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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 136 | No. 10 | Wed. Nov. 09, 2016



The Drake Disability Action and Awareness Community (DAAC) hosted an event where students with disabilities spoke about their struggles and how Drake is accommodating their needs. Read more on page 8.

The Drake men’s soccer team kept its season alive with a 2-0 win over the Bradley Braves in the play-in game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs will take to the field again to face the Evansville Purple Aces today at 3 p.m. Read more on page 11.

OPINIONS The Times-Delphic staff published a staff editorial on the unacceptable racist and sexist actions that occurred Sunday night, how Drake students need to listen and support students of color, and that students need to better listen to each other. Read more on page 4.

An act of vandalism CAMPUS NEWS

‘Hateful’ posters harass Mexican-American first-years, sparks response Jess Lynk Editor-in-chief @jessmlynk Eight posters were taped to the dorm room door of two female Mexican- American students with sayings like “MAKE A WALL,” “Women are unfit to be President” and “Vote for Trump.” Four students came forward and admitted to taping up the posters. Drake Provost Sue Mattison emailed students Tuesday afternoon, informing students of this news. Mattison wrote in the email that the university was “able to immediately initiate emergency suspension from the residence halls.” She added that this meant that the four perpetrators have moved out of their dorms. The university is charging the students with “serious violations” of the Drake Code of Student Conduct. They will face disciplinary actions, according to Mattison’s email. The university is not allowed to comment further on the investigation, according to Interim Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Parker. Chelsi Barraza, one of the girls who lived in the dorm room, sent a picture of the door on Sunday through Snapchat with the caption “Look what someone did to my door.” Senior Kenia Calderon screenshotted the photo and shared it on Facebook, which garnered almost 800 shares and 1,500 Facebook “reactions” less than a day later. Barraza shared the post on her Facebook page, saying: “... I am proud to be a woman and I am proud to be Hispanic.

#lovetrumpshate.” Barraza was emotionally affected by the act of vandalism. “I was immediately taken aback by them and didn’t know what to do,” Barraza said. “I called my friends and members of La Fuerza Latina as well as one of the RAs for our residence hall.” The Drake administration was alerted to the incident Monday morning via an email containing the screenshot. “Both the administration and the students have been incredibly supportive,” Barraza said. “The administration is making sure that resources are available to me and I have the support of two student organizations here on campus.” Mattison sent out an earlier email just before 11 a.m. on Monday to let students know that Drake condemns the actions. “The messages were a direct attack on women and people of color and in support of a presidential candidate,” Mattison wrote in that email. “While we now understand there have been prior incidents of this type, this is the first that we were aware of these messages. Please know we want to be informed when anything like this occurs, so that we can take appropriate action.” Mattison noted that President Marty Martin, Director of Public Safety Scott Law and herself met with a student involved in the incident to assure her safety. Student Body President Thalia Anguiano posted a statement in regards to the acts on Student Senate’s Facebook page. Anguiano said she personally took offense to the vandalism. “As a Latina, I take offense to the vandalism done on the student’s door last night,” Anguiano said in the statement. “It is racist, sexist, exclusive and

ignorant. I won’t speak on behalf of all students of color on campus but I will say that my experiences, along with listening to the experiences of my peers that this behavior makes me feel unsafe and unwelcome on this campus.” Due to the outpouring of social media posts, it is likely that this is some people’s first impressions of Drake. Parker says to those people, “this is not who we are.” “If this is a behavior that you agree with, Drake is not the institution for you,” Parker said. Parker and other administration officials spent Monday evening meeting with student leaders across campus. “We are doing all we can to support the students who have been impacted,” Parker said. “We are trying to make campus know we are doing all we can to get some resolve.” Barraza believes the campus community has been supportive. “I want everyone to keep being supportive of each other because this not only affects me, but other students of color and women as well,” Barraza said. “We will not be silent about this. This is something that targeted me and affects every student here at Drake. This type of behavior is unacceptable, and it is our responsibility as students and as a community to make sure it will not happen again.” Students hung banners on the multicultural houses, just across from campus, in response to the statement hung on Barraza’s door. Mattison asked in her email Tuesday for students to “recognize that students of color in our community are experiencing great pain over this incident.” Digital Editor Jake Bullington contributed to this article. Stay tuned at for continued updates on this story.

“HATEFUL” SIGNS were posted on the dorm door where two Latina students reside. The screenshotted Snapchat taken by one of the residents has been shared almost 800 times on Facebook and retweeted more than 250 on Twitter as of Tuesday afternoon. COURTESY OF KENIA CALDERON


Dean of Students’ emotional speech to senate still applies Jerry Parker: “The violence has to end ... we need to come together” Jake Bullington Digital Editor @jakebullington It was less than 48 hours after two police officers were murdered in their squad cars. It was less than a week after a 14-year-old son of a family from South Sudan was shot in the head. Interim Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Parker was upset. Parker's impassioned speech to the senators was impromptu and drew snaps of appreciation and agreement from around the table.

"The violence has to end," Parker said at Thursday evening's Student Senate meeting. "It needs to. This is doing nobody any good. And whether we are black, brown or white, we need to come together and end what is going on in our society." Preceding this speech, Parker announced he was considering applying for the permanent role as Dean of Students. The speech lasted a little over five minutes, but its timeliness has lasted days due to an incident with pro-Donald Trump and racially charged messages posted outside a first-year student’s dorm.

On Monday morning, the Dean’s office heard about this incident regarding the messages via an email with the screenshot of a Snapchat photo. (See more details above.) Suddenly, Parker’s speech from last Thursday about “rising above” the divisive rhetoric taking place in the presidential election was thrust into relevance for the second time in less than a week. Previously, Parker spoke about the 14-year-old boy and the police officers being killed. Now, Parker’s speech has been applied to the person(s) responsible for leaving the messages on the girls’ door.

“The hatred that we’re seeing in society right now is doing nobody is doing no one any good,” Parker said. “I empower each and every one of you in this room and the 4,000 plus students that go to Drake University to rise above it. To make the hatred go away, to end it.” The screenshot of a single Snapchat has brought this discussion back to the forefront of Parker’s concerns. “I think the hardest part of everything discussed Thursday evening and (Sunday night’s) incident is that, as an educator, it is counter to everything we stand for as an educational institution,”

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Parker told The Times-Delphic Monday. “We need to be open to dialogue and to discussion, debates at times.” “As I said Thursday, we are neglecting to realize that we are all human and words hurt,” Parker said. “... We can be better than this. We need to be better than this. There’s no excuse for us to not be better than this.” The administration’s investigation into the “hateful” messages is still ongoing. You can read and watch video of Parker’s speech at

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ACTIVISTS tabled last week about an issue often kept in the shadows. The prison industrial complex is happening in Des Moines prisons and across the country. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER

Closeted Issues Week introduces students to prison concerns Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer @lorienmacenulty

Representatives of Drake University’s LGBT organizations advertised the issues surrounding the prison industrial complex (PIC) in conjunction with Closeted Issues Week on campus. “The prison industrial complex is the system within federal prisons and the components that support federal prisons in incarcerating people that then make a profit off of that,” said President of One Voice Paxton Gillespie. Members of One Voice distributed information when tabling outside of Hubbell Dining Hall on Monday and Wednesday. They also attended the Social Justice Panel held in Carpenter Hall last Thursday evening. All events advocated for immediate recognition and reform for the high rates of abuse against transgender prisoners. More specifically, the PIC refers to the “overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems,” according to Critical Resistance, an organization dedicated to dismantling the system in question. “It’s an industrial complex because it’s not just federal prisons,” said Mary Traxler, vice president of One Voice and a

Polk County Jail volunteer. “It’s not just prisons in general. It’s the corporations that give them money. It’s also the policing system and everything that goes into that. It’s also local governments. It’s also taxes that go towards local governments. It’s the education of local communities, economics.” The prison industrial complex begins with the privatization of prison policies. In the interest of cost reduction, state and local governments contractually outsource their public jails and prisons to money-making businesses. Wealthy corporations such as the GEO group and Corrections Corp of America (CCA) saw investment potential and offered cost efficient prison management. In exchange, however, states would have to maintain a consistent occupancy rate of 90 percent, according to John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute, who wrote for the Huffington Post on the subject in 2012. Inmates in American prisons are often charged a room and board fee to cover excess costs of meals, clothing and building maintenance. According to Traxler, Polk County Jail charges $65 a day per prisoner. Officials must fill a quota, one that does not fluctuate with oscillating crime rates. So when the supply is high, one must create the demand. This can lead to the unnecessary incarceration

of people with comparatively petty crimes. Forty-six percent of inmates are currently incarcerated because of drug abuse, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. “(Black and Pink) is an organization that pushes for abolition of prisons as an institution and the discovery of a new way that focuses on rehabilitation and healing for people who are committing crimes,” Gillespie said. “The reason the majority of people are committing crimes is because of a system that forces them to, because they are poor, because they are black and don’t have other options.” The PIC is a multifaceted and influential industry, one that exposes a multitude of negative social biases. “We are here at the table today and this whole week trying to focus on the prison industrial complex as it relates to the queer community and how different experiences in the prison industrial complex can be for people who are queer, and often-times much worse for queer people of color,” Traxler said. The group made sure to highlight the concept that the treatment of transgender individuals in prisons is much harsher than that received by prisoners otherwise identified. A survey of 1,118 prisoners conducted by Black and Pink in 2015 suggested that 85 percent of imprisoned LGBTQ individuals

were placed in solitary confinement at some point during their sentence. They were also over six times more likely than the general incarcerated population to be sexually assaulted. “You’ll notice that the rates of education they receive are ridiculously low,” Gillespie said. “A majority of trans people have been placed in solitary confinement for punishment, and the rates of abuse and trauma that they face in prison are exponentially higher than the rates of specifically straight cisgender identified prisoners experience. This is specifically happening to queer people of color.” This issue receives minimal political attention, specifically in Iowa because it is one of three states that permanently renounces a convicted felon’s right to vote. “The voices of people who have been imprisoned are literally removed from our political sphere,” Gillespie said. “So there is no way for them within democracy to say, ‘Hey, we need to fix this system.’” Impassioned by the topic, One Voice presented it to the student population for Closeted Issues Week, a three-year Drake tradition focused on public surfacing of minimally recognized subjects. “Polk County Jail is 15 minutes away from this school, and this is our community,” Traxler said.

“It’s easy to think about how the prison industrial complex is this really grand big scheme which is impossible to take down, which is not wrong. But this is happening to people in our communities who share this same city with us, who live next to us, who have children in our school systems, who are in our community and trying to be okay.” One Voice pushes for radical prison reform involving the abolishment of systematic punitive measures and instead adopting more constructive methods of criminal rehabilitation. “It costs four times as much to incarcerate someone than it is to educate them,” Traxler said. “Thirty-nine percent of LGBTQ prisoners have not graduated high school. Eduction is a really big piece, which is cheaper than incarcerating (individuals) and would address the problematic source.” Both Traxler and Gillespie encourage activism and awareness of the PIC among Drake students. “Drake touts itself as a very politically active campus,” Gillespie said. “The University brags about how students are politically active all the time. But a lot of the issues that are being focused on on our campus are highlighting the experiences of students on our campus and are marginalizing other experiences.”


Slain police officer previously worked alongside Public Safety Jake Bullington Digital Editor @jakebullington

Two Des Moines area police officers were slain 'ambush style' early last Wednesday, one of which had a connection to Drake University. Sergeant Anthony Beminio worked for the Des Moines police beginning in 2001. He worked with Drake Public Safety officers at athletics events and the Drake Relays. He assisted Drake's Department of Public Safety as off-duty security at events like Drake basketball games. Beminio

served off-duty at these events from April 2007 to April 2008, according to Director of Public Safety Scott Law. Law said Beminio and some Public Safety officers knew each other as they worked alongside each other during the one year period. Scott Michael Greene, the 46-year-old suspect is now in custody and is being held on $10 million bail while awaiting trial on two counts of first-degree murder, according to police. Beminio's funeral was Monday, where over 1,500 police officers attended, according to The Des Moines Register's report.

SERGEANT ANTHONY BEMINIO was killed in the line of duty, after responding to a report of an Urbandale police officer being shot. He and the Urbandale officer both died from this ambush attack. Beminio’s funeral was Monday. Beminio was promoted to Sergeant in 2015. He is survived by his wife and three children. There has been an outpour of support from the greater Des Moines community in the days since his murder. The suspect is awaiting trial and is being held on $10 million bail. FROM THE DES MOINES POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Focus group suggests renovations to Cowles Library Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer @lorienmacenulty

Staff at Cowles Library booked an advisory panel last Thursday night in the Fish Bowl to receive student input on Drake University’s new strategic initiative. Drake is looking to restructure and redesign library facilities to further encourage constructive and modern learning. Approximately 13 Drake students assembled with four representatives from FEH Design, the hired design firm heading the project, to share their ideas on accommodation to enhance learning and studying. “The last plan for the library was done almost 10 years ago,” said Dennis Sharp, the president of FEH Design. “Since that time, some of the items identified in the previous master plan have been implemented, and a lot of things have changed since then.” The firm intends to initiate several projects over the next 10 years that will turn the library into a “learning commons,” a buzz phrase used to describe the desired dynamic for the revision scheme. “We are asking the students for their thoughts on this because they’re the users; that’s why we’re doing this,” said John Karrmann, an architect at FEH Design. “What do we need to do with the library to equip the students to have them be the most effective learners?” Methods of learning and educational development evolve as individuals do; effective learning today is not the same as it was 50 years ago. “I think there is a lot more focus on collaboration (today), and it has to do with exposure to lots of disciplines rather than being focused solely on your discipline,” Karrmann said. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity when you get in a collaborative environment. Within a certain area you overhear things that pique your interest, the thoughts about having that presentation space or that free speech space being exposed to what other departments are working on, what other students are working on,

STUDENTS may see changes in Cowles Library after a focus group met with an architecture firm to discuss changes. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER what’s the full range of learning and academics that are going on in Drake University rather than just being isolated to maybe what your particular school is.” The student panel critiqued the current state of functionality in the library. They analyzed noise levels, lighting, collaborative spaces, educational equipment such as whiteboards, architectural layout, and comparative business depending on the time of day or semester. “(We have been) looking at your furnishings and your reflection areas,” said Michelle Crambit, an interior designer at

FEH Designs. “We have spent a lot of time here in this building, and we have really tried to understand the issues that you might have here, things like accessibility, navigating the floor levels, the service areas. We are finding that your after-hours café space is really successful.” Crambit noted that Drake students are drawn to the naturally lighted areas of the library near large windows or skylights, which restricts activity of the library to the perimeter. A possible structural revision may compensate for this by installing larger and more prominent

windows. “(We’re looking at) how the building can adapt to the person versus the person adapting to the building,” Robert Bartlett said, another architect for the design firm. Like many other user-friendly buildings, the interior design and layout of the library will be tailored to the functions of the student physically, creatively and intellectually. “(Students want) choice and variety of how to work,” Crambit said. “We are in an age where everything is personalized, customized to what you want

and what your needs are. So how can we bring that to users in the library?” Students proposed several revisions: more power outlets, more white-boards, wider windows and storage lockers. Enclosed study pods, higher ceilings and a “free speech” performance stage for potential TED talks were also among the topics of conversation.


Changes made to nondiscrimination statement Students say not enough to create diversity, inclusivity on campus Drake Rhone Staff Writer @drakerhone

Drake University’s nondiscrimination statement has a couple proposed changes, including the establishment of pregnancy as its own separate category and the addition of contact information for the Title IX coordinator and the human resources department. Revised last in August 2015, the current statement reads: “The principles of equal access and equal opportunity require that all interactions within the university be free from invidious discrimination. Drake University therefore prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status.” An On Campus press release noted the changes, saying that

while pregnancy might fall under some of the sections already established by the nondiscrimination statement, the administration felt that it was important to include it in its own category. As per the bylaws of the university, the changes are available for view and discussion for 14 days after posting before the statement is officially amended. Deshauna Carter, one of the diversity and inclusion senators, said that she is a fan of the changes. “Having the Title IX supervisor’s contact information will give people a resource for when they feel they have been discriminated upon,” Carter said. “The addition of pregnancy is great because it adds extra support to the female faculty and staff on campus.” On the other side of the issue, Kaylah Harrington, a sophomore member of the Coalition of Black Students, said that while she felt the changes to the statement were

a step in the right direction, they are not enough. “It’s a good start,” Harrington said, “but anyone could put out a statement and have a system where those that go against the statement are reprimanded. I would like to see actual work going in behind the things addressed in the statement. Drake University is all about diversity, inclusivity

“This is a great policy improvement but I think there are practices and programs here at Drake that still need to be improved.” Deshauna Carter Diversity and Inclusion Senator

and maintaining a good campus climate. I would like to see them do something about it.”

Harrington said that the statement might not be enough to stop some of the incidents of discrimination that minority groups at Drake may feel. “I don’t really want to speak for everyone in my organization, but there have definitely been some harmful microaggressions that many of us have experienced on campus, to say the least,” Harrington said. “I don’t know if it would be under the nondiscrimination statement because some people are ignorant to the harm of micro-aggressions or that they are even doing something wrong.” While Harrington spoke of the statement not being enough to bring positive change to campus, she also said that the statement was important “because it lets the students of marginalized communities gain a better understanding of where the university stands on issues that may threaten their comfort and well-being.” Carter said she agreed that

the statement was an important document to have on record. “It is 100 percent necessary to have a non-discrimination statement here at Drake University,” Carter said. “Since this is a mostly white, cisgender campus, we need to make sure that people who don’t fit those identities are supported by policies.” However, like Harrington, Carter said that there is more that can be done. “This is a great policy improvement, but I think there are practices and programs here at Drake that still need to be improved,” Carter said. “One thing that I am really passionate about is the lack of scholarships for marginalized identities here at Drake.” Concerns or comments regarding the changes to the nondiscrimination statement can be sent to up until Nov. 13.

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Drake needs change: do something to help create that difference The Times-Delphic stands alongside those who were impacted by the insensitive incident that occurred on Sunday. The editorial staff decided that it is important we speak up.

This is not a political statement. This is a humanitarian statement. The messages plastered on a dorm room door on Sunday night are a blatant statement of racism and sexism that still exist on our campus. Plenty of students condemned the acts. Plenty of students are not racist and sexist. But the problem still persists, and it will continue to persist even if a majority of Drake students share a Facebook post. Many of us pride ourselves on

being an inclusive and accepting campus, but these racist actions are evidence that we are not 100 percent there yet. We still need to change. Let’s prove to prospective students, especially prospective students of color, that Drake is a place to feel welcome. But more importantly, let’s prove to those who are already on campus that we are welcoming and inclusive. Drake students need to do better. DO better. Not be better, but act better. We cannot forget about the racist events that occurred on Sunday. Don’t share a Facebook post and then forget about it. Do something about it and keep trying to do something about it. We can’t wait for a similar act to occur to start generating change. We have to start now.

Start by listening to and learning from the experiences of those whose backgrounds are different from your own. When another student has a position you don’t fully understand, hear them out. Give them the time of day, especially if you might be inclined to disagree with them. It is not your experience; it is that student’s experience. Give validation to feelings that you cannot or do not grasp. Craft a dialogue that will lead to a path of understanding. Do not be quick to write off, but really sit and listen. Believe what they are 0feeling, because it is real and it is happening here on our campus in many ways that others cannot see. Our campus is hurting right now. Our students are hurting

right now. Our friends are hurting right now. Do not add to the hurt. Listen to the hurt. Comfort the hurt. Believe their hurt is real because it is. Do not sit aside and just share a Facebook post. Students of color need support. If you’re going to share something about it on social media, follow through with action. Advocate for more students, staff and faculty of color, regardless of your own complexion. Nothing makes someone feel more welcome than feeling like they fit in. More importantly, help those who are already here. We can’t make strides to becoming a more diverse campus if we do not do anything to keep the relatively small number already at Drake. Our campus community rallied

around the students whose door was attacked by hateful words. But our campus community needs to continue to continuously rally around students of color who are targeted. The support that is necessary does not end today because the election is over and the Facebook post has been replaced by viral puppies. Many students do not feel welcome daily, the actions of others just aren’t always as blatant. Pay attention, even when nothing appears wrong. Pay attention to your words and your actions. They make a difference. This is the first staff editorial that The Times-Delphic has published since 2012.


A joyful reaction to Chicago Cubs winning World Series

Erin O’Boyle Contributing Writer @erinoboyle14

108 years, 7 games, 10 innings, and one rain delay later the Chicago Cubs were World Series Champions and the curse was lifted. Hundreds of thousands of people were gathered outside Wrigley Field in hopes to witness history, and their patience that night was rewarded. Kris Bryant threw the ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, for the out that would change it all for the Cubs and their loyal fans. The famous red marquee that hangs outside the stadium

changed to read WORLD SERIES CHAMPS and the crowd of about 300,000 exploded. Laughter, cheers, and tears of joy could be heard from Wrigley Park all the way to Illinois State’s campus in Bloomigton-Normal where 3,000 ran out onto the quad and sang “Go Cubs Go” in the cool November night air. Even on Drake’s campus the next day, Chicago Cubs fans sported every piece of Cubs gear they owned to show their love for their Cubbies. Loyal Cubs fans are something special. It is easy to wear a Chicago jersey now and claim that you’ve always been a fan, but those fans that have stuck with them through it all are the ones that this victory means so much to. I think it’s hard to think about how long 108 years was. Let’s take a look back to 1908 when the Cubs last won the World Series. Mark Twain was still alive and writing, the microwave was not yet invented, and women weren’t allowed to vote. 108 years is a long time to remain a fan of a losing team, which is why I think Cubs fans are some of the best fans of any sports team. I think because of how

much time has passed this championship is so much more than just a title and a trophy. This championship isn’t just for one group of people, but for every generation, race, and background that has been waiting for the day they could call themselves World Series Champions.

Amongst the celebration, people were remembering their family members who were lifelong Cubs, but didn’t make it to see this historical moment. This championship is so much more than baseball. It’s about unity and in a time of conflict and anger in the streets of

Chicago it couldn’t have come at a better time for the city. Chicago, here’s to you! After years and years of saying this is our year, I’m glad you were finally right. Now Fly the W, we’ll see you next year.

WRIGLEY FIELD became the home of the 2016 World Series champs on Nov. 3. COURTESY OF ANNA JENSEN | FEATURES EDITOR


The death of Vine: Social media continues on with out six second video app

Emily Bauer Contributing Writer

What can you do in six seconds? As the many content creators on Vine showed us, the answer to that question is, apparently, quite a lot. Since being acquired by Twitter in 2012, Vine has become a staple in our internet-centric youth culture. It bred a mass of “celebrities” with social media followings in the millions. Some were even able to jumpstart careers from their work on Vine, gaining sponsorship from large companies. Vine was also an outlet for our generation’s penchant for memes. Short, entertaining videos would be shared across the

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site and many other social media platforms countless times. Vine gave us such classics as the “Why You Always Lyin’” guy and the “Smells like Beef” baby. However, as of October 27th reports began to surface that Twitter planned to pull the plug. The social media giant plans to archive all videos on the mobile site, but users will not be able to upload any new content. Vine will be greatly missed. As soon as the news was announced that the app was to be shut down, social media junkies scoured the internet to create compilations of their favorite vines in commemoration of the event. Even though I didn’t use the

site all that often, I found myself getting sentimental. I could tell we were loosing something that had been revolutionary. Before Vine, no other platform had utilized the short video format in such a creative way. It had the power to grab it’s audiences’ attention. In six seconds you could watch a comedic skit, study a makeup tutorial, or be awed by a dance routine. But unfortunately, Vine wasn’t able to keep growing. It became stagnant, and other social media platforms were able to catch up. Instagram implemented it’s own similar video tool with attractive features.

Also, Vine stars were beginning to move on to bigger and better things—expanding their social media empires outside of just a single app. All these so-called Vine stars will continue to do just fine, and I believe their fans will soon make the adjustment as well. Soon, Vine will be forgotten. We’ll think of it in the same way we think of social media sites like Myspace. It’ll be looked at as a clunky and endearingly out-of-date predecessor to the shiny new media platforms that have yet to be developed.

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‘Closer’ on the Chainsmokers’ new EP is ‘pop gold’

Parker Klyn Music Critic @KlynParker

At the time of writing this review, the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” has spent 11 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Not since “Uptown Funk” has one song dominated the pop landscape for so long. The fact that it’s happened mostly in fall, as opposed to summer when pop songs usually dominate, just adds to the track’s accomplishments. Now, as the Chainsmokers’ ubiquity in the cultural zeitgeist shows signs of fading, they drop a new EP: the aptly titled “Collage.” The five-song compilation is a good showcase of how far the duo, consisting of Alexander Pall and Andrew Taggart, have come. The Chainsmokers burst onto the pop scene with the novelty hit “#SELFIE” and followed it up with “Kanye.” Both of these songs are completely and irredeemably awful. The cringe-worthy lyrics and pandering of the former are only matched by the gratingly annoying vocals of the latter.

If the music of these tracks had tried to experiment at all, they might have been at least interesting, but the production was by-the-numbers electronic dance music with no soul passion. I never wanted to hear another Chainsmokers song. Then, the duo stunned me. They released “Roses,” an astonishingly classy and exhilarating piece of tropical house. It made use of an ingenious beat flip at the drop, where all percussion aside from hand snaps fades away and lets a pulsating synth-chord flow through. It was a perfect party song and showed a side of the Chainsmokers that we hadn’t seen before. Now, we have “Collage,” led by the aforementioned “Closer” – one of the very best pop songs of this year. It’s the epitome of a college song, with its criticisms of forced capitalism (unaffordable cars, tattoos, and stolen property) and ruminations on young love. It’s not a coincidence that the two cities mentioned in the song, Tuscon, AZ and Boulder, CO both hold two of the largest state universities in the United States. Plus, the classic boy-girl turn (with Halsey providing the best vocal performance of her life) makes the track endearing and timeless. It’s the best song on the EP by far. Unfortunately, the rest of the EP fails to match the high standards of “Closer”. “Don’t Let Me Down” was a hit this summer, and it’s the hardest-hitting track that the Chainsmokers have released yet. Its dub-influenced drop is solid in the right circumstance, but it’s a song that will fade into obscurity

in a few years. The rest of the tracks on Collage try to emulate the success of “Closer” with vocals led by unknown female singers and hooks that are just synth leads. None of “Setting Fires,” “All We Know” or “Inside Out” left much of an impression, although the latter at least has some stadiumready synthesizer passages and a likable vocal performance from newcomer Charlee. Still, the monotony of these

tracks makes me just want to skip until I get to “Closer.” I never thought I’d review a Chainsmokers project, because I don’t review acts that I don’t feel have legitimate artistic potential. If the duo had only released “Roses,” I would’ve said it was a fluke. But they’ve struck pop gold twice now, and, for that reason, I’m interested to see what a fulllength album would look like from them in the future.

Even though “Collage” won’t be on any year-end lists, it’s an encouraging sign that we’ve moved past artless templates like Calvin Harris and David Guetta onto something more invigorating. There’s a youthful exhilaration in compelling pop music that’s lost in those acts, but it’s something that the Chainsmokers have been able to pick up on. “We ain’t never getting older!”

THE CHAINSMOKERS released their new EP, Collage, including their hit single ‘Closer.’ PHOTO BY CHAINSMOKERS FACEBOOK.


Student gives ‘Lazarus’ good review, looks forward to what’s next

Natalie Larimer Book Critic @larimerslogic

As you know, I like to try new things in this book column. And today is no different. I’m starting with a new kind of coverage where I introduce you guys to various comic series, mostly non-superhero. Before I begin, however, please understand that I’m not undermining superhero comics, and yes, I am a newbie to the

comics community. So if you’re super into these books, don’t go on hating me when I’m just talking about something that I like. I love a good comic, but I hate the way the superhero ones overwhelm you with the information needed to be a fan. Over the summer, I went to Capes Kafe in downtown Des Moines where they sell coffee and comics, two of my favorite things. While there, I decided to start a new series, and I saw one called Lazarus which caught my eye. It had a really cool cover and the art seemed very intriguing to me, plus Lazarus is a common reference made to the Bible and it’s interesting to me to see how people interpret the Lazarus story and use it in pop culture, so I bought it. It took me a while to realize that this book is a compilation of four of the comics in the series, which encompass the Family story arc. I’ve reviewed the first one only, since it’s technically an intro in

and of itself. This world that the series creates is a post-apocalyptic future, I’m guessing. There are references to the cities and nations that we know

THE FIRST ISSUE of Lazarus follows a female heroine trying to get revenge on people who tried to kill her. PHOTO FROM IMAGECOMICS.COM

today with no mention of why it’s so different and what happened to the world we know. Wealth has become power, which makes the wealthiest families become the most powerful families. So it’s not that unfamiliar. Every family has one person designated for the protection of them, and this person’s title is Lazarus. Lazarus is given every medical advantage and technological advances as well as expert training and literally everything else they can dream up. The first couple pages cover this girl, Eve, who gets shot three times and then wakes up to kill the people who shot her. She’s recanting the event to a man (who we later learn is a doctor to the family) named James. Eve is the Lazarus of the family Carlyle, but they call her the Forever, or ForEVEr as I’ve been saying, but I’ll just call her Eve. In the first chapter, Eve is called to a facility called Harvest

One in Central California to look at the evidence the family had collected for the break-in that led to Eve being shot. They suspect the Morray Family, another wealthy family with their own Lazarus who we meet later. Eve determines it was an inside job, so they gather all of the members of their senior technical staff and their families to ask one of them to come forward as the person responsible. Eve threatens to kill them all if none confess, so an unnamed man steps forward and is executed in front of his family and colleagues. Now if that doesn’t make you want to pick up a comic book then I don’t know what does. I’ve had a read ahead and see some juicy scenes with Eve’s siblings fighting with each other and saying some pretty nasty stuff, as well as corruption, drama and action. But in my book, that all adds up to one awesome comic.


Better options for barbecue than Jethro’s in Drake neighborhood

Adam Heater Food Critic @damHeater

Do you ever feel like you’re the only person who can see something so obvious, and it’s enough to just make you go insane?

Because I felt that way earlier this week at Jethro’s BBQ, what some people think is a Drake neighborhood staple. I’ll say it, I don’t know why everybody makes a huge deal out of Jethro’s. It’s pretty good food, and the wait staff is good enough. But I just don’t think that everyone is tasting the same food that I am, because the food that I’m eating there should not be anywhere near “world famous” status, something that they boast on about 1,000 signs along the walls. But the one thing that really stands out about Jethro’s to me is the prices. For the quality and the quantity of the food that you’re getting, the prices are just too high. You’d think that they’re

getting their meat right off of Ol’ McDonald’s farm for what they want for a dry burger, or wings that look like they came out of the freezer section at Wal-Mart. If you want good barbecue at prices that actually make sense, there are other options. Smokey D’s BBQ is a short drive away and is immensely higher quality than Jethro’s, even Guy Fieri thought it was worth stopping by. Or even closer to Drake, Woody’s Smoke Shack is a decent walk away from campus, but you actually get real, homemade, authentic tasting BBQ, in my opinion the best in Des Moines, at a fraction of the price that Jethro’s brainwashes people into paying. Jethro’s is just lucky that they have some sort of monopoly on Drake students wanting barbecue

without wanting to walk more than two blocks to get it. Somehow Jethro’s continues to squeeze money out of these poor college students, and then uses money on what I can only assume

would be even more headache inducing decorations, instead of actually trying to make food worth their outrageous prices.

JETHROS is a Drake neighborhood staple, according to most. There are other options for students to get barbecue, according to Adam Heater. FROM JETHROS

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Nov. 09, 2016



You voted, now stay informed Reflecting on all of the hurt this past year

Jake Bullington Digital Editor @JakeBullington

It’s Nov. 9, 2016. I wasn’t quite confident we’d make it to this point. For many of us reading, this was our first time voting in a presidential election. Since this whole newspaper you’re reading was published before most polls even closed, I can’t afford to predict the results in a ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ fashion. But, what I can tell you is this: your vote mattered, even through all the “if (insert candidate here) wins, everything as we know it will fall apart” talk. And depending on what you “know,” that may or may not be the case. I hope that you voted for your city council candidates. I hope that you voted for your state house and senate races. I hope that you considered any ballot initiatives that were up for a vote. Because those things, despite all the hype surrounding the executive branch, will by and large end up affecting your dayto-day life more than President Clinton or President Trump. But your local elected officials will soon begin their newest terms, deciding things like state and local tax policies and whether to keep a local elementary school open. They could influence whether the local factory keeps its jobs in town or ships them

abroad. Your vote mattered because even as this is being printed, Iowa had the possibility of going either way. Your vote mattered because you most likely chose to keep Chuck Grassley in office another six years and David Young another two. These members of Congress will make big decisions that affect all Iowans and the rest of the country. You voted for city council, local judges, ballot measures and for the county sheriff. Again, local government can make decisions on a small scale that can have big implications, no matter where you voted: either here in Polk County or across the country via an absentee ballot. And if you didn’t vote, tough luck. You just put your trust in the decision-making of the masses, something the Founding Fathers weren’t initially keen on. So, where do you go from here? You’ve done your part, you voted. That’s more than what many of the 235 million U.S. citizens of voting age did, which is stay home. Only 58 percent of eligible voters turned out for the presidential election in 2012, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. Now, use your free (yes, that’s correct) online subscription to the Washington Post and the New York Times provided by Drake. Stay informed and know the issues that are coming to the desk of the president. Voting is only half the battle— being an informed and active voice from today forward is what makes you an engaged citizen. And for me: if I’ve learned anything this election and its countless mistruths and flat-out deceptions, it’s that the public and I don’t like being lied to. I hope to see my fellow journalists keep our elected officials, no matter their party affiliation, to their word. Congratulations on making it to Nov. 9. Buckle up. I’ll see you in 2020.

How to move on, heal and help others

Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor @jessiespangler3

We need to stop talking so much and start listening. Stop commenting, stop posting and stop sharing for a few hours and listen to what those around you are saying. This is a struggle for anyone, including me, since I know I share and comment on social media posts a lot. It’s been a rough year. We’ve seen a rise in gun violence and police brutality. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 12,579 people have been killed by gun violence this year so far. We constantly hear about the bombings in Syria and the nightmare that refugees are living in. We saw Brock Turner only spend three months in jail for rape. We saw many hurtful and disgusting comments directed towards women and people of color from a presidential candidate. And on Monday, Drake’s campus saw a picture of notebook paper on the door of two Latina students, saying things like “make the wall” and “repeal the 19th”. Yeah, I’m pretty pissed off about all of these things. Not just at what’s gone down during this election with a certain candidate

but with people who think ignorance and blatant racism and sexism is okay. Many of us are angry, frustrated, upset, the list goes on. It’s time for the U.S. to take one collective deep breath and reevaluate. It’s time to look around and ask, “Is this who we want to be? Is this what we want to display to the world?” We, including me, all want to say something about these things happening because it allows us to make sense of what’s going on. But we need to stop with all the noise. We all keep jumping at the chance to have our voices heard, which isn’t a bad thing at all. We just need to distinguish between when to speak up and when to listen. Being quiet is good sometimes. It’s not showing weakness or cowardice.

Listen to those who are different from you. Listen to the racism people of color have to deal with constantly. Listen to when women talk about the unfair treatment they’ve received, or the ways they’ve been wrongfully objectified. Be there for your friend who is struggling with a mental illness. Support your LGBTQ friends.

It’s about showing respect to someone else who is speaking and it’s about seeing through someone else’s eyes. If we stop listening, we aren’t learning anything. And if we want change, we need people to learn about the different struggles

others face everyday. We need awareness and acceptance. I’ve seen more hateful things online in the past few months than I’ve seen in all of my time on Facebook. Yes, this has a lot to do with the election. But racism, sexism, discrimination, violence and hate crimes are things that happen everyday and will continue to happen unless we help stop it. Listen to those who are different from you. Listen to the racism people of color have to deal with constantly. Listen to when women talk about the unfair treatment they’ve received, or the ways they’ve been wrongfully objectified. Be there for your friend who is struggling with a mental illness. Support your LGBTQ friends. We need to be there for one another. We need to be kind, empathetic and accepting. We have to stop putting our two cents into everything, especially when those comments are offensive and hurtful. Be open-minded when you’re reading or hearing about the burdens others carry. Tell them you are there for them and are willing to listen whenever. Be a friend because you don’t know how much another person might need one. Stop attacking others for having opinions different from you. Stop being scared of change and people who look or act different than you. There’s been a lot of hate going around this past year, but also a lot of love and understanding from people. This election has brought out the best and worst of people, and it won’t end even though the election is over. There’s still a lot of healing to do. And we can start with the people around us and the communities that have been affected the most.


Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries for journalists

Chamindi Wijesinghe Business Manager

147. This is Pakistan’s rank on the World Press Freedom index that judges 180 countries on “indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses.” Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based group that makes the list, stated that “all of the indicators show a deterioration (and) numerous authorities are trying to regain control of their countries, fearing overly open public debate.” While Finland topped the index for another year, Pakistan dropped to 147, 33 spots away from the bottom. The index mirrors Deloire’s concerns about violence rising to silence the challenging voice of independent sources. Moreover, countries where one would expect freedom of press to reign such as the USA and UK ranked at 41 and 38 respectively. It is an open secret among journalists, especially those reporting in foreign nations, that

their work is married to danger. Tapped phones by intelligence agencies, intimidating threats by subtle dictatorships and dealing with the fear of extremists in unstable foreign countries to get stories have, unfortunately, become the norm. This dangerous invasion pattern is a trend in far more countries than ideally acceptable. While there have been attempts by some international media outlets to provide security training to their employees, developing countries are lagging behind. Pakistan is one such case. Throughout its media history, the inconsistency and the strict regime of the military in different periods ran parallel to the lack of press freedom in Pakistan. As a surplus to the threats, violence, and economic pressure that journalists in the country faced legal and constitutional means were used to keep public debate and criticism against authority at bay, jeopardizing the effectiveness of journalism. The Pakistan Press Foundation stated that 79 journalists have been killed on the job since 2002. Unfortunately, it is a danger that is lurking in every corner of the world. Reporters without borders are constantly facing threats directed both at themselves and loved ones, posed by the state and military. Since it is virtually impossible for journalists to operate in a vacuum, reporting unbiased news comes with a price. In 2014, Pakistani media was squeezed under increased political pressure due to the border confrontation. There were outcries from protesters that led to assassination attempts of two

prominent journalists, Raza Rumi and Hamid Mir, and a television network, Mir’s Geo, was harassed by security forces, protesters, and media regulators—simply for attempting to report the truth and not news that is favorable to the government. Media outlets that are financially struggling were sometimes offered monetary relief. Yet, professional honor should not be sacrificed. Sadly, there is a bridge between theory and practicality. Good Pakistani journalists and those of any other nationality are constantly fighting an influx of pressures. Corporations, political figures, sensationalism, advertisers’ demands, governmental abuse of authority, military and intelligence officers unnecessarily obstruct journalistic ethics. Simulating public debate is the only way journalists can launch a snowball effect and encourage individuals to critically think about a situation. Today, moving the mind with freedom and welcoming the unfamiliar is akin to butting heads with a saber-toothed monster. The Official Secrets Act in certain countries gives the government free reign to suppress freedom of speech on matters regarding constitutions, armed forces, the judiciary and religion. On March 2014, more than a dozen attackers ransacked the offices of the Kashmir Daily in Chingari, Pakistan, and beat its editor after the newspaper reported on illegal construction. Taliban militants, local tribe groups and other criminal organizations have subjected journalists operating

in the region to detention, threats, expulsion, and abduction. Though there exists a nexus among media proprietors, investors and advertisers that attempt to define the media’s ability to report without bias, many nations are now seeing resistance to this system: especially Pakistan. It is one of the few Muslim countries where the independent media has been able to claim a small percentage of autonomy to report actual news and not sing praises to governmental faults, sensationalize country issues or ink out conspiracy theories. Instead, they aim at telling the news. The portrayed ethos of truth should not become an X-rated version of suppression. In fact, journalists faced with such atrocities of power abuse in any country know that their lives are in imminent danger and they courageously persevere, resisting the temptation of self-censorship to expose injustice in the world. As Albert Camus famously worded: “A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.” All protesters of truth are justly scared.

The news media is considered the fourth pillar of justice and it is the most powerful entity in the world. In the words of Malcolm X, “they have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” When done correctly, journalists have put their lives on the line for information. Their articles have started revolutions, stopped genocides and brought down governments. Hence, those abusing power and authority resolve to cracking individuals to allow for loopholes in the system and dent the fourth pillar. How can they not be scared? The media as an entity is a dizzyingly strong force.


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Nov. 9, 2016


Rocky Horror Picture Show explores sexual themes Mia Tirado Contributing Writer

It’s that time of year again when Drake Theatre People (DTP) puts on the exhilarating production, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was originally a musical comedy horror film, released in 1975. Ruby Carlson, a Drake musical theater major and director of this year’s production, said that it was meant to be a “spoof on the B-rated horror movies of the 1950s, 1970s.” Drake’s staged version opens with the introduction of a recently engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who become stranded in the middle of nowhere. They find themselves at a mysterious castle that belongs to Frank-N-Furter, a transsexual scientist from “Transsexual Transylvania,” who reveals to them his latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky. The annual production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a recent tradition of Drake Theatre People that started in October 2014. The production attracts students from all over campus, not just to view the production but to participate in it as well. “We like to put (Rocky Horror) on because this show brings people from all over campus to the Fine Arts (Center). The first year we did it was all theatre majors

and then one music education major. This year, maybe half the cast are theatre majors, everyone else is from other disciplines,” Carlson said. “It’s always fun to do it this time of year because it’s topical, and especially this year since they did the Fox remake. It’s a little fresher in people’s minds.” Carlson is not unfamiliar to participating in the Rocky Horror Picture show. The first year DTP put on “Rocky Horror,” she played Columbia and, last year, she was Janet. This year, she decided to take the role of director. “This cast has been so great. They’re just so much fun to work with,” Carlson said. “This group is just so passionate and so into it, and they’ve been loving every moment and they’re willing to do just whatever I throw at them. I would walk into rehearsal and say, ‘Okay guys, we’re going to have an orgy today!’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, great!’ They just go and don’t question it. There are some people in this cast who haven’t done theatre, and for them to be so willing to dive in has been the best experience.” Sophomore Sammie Danovsky is one of the non-theatre majors participating in the show. She is majoring in education and minoring in psychology. “I did this show because I’m friends with a lot of people in the theatre department and they always talk about how much fun it is,” Danovsky said. “I thought I should push my comfort zone and try something new.” Maddie Jones, studying acting, religion, rhetoric, media and social change and musical theatre, played Magenta.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” gave Jones freedom that hasn’t always come with the other productions she has been in. “You have to be so comfortable with being stupid and overly dramatic than you normally are,” Jones said. “I love that it makes me work on my improv. There’s not a lot of direction, which I love because you have to be ready to expect and accept everything that comes your way.” Jake Leiberton, an acting and writing double major with a musical theatre minor, played Frank-N-Furter in this year’s production. “The Rocky Horror

Picture Show” is different than many of the other productions that he has participated in. “It’s a little more sexual,” Leiberton said. “But it’s a unique show in that it’s completely student-run through our club ,Drake Theatre People. Everything from the directing, the choreography, music and, of course, the acting, is all done by students. Also, there’s a huge element of audience participation. The audience gets to do a lot of call-outs, throw stuff and do whatever. It’s really engaging and fun in that way.” Leiberton enjoys the “floor

show” the most in this production. “Later on in the play my character, Frank, ropes all of his visitors, as well as some of the people who already live in his castle, to perform in this floor show that he directs. All of the principal characters come out and do a little solo song and dance number and have their sexual awakenings. It all kind of reaches its climax in one big orgy at the end of it,” Leiberton said. “Everybody gets some solo stage time, and it’s super sensual and fun. I just love it.”

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a musical about a transvestite who makes a muscle man in his lab to use at his digression (bottom photo). There are many scenes where the whole cast is together on stage singing and dancing, one of those being “The Time Warp” number (top photo). PHOTOS BY EMILY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY



Australian journalist speaks to students

‘I Heart Drake’ week promotes appreciation

Alexis Cruz Contributing Writer

The changing nature of journalism was the focus of a discussion between Australian journalist Mary Gearin and Drake University journalism students last Thursday. Gearin began with how the role of journalism is changing. “It used to be one story on a single platform, now it’s multiple,” Gearin said. “It all comes down to planning.” Gearin has had plenty of experience. Recently in her career, she led Australia’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation coverage of major breaking world news events such as the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, the Germanwings disaster and Greece’s 2015 elections. Currently, Gearin is the National Sports Correspondent. “You have to think about how it is really fitting into a world where everyone can be a journalist,” Gearin said. “It is beyond the biggest stories. We kind of have to take a big picture view.”

She also spoke on the medium through which young people get their news and how it has changed since she was young. “Most young people get news from social media,” Gearin said. “We know where they are, but how to get to them is the question.” Gearin contributes across all ABC platforms: TV, radio, online and others. She has had experience in dealing with the issue of how to get the story out there in the right format. “Your generation is expected to hear something new immediately,” Gearin said. “What we have to do is do it well.” A student confirmed this by describing what sources she uses. Kaylah Harrington, a student in the class, said, “I use multiple sources. I’ll watch something online, Facebook or Twitter.” In wrapping up the discussion, Gearin gave advice to the class. Her advice to those wishing to become journalists is simple. “When people ask and you ask yourself why (you do journalism), remember it gives you experiences. that you might otherwise not have,” Gearin said. “(The experience) is worth it even if it’s going to be tough.”

Potted plants to be distributed as symbol of ‘growth’ Anna Jensen Features Editor @annaxjensen

Drake University’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) will be tabling in Helmick Commons Nov. 15-17 for their I Heart Drake Week event. The events are happening this week because Thanksgiving is around the corner and SAA wants students to be thankful for everything Drake University has provided them. The theme this year is growth. The end product will be a potted plant that students can grow over the semester. The plant is intended to stand as a symbol of their growing love for Drake. “As we were brainstorming ideas for the event, we started by thinking of all the things we love about own Drake experiences and one of the main themes we saw was how much we have been challenged, motivated, empowered, and educated by our faculty, staff, administration and peers through various Drake experiences and the immense growth that we’ve experienced because of it,” Vice President of

Philanthropy for Student Alumni Association Krysta Thomason said. If students visit the SAA table in Helmick Commons each day, they will have all the necessities to grow the plant. On Nov. 15, the students will be provided the opportunity to write thank you cards to people on campus, whether it is other students, professors or alumni, who have helped them personally in their college experiences. “We will have free hot chocolate, cookies and forgetme-not seeds that represent the seeds that have been planted in our life,” SAA President Ben Weinberg said. On the following day, students who visit the table are encouraged to share some of their favorite professional experiences at Drake. This can be an organization they joined that helped them figure out their major, a certain class they took or an internship they were a part of. “We will be providing soil and a free cup for students to plant the seeds they received the day before,” Weinberg said. On Nov. 17, students are invited to write five goals they

have for themselves in their remaining time at Drake. “We will be giving out a pack of 5 Gum to any student that writes down five items on their bucket list and describes how Drake will help them achieve that item, the way Drake will make them flourish,” Thomason said. “This could be getting into grad school, getting a job, traveling or meeting their future spouse or best friend.” This is the fifth year SAA is hosting an ‘I Heart Drake’ Week. Growth was an easy topic for the executive board to agree on this year. “In the past we have focused more on the ‘what’ we love about Drake, but this year we are really trying to focus on the ‘why’ we love these things, which is how we found the common theme of growth,” Weinberg said. “With that, we tried to come up with three events that aligned with the growth model and incorporate all of the ‘whats’ but still pushed students to get the underlying ‘why.’” Students can find more information about the week at the

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Nov. 9, 2016



Humans of Drake DAAC educates campus on disabilities The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Ashley Wildman • First-year Drawing and English

Student pursues high school passions at Drake Haley Hodges Staff Writer

Toting either her color guard flag, large drawing portfolio, Captain America shield backpack or a combination of the three, Ashley Wildman has found her place at Drake in the Harmon Fine Arts Center (FAC). “I was in the Drake honor band (in high school) and I was impressed by FAC, really, and I wanted to look more into it,” Wildman said. “And everything I kept finding out made me want to go here more.” Wildman is a first-year from Indianola, Iowa, studying drawing and English. When she’s not in FAC for her art major, she frequents the building as a member of the color guard for the marching band or clarinetist for the symphonic bands. “I like that because (FAC is) so strangely designed, I notice something new every day … I feel like its design kind of represents the people I often encounter that are in the arts—it’s not cookiecutter,” Wildman said. While opinions on FAC’s layout can certainly vary, Wildman finds a certain alluring quality to the arts building. “It doesn’t connote a bad sort of strange, more like a wonderful sort of strange ... There’s this room in the bowels of FAC in the basement called the Movement Room and it’s an entire wall of mirrors and ballet barres along the walls,” Wildman said. “I try to go down there, once a week if not more, to do my barre exercises. I’ve been in dance since I was three so I like to keep up the routine and do some exercise that

way. I put on my pointe shoes and go down there and work out. It reminds me of the Room of Requirement (in Harry Potter) because it’s just kind of tucked away. You wouldn’t notice or even know about it, which is pretty magical.” Outside of FAC, the texts for Wildman’s first-year seminar, Decisions and Revisions taught by Professor Craig Owens, are mainly fictional books, a topic she is interested in. “I’ve always been kind of enchanted with the idea of being a novel editor, specifically novels for young adults would be kind of my dream job,” Wildman said. “Or designing book covers. Both or either.” Art and English can intertwine for Wildman with designing book covers, graphic novels, manga and comic books. “(Comic art) is not quite my style yet, but I appreciate it when I see it,” Wildman said. “I’m still trying to find what my thing is for art and if I even want to have a thing, because that’s kind of limiting as well.” While Wildman said she doesn’t think she has an interest in creating comics herself, her Marvel backpack alone suggests a personal interest in the subject. “I was just going through Pinterest, as you do, when I saw the ad for it and I stopped and I thought, ‘I wonder where you get this bag,’” Wildman said. “I tracked it down and it turns out you can get it at GameStop. What really sold me on it, besides it being Captain America, was it had a laptop compartment, which is what I wanted in a backpack so it’s just perfect. It’s super practical, I can hold so much. It’s like Hermione’s bag, pretty much.”

Molly Adamson Contributing Writer @somecallmemally

“Stepping stools are my life,” first-year Courtney Nelson said. “I have like 10 of them in my dorm room.” Nelson has dwarfism and needs those stools to be able to reach things like bathroom sinks and her lofted bed. Nelson is also a member of the Drake Disablility Action and Awareness Community (DAAC), which came to be an organization on campus last spring. The group’s goal is to create a more inclusive community for students who have disabilities. This past Sunday, Nov. 6, it held a group discussion in Carpenter Hall to do just that. The event invited able-bodied students and disabled students to come together to learn about the different disabilities students have on Drake University’s campus. Students were split into small groups and given a sheet with information and questions about specific disabilities. Students with the organization then met with the groups to talk about their disability and answered any questions the students might have had. Sophomore anthropology/ sociology and writing double major Madeline Cheek went to

the event. “The most surprising thing I learned at this event was how far we still have to go on this campus to provide appropriate accommodations for people who need them,” Cheek said. “I always assumed that it was a fairly smooth and easy process to get accommodations, but I learned that it is a very long and challenging process.” Students with disabilities meet with Student Disabilities Coordinator Michelle Laughlin as neccesary to make sure that their specific accommodations are met so that they can make the most out of their college experience. These accommodations differ widely, but many students take extra time to take exams or require special equipment in order to achieve academically. Senior politics and sociology double major Jackie Heymann is one of DAAC’s founding members. She has a learning disability that affects her life at Drake. She explained why this event was so important to her. “On our campus, just in general, there is very little discussion about difference,” Heymann said. “Everyone just kind of goes about their daily life. And students might just be struggling on their own without ever engaging in a discussion with others that also have disabilities and accommodations. For folks who don’t have a disability, it’s important for them to realize

that there are students who do have accommodations and don’t go about their normal life. Having conversations like this opens up an opportunity for students to think about how their fellow students go about their day. There’s no wrong way of doing something, and everyone kind of has to make their own accommodations.” Annika Grassl, a senior law, politics and society and public relations double major, is the president of the organization. Grassl has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, which affects her daily life on campus. She often has to pick the best route to get to her classes so that she doesn’t exhaust herself. As the president of DAAC, she is all about getting the word out about the reality of life with a disability. “It’s important because you need to be aware (of) how your actions affect others and how your viewpoints are perceived by the general public,” Grassl said. Grassl has high hopes for the organization after she leaves. “I’m very confident that the organization will continue even after I leave,” Grassl said. “I’m so proud of the younger members who are stepping up in leadership roles and they have really bright ideas on where they want the organization to go.”







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Indie-rock singer to perform at Des Moines Social Club Anna Jensen Features Editor @annaxjensen

BRETT NEWSKI’S new album was released on Nov. 1. He wanted the aesthetic of the record to sound like it was produced by an up-and-coming band recording in its garage. COURESTY OF GARY STRACK

Indie rock singer-songwriter Brett Newski released the album, “Land, Sea, Air, Garage” on Nov. 1 and will be performing at the Des Moines Social Club Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The show will take place at The Basement. Tickets will be $10 at the door and $7 if ordered in advance. Newski’s songs in his newest album describe his life thus far, which he describes as diving facefirst into the world with no safety net to catch him. He lives one day at a time. He has toured four continents in his five years of touring, spent some time living in Asia and has often gone from town to town with no place to sleep, sometimes ending his busy day with some shut-eye in his car. Newski described his music as having an interesting aesthetic. His voice has been paired with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner in terms of sound and style, but Newski finds it fresh and unique. “I wasn’t very good at singing and suddenly I just figured my voice out,” Newski said. “My music is hi-fi DIY.” The chorus of his new song “D.I.Y.” accurately describes his lifestyle—“I’m D.I.Y. / I’m punk as f*ck / Don’t need your money / I don’t want your love.” Newski’s inspiration often comes from his mood and his caffeine intake and less from where he is located in the world, despite his love of traveling.

He describes himself as a nomad who loves to write songs. During his time in Asia, he wrote more because of the cheaper cost of living. “Everything about Asia is the opposite of the US,” Newski said. “The place reminded me of a really cool, off-kilter Lego world.” He began touring when he was 25. He’s 29 now. His first tour outside the country was South Africa and, in his four years of touring, it is still his favorite place he has been. For part of his artistic career, Newski had been in a band called The Nod, but prefers to be a solo artist, calling himself the “one man garage band.” “Touring alone allows me to travel full time and be given pure freedom,” Newski said. “It also has less baggage like all the stress and anxiety.” Newski was a McDonald’s employee who wanted to try out for the NBA. When that didn’t work out, he played many smallscale gigs until things fell into place and he began touring. He drives around in his beloved car and, during his 2015 European tour, he began documenting his life on tour through a YouTube series called “Crusty Adventures.” Newski’s eccentric lifestyle and personality is showcased in his music. In 2017, he hopes to tour around the world again but this time, including gigs in weird places, like in the middle of a forest or in a barn. Newski’s life is a constant adventure which he chooses to document and share with the world through lyrics and videos.


‘What is Islam’ aims to expel myths of Muslim people Haley Hodges Staff Writer

Drake University’s newly formed Arabic Club held its first open event on Nov. 7. The club hosted the “What is Islam?” advertised as a dialogue with Imam Yunis and Brother Jamal from the Islamic Cultural Center of Des Moines. Three other brothers from the Islamic Cultural Center also attended the conversation, though much of the focus was on the Imam and Brother Jamal’s stories. The Arabic Club hoped the event would be a conversation open to any Drake students interested to learn and ask questions about Islam. About a dozen people

attended, many from the Arabic Club. Students were welcome to ask questions during the event or stay and talk with the brothers after. Many free materials about Islam were made available to anyone who was interested. “The men from the mosque really want to hear students’ questions and be able to dispel any myths that people believe or clarify anything that people don’t understand,” Arabic Club president, Kelanie Crosswait said. Crosswait said she became the president and founder of Arabic Club after her Arabic professor, Esam Boarey, recommended it. “I really think it’s important to spread the truth of Islam,” Crosswait said. “Even at Drake, which I think is a pretty liberal campus, I’ve heard some really nasty rhetoric here. I think it’s important for Drake students to have opportunities to expose

themselves to the truth of the religion and not just to listen to what the media wants them to believe or to listen to comments that people who are uneducated have made about the religion. I want to provide an opportunity for the Imam and Brother Jamal to speak to Drake students and have this open dialogue.” The dialogue began with brief introductions to the speakers and an explanation of what Islam is. The Imam talked about the faith and principles of the religion and asked members of the audience to explain what they thought Islam is. Brother Jamal, said he had been a part of the mosque since 1980, discussed going on the Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy land to Mecca. The conversation then opened up to questions from the audience which ranged from beliefs within Islam to current political issues.

“We went to the Islamic Cultural Center of Des Moines and that was our first big event,” Crosswait said. “… That’s where we made the connection with the Iman and then one of the other members of the mosque … They wanted to do it before election day, just in case some people had some of those what-if questions with who’s going to win this election.” The dialogue was taken as a way for students to learn and ask about Islam in any form and welcomed any questions and comments. “We want to start a series of discussions about Islamophobia and we believe that the best way to begin this dialogue is to first have a discussion about what Islam is in today’s society, like how many people practice it, what kind of laws there are against practicing it in public places and how people find ways to fit Islam into their

everyday life,” said sophomore Isabelle Barrett, the Arabic Club treasuer. “Some people have said that Islam and democracy don’t mix and obviously that’s not the case because we have lots of Muslims in the United States who are still very involved citizens.” Arabic Club plans to provide more events like “What is Islam?” in the future for more students to attend and learn more about different cultures. “We’re going to have some more of these panels talking about Islam as a religion and about its role in today’s society,” Barrett said. While regular meetings for Arabic Club involve students taking Arabic classes to seek help in learning the language, Barrett said the events the club hopes to put on in the future can be expected to be similar to Monday’s talk.

ARABIC CLUB hosted their first event, bringing in speakers who discussed their Islamic culture. The event helped students broaden their understanding of culture. PHOTO BY HALEY HODGES | STAFF WRITER

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DRAKE’s DEFENSIVE LINE prepares for a play against McKendree State on Sept. 21. The Bulldogs defense landed the ball in the hands of Drake offense with a huge fourth quarter three and out, with a little over two minutes left of play in last Saturday’s game against Jacksonville. PHOTO BY KATIE KURKA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

FRESHMAN LIBERO Courtney Morehead serves the ball. Morehead has played in 17 matches and started once. (Bottom) Sophomore outside hitter Kyla Inderski goes in for a kill in the Bulldogs match against Indiana State on Oct. 31. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER| STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bulldogs overcome 10-point, fourthquarter deficit with final-minute TD Adam Rogan Managing Editor @adam_rogan Behind 24-27 on fourth and 16 with less than two minutes remaining, Drake Football (5-4, 4-2 PFL) seemed a long shot to come back on the road against the Jacksonville University Dolphins (4-4, 3-2 PFL). Junior quarterback Grant Kraemer connected with sophomore wide receiver Steven Doran for a 26-yard completion to give the Bulldogs a new set of downs in Jacksonville territory. Two plays later, Kraemer found Doran again for another first down that moved the ball into the red zone. On the next snap, Doran got open in the end zone and Kraemer delivered the touchdown pass to give Drake the lead with only 16 seconds left on the clock. The Drake defense allowed the Dolphins into their attacking half, but the clock ran out and the Bulldogs picked up their fifth win of the season, 31-27. After Jacksonville had scored its second touchdown of the fourth quarter to take a 10-point lead with 6:37 remaining, the pressure fell on Drake’s offense. Eight plays and 73 yards later, Kraemer had his second touchdown of the day on his second completion to redshirtsenior tight end Eric Saubert. When the Dolphins retook possession, they simply needed

to run out the 4:39 left to seal their would-be victory. Two run plays brought a third and one. Jacksonville went to the ground again, but fifth-year seniors Michael Roane and Caz Zyks plugged the running lane and forced a punt. Drake retook possession at its own 21-yard line with two timeouts and 2:21 remaining. Two first down rushes by running back Conley Wilkins helped move the ball to midfield, but an incomplete pass and an 11-yard sack nearly put the game out of reach. But that’s when Kraemer hit Doran for the 26-yard completion to keep the drive and Drake’s hopes alive, soon followed by the gamewinning TD. On the final drive, Kraemer went 5-for-6 for 74 yards, a nearperfect finish to a game he’d been struggling in. Entering the fourth quarter, Kraemer only had one touchdown, three picks and less than 100 passing yards. He finished the game 15 for 29 for 208 yards with three TDs, three INTs and 19 yards gained on the ground. Wilkins’ performance isn’t to be overlooked either. On 28 runs, the senior picked up 195 yards, was only stopped in the backfield once and scored a touchdown in the third quarter. He set up the TD on his own when he completed a 35-yard pass on a trick play to senior wide receiver Grant Menard who had 142 receiving yards on the day, a career high. The Bulldogs greatly benefited from Menard’s big day, since

Saubert, Drake’s leader in receiving touchdowns (7), yards (588) and catches (48), only had two receptions; albeit, both of them were in the end zone. Doran also had a breakout game. After redshirting last year, he only had two career catches for 20 yards entering Saturday. Doran wasn’t even targeted until the fourth quarter, but had four of Kraemer’s five completions on the final drive for 60 yards. All three of Kraemer’s interceptions came in the first half on consecutive possessions. Drake’s defense stepped up in response, only allowing six points on the ensuing drives. Senior linebackers Zyks, Mike Maize and Rory Driscoll each finished in the double-digits for tackles to lead the Bulldog D. Senior lineman Tanner Evans delivered what was probably his best collegiate performance, contributing a sack to go along with career highs in tackles (9) and tackles for a loss (3). “Our defense was awesome, because we had three turnovers in the first-half and put them out on the field a lot,” head coach Rick Fox told Drake Athletics. “They stepped up and made plays.” Drake will play its final home game of the season this Saturday when they host the Butler University Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Cross-country looks to regionals Next weekend the Drake University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will travel to the University of Iowa to compete in the NCAA Regional Meet. The men will race a 10k and the women will race a 6k, which are the same distances the national meet will be raced in. On the men’s side, senior Reed Fischer will be looking to qualify for the Nationals as an individual by being a top-four finisher among the runners whose teams do not advance to nationals. Fischer’s teammates have been running well all season and are looking to finish strong at the regional meet. During the regular season they race 8ks and move up to a 10k for the NCAA Regional and National Championship meets. This new distance can be quite a jump, especially for younger guys, so the men are focused on

performing well at the longer distance. On the women’s side, after coming off of a disappointing finish at the MVC Championships, the team is looking forward to the regional meet. The women are excited to use this race as an opportunity to beat MVC opponents that defeated them last weekend. The team is full of young developing runners who, despite a lack of experience, are full of talent and should expect to perform well at the regional meet. The biggest obstacle standing in the way of this team is not a physical advantage of the other teams, but a mental one. The women have been focusing on approaching the regional meet with a new mindset and are ready to end the season on a high note. The NCAA regional meet next weekend is full of opportunities.

Fischer hopes to qualify for nationals, the men hope to finish with a strong 10k, and the women look to rally back after MVC and have some good races at regionals. Be sure to check out next week’s article to see how your Drake Bulldogs perform.

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Drake falls to UNI Joseph Miller Staff Writer @josephmiller3 The Drake volleyball team traveled to Cedar Falls this weekend to take on the University of Northern Iowa, losing to the no. 4 ranked Panthers in three sets. The Bulldogs fell in the sweep by scores of 16-25, 20-25, and 13-25. Drake jumped out to an early lead in set one and looked to have a handle on the game, but quickly cooled off. The Panthers ran away with the game a few times only to have the Bulldogs claw their way back in. A 6-0 run from Northern Iowa late in the set did the Bulldogs in, and they would eventually lose the set 25-16. Roles flipped in set two, with Northern Iowa gaining an early 5-1 advantage and the Bulldogs charging back to tie the game at 9 apiece. The momentum once again swung in the Panthers favor, as an 8-0 run put the game out of reach for Drake despite a scrappy comeback attempt towards the end of the set. The Bulldogs lost the set by a score of 25-20. Any chance at a comeback was squashed early in set three, as yet another impressive 8-0 UNI run gave the Panthers a 12-3 advantage. Despite a back and forth for the rest of the set, the Panther

lead proved too difficult to overcome for the Bulldogs, and they dropped the set by a score of 25-13. Although a loss in the books, it did not come without some solid individual performances by a number of Drake players. Junior outside hitter Odessa Cody led the charge for the Bulldog squad, racking up 11 kills and three blocks, leading the team in both categories. Junior middle blocker Kameo Pope and Freshman libero Courtney Moorehead both picked up an ace, while a defensively slow night ended with only four blocks for both teams. Senior setters Chandelle Davidson and Paige Aspinwall once again turned in impressive assist numbers, with Davidson picking up 16 and Aspinwall adding eight more. The Bulldogs were outpaced offensively, as UNI out-killed Drake 45-28. The game also marked a milestone in a particular Bulldog’s career, as Senior libero Michelle Thommi got her 1,500th dig. Thommi’s game-high 22 dig performance aided her in becoming only the third Drake player in history to accomplish such a feat. The Bulldog’s will look to improve their 14-14 record as they return to the Knapp Center for more conference action. They are scheduled to face Bradley at 5 p.m. on Friday and Loyola at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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SOPHOMORE FORWARD (top) Billy Wampler plays defense last Saturday. Wampler led the team in scoring with 22 points in the game. (Right) Junior Guard De’Antae McMurray pulls up for a shot from 3-point land. McMurray went 2-6 for 3-pointers in last Saturday’s game against Concordia. PHOTO BY KATIE KURKA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Drake wins exhibition over Concordia Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor @mattgogo Drake Men’s Basketball got a taste of what was in store for it’s season in an exhibition match this past weekend against Concordia University. The Bulldogs came away with a win over the Golden Bears, 81-75. The Bulldogs were unrelenting in a game that featured six lead changes and seven ties. Junior guard Reed Timmer got out to a good start, for his first game with the Bulldogs this season he added 20 points to the game. Timmer led Drake in scoring last year and was third in the Missouri Valley Conference, averaging 16.8 points per game. The Bulldogs had a turbulent season last year, finishing 7-24 overall with one losing streaks that lasted nine games. But, with younger players looking to fill bigger roles and the departure of guard Karl Madison, Drake’s dynamic has been tampered with. With the addition of transfer students, junior guard De’ Antae

McMurray and junior forward T.J. Thomas, the Bulldogs seem to have filled the void left by Madison. McMurray got on the board with nine points of his own, while Thomas added eight. Sophomore forward Billy Wampler added 22 points against concordia. After averaging 3.8 points per game last season it would seem that Wampler may be called upon to do more damage from the field this upcoming season. “Defensively, we need to be better, but take nothing away from Concordia-St. Paul,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti at the press conference. “We had to make some adjustments and T.J. Thomas did a good job switching those ball screens for us.” The first half was a one sided show for the Bulldogs who led by as much as 12. At the end of the firsthalf the Bulldogs led by five. Concordia tied it up in the first minute of the game, but a quick three point shot by Wampler put the Bulldogs back in the lead. The Golden Bears led in the second half by as much as four with eight minutes left in the game, but it would be short lived.

A pair of free throws by sophomore forward Nick McGlynn and a layup by Timmer tied it back up at 65-65 with seven minutes left of play. Thereafter, the Golden Bears were unable to tie it up again. The Bulldogs would go on to lead by as much as seven and eventually finished the game with a six point lead. The Bulldogs shot 81.8 percent from the free-throw line on 33 attempts and shot 25 percent from three-point range. “We got a lot out of this and I’m glad it went down the way it did,” Giacoletti added at the press conference. “We needed to be able to function and play in a close basketball game. We made four out of five stops to end the game and stepped up and made our free throws. Those are the things that will help us down the road.” Regular season play opens up on Nov. 11 for the Bulldogs against South Dakota State at the Knapp Center.


Bulldogs still alive

Faces Evansville next Adam Rogan Managing Editor @adam_rogan

Freshman Antonio Sanchez had no Bradley defenders in front of him in the final minute of yesterday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament play-in game after stealing the pass from a defender. With only the goalie to beat, Sanchez was tripped up by the keeper. The goalkeeper, senior Logan Ketterer, was given a red card and replaced for a penalty kick. Drake senior Mueng Sunday coolly put the PK past the freshman substitute to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead with 25 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs won the match and advanced into the quarterfinal round, a match scheduled for 3 p.m. the next day, Nov. 9, against the Evansville Purple Aces. Drake took the lead 26 minutes into the match. Redshirt-senior Ben LeMay drew a foul just above the penalty arc. Four Bulldogs lined up for the free kick from 28 yards out. After senior James Wypych faked a shot, senior defender James Pendrigh fired a bullet around the wall that curled mere inches inside of the right post, out of Ketterer’s reach. It was Pendrigh’s first goal in Drake blue and the first in his career, after transferring from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay before this season. With the lead in hand, the Bulldogs’ scheme shifted. Their defense became more organized, essentially playing with six defenders as opposed to the traditional four. This helped prevent shots on goal on free and bouncing balls played into the defensive box. Redshirt-senior Darrin MacLeod only needed to make two saves in the shutout, both of them in the first half. Drake did get lucky at a couple points when Braves squandered chances on goal. When the

match was still tied 0-0, Bradley Sophomore Alex mishandled a cross that MacLeod had tipped and sent his short-range shot out of bounds. Bradley freshman Suad Suljic had a chance in the 60th minute, but the cross was played behind him and Suljic sent the attempted header over the crossbar. That was one of only two shots for Bradley in the second half, as the Bulldogs dominated possession with an attack led by sophomore Nic Jaimes who finished the match with two shots. All three of Drake’s 2016 conference wins have come against the Bradley. The Bulldogs will look to turn that around against Evansville and advance to the semifinal match two days later. Last season, the Bulldogs won the MVC Tournament and advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. This year, however, they face more of an uphill battle. The championship match would be their fourth game in five days. They also entered the tournament ranked sixth in the MVC. Last year, they came in seeded third. The one time Drake faced Evansville this season was on Oct. 22 in Des Moines. The Bulldogs lost that match a 4-3 scoring frenzy. The MVC Tournament is being broadcast on Links to watch the live stream of Drake’s matches can be found on

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SENIOR GUARD (top) Caitlin Ingle takes the ball into a Drake offensive possession. Ingle scored 18 points throughout the exhibition games last weekend. (Bottom) Senior forward Lizzy Wendell goes for a shot in the paint. Wendell added 47 points to the Bulldog victories last weekend. She had a .466 field-goal percentage last season. PHOTOS BY KATIE KURKA |STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bulldogs warm up in exhibition matches with two wins Joseph Miller Staff Writer @josephmiller3

The Drake women’s basketball team began competitive play last week, playing exhibition matches against Winona State and MidAmerica Nazarene University. Drake finished the week undefeated, delivering a 7463 win against Winona State, and a decisive victory against MNU 106-62. Winona State looked to be a worthy opponent of the Bulldogs and proved it by opening the game with an 11-4 run. Drake started off the game cold, missing their first eight three-pointers. A triple from junior guard Paige Greiner ended the cold streak and sparked a Bulldog rally that would bring them right back into the game. The Bulldogs finished off the quarter trailing by just one, 2019. Drake’s dynamic offensive began to come alive during the second quarter, as they would outscore the Warriors 24-12 in the frame. Drake found their touch shooting and began the quarter on a 13-2 run. They rode the momentum to a 10-point halftime lead. The Bulldog’s did not let halftime slow down the scoring machine, jumping out to a 17 point lead thanks to an early 9-2 run to open up the half. Drake kept the deficit at double digits for the rest of the quarter, pushing the lead to as much as 20. The Bulldogs began to play on the defensive in the final frame to protect their lead. After only allowing 12 points in the final quarter, Drake cruised to a convincing 74-63 win. Senior forward Lizzy Wendell led the Bulldog offense with a 22 point performance, followed closely by sophomore forward Sara Rhine who added 15. Wendell went an impressive 50 percent from the floor, although she lost the touch from beyond the arc, only making 2 of 10. The Bulldogs put up 48 threeballs but only converted on 25 percent of them. Rhine dished out eight of the Bulldogs 21 assists, leading the squad in that category. Drake dominated inside the

paint, outscoring Winona State 28-18 in the paint. The Warriors did, however, lead the Bulldogs in fastbreak points, second-chance points and bench points. The Bulldogs took the momentum from their first win and rode into their next matchup against MNU. Drake began the game with two quick 3-pointers from sophomore guard Nicole Miller and Wendell, and the score didn’t slow down from there. Drake would finish the first quarter with an eight point lead, then push it to 14 at the halftime break. The Bulldogs continued to utilize their offense, scoring 50 points in the half and finishing with a 49 percent field goal percentage. A 13-0 run early in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for MNU. The Bulldogs would outscore their opponent 33-10 in the third quarter, dominating the game at both ends. Drake widened the margin even further, pushing it to 48 at one time in the fourth quarter, and coasted to an easy 106-62 win. The Bulldog offense was the big story in the game, as all five Drake starters finished in the double figures, led in scoring by Wendell with 25 and Rhine with 20. Senior gaurd Caitlin Ingle had 13 assits, leading the team in that category. Drake’s high-powered offense shot with a hot hand, posting a 52 percent field goal percentage. The Bulldog’s transition game started to take shape. They scored 20 points off of turnovers, and had 20 fast break points. In addition to the fast-paced play, Drake also grinded out 54 points in the paint. Drake also put up a phenomenal performance on the boards, pulling in 56 rebounds to MNU’s 24, a 32 rebound deficit. Sophomore guard Sammie Bachrodt led the Bulldogs in rebounds with 11. Drake will look to keep up that success in the regular season, which opens with a game against North Dakota State University on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Knapp Center.

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