession can lead to a severe penalty. According to the Cole Memo, placed by the Obama administration, legalized cannabis can progress, and federal prosecutors are encouraged to not prosecute if no criminal enterprise is taking place. Only eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said “good people do not smoke marijuana,” and is fighting to overturn the Cole Memo. Through January terms and on-campus courses, some Drake University faculty and students have decided that marijuana should be legalized for recreational purposes.

William Garriott, an assistant professor of law, politics and society, has researched the legalization of marijuana since 2014. “If Sessions wanted to shut it all down, it would require a level of enforcement that I do not think is possible,” Garriott said. “At this rate, one in five Americans live in a state that is legal for adult usage, and I think at this point it is difficult to do much about that.” Garriott’s long term research has looked at policies and organizations that have a national platform along with focused research trips to Colorado while working with a research team of undergraduates. He recently took 15 students to Colorado for the course marijuana legalization: a case study in law and social change. Garriott said that Colorado residents believe legalization of marijuana is successful economically; however, cost of living and homelessness increased partly because of the legalization. Garriott said states should decide if they want to legalize marijuana

and not the nation, so that alcohol operators cannot intervene. Based on Garriott’s research, he believes legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in Iowa might take a long time because of Iowa’s slow progression. “In my view, Iowans will continue to be out of step in the country,” Garriott said. He said that if they were going to legalize it, the legislators would need to take a closer look at Iowan’s needs to benefit. Drake sociology professor Linda Evans had similar opinions on the legalization of marijuana in Iowa. “Legalization of marijuana should be legalized by the entire nation and not just the states because it will create deviance across lines if it is just a state issue,” Evans said. Evans assigned a topic to her students to argue whether the U.S. should legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. For the first time, 25 Drake students unanimously sided with legalizing it. Students argued that

“marijuana is less risky than alcohol or other substances, and it would be a huge source of tax revenue,” Evans said. “There is also no definite proof that if people start with marijuana it would lead to use of other substances.” Evans has made clear that

“In my view, Iowans will continue to be out of step in the country.” William Garriott LPS professor

students want consistency, and other legal substances such as alcohol are worse than marijuana, so there would not be an issue

making marijuana legal. Carolina Ramos, a sophomore at Drake who attended Garriott’s J-term in Colorado, agreed with Evans’ students. Ramos said Iowa should legalize marijuana because “it is unjust that white people are profiting from marijuana in Colorado, but people of color are being arrested at disproportionate rates for it here. It’s beneficial, but if we are talking on a national level, I do not think we can legalize it until we do reparations of the prohibition cannabis has caused.” If Iowa legalizes marijuana, there are potentially many benefits that come from it. “Iowa could be strategically positioned to flourish by learning, testing and researching how to accommodate the law to Iowa’s benefit,” Garriott said.

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March 21, 2018


XXXTentacion’s latest is a minor but tangible improvement

Parker Klyn

Opinions Editor parker.klyn@drake.edu @parkerklyn “Open your mind before you listen to this album,” XXXTentacion demands at the beginning of his latest project, “?”. “This album is far different, far more versatile, far more uplifting than the last.” XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, is a rapper from Florida. His debut album, “17”, was a train-wreck; it was my least favorite album of 2017, and one of my least satisfying musical experiences of the last decade. As a result, hearing him talk about how this newest record is meaningfully different from the previous release is an encouragement. In a sense, he’s right; “?” is a far fuller, more engaging release than “17” was. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s good. In fact, it’s quite bad, suffering from the same major issues (tone-deaf lyricism, emotionless and whiny singing, underdeveloped songs) that plagued “17”. Opener “Alone, Part 3” did not leave me excited for the rest of the record. It’s an overdramatic piece of stadium-sized melodrama with lyrics that could best be described as “Linkin Park without emotion.” “Gave my love a piece of me/ She put my heart beneath her feet,” X whines on the refrain; this sentiment, along with the cheap memorial for the

Parkland shooting victims, is particularly unappealing when the listener is aware of severe allegations against X describing horrible violence against a past loved one. Lead single “Sad!” is yet another piece of manipulative garbage. While the beat and melodies are actually somewhat pleasant, the hook of threatening “Suicide if you ever try to let go” is disgusting. There’s a place in music for love that’s ostensibly so powerful that it hurts deeply when it’s threatened, but it’s been done far more deftly than publicly threatening self-harm. Many of the tracks on “?” feel like natural extensions of what X was trying to do on “17”. “The Remedy For A Broken Heart” is a clear sequel to “F**k Love”, one of the few redeeming moments on “17”. Likewise, “Remedy” establishes itself as a decent hiphop/alternative R&B crossover, with apathetic depression being the focus. It’s clear that X sees himself as a rock star far more than he sees himself as a rapper, and that’s a good thing. While he’s shown decent chops rapping (his best songs are distorted SoundCloud rap bangers like “Look At Me!” and “Gospel”), compared to an actually great MC, his raps fall short. Joey Bada$$ completely overshadows X on “Infinity (888)”, and even 13-year-old joke rapper Matt Ox exhibits far more charisma than X on “$$$”. Most of the tracks on “?” barely qualify as full, legitimate songs. The vast majority feature an opening hook, one verse, and a hook on the outro. That’s it. There’s no development to these tracks; they reveal their hand within the opening moments, so unless you really like those moments, there’s no reason to keep listening. “?” is musically diverse, but not in a way that’s done well. From track to track, the mood might be alternative R&B, ultra-

aggressive crunkcore, electronic folk, or melodic trap. It results in an unappealing mix of styles that, instead of being a spectrum of diverse sounds, becomes a gray puddle of generic mess. There are so many moments that failed to engage me that I had to review the tracklist to remember what they were. “Pain = Bestfriend” (what a title!), “Hope”, and “Moonlight” are so generic that after listening to them a half-dozen times I still

couldn’t tell you their themes or sounds. “?” has one really nice moment. “Changes”, featuring an uncredited PnB Rock, is a genuinely beautiful piano ballad. It’s not the most lyrically engaging ballad I’ve ever heard, but it’s maybe the one time I’ve heard X sound like he really is in pain. Actual effort went into the production of this song, and it shows. “17” sounded like little or

no effort went into it. The best thing I can say about “?” is that, for the most part, X sounds like he’s trying. According to X, with this project, I entered his mind and felt his insanity, genius, and energy. I don’t feel like I did any of those things. But, in the future, my first instinct won’t be to entirely dismiss X, an artist that provides listeners with more questions than answers. “?” is a fitting title.

XXXTentacion is a Florida rapper. His sophomore album, “?”, was released through Bad Vibes Forever and Empire and features PnB Rock and Joey Bada$$. PHOTO FROM EMPIRE RECORDS


Don’t worry: in-home “smart” devices aren’t spying on you

Natalie Larimer

Contributing Writer natalie.larimer@drake.edu

Whether we like it or not, we live in an age where there is constant surveillance of everything we do, from what shows we watch to what we Google. Sometimes it is for the better, like when Netflix can suggest shows that we would like to see based on what we have already watched, but the general idea is that it is creepy and wrong. Morally, I think it is kind of iffy to be watching and taking notes on everything we do, but I generally do not have a problem with it, and I recognize that this level of surveillance can be really beneficial to our society as a whole. My parents had been in the market for a new TV and we were giving them some suggestions as to what they would buy. My boyfriend offered a type of TV that is really nice and surprisingly cheap for what you get, but it was a smart TV. My dad immediately said something along the lines of “no smart TVs in this house, I don’t want the government spying on me more than they already do.” This took me by surprise because it had never occurred to me that

it would even be an issue. To me, a smart TV would be incredible and I would absolutely jump at the chance to have one. But to my dad, who grew up before the age of smart technology, it was a threat to his privacy. A really common fear that people have is that the cameras on their laptops and computers are never actually turned off, and the government is watching you constantly. In a general lecture class, you can probably find at least five people with stickers or something covering their laptop cameras so the big bad government can’t see them snoozing in class. The problem here is, not only is it way more difficult for you to use Skype or other video requiring apps, but we took that fear and turned it into a joke. The thing about privacy and so-called breaches of it is that, being millennials, we tend to take serious matters and turn them into memes. If you are on Twitter or other social media platforms like it, you have probably seen the “FBI agent watching me” meme. It is basically assuming that there is an FBI agent literally sitting there watching a monitor that is showing whatever your laptop or computer camera is picking up, and the meme takes it to the point where you are in contact with this FBI agent and they comment on your life. It is hilarious, but when you think about the real people who actually believe something like this is happening, it becomes pretty scary. Of course, things have gotten more serious than internet memes, which at the very heart of them are just playing off of serious issues and making insensitive jokes about them (like

the whole “Bush did 9/11” thing). With the Amazon Echo, generally just called Alexa, being a listening device that you literally just put in your house so you can have it do things for you, people have naturally gotten a little bit more scared of government and/or company surveillance. Is Amazon listening to everything you say? The simple answer is no, of course not. Could you imagine how much memory Alexa would have to have to listen and record every single

thing you say? That would be literally insane. No, what Alexa does is listen for the keyword that activates her, “Alexa”. In doing this, she does kind of a “half scan” where she lazily picks up on words but does not save them and only activates after she hears “Alexa”. The thought that Amazon is listening to every conversation you have in your own home and somehow convinced you to pay them money to get the device that does it is something conspiracy theorists would have a hayday

over, and they already are. The bottom line is that you are not special enough to have the government constantly taking notes on you and that idea is so egotistical that you must be incredibly self-centered. Maybe if you are on a terrorist watch-list or something similar you should be a little worried, but otherwise you are fine. Buy that smart TV, take that sticky note off your laptop camera, and text back that FBI agent, they are just worried about you.

MASS SURVEILLANCE has been thrust into the national conversation with “smart” devices like Google Home (pictured) and Amazon Echo. PHOTO BY PARKER KLYN | OPINIONS EDITOR

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March 21, 2018


Mount Eerie’s “Now Only” is more than a companion piece

Parker Klyn

Opinions Editor parker.klyn@drake.edu @parkerklyn It’s strange to call Mount Eerie’s previous record one of my “favorite” albums. It’s a piece of music that’s so oppressive, so dark, so anti-optimism that it’s one of the few records where saying “it’s great” and saying “I enjoy it” don’t have to be synonymous. Phil Elverum, who records as Mount Eerie, lost his wife, Geneviève, to pancreatic cancer in July 2016, leaving behind their daughter. In the wake of her death, Elverum released “A Crow Looked At Me,” an album that didn’t attempt to find any deeper meaning or metaphor for death; as I said in my review, Elverum clearly subscribes to the simple idea that people are here, and then they disappear. Mount Eerie’s newest album, “Now Only”, has been presented as something of a companion piece to the high-stakes “A Crow Looked At Me.” After many listens, I can firmly say it transcends that status. “Now

Only” is a stunning piece of music, the latest in a long line of seminal folk music that transport the listener to another world. “A Crow Looked At Me”, for all its despair, felt focused. In contrast, “Now Only” is sprawling and scattered. It’s only six tracks, and yet it’s 44 minutes. All but one track is five minutes or longer. Elverum may be singing about something completely different at the conclusion of a song than he was at the beginning. Centerpiece “Distortion” starts and ends with Elverum talking to his wife, but in the eleven minutes between, he discusses his great-grandfather’s dead body, the realization that death is real, his travels as a backpacker, a pregnancy scare, and missing his loved ones so much after seeing someone with a striking resemblance that he goes home. Most crushing, he concludes with the moment that Geneviève died. “I watched you turn from alive to dead right here in our house/ And I looked around the room and asked “Are you here?”/ And you weren’t, and you are not here.” Young people, generally speaking, don’t go through that type of devastation. So to hear it, so clearly, is a shock, even after knowing for years about her illness. On “Now Only”, Elverum focuses on the daily experiences he faces after losing the love of his life and the mother of his daughter. On “Earth”, over distorted guitar, an aggravated Elverum says “I don’t want to live with this feeling any longer than I have to/ But I also don’t want you to be gone, so I talk about you all the time.” It’s a quick look

into why he continues to make art referring to his wife’s death after saying “Death is real … it’s not for turning into art” on “A Crow Looked At Me”. “Earth”’s chorus is beautiful; I love Elverum’s vocal melodies over quietly driving guitars. “Now Only” is a far livelier piece of music than “A Crow Looked At Me”. “Distortion”, naturally, has loads of guitar feedback in the mix, as does the opening of “Earth.” “Crow” has somber, finger-picked guitar complemented steel guitar tones, making it sound almost like a spacey Western soundtrack. But the most shocking musical moment on “Now Only” is the chorus of the title track. At the song’s opening, Elverum is adamant that nobody can empathize with his pain (“No, my devastation is unique”). Then, the arrangement switches up to showcase an andante organic pop chorus. “People get cancer and die/ People get hit by trucks and die/ People just living their lives get erased for no reason.” Stunningly, it’s a moment of almost black humor from Elverum, letting us know that through it all, he’s not necessarily happy, but he’s okay. Elverum is a really likable guy, even aside from everything he’s been through. I almost appreciate that he left out many references to his daughter in this record; she’s not a centerpiece like she was on “A Crow Looked At Me.” Those portions of that record were almost impossible to listen to; I can’t imagine what this little girl has gone through. “A Crow Looked At Me” opened my eyes to the devastation

that Elverum experienced. It was a surprise to see a new Mount Eerie record less than a year after “Crow”, but it’s clear that even nearly two years after her death, Geneviève is the only thing Elverum can think about. With that, he’s created a record that takes far longer to unpack; I’m much more willing to return to this album for multiple listens. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. There are a lot of strange lyrical and musical decisions that Elverum made on this record, but

they always go over well. “Now Only” may be self-indulgent and cluttered and bizarre, but more than all that, it’s poetic and poignant, an invaluable tool for people who may have lost loved ones of their own. And unlike “A Crow Looked At Me”, I can unequivocally say that I enjoyed every second of it.

“NOW ONLY”is Phil Elverum’s ninth album as Mount Eerie. It follows 2017’s “A Crow Looked At Me”. PHOTO FROM P.W. ELVERUM & SUN


Consumer power: a defense of “Let me speak to the manager”

Madeline Young

Contributing Writer madeline.young@drake.edu

We all know someone that insists on speaking to the manager when something with the service or quality of the product is not up to par. I, for one, was raised by one of these Mom’s that seem to derive pleasure from asking for the manager. Whether the service is poor, or the quality of the product is less-than, Mom’s love talking to the manager. Quite honestly, I never really got it. You don’t like the service? Just don’t go back! Avoid the

awkward confrontation, and leave with dignity knowing that you didn’t step on anyone’s toes. Much to my surprise while studying marketing for the past 4 years, this is maybe the worst form of action for both parties. I’ll explain why complaints are actual crucial to the health of the company, and can benefit both parties. 1) The company wants to hear feedback from its consumers. This seems relatively straightforward. A company needs to hear back from consumers to keep a relevant pulse on societal trends, consumer desires, etc. This isn’t just restaurants, it’s every company. The shoes you ordered in white came in gray? Sure, you could absolutely just return them and be peeved internally, never saying a word. Conversely, you could communicate this to the company. If it happened to you, it’s likely to have happened to someone else too. Enough people reporting this problem could indicate an inefficiency in their value chain. Better to fix their shipping procedures than to continue sending off incorrect products.


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This is not only better for the company, but better for the consumers as well. Although the consumer should be the very last in the line to catch an issue, sometimes mistakes happen. With smaller companies, they may not even realize they have an issue unless reported. 2) The company does not want pissed off consumers. You might ask, why would a company like Olive Garden care about what my mom thinks about them? She’s just one person! This comment has two parts to unpack. First, one pissed off consumer never equals just one pissed off consumer. It leads to a distrust in the brand in their family members, friends, colleagues, followers on social media. Have you ever thought about buying a product and someone you know said, “don’t get that, it’s bad”? I almost guarantee whether or not you remember that something along these lines has happened. When it comes to the bottom line, people trust other people more than they trust brands. Nike could say they have the best running shoes in the whole world, while your friend says they’re

trash and Asics is better- you’ll never guess who will win? Hint: it’s not Nike. The second part to unpack leads us to my 3rd point. 3) You’re worth more than you think you’re worth. Although this is generally true in all facets of life, it is especially true as a consumer. Businesses have to work exponentially harder to obtain a new customer than to retain a current one. Take the 80/20 rule for example: 80% of a business revenue comes from 20% of their customers. Once you walk into that establishment, you are a customer, and they want to get you to come back. You already know their brand, advertising costs less to you, all together you are a prized cattle in the eyes of a company. Further, losing your business is losing them not only the price of a future product, but the lifetime value of having you as a customer. Take me for example as a college student without a ton of money. I love Chipotle, but can really only afford to go there once a month or so. I’m not necessarily a cash cow, but I am loyal. It would be easy for them

to think, “She only spends $6 here, who cares if we lose her business”? The problem with that thinking is that even if I continue only spending $6 every month for the next 40 years, the value of my money is well over $70,000. And that’s assuming I just spend $6 every time, which is unrealistic as my wealth grows and my family situation changes. Once you realize your value to a company, it’s easy to provide feedback. Of course, you don’t have to be a dick to the employees working, as that doesn’t help anyone (unless you have a weird power complex thing going on). The best way is to communicate firmly, express your distaste without sugar coating the issue, and hope the company rises to the occasion. You can see that a company giving you a meal for free, a coupon on your next order, or replacing your product entirely is far less costly than losing you as a customer. That being said, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still cringe every time your mom asks to talk to the manager, regardless of the economic benefit its providing both parties.

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March 21, 2018


Coughing up a storm


You are contagious one day before showing symptoms of sickness, according to the CDC. How can you avoid spreading and hosting illness? Phong Ly Staff Writer phong.ly@drake.edu Flu is still rampant across the United States, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the epidemic has peaked. It eased a bit in the last weekend of February, for the second week in a row. The CDC reported 17 flu deaths among children that week, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to 114. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that annual flu seasons result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and 290,000 to 650,000 deaths. Influenza is only one of four diseases that made CDC’s most highly contagious diseases. The other three are tuberculosis, cholera and measles. You certainly does not want to get diseases from other people, and most likely would not want to pass on

a disease to somebody else. The question is how you knowswhen a person is contagious in order to avoid either getting the disease or passing it to others. Ropa Runesu, a PharmD candidate at Drake University, said that the contagious time frame depends on the disease itself. “With things like STIs, for examples, those can become contagious way before you even start showing symptoms,” Runesu said. “But for something like a cold, when you start coughing and sneezing and spreading the germs, that is when you start infecting people.” The CDC says you are contagious one day before you start feeling sick and up to seven days after. It usually takes up to two days for your immune system to catch on and respond to the virus. You are probably the most contagious four days after you were infected. If you’re a kid, elderly or have a weak immune system, you can be contagious for

even longer. According to Heathline, a destination site for health and wellness information, each time you sneeze or cough due to a respiratory infection, you release a germ-filled projectile into the air. Those bacteria— or virus— filled particles can fly up to six feet, making anyone near you a target. You also spread bacteria and viruses when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth and then touch surfaces with those germinfected fingers. Certain cold and flu germs can survive on surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs and phones for up to 24 hours. Many would do whatever it takes to avoid getting sick. Sophomore Kemi Mugangala chose the option to not to get close to anyone who shows contagious symptoms. “My strategy to avoid getting sick is just to stay away from people and no physical contact with people who are sick,” Mugangala said. Mugangala said she also tries

to stay warm and take advantage of the of the hand sanitizer dispensers that are placed around campus to disinfect herself. When you get sick, it is highly recommended that you say home. Healthline said when deciding whether or not to stay home, you should consider your symptoms. If you have a mild tickle in your throat or a stuffy nose, you should be able to go into work. Allergy symptoms also don’t need to keep you from work since they are not contagious. However, if you’re really coughing and sneezing or you feel generally miserable, do stay home. Also avoid the office if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea. PharmD candidate Ropa Runesu recommended students keep a clean surrounding environment. “Wash your hands, especially after you have been to public spaces, holding doors and such,” Runesu said. She also advised people with a cold or the flu to also wash their hands regularly to avoid

spreading their illness. “It is a two-way street! You would have to be responsible not to spread the disease and also be responsible with keeping yourself clean enough so you won’t get the disease,” Runesu said. Runesu also mentioned it is a good idea to keep distance from people with flu-like symptoms, however you should still try to help your friends out anyway you can. “If it’s just a random stranger on the street then it would be fine if you just walk away from them,” Runesu said. “But if it is your sick friend that you are trying to take care of, be close and help them out, but also be aware that they are contagious so remember to keep yourself clean afterwards.” The CDC also recommends infected people to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and wait for symptoms to subside. They also recommend staying home for 24 hours after a fever and other flu-like symptoms have cleared up.


Academic duties may impede relaxation during spring break Maddie Topliff Staff Writer maddie.topliff@drake.edu Drake University’s spring break commenced last weekend, but it may not have been as relaxing of a time as students might have anticipated. It’s midterm season, which means projects, papers and exams are all on the horizon for the next couple of weeks. The midpoint of the university’s spring semester was officially set for March 16, which happened to be during the break this year. Some students, like junior health sciences major Isabel Trujillo, already began or completed their midterms before break. “For me, fortunately, my midterms were before spring break,” Trujillo said. “There were not necessarily midterm exams, but projects to do during break like writing a speech or writing a

paper…a group project.” Trujillo estimated that she would spend, at first, about an hour a day working on her miscellaneous projects because she has to also balance work and family time while at home. Once the end of break got closer and she got back to campus, however, she planned to allot closer to three hours in order to finish up her work. Midterms don’t have to completely wreck spring break. First-year international relations major Kathleen McCracken had big plans, and no amount of work was going to get in the way of them. “I’m going skiing,” McCracken said with a smile a couple days before break. After returning from her skiing adventure, McCracken estimated that about eight hours of her remaining free time would be spent dedicated to multiple reading assignments she had to complete for class. McCracken

also had an oral exam for her French class after break that required some preparation. Unlike Trujillo, McCracken isn’t a fan of evenly distributing her study time throughout a period of time; she prefers to complete it in one go. “I’m an all-at-once studier,” McCracken said. “It hasn’t failed me yet!” Dorothy Pisarski, associate professor of advertising at Drake, hoped that students did, in fact, find time to relax in the midst of studying and preparing, as relaxing is the break’s intended purpose. To facilitate this notion, Pisarski gave and graded the tests for the classes that required a midterm exam before break commenced. “I remember being a student and having lots of vacations dominated by studying for tests,” she said. “If the purpose of the break is really to give somebody time away from that stress, then having the exam after the spring

“If the purpose of the break is to give somebody time away from that stress, then having an exam after break doesn’t do that. I think it’s better for people mentally and emtionally to have the test and then go on break.” Dorothy Pisarski Professor of Advertising

break doesn’t do that. I think it’s better for people mentally and emotionally to have the test and then go on break.” For students that do have midterms this week, Pisarski recommended scheduling time out ahead of time and then sticking to that mapped-out schedule. “You need time for everything, and that means scheduling time for studying, but it also means scheduling time for relaxing,” she said. Although Pisarski had some work-related tasks to complete herself during spring break– cleaning her office, preparing for the second half of the semester and for her senior advisees’ looming graduation date–she scheduled two days to visit both her son and daughter in Minneapolis.

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March 21, 2018



Students for Life group founded in conflict


Tuma Haji Staff Writer tumaorthegap.haji@drake.edu

Humans of

This week: Helen Trisko Hallie O’Neill Digital Editor hallie.oneill@drake.edu Junior Helen Trisko— daughter of an American father and a German immigrant mother—has always struggled to define herself. Her life, as she describes it, has been a continual navigation of multiple identities, and her understanding of herself is still in flux. She grew up with German culture intentionally instilled into her, whether through speaking the language at home, being sent to German camp, eating the food or replicating her mother’s sheltered upbringing. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV, but when she did, it was in German.

“At a certain point, I stopped caring that I looked different. There are people here who dress like me, and that helps, to see other people around you who are like you. Clothing isn’t that ostracizing of a thing. Helen Trisko

At around eight years old, she began to feel the pressure to fit in from her peers, and her home life didn’t make “fitting in” very easy. “I always thought both of (my parents) were weird,” Trisko said. “They’re old. I’m an only child. I feel like that’s generally not how other people grew up.” As she moved through adolescence and into her teenage years, she grew bored of her parents’ insistence on crafts over watching television and reading books over playing video games. She began to resist.

“I kind of rebelled against what they were trying to get me to do,” Trisko said. “But now that I’m in college, I’ve come back to it a little more.” Much to her younger self’s disdain, Trisko is returning to some of the things her parents introduced her to. She now loves to read just like her mother, a German literature major. Although she doesn’t speak much German anymore, there’s one skill she developed that has stuck with her: cooking. “That’s one place where I’m finding myself returning to German culture, through the food,” Trisko said. Now, as a sociology and English double major with a psychology minor and women’s and gender studies concentration, she’s had the chance to sift through the facets of her German-American identity in her curriculum. “I feel like I’ve had a great connection with all my teachers and I’ve really been able to learn from them,” Trisko said. “Discussion-based classes are so enjoyable.” Perhaps due to a lack of exposure throughout her childhood, Trisko loves television now, especially sci-fi programs like “Star Trek.” If she could have any profession, she’d write for television. “That’s where the stories intersect with life itself,” Trisko said. “That’s what really interests me. I don’t think I necessarily have the skills to tell stories; I’m more interested in hearing other people’s stories.” Apart from cooking and watching television, Trisko likes to run, talk with friends and read theory from writers like bell hooks. She also loves social media and pop culture. Another major touchstone of Trisko’s identity—as one would probably guess by looking at her— is fashion. An avid thrift shopper, it took a while for her to become confident in her individual style. “At a certain point, I stopped caring that I looked different,” Trisko said. “There are people here who dress like me, and that helps, to see other people around you who are like you. Clothing isn’t that ostracizing of a thing; I don’t want to make it seem like it’s the most important aspect of life and of fitting in. “But, I don’t want to fit in.”

A new pro-life group called Students for Life was approved by Drake Student Senate vote of 15 to 5 to join the plethora of Drake’s student organizations. The organization said its mission is to advocate against abortion as well as educate the general public, particularly women, about alternative options. Students for Life claims to not affiliate or identify with any religious groups or political parties but commends the national Students for Life for guidance. Co-President Lizzy Dowd said that inclusivity and a representative demographic is crucial to the group’s mission. “The big goal of mine is to get people of different backgrounds, all religions or no religions, to come to our club and realize their place in the pro-life movement,” Dowd said. Dowd encouraged students to “come with all of [their] beliefs and values and unite with this one core value of protecting life.” Co-President John Altendorf also said that he hopes Students for Life will include a “spectrum of different backgrounds and political affiliations.” He acknowledged that the pro-life movement is generally associated with both conservative ideology as well as political affiliations with the Republican Party but can be mutually exclusive from those two ideologies. “It’s really important to know that you can be pro-life and not Republican or Republican and not pro-life,” Altendorf said. The newly formed organization has faced some opposition from the student body, including some members of Student Senate, as well as Voice of Choice. CoPresident of Voice of Choice Clio Cullison was quoted in the senate meeting expressing opposition to the group’s formation.

“Students for Life, in its national form, is pushing misinformation intended to encourage people to join their organization and discourage them from making a safe, legal, medical decision that should be no one else’s choice,” Cullison said. Dowd and Altendorf said they both expected opposition because abortion is a highly controversial topic in the United States. Nonetheless, both Dowd and Altendorf said that it was unfortunate that Students for Life had to fight for a place on campus. “I hope that’s what our campus is supposed to be about- open dialogue and being able to have these discussions and have clubs based on [student] interest,” Altendorf said. Dowd commended Student Affairs Sen. Kollin Crompton for encouraging students and senators to vote about the group’s right to have a voice on campus rather than being guided by their

personal beliefs about abortion. Altendorf expressed appreciation for the Student Senate and student bodies comments and challenges. He said that he plans to take those concerns into consideration and address any issues that may come forth. “[Letting] young women on our campus know that they are strong enough to handle situations like unwanted pregnancies because we believe in female empowerment” is a goal of the organization, Dowd said. “We want to create open dialogue for women to come and ask questions.” Students for Life may continue facing opposition, but the group is intent on keeping an open dialogue and solidifying their place on campus. Drake Students for Life’s first meeting is scheduled for Mar. 21 at 8:30 pm in Meredith 238.

CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS go head-to-head as Student Senate voted 15 to 5 for the establishment of a pro-life/anti-abortion group called Students for Life. The group is not officially affiliated with the national organization, but looks to it for guidance. LOGOS RETRIEVED FROM WEBSITES RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS

sports | 07

March 21, 2018


Revamped Drake Dance team bringing energy and spirit

THE DRAKE DANCE team recently changed up their methods and style, making the group more fun and exciting while cutting down on repetitive routines. PHOTO BY GINNIE COLEMAN. Hallie Keiper Contributing Writer hallie.keiper@drake.edu

Before Drake University’s Dance Team became what it is today, an energetic group of 14 women doing what they love for the benefit of Drake’s athletic department and student sections, the team was competition-based. Drake senior Courtney Jasper, one of two dance team captains, helped kick-start the change between these two styles in the way the team was organized. “We were running one dance over and over and over [for our competition],” Jasper said. “It got kind of repetitive and boring, so instead we’re working on dances the school will actually be able

to see at basketball games and things like that, whereas when we competed nobody at Drake really got to see what we were doing which was a bummer.” The dance team now performs at all home football and basketball games, performing both a short combo either before the game or during a break, as well as additional cheers and dances throughout the game to hype up the crowd. For many women on the team, these moments of interacting with the crowd are a main part of the reason they love performing at games. “When you make eye contact with someone in the crowd, and you can just pump up and go, ‘Yeah! Let’s go!’ is probably my favorite part of games,” said Layne Burdette, first-year Drake

student and Drake dance team member. Dance team members and fans are not the only ones who agree that Drake’s dance team brings something special to the table. Ore Arogundade, a senior basketball player, believes that the dance team is an important aspect of the game and benefits the fans greatly. “It’s more for the fans enjoyment, because we gotta stay focused at the task at hand, but it’s really good entertainment for [the fans], and for the dancers as well, to have fun out there and to go out in front of a big crowd and dance what they rehearsed and are passionate about.” Arogundade also noted that members of the dance team often are misunderstood but believes that the dance team deserves the

utmost respect. “There’s a lot of misconceptions, like, oh, dancing’s not really a thing, but it is,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for their craft and what they do. It’s not easy. It’s just like any other sport. It’s hard.” Jasper and Burdette both reaffirmed this, noting that the dance team’s athletes are skilled and auditions are selective. The team takes only 18 of the best dancers each year, though commonly 25-40 students tryout. Though the dancers are talented and the dances require a large amount of attention, the team comes second to academics, a value that is essential to the team. “It is very much academics first and other more important priorities as well, so dance team is

really good about balancing that which is really nice,” Burdette said. Auditions for the Drake Dance Team take place every spring and fall, and the women encourage everyone passionate about dancing and team spirit to tryout. “It’s just a lot of fun, it’s a great group of girls, so it’s fun to just get to dance alongside of them,” Jasper said, smiling. “It just feels good!” Drake Dance Team meets Monday and Thursday nights, 9-10. To find out more information about the team and how to audition, visit the Drake Dance Team Facebook page or the Drake Dance Team website: sites.google.com/site/ drakeuniversitydanceteam/ home.


Drake draws #13 seed in NCAA Tournament, falls in round 1 to #4 Texas A&M JD Pelegrino Staff Writer john.pelegrino@drake.edu @jddontdrop The women’s basketball team owned 2017-2018 and the Missouri Valley Conference once again. For the second straight season, the women’s basketball team went undefeated in conference. After posing a 28-5 record last season, they concluded the 20172018 season at 26-8. This is the second straight conference championship for the Bulldogs and Head Coach Jennie Baranczyk’s second straight Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honor. After finishing the regular season on a 21-game win streak, the Bulldogs took their talents to the Missouri Valley tournament where they faced Valparaiso, Southern Illinois University, and finally in the MVC Championship, Northern Iowa. As the Bulldogs did all season long, they went undefeated in the MVC tournament, beating Northern Iowa 75-63 in the championship game. The 13-seed Bulldogs (26-8) faced off against the 4-seeded Texas A&M Aggies (25-9) on Friday, March 16. Unfortunately, the season was cut short for Drake’s women.

Drake fell to the Aggies 89-76 in a hard fought game. The 6-1 Drake sophomore Sara Rhine hit 10 of 11 shots from the field and sank her only free throw all while grabbing 10 rebounds. Rhine contributed 21 points in the valiant effort by the Dogs. Sophomore Guards Becca Hittner and Brenni Rose put up 19 and 10 points as well. At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs were leading the Aggies 28-26. It was not until the second quarter where things started to get out of hand for Drake. The Bulldogs only scored 14 points in the second quarter, half as many scored in the first. TAMU continued a high-level of offense, scoring 31 points in the second. Drake pushed back in the third quarter outscoring TAMU by four points, but ultimately could not regain the ground given up in the second quarter. Freshman Chennedy Carter scored 26 points in her first NCAA tournament game to propel the Aggies into the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs season ended with the loss to Texas A&M. Their finishing record, regular and post season, is 26-8. There is some good news for the Bulldogs looking forward to next season, however. The team will be retaining

SAMMIE BACHRODT squares up on a defender to the right of the key in a home game earlier this season PHOTO BY JOSH COOK

all of its starters as well as most players off the bench. The only player leaving the team is senior guard Paige Greiner. The future appears bright for the Bulldogs under Coach Baranczyk. Guard Brenni Rose took her humor to Instagram on Sunday to share a picture of her and Drake football player Ian Malaby

captioned, “between the two of us we have 2 rings, 4 MVC/ NCAA watches, two undefeated conference seasons, and all of them belong to me #athlete #couple #ButHe’sTheBetterCheerleader.” The picture was taken directly after the MVC championship game. At the conclusion of the season, Guard Becca Hittner led

the team in points scored (533), points per game (15.7), free throws made (129), free throws made per game (3.8) and shared the most games played with many of her teammates at 34 games. The sky is the ceiling for the Women’s Basketball Team, and next season could be the best season yet.

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March 21, 2018


NCAA pay-for-play investigation won’t impact March Madness

REPORTS released by the NCAA of an investigation into a plethora of schools for paying athletes under the table have sparked controversy, but should not impact this year’s tournament, per the NCAA. PHOTO BY PHIL ROEDER Maddie Topliff Staff Writer maddie.topliff@drake.edu @Top_Dog30 Weeks before March Madness brackets started to bust, more than 20 Division-I basketball programs across the country were busted by an FBI probe. The adjacent report linked schools to corruption via a breach of NCAA regulations, specifically for ‘under-the-table’ payment of both high school and college athletes. Yahoo! Sports posted the official FBI documents late last month, detailing the actions and transactions by named teams, coaches, players and agents. The programs include Alabama, Clemson, Creighton, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, USC, Utah, Washington, Wichita State and Xavier. In the initial implications that surfaced with charges last September, Auburn, Arizona and Oklahoma State were also named. The released report, although massive in intel, has yet to detrimentally impact all accused programs on the large scale, most likely due to the popularity of

March Madness. Schools such as Duke, Michigan State and, Drake University’s not-so-distant rival to the east, Creighton still received bids to the NCAA tournament. Although, as the NY Post pointed out, not all schools were as “actively involved” as others, with some dealings perhaps occurring without the basketball program’s knowledge. NCAA officials have stated since the release of the report that tournament bids were not affected by the scandal, despite allegations from fans that some teams such as Notre Dame and USC were left out of the tournament for that very reason. The scandal brings up the ageold question about whether or not it’s fair for top-tier college athletes to play for free when they typically help bring in huge sums of money for their respected programs. Journalists like Chicago Tribune writer David Haugh argue for more fair athlete compensation, stating that players such as Michigan State’s Miles Bridges (who recently was cleared by the NCAA of accusations) “deserve to be treated differently than the majority of NCAA studentathletes” because of their demonstrated higher level of play, he stated in his Feb. 25 column. Haugh’s heated opinion on the matter was published two days after Yahoo! Sports released

the FBI report. Last weekend, Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, spoke to Detroit Free Press and said the organization is in fact reacting to what the FBI’s uncovered but will most likely not make moves until April. Emmert formed the College Basketball Commission (CBC) in response to the scandal, which is headed by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The organization is to focus on three key aspects: commercial entities, non scholastic basketball, such as AAU teams, and agents or advisors. The CBC is expected to recommend courses of action to Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors next month. The NCAA failed to respond to a press inquiry from the TimesDelphic before this printing. Duke, Kansas and Kentucky are the three accused men’s basketball programs still in the running for the 2018 championship title. On Thursday, No. 5 seed Kentucky will play No. 9 seed Kentucky at 9:37 p.m. on CBS. On Friday, No. 1 seed Kansas will match up against No. 5 seed Clemson on at 7:07 p.m. and No. 2 seed Duke will face No. 11 seed Syracuse at 9:37 p.m. also on CBS.

UNDER THE TABLE Creighton, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, Wichita State and North Carolina were all listed in the NCAA’s initial report, though none have been handed punishment yet.


Bulldogs lose to Bears 81-72 in round 2 CIT play Josh Cook Sports Editor joshua.cook@drake.edu @jcook_25 While the Drake men’s basketball team missed out on a trip to the NCAA Tournament, it had another chance to get a few more games in this season. The College Insider Tournament (CIT) hosts a smaller playing field for a few rounds of post-season play. This year, there are 20 teams in the CIT, four who receive first round byes (Wofford, Northern Colorado, Porland State and Sam Houston State). In the first round of play, Drake drew Abiline Christian and played an incredibly close game. The two teams were tied at half-time and the end of regulation, taking the game into overtime.

The Bulldogs pulled off the overtime win, 80 - 73, outscoring the Wildcats 11-4. Ore Arogundade and Nick McGlynn led the team in scoring with 25 and 22 points respectively. Arogundade shot lights out in the game, going 8-10 from the floor, including 4-4 from three and 5-5 at the free throw line. McGlynn played an all-around game, finishing with 7 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal in addition to his 22 points. Drake then had five off days before playing Northern Colorado in the 2nd round. Playing against the Bears, the Bulldogs ended the first half cold, failing to score a basket in the last two minutes, which left them down 36-29. Drake hung with UNC in the second half but just couldn’t narrow the margin enough to make it a game in the end. Their real final push came with

about three minutes left, when Drake was able to pull the game within 6 before the Bears closed out the win in their home state. The final score ended up 81-72 in what was the final game of the Bulldog’s season. Drake finishes the first season under Niko Medved at 17-17 overall, posting a 10-8 conference record in Missouri Valley play. Medved’s first season showed a lot of potential, adding 10 wins from a season before with a relatively similar roster. As the new recruits come to Drake and get acclimated, the Bulldogs will work in the offseason to build off this year’s momentum. 7-24 ... 17-17 ... 24-10? The Bulldogs will look to make a jump again in play. Look for Drake to compete for an MVC championship in the next two years.

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New Zealand

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Chicago, IL

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CIT Round 1 W 80 - 73 against Abilene Christian

CIT Round Two L 81 - 72 against Northern Colorado

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