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Sophomore Bayo Phillips stretches for the ball during Sunday’s match against Cornell University. Although Phillips has struggled in singles this season (4-9), he’s performed well in doubles (11-9). PHOTO BY MOHAMAD SUHAIMI| STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 135 | No. 15 | Wed. March 09, 2016

Debating diversity’s CAMPUS NEWS



Student Senate disputes appointment of senator Beth LeValley Staff Writer @bethlevalley

Student Senate debated for an hour and 15 minutes on whether or not the UNITY Roundtable should be able to appoint a senator. The UNITY Roundtable is a collaboration of student leaders from advocacy, religious and multicultural organizations that aims to improve inclusion opportunities through open dialogues and programs at Drake University. The roundtable was not informed of the decision to change the Equity and Inclusion Senators to two at-Large positions. In the past, one diversity interest senator was elected by an at-large position, and the other diversity interest senator was appointed by members of UNITY Roundtable. The appointed Equity and Inclusion Senator would be the only senator appointed by a group rather than elected from an at-large election. Changing the name from Diversity Interest Senator to Equity and Inclusion Senator was not an issue, but the changed voting procedure was widely debated. Kenia Calderon, one representative from UNITY Roundtable, spoke to senate about this change. “My issue is that when it comes to voting, I don’t think our student body is voting with the

mentality of, ‘I want to vote for someone that best represents La Fuerza Latina or CBS,’” Calderon said. “I feel like minorities and everyone that’s in UNITY Roundtable, that’s the attitude that we have for these positions. Even though we’re not a large group of people deciding who to have a voice around this table, it’s still extremely important that we have that power to decide who is going to work for senate.” The small change in electing this position brought about a much bigger picture discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion at Drake University. “I think the consensus that undoubtedly and undeniably is that UNITY Roundtable cannot lose its voice around the table under any circumstances whatsoever,” Treasurer Trevor Matusik said. “Now, the issue arises when … including the senator that is appointed by UNITY Roundtable itself goes directly against our oath in saying that we will not cater to the interests of any organization.” President Kevin Maisto also argued for electing both senators as at-large positions but for different reasons. “The people that were elected to the position at-large… are very passionate individuals and were dedicated to what they were doing,” Maisto said. “To say that this would be lost at an at-large position would be devaluing the previous four people that I know of.” Sen. Russell White believes that since minorities need more of a voice on campus, electing a senator from UNITY Roundtable

would be the best representation of that voice. “These organizations represent cultural minorities, ethnic minorities and religious minorities, so considering that, it’s not just one minority issue,” White said. “(The appointment process is) giving those minorities a little extra voice to put around the table. I think that’s incredibly important if we’re going to be serious towards our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity.” White also mentioned the history of the original process. “So far, (the appointee process) seems just fine. I don’t think we should fix something that isn’t inherently broken,” White said. Sen. Olivia O’Hea directly disagreed with White, saying that the election process is the inherent issue that needs to be changed. “Anecdotally, I saw last year so many fantastic candidates run for diversity interest senator and wished that we had more than one position elected,” O’Hea said. “I don’t see why having two elected positions would necessarily mitigate a candidate’s commitment to this position.” O’Hea also compared UNITY Roundtable’s appointment system to the Residence Hall Association and the Community Action Board, both of which are not allowed to have a representative on Student Senate. She said she wanted every election process to be reflective of the rest of the senate table. Calderon spoke about the issue at hand. “I’m not even going to

apologize, I’m going to make this about race,” Calderon said. “I do not think that a white student knows what I need as a Latina.” Calderon said that she is irritated when senate refers to UNITY Roundtable as a small group of students because the members of UNITY Roundtable represent organizations with 20 or 30 more members each. Since senate was mostly discussing the procedures of how the senator would be elected, Jackie Heymann, another representative from UNITY, suggested a compromise between senate and UNITY Roundtable. “We can create voting procedures on how UNITY Roundtable elects the Senator … I would be happy to help out with that,” Heymann said. Senate ultimately decided to keep the structure as it currently stands, which means electing one Equity and Inclusion Senator atLarge and appointing another Equity and Inclusion Senator from UNITY Roundtable. Senators Matusik, Jared Freemon, O’Hea and Kerstin Donat voted against this motion. No matter the conclusion of the decision, Associate Dean of Students Jerry Parker was pleased by the conversation around the table. “I’m very proud to see to have been in the room tonight to observe the discussion,” Parker said. “Again, no matter where you stood on it, you guys actually spoke about something that is extremely important to this campus community.”

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Students sign pledge to end use of ‘r-word’ Katherine Bauer Beat Writer @bauer_katherine A national campaign is working to end the use of a single word because they believe it disrespects the group the word represents. National Spread the Word to End the Word Day was March 2, and Drake Best Buddies campaigned the whole week to educate students to not use the r-word. After educating students on why Best Buddies thinks this word is wrong, they were able to sign a pledge. “We’ve gotten way more signatures than we thought we were going to get for this,” firstyear Darbee Farley said. “People are really passionate about this.” According to, the campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the r-word to create a more accepting communities for all people. Farley and sophomore Rebecca Rezac were the coordinators for the campaign this year on Drake’s campus. Students completely surpassed their expectations. “The first day, we had this huge poster that we were so excited about,” Farley said. “We filled it up the first day (with signatures). So we’ve been having other posters that we’ve had to make basically every day.” Rezac said that it’s easy for people to get involved with this campaign. The commitment is mostly to oneself to stop saying a word with many negative connotations. “Using a word that has been used in the past to categorize a group of people and using it in such a negative fashion and using it to be derogatory and using it to tear people down, just that association is why it’s offensive to people,” Rezac said. Best Buddies’ mission is to create one-on-one friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without. It is a program often found in high schools. On campus, tables outside Hubbell and in the Olmsted Breezeway offered students the opportunity to pledge against using the r-word. “(The r-word) used to be the proper term for people with disabilities,” Drake Best Buddies President Lara Cox said. “But people kind of turned it into a negative thing and started using it as a substitute for stupid or dumb.” This effort is one everyone needs to get involved with, Cox said, not just those involved with people with disabilities. “I think as long as people can understand, then they can start being an advocate to not using it and for people with disabilities,” Cox said.


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Promoting the message: ‘For the child’ Drake CASA holds first meeting to spread club’s message

Jenny DeVries Staff Writer Drake CASA hosted its first informational meeting for students wanting to learn more about helping abused and neglected children. According to their website, court-appointed special advocates or CASAs are representatives who work with state and local programs as volunteer advocates to ensure abused or neglected children in the U.S. can have a safe, permanent home. “We need help,” said Drake CASA’s advisor Claire Gee. “We need better marketing

strategies, but we really need more CASAs.” There are 1,500 children in Iowa’s system, and a CASA representative is present in only five percent of cases, according to Gee. Gee and Drake CASA members Natalie Deerr and Alex Klein hosted the meeting to raise awareness about CASA’s goals and to spread the message about the organization on campus. A CASA representative is assigned to a case by the presiding judge. The CASA gets to know everyone involved in the kids’ lives and provide an impartial perspective on their behalf. “Our priority is to help the parents so we can return the kids to their care,” Gee said. “But if we

can’t help the parents, we have to find the most stable replacement as soon as possible.” In Polk County, the majority of cases are neglect because of drug abuse, Gee explained. A lot is expected of the parents in order to make sure they can regain custody. Every three months, there is a court hearing during which the judge is updated on the case. Between the hearings, CASAs attend family team meetings where the group assesses what progress has been made and what needs to improve. It is also court-mandated that CASAs see the kids once a month and interact with the children face-to-face. As Deerr notes, the constant

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check-ins are stressful for the parents, and they present significant resistance to the process. “There’s a lot of resistance to getting involved with some of the services or the workers who come in and observe,” Deerr said. “From the visits, parents question why someone is in their home telling them how to do their job.” Gee, a CASA and a parent, understands the stress. “I think that resistance comes from fear because the state is an awful parent,” Gee said. “The structure is not pleasant, and there’s pressure coming from a lot of different places.” The pressures include court-mandated treatment for substance abuse, considered “extremely intensive” by Deerr. Parents must also attend a specific number of meetings a week, see treatment counselors, find a job and find time to be with their kids. For Klein, trusting the system to do its job and the CASAs to help the process along is crucial for the success of the case. “The sooner parents engage in services, the sooner the situation improves,” Klein said. 85 percent of kids in these cases don’t have a CASA, which is why CASAs are adequately trained to improve the situation. A major change to the program in Polk County is the recently instituted Trauma Informed Care (TI), which is a training program designed to help babies and infants. “Some people might think babies are clueless in these situations,” Gee said. “But every

move you make changes their brain chemistry, and if they’re missing key parental interaction, it affects them in the future.” Gee also pointed out that the system creates a cycle of abuse, so efforts made for all CASAs to be trauma-informed are so that there is not another generation of trauma. The training is also important in helping CASAs navigate complex cases that might not have been addressed in the original training. “You’re trained to act as a participant observer not actively taking over someone’s role but a reporter,” Klein said. “The TI is helpful, and the overall training is a rewarding experience.” Klein was able to enjoy the rewarding experience through the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority on campus and her job. For Deerr, the reason is personal. “My siblings are adopted, and looking at their case, I wonder if they wouldn’t have jumped from home to home if they’d had a CASA,” Deerr said. “I first heard about CASA through my job, but I’ve always had a passion for all things children’s rights, and helping kids like my siblings.” If the concept of a CASA is intimidating for students, Gee encourages any kind of involvement. “Volunteer to support CASA through social media, or support Drake CASAs events,” Gee said. “Anything you can do will make a difference.” For students who want to learn more, visit, or attend the next CASA meeting on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the Olmsted Mezzanine. Kappa Alpha Theta will also be hosting an informational event, Cupcakes for CASA, encouraging students to share a photo on social media in exchange for a cupcake. The event will be on March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Olmsted Breezeway.


‘Spread the word to end the word’

‘R-word’ pledge encourages inclusivity CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 At Drake, students are paired with intellectually or mentally disabled people from group homes or agencies such as Easter Seals. Best Buddies hosts events once a month while full-time buddy students meet more with their buddy. To some members of Best Buddies, ending the r-word is personal. Sophomore law, politics and society and public relations

double major Tess Nissen has been around a person with a mental disability her whole life: her aunt. She has been a full-time buddy for two years. She said she is personally hurt when she hears someone use the r-word. “When I think of someone calling my aunt or my buddy that, it doesn’t make any sense to me, because they’re so much more than their disability,” Nissen said. “I think the person comes before the disability, so I prefer to say a person with a disability or people

with disabilities.” Sophomore Isaac Landers has been a part of Best Buddies for two years and is the current treasurer. “A lot of what we do revolves around things that (my buddy) enjoys,” Landers said, “But then I also try to get him to try new things and go to different places. There’s some give and take.” While it may be difficult to gauge the success of a campaign like Spread the Word to End the Word, Landers said he has

noticed a difference over the years. “I think that since when I was younger, when I was in elementary school, the use of the r-word has drastically gone down compared to now,” Landers said. “You hardly ever hear people use that word and even when people do, other people look at them like, ‘you shouldn’t use that.’ So I think the r-word campaign has definitely been doing its job.” Best Buddies is partnering with SAB to host actress Lauren

Potter, known for her role as Becky the cheerleader in “Glee”, who has Down Syndrome. Potter will host a presentation on March 23 at 7 p.m. on Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted. “We want people to see that people with disabilities, they’re more than just that,” Nissen said. “She hasn’t let her disability disable her. And I see that, too, with my buddy. The message is that we’re not really all that different.”


Combining social rights, social justice, human rights

Reproductive justice speakers teach more than pro-choice plan Lauren Velasco Staff Writer @LaurenVelasco7

Historian Rickie Solinger and activist Loretta Ross discussed reproductive justice with faculty and students at Pomerantz Stage on Wednesday night. The law, politics and society and women and gender studies programs coordinated the presentation. The two programs invited Solinger and Ross to start

a conversation among students. Solinger and Ross are collaborating to create a series about reproductive justice. Ross said their different backgrounds and techniques make them a good team. “I’m the careful, meticulous scholar and she’s the brash activist,” Solinger said. “Loretta and I have been working for a year on finding ways to speak in our own voices and speak in a voice, which is consistent across our differences as well as distinct.” Their collaboration is a part of a bigger movement that combines

many concepts of human rights. “We decided to splice together social rights and embedded it in a social justice framework, and we came up with the term reproductive justice,” Ross aid. Ross said that reproductive justice has evolved over time, and that she and Solinger are continuously reshaping the definition and are working on including what is important to women and reproductive rights. “We added a third tent and that is we have the human right to raise our children to safely live in America,” Ross said. “The

right to have a kid, the right to not have a kid, and the right to raise a kid. Those are all components of reproductive justice.” Solinger and Ross are also working to distinguish the reproductive rights movement and not make it about one issue for women. “A lot of people imagine that reproductive justice was created to push the pro-choice framework … and that is absolutely not true,” Ross said. Working cohesively and with other people who feel strongly about the movement, Ross and

Solinger hope to spread the message of reproductive justice across many different genders, races and backgrounds. “I think it’s important for people to talk about this, because society is changing and the classical role for women to be in the home having kids is changing to many different things, which may not include having kids, and people can’t wrap their heads around that,” first-year student Claire Franksen said. “So having these conversations is helping people become more comfortable (with) the idea of it.”

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Roundtable confronts trigger warnings in classrooms Jessie Spangler Assistant Relays Editor @jessiespangler3

An advocate from Crisis Intervention Services and Student Violence Intervention Partners and staff met at a roundtable called “Feminist Perspectives on Trigger Warnings and Academic Freedom.” The event, on Friday, was in Howard Hall and allowed for students and faculty to discuss how to handle trigger warnings at “This is something that just came onto my conscious last semester, I’d say,” said Nancy Reincke, English professor in women and gender studies. “Students in my women and gender studies intro course were starting to say different things about ‘Well we shouldn’t be talking about this.’” This is something that Reincke said she is not used to. “I’ve now realized that this is a different context we’re operating in these days,” Reincke added later. Trigger warnings are used to caution students that the content they may be about to encounter

could possibly set off a negative reaction stemming from past traumatic experiences. The Feminist Perspectives roundtable gathered to address the growing issue of whether college campuses should give trigger warnings in the academic setting, and how they may harm or help students. The discussion also included how to encourage students in opening up about sensitive topics, especially if they have had a difficult experience in the past. “I’ve been trying not to be defensive about these requests and I have to say it’s been pretty helpful for me to be forced on the spot and to really reflect on my beliefs and values when it comes to pedagogy in the classroom because I haven’t had to do that for awhile,” said Reincke. Melissa Ulrickson, from Crisis Intervention Services, gave a presentation on how trigger warnings affect individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms include re-experiencing, avoidance, numbing and hyper arousal. Certain types of content or real life situations that remind them of past experiences can prompt these reactions.

According to Ulrickson’s presentation, there can be confusion between what an actual trigger is.

“Given the nature of

that disorder, is it fair to ask those students to disclose their disability in advance in the same way that a student who needs wheelchair access to a class or who needs a distraction-free testing environment because of ADHD.”

Craig Owens English professor

“People are confusing ‘I’m uncomfortable’ with ‘I’m triggered,’” Ulrickson said. “There’s also this place where a faculty member could be over identifying with someone’s pain and thinking that ‘Oh my goodness, I don’t want to be responsible for triggering someone’ and then they trigger someone and it’s not something you can necessarily prevent.” She suggested finding

alternative methods to accomplishing certain learning objectives in the classroom to avoid having students become triggered or to help them feel more comfortable talking about delicate topics. “This is difficult because some of your learning objectives include things you need to talk about,” Ulrickson said. “And if you’re triggered every time you talk about them, you’re not really accomplishing the course goals.” The issue of how to support students who can be triggered and how to encourage students to talk about things that they may not be comfortable with was a challenge they discussed at the roundtable. Craig Owens, an English professor, was the only male at the roundtable. He discussed the two types of students he has in his classes. Some suffer from anxiety attacks and / or some sort of PTSD. “Given the nature of that disorder, is it fair to ask those students to disclose their disability in advance in the same way that a student who needs wheelchair access to a class or who needs a distraction-free testing environment because of ADHD,” Owens said. “Or who

has any other disability that would need to go through Student Disability Services and request accommodations so that we could know in advance which students are in fact likely to suffer triggers instead of feeling discomfort.” Another topic of discussion was the division of responsibility between the student and the professor. “Maybe it’s the responsibility, first of all, of our society to do a better job with people who have this (PTSD), but also the individual to look at something and say something about it,” said Beth Younger, an English professor who teaches women and gender studies. “I don’t know, I’m really torn with how much responsibility they are supposed to have and how much responsibility we are supposed to have.” English professor Jennifer Harvey suggests students inform professors if they’re getting counseling and ask if there is something upcoming in the class that could possibly trigger them so professors can work with that student as best as they can.


Mock Trial advances to championship series in St. Paul

Molly Adamson Staff Writer @somecallmemally

Drake University’s Mock Trial team will spend the first weekend of their spring break in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Opening Round Championship series. Two of Drake’s teams will advance after they won regional competitions in Joliet, Illinois and Topeka, Kansas. The Opening Round Championship series comes right before the national competition.

Right now, the team is working nine hours a week before the championship in order to set themselves up to succeed. “You don’t want to practice too much, because if you do you’re going to sound scripted and like a robot,” said Anoushe Seiff, a sophomore psychology and law, politics and society (LPS) double major. “But if you don’t practice enough you’re not going to have that confidence you need.” Beth McNab, a junior LPS major who is the captain of the team, believes they show promise, but have also run into some challenges. “I think we’re able to adapt

quickly,” McNab said. “When we get a new case, we’re able to figure out what to do with it quickly. But that can make things hard later on in the season, when we’re stuck with the same case and want more information to look at instead of the stuff we’ve already worked with.” McNab earned an individual award as an attorney in both her prosecution and defense performances at the Kansas regional competition. Senior Kevin Smaller also earned an individual award as an outstanding witness But Richard Nesselroad, a sophomore LPS major, thinks the

team has a leg up on the others. “One of the big keys is to have the ability to be comfortable with public speaking,” Nesselroad said. “Some teams get nervous, but none of our team members seem to, which is great.” The teams have competed at universities ranging from University of Minnesota to University of Iowa to compete. There are three rounds before a team gets to the national championship, including the invitational from other colleges, regionals and the Open Round Championships. Nesselroad said that he enjoys getting to meet different people.

The team has met students from South Dakota State University, among other colleges from across the country. McNab, on the other hand, most enjoy the challenge. “My favorite part is that we have to think critically about law,” McNab said. “We don’t usually think about law in that way, so it’s really cool to get the chance to do so.” Nesselroad encouraged anyone who is interested in law, public speaking or acting to join Mock Trial.

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‘The Lady in the Van’ in need of a jump-start

Eric Deutz Film Critic

For those who don’t know, a “character study” is a work of fiction where the charcter’s personality is more important than the actual plot. Recent films, such as “There Will Be Blood” or “Lost in Translation,” and classic films, such as “Raging Bull” or “Citizen Kane,” are often described in this

way. There’s nothing inherently good or bad about this approach. Rather, the central character in a character study can be compared to… a van. (Convenient, right?) When choosing a van, you can choose one that’s new, old, fast, slow, quirky, colorful, professional or any other number of adjectives to fit your automotive desires. But in the end, all that really matters is where that van is taking you, and whether or not it can get you there. In “The Lady in the Van,” a character study about a homeless lady who lives out of her van; the movie couldn’t have chosen a more intriguing central character to focus on. Unfortunately, once the character is set up and the jokes get old, it becomes obvious that the engine on this specific van hasn’t even been turned on. It sure is interesting to look at, but it doesn’t go anywhere, and it doesn’t even seem like it’s trying. In “The Lady in the Van,”


Dame Maggie Smith plays Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman who relies on the kindness of strangers to begrudgingly (or completely unwillingly) allow her to park her van on the street outside their houses. Feeling sorry for the severely disliked old woman, young writer Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) invites her to park in his driveway – and there she remains for the next 15 years. Over that time, Bennett and Shepherd form a very unique friendship and learn more about each other – and themselves – than they ever could have imagined. This is really cool and all, but any life-changing lessons that were exchanged between the two were lost to the audience, and we were left with a complete snoozefest delivered in not-always-easyto-understand British dialects. The best that this film has to offer is the chance to see Smith, an actress known for her persnickety roles in “Downton Abbey” and the “Harry Potter” film series,

going completely against her type as a homeless woman who finds as much joy in her too-friendly neighbors trying to give her Christmas presents as she does in producing another bag of feces to leave on the sidewalk. It’s a dirty, disgusting and quite funny role, and Smith has a blast exploring it. But as stated before, an interesting character just isn’t enough. We need to go somewhere, and where this movie suffers is in its lack of direction or motivation. Jennings’ character is split into two different characters – the one who writes and the one who does everything else – but the reason behind this choice was completely lost on me, and it amounted to nothing (as did Jennings’ entire character). The film is based on a true story that was put into a memoir and first transformed into a very successful play on the English stage about 16 years ago, so it certainly it has its fans. But I found that it only went halfway in answering the most basic of

questions: “What is the story, and why does it need to be told?” I understood the story, but I had absolutely no idea why they needed to tell it. And as a result, I had no idea why I should care. Grade: D+

‘THE LADY IN THE VAN’ can be seen at Varsity Theater, located on 25th Street. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON


Facebook creates reactions

Molly Adamson Staff Writer

The future is here. Lord of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has finally given the people what they wanted: a dislike button. But he has also given us the ability to express more than just “liking” or “disliking.” He has given us a wide variety of emotions. Now we can laugh, cry, fume or express joy to our friends like never before. All joking aside, this idea is great, and Zuckerberg is very smart in creating these emoticons. It was always awkward to “like” your friends’ posts about their dogs’ dying, but you did it because you were trying to show that you are a supportive friend who would be there for them through this difficult time. Some people are not thrilled with the new concept, though, claiming the emoticons look suspiciously similar to the ones BuzzFeed uses. My response to this: Who cares? We as humans only have a certain set of emotions, if we’re only talking about the very basic ones. So, of course, the Facebook and

BuzzFeed emoticons are going to look similar; they’re going off the same material. Overall, the feedback I’ve seen has been mainly positive. People seem to appreciate the concept, but I also haven’t seen the emoticons being used that much. This may be a generational thing. Millennials do not use Facebook that much; it has become the “old people app.” It is the app your grandma or mom uses to stay connected with their friends, whether they know how to use it or not. Older generations may become the ones who really use the new emoticons. Your grandma, once she figures out how, will start putting hearts on all of your pictures. I do not know if Zuckerberg knows that the audience of Facebook has shifted or if he really cares. People may see the emoticons as his attempt to bring the younger audience back. But in reality, Zuckerberg is just a businessman — he cares about numbers. According to a stat from December 2015 found on the Facebook newsroom website, Facebook has 1.04 billion daily users. Zuckerberg himself is worth $35.7 billon, so I think he’s doing pretty well for himself. Whether you like the emoticons or not, you have to admit that it is something that is sort of ground-breaking. Zuckerberg listened to his users, and actually did something for them, unlike other big business guys. So ,props to Zuckerberg — thanks for listening. Now go ahead and use the emoticons to your heart’s content. Go put hearts on all your crush’s pictures — if they even still use Facebook.

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Apple refuses to unlock shooter’s iPhone in courtesy to other customers’ privacy

Jacob McKay Staff Writer

We use our cell phones for everything. The reality of our lives is constant communication and connectivity, and, regardless of your thoughts on technology, the reality is unavoidable. We live through our devices, and therefore we store an unsafe amount of personal information on them. The San Bernardino shooting has become a watershed moment in our country’s technological future. The shooter’s iPhone is currently encrypted, and the federal government wants it unlocked in order to discover whatever links exist to any extremists he and his wife may have had stored in the device. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been vehement in the company’s wish not to create a loophole in the iPhone’s encryption because they believe it will set a precedent that will eliminate the strength of encryption on any iPhone. What would essentially happen in their view is a world where the government could eventually break into any iPhone at any time. In this case, Apple

doesn’t believe the iPhone holds more national security importance than the security of its customers. The fact of the matter is that Apple and its CEO are totally justified in not giving in to the government. Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of big government, you can’t be too excited about the prospect of somebody in a desk at a federal office knowing all your secrets. Conspiracy theorists think it’s already happening right now. Encryption is essential as our devices become extensions of our body. The amount of personal information we give to technology is only going to increase, and if the government orders Apple to write in a backdoor now, that same backdoor will only be abused later down the road. Human nature and history both tell us that. Apple should be applauded in this case for taking a stand for the privacy of its customers in the face of pressure from the FBI. The government’s stance is understandable, but this phone has limited national security significance. The shooter is no longer a threat and enough is known about his plans to make the government’s argument less important than the possible loss of privacy for millions of Americans. The public has not paid that much attention to this crisis because of all the other things bombarding the news, but Apple is quietly providing a huge favor while everyone continues to ask Siri the latest in what’s happening in the world.

Apple vs FBI update A recent court case in New York ruled in favor of Apple and its concern of protecting the rights of its customer. This is not the only case where the government has asked Apple for assistance. The battle between the FBI and Apple has caused a number of protests across the country including tech and privacy groups and Black Lives Matter. These groups are protesting outside of FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. and sending letters arguing the government does not always protect the privacy of groups it does not agree with.

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This week: Snack foods Joe finds chips and chocolate-covered espresso beans to be most addicting while Claire gets pizza rolls and gummy worms to snack on while studying. Who do you agree with? Tweet us your response @timesdelphic

Joe Herba Staff Writer This is an easy answer: ice cream. What is not to love about ice cream? It is sugary, delicious, and cold. It can be chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, minty, or even toffee-y. It has any kind of flavor combination you could every possibly desire. You want something that is sweet and salty? Chocolate caramel and pretzel ice cream. Oh, you are in the mood for something sour? Lemon sorbet. It is just too easy. Okay, so ice cream might not be the healthiest, but it gives you a great sugar high, and then you can study even longer. It also has this amazing power of gathering people together. That’s right, you take out a pint of ice cream and for some reason people just begin to flock. So, if you need a study buddy, then just take a pint of ice cream to the library and you will have a study crew in no time. One snack that I am not really a huge fan of while studying is celery. Why? Because it is super

crunchy, gets stuck in your teeth, and then you are also LOSING calories while chewing it. I’m sorry, but when I am stressed out of my mind, studying for a test or writing a paper, you better believe that being more tired through loss of calories is NOT what I want to have happen. I love you, celery, but you are just not efficient for study time. Next on the list of good snack foods has to be chips. No matter what kind of chip, you are kidding yourself if you think you can just have one. You will start with a super-sized bag, and then at the end of the night, you will have an empty garbage bag (essentially), a full stomach, and a strong hatred towards your own will. There is something that is just so satisfying about having one chip after another. Before you realize it, your hand is moving on its own towards the chip bag, and then makes a U-turn straight towards your face hole. My next favorite snack behind ice cream has to be chocolate covered espresso beans. That’s right: chocolate and coffee, put together. This snack is not for the faint of heart, or maybe it is because your heart would be pounding about 100x stronger after finishing a bag. If you are one of those people that I had mentioned above about the potato chips, then you will learn quickly that if you eat an entire bag, you will be wired. Finding your go-to snack is a key when trying to successfully study. So go out there and find it and good luck with that all nighter

Claire Franksen Staff Writer You’re deep in the depths of Cowles and have been studying for hours, really chugging away on that 200-page reading assignment for tomorrow, when all of a sudden, you feel your stomach start to growl. The people around you turn their heads to stare at you as you run out of the library and make a beeline towards the C-store, where all of your snacking needs are only sometimes met, depending on how stocked the shelves are. Gone are the days where you wander through the few short aisles of the C-store unable to decide what will quench your thirst or fill you up. Here is a complete breakdown of all the best things to buy to help you get your study on: Gummy worms — The C-store has a variety of gummy worms, including sugar-covered worms and ones made with real fruit juice. These are a must when you need a little sugar to get you through your study session.

Muddy Buddy mixes — You can also find a variety of Muddy Buddy mixes at the C-store. You can indulge in peanut butter, brownie or Oreo-flavored Muddy Buddies. This is a perfect snack to share with friends as you work on group projects or study together. Dried bananas — This snack is perfect if you’re looking for a healthier snack that tastes like a dessert. This is another food to share with friends, or you can just eat the whole bag yourself! Pretzels and hummus — The C-store offers little travelsized packs of hummus and pretzels, perfect to take on the go or to stock up your mini-fridge. Pringles — By far, this is the one product that the C-store has the most flavors of. One of my friends swears by the dill pickle flavor. I prefer the cheddar and sour cream flavor. Pizza rolls — It’s pizza — in a roll! One of the most beloved snacks to have come out of the ‘60s. Just pop them in the microwave, and you’ll have a filling study snack in just a minute! Flaming Hot Cheetos — Some people can’t handle these, as they may cause you to tear up. Tip: Keep eating them nonstop until the bag is gone. This way, you won’t realize just how hot they actually are! Naked Juices — I swear by the Mighty Mango flavor, but another favorite is the Green Machine. These are healthy for you, and will help you to wash down all those snacks you just ate!



Butler’s ‘Fledgling’ is a vampire tale that doesn’t involve ‘Twilight’

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Untitled Unmastered’

Natalie Larimer Staff Writer

Welcome back to my unqualified opinion of which books you should read and love. This week, I’m going to cheat a little bit. I want to introduce you to a book I was assigned to read for one of my classes: “Fledgling,” by Octavia E. Butler. This is a science-fiction book that’s kind of about vampires. I say “kind of” because it’s not “Twilight.” This is actually a wellwritten book. The basic synopsis is the girl wakes up in a cave in immense pain, and she’s incredibly hungry. Within the first few pages, we see her kill two animals and eat them raw. She heals the burns that cover her body just by eating and sleeping. Then she walks along this road and gets picked up by a guy named Wright. She bites him and goes to live with him. She doesn’t remember anything before waking up in the cave, and she and Wright try to find out who — and what — she is. Wright explains a lot of the human perspective on vampires to her, which is a great way to set up her own lore and shoot down

some of the generally believed theories about vampires. It gets more complicated as the book goes on, but basically, the town she lived in was set on fire, and she needs to find out who did it and why. The reason I like this book so much is that it deals with a lot of issues like racism and sexism, even branching out to some weird subjects like genetic engineering. The way she addresses these issues is blunt but not obvious, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do. I love the way this book is written because Butler did what most people can’t — put real life issues into science fiction and made it more absurd, highlighting the issues in our society today. There’s a complicated web of family and society that she weaves with different species, and it allows for us to dissect the differences between the society Butler created and our own. And just to complicate the book even further, each time you think you’ve found the major plotline, she throws in another twist. Unfortunately, “Fledging” is the first and last book in this series. Butler passed away before she was able to complete any more books for the series. I’d highly recommend this book, not only because it’s wellwritten and contains complex but power commentary in it, but it also allows us to look at the same issues in a different setting, which is a great way to see the flaws in our thinking and produce a different perspective than we’re used to in examining our culture. It shows an outsider look to human society while not focusing on it. It’s incredible.

Parker Klyn Staff Writer

On “Mortal Man”, the closing track to last year’s hiphop masterpiece “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar conducted an interview with the late Tupac Shakur on the state of black life in America. At one point, Kendrick asks, “What do you think is the future for me and my generation?” Tupac responds gravely. “Next time there’s a riot, there’s gonna be bloodshed.” He paints a dystopian future of interracial fighting, referencing the Nat Turner riots of the 1830s. It’s genuinely frightening and shockingly poignant statement; Tupac gave that response in 1995, and the recent tragedies involving Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, and so much more make it seem like Tupac was a genuine visionary. Kendrick’s newest project, “Untitled Unmastered,”seems like the epilogue to that conversation. The creativity and imagery of these eight untitled tracks is violent and foreboding to match the music that comes along with it. “untitled 01” is the best rapping we’ve seen from Kendrick since

his “Control” verse. The setting is post-apocalyptic. “The tallest building plummets, cracking, and crumbling / The ground is shaking, swallowing young woman / With a baby, daisies, and other flowers burning in destruction / The smell is disgusting, the heat is unbearable,” Kendrick spits. It seems to be the result of these riots that Tupac described, but the listener is left unsure of whether Kendrick is condoning this revolution or not. The chants of “Pimp pimp, hooray!” on “untitled 02” add to the themes of revolution. It seems like Kendrick is leading his followers to some sort of battle. He describes his experiences of rappers existing as tools of their white labels, being “enslaved” by their contracts. “I see jiggaboos/ I see styrofoams” is a shot at the codeine-soaked state of mainstream hip-hop today. It’s an interesting entrance into rap elitism that we don’t see very often from Kendrick, but it suits him well. “untitled 03” is the track that Kendrick debuted on the Colbert Report in early 2015, leading up to the release of “To Pimp A Butterfly.” He describes interactions with his label representative; “You’ll lose your core following / You’ll win it all” is a criticism of how great underground rappers abandon their distinct sound in an attempt to make it big commercially. Thank goodness that Kendrick hasn’t fallen into that trap. Jay Rock gives the appearance of his life on “untitled 05”, where he and Kendrick discuss their respective hometowns — both suburbs of Los Angeles (Watts for Jay, Compton for Kendrick). They lament about a capitalist system that monetizes prisons and proliferates stereotypes in the name of profit.

“untitled 06” has a beautiful CeeLo feature, although this is the one track on the record that overstays its welcome. It may have been a decent interlude in the vein of “For Sale?” from “To Pimp A Butterfly” with a little fat-trimming, but the reality is that Kendrick holds tight to the “Untitled Unmastered” Title. The crux of this album, “untitled 07,” is an eight-minute opus that has a trap flavor, which reminds me of the more commercial sound of “Good Kid, M.a.a.d City.” Even with that sound, it’s still far more experimental than anything on that album, with its trilling keyboards and woozy synthesizers. The repetitive verses and refrains are intoxicating and are a hip--hop fan’s dream. I haven’t mentioned much about the instrumentals and production of the album, but they’re about what you would expect. That’s not to say that they’re not exciting — quite the opposite. This is beautiful jazz music with hip--hop beats. Kendrick’s collaborators (most notably saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington and bass virtuoso Thundercat) remain at the top of their game, and help to create cohesiveness in an album full of B-sides that didn’t make it onto “To Pimp A Butterfly.” “Untitled Unmastered” is a statement from the best rapper of our generation. Kendrick has never really set out to be a black leader, but he’s exhibited that quality better than most. I think he knew what he was doing with this album title; I can think of at least two black leaders throughout history who dropped their titles in the name of inclusivity and equality. That would, technically, make them untitled. What do you call a slave that’s been freed? “Unmastered.”

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OPINIONS Humans of Drake Each week, staff writer Rachel Wermager captures stories of students on Drake’s campus


Netflix’s new ‘Fuller House’ does not compare to the original Tanner family

Parker Klyn

Staff Writer

Paxton Gillespie • First Year Vocal Performance Major, Musical Theater Minor “I am really passionate about making the world safer and more inclusive for a lot of people who are marginalized, and even outside of the LGBT community, like racial minorities, low income families, and disabled people. I think it’s really important that we create a world where everyone has equal opportunity because right now we live in this really disadvantaged, unbalanced society.” STAFF OPINION

The year Leo finally won

Hema Rengasamy

Staff Writer

This was the year for sixtime Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. Honestly, he overshadowed every other event during the 88th Academy Awards. Leo was nominated three times prior to the best actor category and twice for the best actor in a supporting role category. Well, this is something I am sure all of you have heard of. Let’s move on to everything else that happened that night. In addition to Leo taking home the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” the film also won the awards for best direction and Cinematography. The movie had a great cast, which certainly contributed to the amazing success that it was. Tom Hardy fans out there, do not despair — although he did not win best actor in a supporting role for his part in “The Revenant,” his movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” took home the highest number of Oscars this year, winning six out of its ten nominations. So, let’s just believe that without Tom Hardy’s impressive acting, that wouldn’t have happened. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was definitely an interesting movie to watch with the goodover-evil plot portrayed very well. B e s t actor in a supporting role was

won by Mark Rylance for his role the movie “Bridge of Spies.” As for the leading ladies, first-time nominee Brie Larson swept the prize away from past winners like Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett for her role in “Room.” Her portrayal of a kidnapped mother held hostage with a 7-year-old son was both admirable and heart-wrenching, rightfully earning her the Academy Award this year. We also saw Alicia Vikander, whose international debut came in “Anna Karenina,” sweeping the Oscar away from strong contender Kate Winslet for her role of Gerda Wegener in “The Danish Girl.” The new James Bond movie and Quentin Tarantino’s latest film did not go unnoticed at this year’s Academy Awards either. “Spectre” and “The Hateful Eight” were recipients of the awards for best original song and best original music score, respectively. These movies are part of dominant brands: the Bond franchise has lasted for 43 years and remains prominent in the cinema industry. Of course, as Tarantino fans will admit, his movies are almost a genre of their own. Rejoice, all fans of “Joy” out there — not the movie “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, but Joy from “Inside Out.” This Pixar original took home best animated feature film, although it did not win the award for the best original screenplay, which “Spotlight” won. This should come as no surprise

“Fuller House” isn’t a very good TV show. We all had a sense of that feeling from the start. After the hammed-up trailers, shaky concept and lack of new characters were revealed, it was easy to assume that “Fuller House” wasn’t going to show much in the way of innovation. These assumptions are correct. While the original “Full House” was a family affair suitable for viewers of all ages, the remake is clearly for millennials who watched the original show on Nick at Nite. The jokes fall into two categories: references to “Full House” and sexual innuendo. An Uncle Jesse masturbation joke would never have come close to making it into the original, while the three female leads seem to all have their lives dominated by love. Newcomers to the series will have many of the jokes fall on deaf ears, as “Fuller House” relies on nostalgic throwback quotes to evoke reactions from the audience. In that sense, it’s a true throwback: a situational comedy with a live audience, filmed on a one-sided set that’s basically

identical to the original. The punchlines are corny, just like “Full House,” but the difference now is that most of these jokes have been told before — and told better. Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) somehow shoehorns in his classic “Have mercy!” catchphrase twice in one episode. In another instance, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) — now Aunt Stephanie — flashes back to her elementary school “marriage” to her classmate Harry Takayama. When he shows up later in the episode, he greets her in the exact same way as the original, only now, they’re both older. None of the charm from those original moments is translated into “Fuller House.” That’s not to say the show isn’t enjoyable in its own way. For former regular viewers of “Full House,” the sheer number of references that creator/writer/ producer Jeff Franklin is able to cram into these 20-minute episodes is truly impressive. One of the best running subplots of the season is D.J. Tanner’s (Candace Bure) love life. Her two love interests — hunky veterinarian Matt (John Brotherton) and much-less-coolthan-he-was-in-high-school Steve Hale (Scott Weinger) — are

likable and funny, and actually show development as the season moves forward. This is all tied together with D.J.’s conflicting emotions about dating, as her husband (and the father of her three sons) passed away while working as a firefighter. These moments are some of the few genuine examples of tenderness and familial love — qualities that made “Full House” so wholesome. Still, “Fuller House” is a failure in the sense that it failed to bring anything new to the table. The show gets so lost in paying homage to the original that it misses what would have been a true tribute: perfecting and improving the sitcom format, just as “Full House” did. The kids are just as cute, the adults are just as caring and the house is exactly the same. However, it doesn’t inspire the same happiness as the original, instead relying on breaking the fourth wall and winking at the audience with its perceived cleverness. At one point in the season, Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) has finally won a round of cards against his grandchildren. The winning hand? A full house.

“FULLER HOUSE” premiered Feb. 26 and can only be watched on Netflix. The show was recently renewed for a second season. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH

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Speaking Center relives students of presentation worries Ellen Koester Staff Writer

Drake’s Writing Workshop is well-known and well-used, but not many students know of the Workshop’s counterpart, the Speaking Center. The Speaking Center is located across from the Workshop in the lower level of Cowles Library in rooms 18 and 19. One room is allocated for tutoring help, and the other is a studio with equipment available to record and practice speeches or presentations. Joan McAlister, the coordinator of the program, listed many reasons why students come in for help. She said some students come in to prepare for an honors thesis presentation, others for a capstone presentation, others to prepare for a job interview or mock trial or simply to prepare for an in-class presentation. Staff and faculty have used the Center as well, usually to use the studio to practice presentations or speeches. However, McAlister said that the Center is still underutilized. “It’s still pretty new. We definitely get significantly less hours than the Writing Workshop does. We’d like to encourage people to use the Center. If we don’t use the service, that space will likely be allocated for something else,” McAlister said. She stressed the importance of public speaking skills. “Oral communications are expected at Drake and they are absolutely required beyond Drake, but it’s not required to

take a class on speaking. It’s quite possible to avoid taking a class that would help you improve your communication skills, but it’s impossible to avoid taking a class that will grade you on oral communication,” McAlister said. McAlister opened the Center in order to provide a way for students to learn these skills outside of the classroom. “Most faculty expect students to have good communication skills, but don’t have time to teach them,” McAlister said. Hanna Howard, one of the tutors who works in the Center, said it “helps students anyway they want as far as public speaking

goes.” She said she begins each session by specifically asking what she can help with. “If nothing else, it helps you practice. That’s the advice I give to everyone who comes to see me: practice, practice, practice,” Howard said. One thing tutors can help with is “glossophobia,” or the fear of public speaking. Both Howard and McAlister quoted a statistic that more people are afraid of public speaking than death. “It’s all about controlling your nerves and what about it makes you nervous. If you’re scared, you shouldn’t just go up and be afraid, you should come in and talk to

someone about it,” Howard said. Howard also said that the Center is not always empty. “Throughout the semester, we don’t see a lot of people,” Howard said. “A lot of people don’t have to speak until midterm and finals week. Then we get bombarded hard. It gets hugely popular, and we have to extend hours and call in relief tutors. It gets really busy really quickly.” To get help at the Speaking Center, anyone with a Drake ID can go under “services for students” on the library’s website and book an appointment on the Center’s webpage.

75% of people

suffer from speech anxiety, making it one of the most common phobias that exists


DRAKE’S SPEAKING CENTER offers resources for students who are nervous about speaking in public or who do not have experience speaking in front of groups of people. The center’s busiest time of the semester is during midterms and finals week. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH | PHOTO EDITOR


College separation improves parent-student relationships Anna Jensen Staff Writer

Long-distance relationships are hard to maintain. Boyfriends. Girlfriends. Best friends. Are those relationships different than the bond you have with your parents, or does that have the possibility of changing, too? Relationships will last if both the student and the parent work to maintain them. Often, that can be determined on how close the relationship was before leaving for college. Other variables play into it as well: distance, trust, independence or dependence and use of technology. “I work with orientation and Welcome Weekend, so I see both students and parents who are going through the process,” said Melissa Sturm-Smith, associate provost for academic excellence and student success. “One of the things we talk about at summer orientation is that they are both experiencing a transition. It’s not just about the student and how they are moving on to this new phase of life, but it’s about the parents’ transition and adjustment as well.” Students’ transition typically focuses more on the school aspect. They have to learn how to go from a prescribed schedule to a less prescribed schedule, said Sturm-Smith. They learn how to make their own decisions without always the consult and consent of their parents. Parents all share a fundamental feeling when their children leave for college, said Sturm-Smith. Parents who were their child’s lifeline need to take a backseat and let them learn how to be independent. Parents also have to adjust to life without their child around which often leads to a new relationship. “(I talk) with parents about some of the top issues that they have (during the transition process),” Sturm-Smith said. “The very first one revolves

around how communication changes. In high school, you had family dinner, drives in the car and lots of easy ways to connect and talk. In college parents often think, ‘Oh no, I’m not hearing from my child anymore,’ because the calls are way less frequent than what they expected.” For some first-year students, this reduction in physical presence and increased independence has strengthened relationships between parents.

“It’s not just about the student and how they are moving on to this new phase of life, but it’s about the parents’ transition and adjustment as well.” Melissa Sturm-Smith Associate Provost

“The biggest difference between my… relationship (with my mom compared to) then and now is that we don’t get into as many arguments, and to that degree, we’ve gotten closer,” said first-year Emma Muth. “The forced independence has alleviated a lot of the reasons we fought.” Muth has always had a close relationship with her mom, and the same is true in college. They talk at least once a day, and even though they are a more than a thousand miles apart, they maintain a close relationship that ranges from giving advice, to long talks about school, to calling to talk about their favorite shows. “You really begin to value your parents a lot when you leave for college,” Muth said. “I know in high school I wouldn’t take much of what my mom said for merit, and I would easily get annoyed with her, but when I’m far away, I’m more concentrated on what I miss about her.” Muth’s roommate, first-year

Anna Gleason, has a different relationship with her mother, but still believes that their relationship mirrors the one that they had when she was growing up. “My parents were a big support system for me financially but I feel that (growing up), I’ve always been very independent on all other levels,” Gleason said. “I had my parents around, but I didn’t need them all the time, and that still applies to me now.” Unlike her roommate, Gleason lives only 30 minutes away from campus. While the distance allows her leeway to go home whenever she wants, she only chose to go home twice last semester. “From an outsider’s perspective, people would probably think I picked a college close to home because I am dependent on my family, whereas it is completely the opposite,” Gleason said. “I actually had to stay in the area for medical reasons. When people hear that I didn’t stay in the area because of my parents, they think I have a bad relationship with my parents, which also isn’t true. My mom’s my best friend.” As college progresses and students get older, relationships continue to develop and change and remold themselves based on experiences, but often stay on the same trajectory that had been traditionally followed. Sophomore Kylee Bateman has a deeper relationship with her parents than she did when she lived with them in Denver, Colorado. “I’ve definitely appreciated them the older I’ve gotten,” Bateman said. “They gave us a lot of freedom as kids and teenagers. They let us make our own choices and we knew what was relatively expected but we were never under strict rules. It was a mutual trust and respecting relationship.” There are routine changes that accompany the transition into college, but the love and respect that family has for one another often remains the same.

“There are so many aspects of our relationship now that are different but also the same,” Bateman said. “We can have deeper conversations now about what I believe and what they believe and talking about hard life stuff. I understand more things now since I have been able to experience them, but at the same time they still provide for me in a lot of ways, especially financially and I still call home all the time to ask them questions.” According to an NPR article entitled, “Phone Home: Tech Draws Parents, College Kids Closer,” the average time college students spend communicating with their parents is 13.4 times a week, and from research conducted in the book “Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student,” 40 percent of college students are in contact with their parents at least once a day either over the phone, by text, email or other various social media apps. Muth guessed that students

call parents, on average, four times a week, Gleason, five, Bateman, two, and Sturm-Smith said parents believe students call over the phone once every other week. They all agreed that more communication was done via text or Snapchat. The parent-college student relationship is much stronger than it has been in the past, said Sturm-Smith. “Parents are much more centered in students lives than they were when I went to college,” Sturm-Smith said. “This generation’s parenting style is much more involved in their children’s lives.” “The relationship largely depends on the relationship they had prior to leaving for college,” Gleason said. “How trusting they were, how much independence that person gained before they leave for college can be the biggest indicators of how strong or weak a relationship remains once you leave home.”

STUDENTS AND PARENTS grow closer with separation and an understanding of the value of a close relationship. PHOTO BY SARAH LEBLANC | FEATURES EDITOR

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SAI Mr. Music event raises money for local high school Molly Adamson Staff Writer

This year’s “Mr. Music” competition had everything from grass skirts to accordions. Nine men strutted their stuff in the competition hosted by Sigma Alpha Iota, (SAI), the music fraternity on campus. Men strutted their stuff and showed off their talents to support a charity of the fraternity’s choosing. The crowd picked who won the competition by putting change into the men’s buckets. This year’s competition raised around $240 for North High School’s Choral Department. The department will use the money to purchase sheet music. The competition has been going on for four years. Last year’s winner, Nick Gardner, was in attendance this past Friday so that he could hand off his crown and title to the next winner. Gardner, a sophomore music education major, gave a piece of advice to the men who were competing. “There are many duties of Mr. Music,” Gardner said. “You will be looked upon as a king. You will have a reputation for success and excitement. You must hold the position with pride and honor. You must not fail your people as their king.” Anna Marceau, one of the girls who helped put on the event, also had some advice for future contenders of the competition. “Mr. Music has to be funny, talented and quick on his feet,” Marceau said. “The contestants barely know what is coming their way, which makes it fun for the audience but challenging for

those onstage. Of course, he also has to be a positive representative of the Drake music program, but first and foremost he has to be willing to get goofy.” Seth Hartman, a first-year music education major, won the competition. Dressed in a three-piece suit and with an accordion to help, Hartman was able to come out on top by playing an enthusiastic rendition of “My Heart Will Go On.” He learned to play the song after picking up the accordion just four weeks prior to the competition. Hartman explained his decision process. “I had just picked up the accordion a couple weeks before I had heard about it, so I was like ‘BINGO is his name-o, I know what I’m going to do,’” Hartman said. “So I was like, ‘Ok, let’s figure out what in the world I can learn to play on the accordion in like two to four weeks. And so it was ‘My Heart Will Go On.’’” During one part of the competition, the men had to answer questions. In true beauty pageant form, they were asked what it would mean to them to win this competition. Hartman put on the full stereotypical emotional beauty queen act by faking crying as he said, “I’ve never won anything in my life.” Later on, he was more serious. “If I had to choose a competition to win, it would be this one because it was so much fun,” he said. This competition provides a way for Drake to donate money to a worthy cause. Men interested in the competition for next year should contact anyone in SAI. CONTESTANT BRAD SPARKS showcased his talent on the guitar playing “All My Exes Live in Texas” during the entertainment portion of Sigma Alpha Iota’s Mr. Music event last week. PHOTO BY MOLLY ADAMSON | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Student spring break plans prioritize relaxation and travel Elise Nikolic Staff Writer

As students spend hours on hours cramming for their last few midterms, many are thinking about the days they will spend next week in paradise. This paradise is often characterized as in being home and sleeping. Despite how the media showcases spring break as a vacation get-away with college friends, many Drake students are spending it in their basement at home. “I am not going anywhere warm this break, so I will be relaxing and hanging with family,” said Taylor Boser, a first-

year digital media production major. After a sleepless week of studying, relaxing may be the best stress reliever according to students. Relaxing, as in having no structure besides watching Netflix from your basement. “I think it would be more beneficial to relax because school is very stressful and spring break is after midterms so everyone is exhausted from testing all week,” said Miranda Christenson, a firstyear pre-pharmacy major. Not everyone is watching Netflix, though. Boser gave up Netflix for Lent, so she has to resort to hanging out with friends and family rather than TV time. It isn’t relaxation for everyone at Drake-especially not for sophomore public relations major

Lainie Fickau. “I’m going to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with Drake’s Women’s Rowing team,” Fickau said. “Hopefully it will be warmer there than here.” Rachel Pullmann, first-year pre-pharmacy major is taking advantage of the time off from hitting the books and enjoying the nice weather. “I’m going to Colorado with a few friends and we’re going camping and hiking in Zion national park,” said Pullmann. The characters in TV shows like “Degrassi,” “The Hills,” and “Gilmore Girls” go somewhere warm for spring break and usually involve partying and drinking. “I don’t really know many people that are going away for spring break. In high school,

everyone used to go away for spring break,” Boser said. Have times really changed so that students don’t have that fun Spring Break in Cabo anymore? “It’s definitely portrayed as a party week by the media in every single movie and TV show that exists,” said Devin Whinnie, a first-year public relations major. If it is portrayed that way in the media, is anyone actually doing that? “I feel that spring break is seen as a time to go on a big trip with your friends to party and drink,” Christenson said. But she adds that she really doesn’t know anyone that actually does so. “I only know one person who is doing this. Everyone else is just going home to relax or on a family trip,” Christenson said.

Pullmann, like Christenson, believes that what most students think of for Spring Break is the going away and partying. “I feel like it is portrayed (in the media) as a time for kids to go crazy and drink,” said Pullmann. Fickau believes this is a “commercialized vacation” and you aren’t going anywhere seen as “lame.” Whether students are “lame” or not, many seem to be catching up on their favorite shows on Netflix or hanging out with friends at home. Overall, students seem to be gearing away from the media’s portrayal or just too stressed from school to go anywhere.

ALPHA TAU OMEGA traveled to South Carolina for spring break last year and enjoyed the sunshine in Adirondack chairs. As opposed to movies and popular culture, many students choose to travel in order to take a break from the demands of schoolwork, or take advantage of the lack of stress and watch Netflix at home without the guilt of procrastination. PHOTO COURTESY OF HARRISON YU

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March 09, 2016


Drake student struts for scholarship in Iowa beauty pageants Katherine Bauer Staff Writer

Though Emma Haselhuhn has had a short career pursuing the title of Miss Iowa, she quickly fell in love with pageantry. “I realized these women are exactly like me, and they’re driven, and they have goals and they have specific passions for things,” said Haselhuhn, a firstyear at Drake. “I decided this is something I wanted to do.” Haselhuhn’s pageant journey began in earnest last spring when she participated in Distinguished Young Women, a scholarship program for high school senior girls. There, she met women who would soon be participating in the Miss Iowa Pageant. That is where she also met her current roommate, Miranda Strelecki. “We just clicked,” Strelecki said. “I get to help her and just cheer her on to put herself out there and do it. I know she’s doing really well in pageants and having a lot of fun.” Haselhuhn did not place in her first preliminary contest, but she did place in the top five out of nine girls at the second. In her third preliminary, Haselhuhn placed fourth overall. “Every new pageant, you need

to think of it as a fresh start,” Haselhuhn said. “You just need to forget about the pageants that you’ve done in the past, maybe things that have gone wrong in the past, and just build upon it and constantly get better.” She won best talent and best overall interview at two different prelims. “Some of these girls, with their talents, have been studying it since fifth grade and they study in college,” Haselhuhn said. “So that was a really big accomplishment.” For her talent, Haselhuhn performs a classical piece on the soprano saxophone. Women between the ages of 18 and 23 can compete at 12 preliminary pageants in Iowa. Women who become titleholders at these preliminaries go on to compete at the Miss Iowa Pageant, a component of the Miss America Organization. Pageants contestants choose a platform to support, an issue about which they are passionate. Haselhuhn’s platform is Everybody Wins Iowa, a program geared towards helping young students read. “With my platform, I feel so strongly about making children literate because when I was a child, my grandma did that for me,” Haselhuhn said. “The biggest reward is getting to go out there and know that even if I don’t win the crown, it doesn’t matter

because I’m still doing something that serves people and serves a higher cause. That’s definitely the most rewarding part, getting to go in and tell people, ‘This is what I care about and this is why I care about it and why you should care about it, too.’” In order to prepare for pageant day, Haselhuhn and other contestants stay up on current events because they can be asked about varying topics throughout the pageant. Haselhuhn keeps a rigorous diet and workout schedule to remain as fit as possible for the fitness portion. “You want to be as healthy as possible, but being healthy, it depends on what you’re putting into your body, how much sleep you’re getting, how much daily physical activity you’re doing and then trying to balance school and a job and all those different things,” Haselhuhn said. “So you need to be in the best physical state that you can be. So definitely cutting pizza and stuff out of you diet, it’s hard but doable.” Haselhuhn spends time reviewing her talent or evening gown, trying to improve her performance by adding new components or taking others away. She also takes a critical look at her platform. “(You) look over your platform statement and say, ‘Does this really convey how I feel about this platform that I’m passionate

about? Is this best representing me?’” Haselhuhn said. Pageants also include personal interviews, where judges ask contestants questions about their platform cause, their resume, politics and specific questions about Iowa. During the pageant show, there is an opening number where the contests introduce themselves, the fitness portion, an on-stage question and evening

gown portion, followed by the crowning of the winner. “I hope she just has fun and doesn’t stress out too much about winning,” Strelecki said, “(that she) goes out there and gives it her all and obviously hope she wins.” Haselhuhn has one last chance to make it to Miss Iowa in a wildcard-like event called “sweeps,” which will be held on April 2 in Cedar Rapids.

EMMA HASELHUHN has competed in multiple pageants in Iowa and is running on a platform that works to help young students learn to read. Though she just started competing last spring, she is currently pursuing the title of Miss Iowa and will participate in her next pageant on April 2. Above, Haselhuhn (far left) poses with contestants for Miss Burlington. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EMMA HASELHUHN


Students share concerns regarding Uber driver safety Emily VanSchmus Staff Writer @vansmooches

“Police Say Two Students at Michigan State University Have Been Sexually Assaulted by a Rideshare Driver.” “California woman says Uber driver broke her jaw.” “LA Uber Driver accused of sexual battery after allegedly groping USC student.” These headlines are splashed across the homepage of, a public awareness campaign that exists to raise awareness of the risks of using for-hire vehicle services, like Uber and Lyft. As Uber becomes more popular on campus, students are becoming increasingly wary of

the risks involved. Junior Mackenzie Gray has only used Uber a handful of times, and says she tries to avoid the service if possible. “It’s usually a last resort. I’ll only use it if I really can’t find someone I know who is willing to drive,” Gray said. “It’s a great concept, and it’s great if you get a good driver. But you don’t always know who is going to be behind the wheel, and that’s a little scary.” If you’ve never used Uber, here’s how it works: You download the app and enter in your start and end destinations, and how soon you want someone to pick you up. Then, you get a notification saying, “(Driver’s name) is on their way in (kind of vehicle),” along with a photo of the driver. That’s all the information about the driver you have

access to, unless you strike up a conversation on the ride to your destination. It’s a fast and relatively inexpensive way to travel, if you’re going out with friends on a weekend and want a sober driver, or if you simply don’t have a vehicle and need a ride somewhere. Students on campus use Uber frequently, despite the horror stories in the news. Junior Sydney Watson says she uses Uber three to five times a weekend, especially in the winter to avoid walking in the chilly temperatures. She also pointed out that she feels safer in an Uber than she does walking the streets of Des Moines at night. “I would rather pay five dollars for a ride than walk and risk being abducted,” Watson said. Watson pointed out that Uber is really no different than hailing a

taxi. As a safety measure, drivers are checked by the company and have to be registered in order to pick anyone up. “I know with the recent issues with Uber – the shootings and all – people are a little more skeptical about the service itself. But, it’s essentially a taxi, so if you feel safe taking a taxi you should feel safe taking an Uber,” Watson said. “You’re still getting in a car with a stranger either way.” Watson also explained that using the Uber app is more reassuring than taking a taxi. “I do get a little nervous when it comes to getting in an Uber, but if I need a ride, I will call Uber over a taxi,” Watson said. “The app allows you to see the name of your driver, their photo and what the car looks like. With a taxi, you have no information until they show up,” she said. Even with the safety measures

the Uber app provides, Gray isn’t sold on the service. “The company promotes it as such a safe thing, since they check all the drivers,” Gray said. “That’s supposed to make you feel safe, but then you see stories of rapes and assaults and whatnot by Uber drivers, and it’s scary knowing that the assaulters went through the same checks as your driver and those rides still ended in a bad situation,” she said. Almost every Uber horror story involves male drivers and female passengers. Gray and Watson explained that seeing those statistics makes them even more cautious to use the service. “It’s terrifying, especially being a female,” Watson said. “I think the company should definitely create a better tracking system for their drivers and stress ‘stranger danger,’ if you will. Never ride alone and always be coherent.”

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March 09, 2016



Why student-athletes quit: Time-commitment, dedication sometimes proves to be too much Bailee Cofer Staff Writer

Collegiate athletics take a toll on the body and the mind. Playing sports at the Division I level requires a lot of sacrifices on behalf of the student, and not everyone is able to finish four full years as a student-athletes. There are many factors that are taken into consideration when student-athletes decide whether or not to continue their athletic careers. Chandelle Davidson, a junior setter on the volleyball team, said playing time is a key element athletes must think about. “Players give their lives to a coach and sport, and if the potential for playing time is not there, then that is really discouraging,” Davidson said. “That’s a lot of time and effort to not be able to play.” Other key elements taken into consideration are time commitments, how well an athlete gets along with coaches and teammates, how much athletes like the school they attend and how much they enjoy their sport. Dan Hostager, the cross country head coach, has seen many athletes come and go in his time at Drake. “People quit collegiate

athletics for a variety of reasons,” Hostager said. “It usually boils down to a lack of motivation. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work to be successful at a Division I level, and without the proper motivation or work ethic, then the return on investment isn’t really there and the sport is no longer enjoyable.” Lack of motivation is closely linked with a lack of enjoyment in one’s respective sports. Sophomore soccer goalie Haley Morris said that a combination of these factors could lead to athletes quitting. “Maybe an athlete doesn’t get along with a coach or their teammates, or they get injured or don’t see a future playing and don’t feel valued,” Morris said. “If more than one thing goes wrong athletes are more likely to quit.” Playing collegiate athletics is a considerable commitment, and it is hard for athletes to live ‘normal’ college lives. There are many things they give up academically and socially. Ryan Tunink ran for the men’s cross country team for two seasons, but decided to stop after his second year to pursue other interests. He said his decision was very difficult, and it took him a full season until he finally came to a conclusion. “College athletics are a large time commitment, and athletes have to be really self-motivated.

It’s a hard balance,” Tunink said. “I had to consider if what I was doing was worth it when there are a lot of other opportunities available.” Since his decision, Tunink has been able to become more involved on campus and studied abroad. However, he faces the challenge of no longer defining himself as an athlete and missing his friends who are still on the team. Tunink said he is happy with his decision, even though it was difficult to make the choice. “Every day it seemed like a chore,” Tunink said. “I used to look forward to practice, but it turned into something I had to go do. It lost its purpose to me.” Tunik is not alone in this decision. Many student-athletes think about these things every year. Many different circumstances and elements go into the decision, but at the end of the day, college athletics are difficult to include in a balanced life. Those who do stick with it deserve recognition for their hard work and efforts, but it isn’t for everyone.

The common enemy It lurks around every corner of your mind. It comes to you during breakfast, during a workout and during class. It comes to you in your dreams. It comes to every track athlete at some point. It is the common enemy — the fear of inadequacy. Track athletes are competitive people. That is why they run, jump or throw — to beat people. Yet, track and field is unique in the sense that athletes are also trying to beat themselves by getting new PRs each time they compete. This is an added pressure that many athletes put upon themselves. In the face of competition, track athletes not only aspire to be better than their opponents, but to be better than they’ve ever been before. On the outside, many athletes appear to be brimming with confidence. Those are the people that have an air of intimidation about them in the warm-up area before competition. They don’t appear to be phased by nerves or anxiety. The common enemy doesn’t seem to affect them. But it affects us all. At some point or another, doubt sets in. You worry that you will compete and finish unsatisfied. You worry your best will not be enough to win. You worry you will disappoint your coaches, your teammates and yourself. No athlete escapes the clutches of the enemy. Anxiety and nerves are inevitable and beyond your control. What you can control is


Drake Softball’s unlucky weekend in Vegas Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

Drake Softball (7-7) knew that it had tough opponents waiting in Las Vegas at the Alexis Park Resort Classic, and competing with them — especially considering Drake’s roster only features 13 players and just three pitchers — proved to be a challenge. “We definitely had a lot of tough competition,” sophomore Nicole Newman said. “We played top-ranked teams in the country.” The team finished 1-4 on the weekend, losing two close games, two in blowouts and winning one on that final at-bat. The Bulldogs had trouble even getting on base against New Mexico State’s ace senior pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe in their first game of the tourney on March 4. Runs were even harder to come by as the Bulldogs went on to lose 3-1. Newman pitched well in response, but not well enough to prevent her first loss of the season. The Aggies struck early in the first inning after back-to-back errors committed by Newman and center fielder Tasha Alexander to take a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice groundout by Drake junior Megan Sowa in the top of the fourth scored Teryn Pena to tie the game at one, but a solo home run by Aggie Kelsey Horton in the bottom of the fifth put New Mexico back on top. New Mexico loaded the bases in the sixth, but only scored one run on a walk to extend the lead to two, leaving three runners stranded. Sowa reached base on a ground rule double with one out in the top of the seventh, but neither Kaitlyn Finneran nor Gabbie Jonas was able to bring her home or get on base to keep the Bulldogs’ hopes alive. New Mexico won, 3-1. Taking on the seventh ranked Oregon Ducks that evening, nothing seemed to go right for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Kailee Smith took the mound for the first two innings, her first start of the season, and the Ducks weren’t particularly welcoming. In her time on the mound, Oregon

scored seven runs on six hits against Smith to take an early, commanding lead. Senior Mariah McKinnon replaced Smith in the third, but she didn’t fare any better. She gave up another seven runs in the next two innings on 10 hits, including a six-run rally in the third inning that was capitalized by a two-out grand slam by senior Janelle Lindvall, her fourth homer of the season. Drake did manage to get on the board in the top of the third thanks to a pair of Oregon errors and a Sowa single, picking up her eighth RBI of the season. The game ended via mercy rule in the top of the fifth by a score of 14-2.

“We definitely had a lot of tough competition ... We played top-ranked teams in the country.” Nicole Newman Sophomore Pitcher

If the Bulldogs were demoralized by the loss, it didn’t show the next day as they took on the Saint Mary’s Gaels in a highscoring thriller. Smith started her second game of the season against the Gaels, but again struggled. She gave up four runs in four batters without getting an out before being relieved. McKinnon came in and gave up a double to the first batter she faced, but retired the next three without allowing the ball to leave the infield. Saint Mary’s tacked on another two runs in the top of the second, but the Bulldogs’ bats got started in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and two on, Alexander came up to the plate and launched her third homer of 2016 to close the gap to three. Two innings later, Pena led off with a single and Smith made up for her mistakes on the mound with her first home run of the season to pull Drake within one. Drake nearly struck again in the frame. They loaded the bases with two outs, but freshman Kennedy Frank grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Newman took the mound to

replace McKinnon in the top of the fifth and retired the side, allowing the Bulldogs to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Smith tied the game at six with an RBI double. “Knowing that I was struggling pitching, I knew I needed to do something on the offensive side to help out my team,” Smith said. A wild pitch and another RBI double soon followed, this time from Alexander, to give Drake an 8-6 lead. Frank hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth and a Jonas sacrifice scored Pena to extend the lead to four. With Newman on the mound, a four run lead normally would be enough, but the Gaels didn’t see it that way. And they got some help from the Drake outfield. The frame started with an error committed by right fielder Maddie Hooyman. Three batters later, with two runners on, three batters later Alexander committed her fourth error of the season to allow a run to score. Back-to-back two out hits brought another three Gaels across home plate to tie the game at 10 before Newman was able to end the frame. Four runs had scored, none of them were earned. Sowa, the Bulldogs’ hottest hitter, came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. She already had a five-game hitting streak, but was looking for a walk off. With two outs and Kelsey Wright on second, Sowa came up in the clutch. She found the gap in left-center for a double and Wright scored the winning run, and the marathon was over. Drake 11, Saint Mary’s 10. Prior to leaving for Las Vegas, Frank had been hitting over .400, but finished the weekend at .289. Jonas had a seven-game hitting streak going when she entered the Alexis Park Resort Classic, but only recorded one hit during the tournament. The Bulldogs had another close matchup that wasn’t nearly as high-scoring on Saturday evening against the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Rebels. The Rebels started scoring quickly, plating two in the first inning against Newman. Drake scored three to take the lead in the top of the fourth, leaving the fate of the ballgame on

Newman’s pitching, the Bulldogs’ defense and the Rebel hitters. Three Rebels were left stranded in the next two innings, but they were able to deliver in the bottom of the sixth against Newman who was pitching in her 17th inning in two days. (She finished the weekend with four appearances, three starts and 20 innings pitched.) Just one out away from a Drake victory, Rebel senior Francesca Foti tripled to score the tying run and prevent Newman’s seventh win of 2016. The next two batters walked to load the bases and a two-RBI single put UNLV up 5-3. Newman was saddled with her second loss of 2016 after giving up five earned runs in six innings of work. She also recorded five strikeouts, the fewest Ks she’s recorded in a start this season. The Bulldog bats again were unable to save the Drake pitchers on Sunday in their final game of the Alexis Park Resort Classic on Sunday morning, against the Florida Atlantic University Owls. Newman started the game, her eighth start of the season and ninth appearance, and again struggled as she had in the sixth inning the previous day. In three innings of work, Newman’s fatigue began to show,. She gave up five runs (four earned) in three innings, her shortest outing of 2016. McKinnon relieved her in the top of the fourth. She would give up three runs (one earned) in two innings. Drake only recorded three hits in the game, two of which came from junior Kaitlyn Finneran. The loss dropped Drake to 7-7 on the year, the first time the team has been .500 since being 1-1 back in mid-February. Looking forward, the Bulldogs are starting to practice outside for the first time this spring, preferred to the typical indoor practices of the window. “We’re looking forward to … taking more reps out on the dirt,” Newman said. “That will definitely help prepare us for the upcoming conference season.” The Bulldogs will look to get back above .500 this week as they play six games over the course of four days in three different states. They will face the University of Ohio, University of Indiana, Saint Louis University and SIUE.

how you deal with the enemy. You can recognize that you will feel nervous at some point, and you can recognize that the athletes around you feel the same way, too. Once you choose to accept that the enemy is lurking, then you can choose to embrace it. You can choose to understand that the fear of inadequacy is not an inherently bad thing. To fear inadequacy means that you care about the task at hand. It means that there’s been hard work and sacrifice, have led to this competition, and you do not want your efforts to be in vain. To fear inadequacy is to hold yourself to a high standard and to be committed to achieving it. The enemy will come knocking at the door. It is up to you to decide. Will you let it in?

Bailee Cofer


Drake Athletics Over Spring Break March 11-13

Women’s Basketball MVC Tournament Moline, IL

March 11


March 12

Women’s Tennis vs. Northern Illinois ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER

March 12

Softball vs. Ohio (Game 1) Bloomington, IN

March 13

Men’s Tennis vs. Wisconsin ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER

March 13

Softball vs. Ohio (Game 2) Bloomington, IN

March 13-15

Women’s Golf Citadel Invitational Charleston, SC

March 14

Softball vs. Indiana (Game 1) Bloomington, IN

March 14

Softball vs. Indiana (Game 2) Bloomington, IN

March 15

Softball vs. Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO

March 16

Softball vs. SIUE Edwardsville, IL

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March 09, 2016


Bulldogs escape with wins over ranked Iowa and Cornell Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

The Drake men’s tennis team — ranked 36th in the nation midway through the season — seems to finally be finding its form. The Bulldogs have won five straight matches, all of them at home and all but one of them by three points or less. Three of those wins came this weekend, as the Bulldogs topped no. 33 Iowa, Michigan State and no. 65 Cornell. The match against the Iowa Hawkeyes on March 4 was Drake’s fourth against a team from the Big 10 Conference, all of which have been wins for the Bulldogs, all of which have been close. Iowa won the doubles point, but Drake senior Ben Lott tied the match up at one with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Sophomore Ben Stride won on the fifth court and freshman Tom Hands lost on the sixth to keep the match tied. After losing the first set 6-2, sophomore Bayo Phillips stayed alive with a 7-5 victory in set two. He wasn’t able to keep it going in set three, however, losing 6-2. Down 3-2, freshman Vinny Gillespie and sophomore Calum MacGeoch both needed to win on the third and fourth courts. MacGeoch had lost set one in a tiebreaker, but overpowered his opponents in the next two sets: 6-3, 6-2. The match was tied. Gillespie won the first set in 12 games, but struggled in the second and lost 2-6. Down 4-2 in set three, Gillespie fought for two breaks and won the next four games. Gillespie won the match, both for himself and for Drake. Against Michigan State on March 5, the match went much

more smoothly. Drake won the doubles point in two matches and didn’t look back from there. Hands was the only Bulldog who didn’t win his match in two sets, but still pulled it out in set three on the fifth court. Phillips had the day off and Ben Clark played his sixth match of 2016, this time on the sixth court. He won 6-1, 7-5 to improve to 3-3 on the season. Closing out the weekend against the Cornell Big Red on Sunday, the Bulldogs had yet another match go down to the wire. Drake got out to an early 2-0 lead after the Bulldogs took the doubles point and MacGeoch won 6-2, 6-2, his team-leading 11th win of the season. He was also named conference tennis player of the week, the fifth time a Bulldog has won the award this year. But the match would be tied up soon after, as Hands and Phillips both in straight sets. “We did get off to some leads and I do think that we relaxed a little bit,” head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “We almost got into a false sense of security … and then, all of a sudden, maybe let up a little bit … Instead of really being comfortably ahead, we’re down and it looks like the match is really slipping away from us.” In a back-and-forth match, Ben Stride overcame a rough second set loss to win his match 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. “Ben Stride kind of went through that rollercoaster,” Kozlowski reflected. “(He) played a great first set, maybe pressed a bit in the second set thinking he could steamroll it, didn’t stick to his gameplan, and then just went back and focused on what he was doing. And it worked well for him.” Stride’s match seemed to be largely ignored by the fans in the

stands, as the court he played on was located on the far corner of the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The audience’s collective attention was much more focused on courts three and five as Lott and Gillespie each were caught in second set tiebreakers, both fighting to stay alive. Lott had been down 5-1 in the second set after losing the first and was clearly frustrated and worked on changing his mindset. “I’ve broken that guy’s serve before in a match and I knew I could do it again,” Lott said. “I just had to put a performance together and really focus on the big points. I think that was the difference.” The renewed confidence helped Lott win the next five games — several of them coming down to deuce points — to take a 6-5 lead. His opponent, Cornell’s David Volfson, won the next game tie the match at six. Lott overcame Volfson 7-4 in the tiebreaker and survived into the third set, although that set would end unfinished. That’s because Gillespie finished off his opponent first, in just as dramatic fashion.

After losing the first set 6-4, Gillespie was visibly frustrated with his own play. “To be honest, I thought I was down and out,” Gillespie said. Between sets, assistant coach Matt Frost came over and helped Gillespie calm down and refocus, something that he would need to do as the second set progressed. “My desire to win was totally different,” Gillespie said. “At the start I was just going for too much, I was missing … then suddenly I got a few tough points ... (and) started being more solid, started ripping the ball instead of trying to hit winners, and then I got a few lucky points here and there. And then I was back in the match.” Gillespie battled to a tiebreaker in the second set. Behind 5-4, Gillespie made a clutch backhand to tie game back up. Pushed into extra points, Gillespie won the tiebreaker 8-6 and had the momentum entering set three. That momentum paid off, as Gillespie won the first four games. He lost three of the next four games, but still won the set 6-4. “There’s nothing better than (winning the clinch match),” Gillespie said. “This is what I

came to college for.” That gave Drake the clinching fourth point and the Bulldogs improved to 11-5 on the season with their fifth straight win. “We started the season off, I think, competing really well and being in position to win some of the matches, but not really finishing things off,” Kozlowski said. “The way the guys have responded the last two weekends (has been very good), I think, picking up four or five ranked wins all coming down to the end, having the younger guys come back and battle and get it done and just maturing.” It was also Gillespie’s 10th win of 2016. He’s won eight of his last nine matches. “It’s always great to see these young guys get the clinch match,” Lott said. “It’s a great feeling, getting that clinch match to seal the win.” Brown University and no. 55 University of Wisconsin‑Madison will be traveling to Des Moines to take on Drake this weekend. Those matches will be at 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

TOM HANDS chases down a ball played deep into to the left of his side of the court. Hands is 8-6 in his freshman campaign, with all but two of his matches coming on the no. 6 court. PHOTO BY MOHAMAD SUHAIMI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Drake splits two matches, still .500 on the season, Johnson continues to lead

SENIOR MADDIE JOHNSON (left) moves towards the net on a softly played ball during one of Saturday’s matches. Johnson currently has the best record for the Bulldogs in 2016. She is 7-3 in duals and has won her last three matches. (Right) Sophomore Mela Jaglarz runs down a backhand. She is 4-6 overall and is 4-4 on the no. 6 court in 2016. PHOTOS BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

Drake Women’s Tennis continued its trend of struggling against tougher opponents, but defeating weaker ones. The Marquette Golden Eagles — a team that is 6-4 this season, with three of their losses coming against Big 10 opponents  — routed the Bulldogs by a score of 6-1 on the morning of March 5 in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake turned it around in the afternoon, sweeping the Gustavus

Adolphus Golden Gusties 4-0. The Golden Gusties are 6-3 in 2016, but their schedule has been largely made up of smaller programs from lesser-known colleges. Against Marquette, senior Maddie Johnson was the only Bulldog to survive into a third set. She won the first set 6-4 and lost the second 2-6, then won the third in the first-to-10 format by a score of 10-7. Other than Johnson, no Bulldog won more than four games in a set, both in doubles and in singles. Lomas came closest, losing her match on the no. 5 court 6-1, 6-4. “It was a tough loss for the

team overall,” Johnson said. “It was not our best tennis.” The second match of the day was a blowout as well, but this time it was in Drake’s favor. In doubles, sophomores Mela Jaglarz and Summer Brills fell 6-1 on the no. 3 court, but that would be the only Bulldog loss on the day. Senior Mariel Ante and sophomore Tess Herder cruised past their opponents on court one with a 6-1 victory. Freshman Joely Lomas and Johnson paired up on the no. 2 court to secure the point with a 6-2 victory. In singles, Johnson, Ante and Brills all won in straight sets, each of which featured a 6-0 set victory.

Herder and Jaglarz were both close to victory when the match was called, each one ahead by a score of 6-1, 4-1. At the time, Lomas was engaged in a playoff after the first set reached a 6-6 tie. “(The team) bounced back and took care of business,” Johnson said. Evidence of the Bulldogs’ semi‑predictable trend this season is their lack of close matches. In the 14 matches played thus far in 2016, all but two of them have been sweeps, both in Drake’s favor and against it. The two exceptions were Saturday’s match against Marquette and Feb. 6’s victory

over Creighton, both of which ended 6-1. “All of us need to show up on (any given) day,” Johnson said. “Each person needs to … believe that they can win.” The Bulldogs’ overall record is 7-7 in 2016, but they are 5-2 at home. Their next five matches are at home as well, giving the team a distinct advantage with conference play fast approaching Drake has one match this weekend. Northern Illinois University will travel to Des Moines to take on the Bulldogs this Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Women’s Basketball confident for upcoming MVC Tournament

CAITLIN INGLE’S statline this season has been that of the team player. She leads the MVC with 6.9 assists per game (2.4 more than second place), is shooting incredibly well with a field goal percentage of .492 (fifth in the conference) and contributes 10.1 points per game, a mark that puts her in the top-25 scorers in the MVC. She’s also been a problem for opposing offenses with 1.6 steals per game (eighth in the MVC) and has been smart with the ball, giving her the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference at 1.8. PHOTO BY MOHAMAD SUHAIMI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Austin Cannon Beat Writer @NotAustinCannon

Do or die. Win or go home. Survive and advance. Pick the cliché. Each applies to the Drake women’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament hopes as it travels to Moline, Illinois, this weekend to play in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The MVC tournament title would give Drake an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs haven’t been to the Big Dance since 2007. Drake finished the season with a 21-8 record (14-4 in the MVC) and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Bulldogs have a first-round bye and will play the winner of the No. 10 EvansvilleNo. 7 Illinois State contest Friday night at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs finished their

regular season this past weekend with victories over Evansville (Thursday) and Southern Illinois (Saturday). They’ve won four straight since losing to Northern Iowa on Feb. 19. “I think our confidence level is at an all-time high right now,” junior point guard Caitlin Ingle said. “I think that we’re playing the best we’ve played as a team.” It will be familiar territory for Drake. The Bulldogs were the No. 2 seed last year as well but lost their first game, an 8479 overtime defeat at the hands of Evansville. In 2014, Drake advanced all the way to the title game before falling to Wichita State. This year, the Bulldogs bring back an experienced core. Junior Lizzy Wendell finished the season as the MVC scoring champion. Sophomore Maddy Dean was only three rebounds per game short of averaging a doubledouble for the season. And Ingle

led the conference in assists while still scoring more than 10 points per game. They will be complimented by freshmen Sara Rhine, Sammie Bachrodt and Nicole Miller. “We’re just in a good place and I think there’s more of an understanding of where we are and why we’re there and where we want to go,” head coach Jennie Baranczyk said. No matter the team, Drake will be favored over its Friday opponent. It swept the season series with both Evansville and Illinois State, winning the four games by an average of 34.25 points. Except for top-seeded UNI, the Bulldogs beat each team in the MVC at least once this season. A rematch against the Panthers would only come in the championship game. Going into this week of practice, all nine Bulldogs are injury-free and well-rested. “We’re all really fresh because

we don’t have to play as many minutes,” Ingle said, “so I think coming down the stretch that’s going to be huge for us because a lot of other teams have a lot of other players play 35-plus minutes and we’re playing 28 at most.” Ingle averages the most minutes per game at 27.7 and Wendell and Dean both average more than 27, too. On the other end of the spectrum, Cortni Rush plays the least but still gets nearly 16 minutes on the floor each game. Every player plays, giving the Bulldogs an advantage in depth. “That’s going to be huge when you’re trying to play multiple games (in one weekend),” Baranczyk said. Baranczyk said she will likely stick to the same player rotation she used during the regular season, but if the game dictates it, she knows she can leave in her more experience players

like Wendell and Ingle for more minutes. Ingle, for example, played 34 minutes on Saturday against Southern Illinois after her teammates got into foul trouble. “I think sometimes that needs to happen, and I think they’re fresh enough to have that happen,” Baranczyk said. This will be the first year Moline hosts the tournament, a mere two-and-a-half hour drive from Des Moines. “I know that there’s a lot of people planning on traveling down there, people that have come up to me and said that they’ve already gotten their tickets, so I’m excited to see how many people show up,” Ingle said. “We need it to feel like a home crowd,” Baranczyk said. “We want it to feel like a home crowd.”


Men’s Basketball season ends in Arch Madness thriller vs. Missouri State Matthew Gogerty Beat Writer @matt_gogo In the second meeting in less than a week between Drake and the Missouri State Bears, the Bulldogs were unable to complete a comeback win in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis (i.e. Arch Madness). Drake fell to the Bears 69-67 at the Scottrade Center on Thursday night, sealing their postseason fate and ending the season for the Bulldogs. “We didn’t get the win, credit to Missouri State, but we did some things that will help our program out as we move forward,” head coach Ray Giacoletti said. The Bulldogs put forth a resounding effort against the Bears, which was strikingly similar to their last meeting, a 61-52 come-from-behind home win for Missouri State. This time, though, the Bulldogs fell behind in the first half. After the first 20 minutes, the deficit was in double-digits, 40-30. “We dug ourselves a hole,” Giacoletti said. The second half, however, has

been where the Bulldogs seem to be finding their momentum as of late. They came out seeking vengeance. An early 3-pointer by Graham Woodard set off what would become a 13-2 run for the Bulldogs. “We just came out, pounded the ball in to Dom, hit a couple wide open, inside-out threes,” redshirt freshman forward Casey Schlatter said. “(We were) making the simple play and getting the best shot available.” Ore Arogundade landed a layup that put Drake ahead by one, 43-42, with 16 minutes left to play. Thereafter, the contest was a constant back-and-forth. A jumper by senior Karl Madison – who was playing his last game in a Drake uniform – would tie the score at 50 with 12 minutes left in the game. “We really just wanted to let it all out on the floor for (Karl Madison) and for the rest of our team to build on what we had going toward the end of the season,” Reed Timmer said. Madison’s bucket was followed by a 12-3 run for the Bears, putting them ahead by nine with seven minutes left of play. But the Bulldogs, as resilient

as they have been against the Bears this season, were able to close the gap in the final minutes. Another lead change came off a rebound and assist from Schlatter to Timmer who made a layup off the fastbreak, leaving the score at 66-64 with just under two minutes remaining. The Bears were able to land a shot from three-point land to put them ahead by one. Consecutive turnovers by Dominick Olejniczak and Timmer led to an intentional foul and a trip to the charity stripe for Missouri State. Missouri State senior Loomis Gerring sunk both free throws to extend his team’s lead to three. Woodward earned a trip to the free throw line on the next possession. He made the first and missed the second, and the Bears grabbed the rebound. Chris Kendrix, a Missouri State sophomore, missed both free throws after another foul, but the Bulldogs were unable to convert on the ensuing possession. The game and Drake’s season were over. In the final game for the Bulldogs this season, they shot an astounding 60 percent in the second half, 48 overall.

7-footer Olejniczak, who has been a key player in Drake’s last three games, had a career-high 18 points, eight rebounds and one block. “What was working for us was getting the ball inside and getting the ball in the middle,” Timmer said. Timmer put up 12 points — his eighth lowest total of the season — pulled down seven rebounds and finished 2-3 from three. Schlatter, in his sixth start of the season, contributed a careerhigh 11 assists to go along with seven points and nine rebounds. The story of the game was looks from the arc. The Bulldogs went 5-15 overall, while the Bears shot 10-20, 5-9 in the second half, which is what ultimately gave the Bears the win in this neck-andneck affair. Even if Drake finished the season with the worst record in the conference (2-16 MVC) and were 17 games below .500 (724), the Bulldogs seemed to have found some sort of momentum in their last few games. Over the last six games of the season, the Bulldogs’ offense was only held to less than 60 points once and never lost by more than nine, an improvement over the

early conference season. At that rate, the Bulldogs will improve next year and have a better chance of advancing in Arch Madness, something they haven’t done since 2013. “This team has played much

“We didn’t get the win, credit to Missouri State, but we did some things that will help our program out moving forward.” Ray Giacoletti Head Coach

better this last month of the season,” Giacoletti said. “It hasn’t equated so much into wins, but the last four weeks we’ve gotten better (and) had opportunities to win games.” If nothing else, the close games the Bulldogs were in this season and the fight they showed can surely translate into one thing they desperately need in the coming 2016-17 season – wins.

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