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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 136 | No. 15 | Wed. Feb. 15, 2017



Senate shuts down consolidated election proposal Event raises awareness to change ‘outdated’ law

Jake Bullington Digital Editor @jakebullington

In its 31 year history, Student Senate has always had separate general and executive elections. A proposal was brought to Senate to combine the two elections into one, but that proposal was rejected. Heads of the Election Commission, Josh Hughes and Erin Griffin, brought this proposal to the table this past

Thursday. The proposal called for conducting all of the elections at once and shifted the timeline of campaigning to a less-than-14 day process. The proposal reads that the “Election Commission believes this change will lead to a(n) easier and more substantive campaign cycle.” Hughes and Griffin believed that moving from a bifurcated election to a unified one would help improve overall voter turnout and prevent students from becoming “burned out”

JOSH HUGHES, member of the Election Commission, proposed changes last Thursday. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

from weeks of campaigning. “(This) is a significant departure from what we’ve done in the past,” Hughes said. This sparked immediate concern from most senators. “My big concern with switching to this calendar is that people who run for (executive) positions wouldn’t then be able to run for at-large positions if they were to lose their election…” said Sen. Grace Rogers. Several other senators voiced similar concerns about not being able to run for a lower-level position if someone were to lose an executive election. “That’s one of the unintended consequences of moving to the unitary election,” Hughes said. “I guess the reasoning behind that and the rationale is that we feel this is a better change for everyone involved in the Drake community. We feel that there are still a lot of ways to get involved in senate without necessarily being a senator.” Another concern brought to the debate was from Treasurer JD Stehwien. In regards to the potential change, Stehwien cited dropping numbers in sign-ups in campus leadership positions, like orientation leaders and resident assistants, as reason to be concerned about how this unitary election would affect students’ willingness to run for senate. “With the numbers already down for on-campus involvement this year, how do you think this is going to impact … having one chance to sign up?” Stehwien said. Griffin said that many people consider running for senate. Last year, there were more candidates

than senate positions. “I think our goal here is to find people who are really devoted to senate and really want to run for it,” Griffin said. “Hopefully the numbers won’t be low, and if they are we’ll go from there. Hughes and Griffin also emphasized the commission’s plan to heavily emphasize social media tools to inform students about the elections as well as candidates’ platforms. This proposal follows a motion from last semester, where the Election Commission’s bylaws were updated. That was approved because senate felt it would improve the election process. This new proposal, however, was voted down by a large margin. Fifteen senators, including Stehwien and Rogers, voted against it. Only two senators, AJ Treiber and Joe Herba, voted in favor of the motion. Three senators abstained, including two who were present, Alex Maciejewski and Elizabeth Fisher. Neither gave a reason for why they abstained. In addition to the failed election proposal, Griffin and Hughes offered a potential change to the election rules, clarifying the rules surrounding the use of Snapchat. Candidates now cannot send mass Snapchats while campaigning, but can utilize the story feature to promote their candidacy. This motion is likely to pass but was tabled until this week’s upcoming meeting since it is a change in bylaws.

Katherine Bauer News Editor @bauer_katherine On any given night, music rings out at Lefty’s Live Music in Dogtown. However, once 9 p.m. strikes, there is often a noticeable difference. When 9 p.m. comes along, everyone who is not 21 or older has to leave. A Des Moines city ordinance holds that 20-yearolds and younger are not allowed in bars after 9 p.m., including music venues that have a liquor license. The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) and Lefty’s are trying to change that. Last Thursday, an event called Lights out at Nine attempted to draw attention to the “archaic ordinance,” according to Lefty’s co-owner and book manager Erik Brown. “I’ve never been to another city that has something that feels like 1950s America,” Brown said. “We’re talking about arts. We’re not talking about night life scenes. I think when you limit people seeing art or experiencing art, it’s just a very old America we see, and that’s not what we are.” Advocates through the years have taken on the ordinance but have never succeeded in changing the law.



Students discuss the importance of Black History Month Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer @lorienmacenulty What started in 1926 as Negro History Week, a local commemoration adopted by a few cities at the time, morphed into the nationally observed Black History Month by the late 1960s. Despite widespread observance of the dedication to AfricanAmerican identity, the history of Black History Month has deep roots in university life across the U.S. In mutual celebration, The Times-Delphic has assembled a profile of these cultural proceedings tied to the month of February, both at Drake and elsewhere. The Origins of Black History Month Historian and Harvard alumnus Dr. Carter G. Woodson established the Association for

the Study of Negro Life and History in September 1915 as a means of uncovering and recognizing the contributions of African-Americans in various fields and endeavors. “While attending Harvard, Carter G. Woodson was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity,” said Maleigha Williams, the chief marketing officer for the Coalition of Black Students (CBS). “Being passionate about black history education, Woodson suggested in a fraternity meeting that they should give more attention to African-American life and history.” The organization is responsible for the association of black history with February, as Negro History week intentionally coincided with the birthday celebrations of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The group now identifies as the Association for the Study of African-American

Life and History. Their values have remained the same, “An organization comprised of people of all walks of life and professions we are the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public,” according to its website. The interest in black history increased during the Civil Rights Movement. “It’s been a part of identity building for African-Americans, and of course the recovery of history is a very important component in that,” said Dr. Glenn McKnight, chair of Drake’s Department of History. “One of the reasons that that’s been so important is that black history has really been marginalized historically. So Black History Month has been a way of bringing African-American History more into the mainstream.” Every president since Gerald Ford has prioritized the rededication of the month of February to the history of the

country’s black identity and the discovery of their subsequent culture. Morgan Freeman on Black History Month Unlike U.S. presidents, not all public figures adopted the commemorative month so willingly. In a 2005 interview with 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman said that he found Black History Month “ridiculous.” “What? You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Freeman said. “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” Some Drake University students have similar thoughts on the subject. “I think it is a time to recognize (black people),” said sophomore Christina Sigir. “But I also think it is a little bit praised more than it should be because, as people, they should be recognized throughout any month and not just dedicated

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to a certain month.” Perspectives like Sigir’s and Freeman’s sparked controversy on a national level, inciting hundreds of conversations about the intentional differentiation of history by color and its effects on racism. “Of course I think that black history should be celebrated all the time, but I think that Black History Month is the one time of the year where everyone is almost forced to realize that black people are great, black people are amazing, black people are very empowering,” said Deshauna Carter, Co-Senator of Equity and Inclusion on Student Senate. “We affect American history a lot, and this is the one time where people learn little things, like there wouldn’t be peanut butter if it weren’t for a black man.”


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Advocates say changes to law would boost live music scene, economy CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “(The ordinance) is unrealistic for venues to uphold the restrictions it puts on them,” said Molly Brandt, the advocacy coordinator for DMMC and a senior music/business major. “Ultimately, it hurts the music scene in Des Moines and hurts our young people’s access to art and culture, to entertainment.” The DMMC looks to gain support for the movement and perhaps even get it changed this year. “This event serves as the kickoff event for this campaign,” Brandt said. “We really wanted to gauge some interest from high schools students and college students, especially Drake students with (Lefty’s) being so close to campus. We wanted to see what kind of reaction we get, speak about the issues, inform people on it, get people involved.” People want to change the law because they believe it will give Des Moines an economic and cultural boost. “When you disclude an entire segment of the population from going to these affordable, accessible, casual and diverse live music performances, you’re going to lose your future customers who want to stay in Des Moines,” Brandt said. “You’re losing retention of the area youth. We want to make it so that touring bands want to come to Des Moines and want to do shows for all ages. We really need to eliminate this in order to get Des

Moines to the next level of being a live music city.” Brown echoed that Des Moines needs to take steps to keep young people in Des Moines after high school and college. “It can determine if your market stays small and not be able to bring in big bands,” Brown said. “It’s important from an economic standpoint. For a city to grow and to retain its youth, you have to offer things for them to do.” One young performer said bringing in those big bands would help the music scene itself to grow along with the city. “(Changing the law) would benefit not only the youth to be able to go to the shows they want to, but it would help everyone, because the more you get the kids involved in the music scene, the music scene will grow more when they can go to the shows they want to,” said Louise Bequeaith, a member of the band Glitter Density. Bequeaith was one of several people to perform under the age of 20 as part of Lights Out at Nine. She said live music performances are important to get young people involved in the art. “Without venues like this, me and (my bandmate) wouldn’t have a place to experience (live music) or know it’s something that we love to do or that we love to perform in front of people,” Bequeaith said. “Having a place that opens its doors to you is what shows you the possibilities, because without it, we wouldn’t

have a clue.” Live music has a unique impact on young artists, according to Drake senior Nick Gardner. “It’s much more personal to be able to see live bands perform rather than watching or listening to them on the internet,” said Gardner, a music education major. “When you watch bands perform live, you get to see the emotion and energy come out from their lyrics or horns.” However, Gardner can see the concern lawmakers had when implementing the ordinance.

“If I’m imagining myself as a bar owner, I would be worried about the liability of having minors at my bar late at night,” Gardner said. “I would be worried about them getting alcohol from employees that were careless when checking identification.” Gardner and Brown both noted, however, that proper training and precautions can avoid such issues. “We’re proactive,” Brown said. “We have a lot of safeties in place to make sure that if, you’re in here and you’re under age, that you’re

safe, that staff makes sure you’re doing everything that’s within the law and having a good time. We work hard to bring music to people who are 16 years old as well as 45 years old.” Brown said he believes Lefty’s can continue these practices after 9 p.m. and added that the ordinance could simply extend the out time from 9 until 11:30 p.m., when shows usually finish up.

GRAND AVE RUCKUS performs at Lights Out at Nine to change city ordinance. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN| MANAGING EDITOR

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Bystander Prevention Week helps students respond to hate crimes Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer @lorienmacenulty

A reported 897 hate crimes aimed at minority groups in the U.S. occurred in the 10 days that followed the presidential election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. While the rate has been decreasing steadily in recent weeks, bias-based aggression is on the rise.

The co-senators of Equity and Inclusion, Deshauna Carter and Kenia Calderon, organized Bystander Prevention Week, a week dedicated to protecting and spreading awareness to minority individuals with high probabilities of victimization. “After the hate crime that we saw last November, where the dorm was plastered with Trump signs – that happened to a La Fuerza Latina Member – I knew that it was important for us to

host such an event for people to be aware of the things that are happening to marginalized communities and be able to do something about it,” Calderon said. The first event of the series included a viewing of the documentary “Hate Rising.” The 50 minute film follows journalist Jorge-Ramos as he investigates the effect of Donald Trump’s campaign on race relations. “(Hate crimes) never left,”

STUDENTS learned about rights in police encounters in the Reading Room. PHOTO BY LORIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER

Carter said. “If anything, they just increased, and that’s why people are noticing them more, because it’s happening more often. But they definitely were happening before.” Racial profiling is a form of victimization many minorities experience. “We wanted to make sure people knew their rights,” Carter said, “especially since people from marginalized communities are getting arrested at higher rates and are getting stopped and frisked at higher rates than other communities.” A “Know Your Rights” session was hosted last Wednesday on campus, featuring law professor and activist Dr. Sally Frank. Frank spoke to the 30 attendees about their rights as citizens when confronted by law enforcement. Among the issues addressed were an officer’s inability to search a car or house without a warrant and what not to have in pockets when at a protest. On more than one occasion, Frank reiterated that many individuals approached by a police officer have the right to remain silent yet often do not take advantage of it. She illustrated this concept with an allusion to a scene in “Shrek 2,” wherein a panicked and jailed Donkey blabs on energetically about his right to remain silent. Shrek, also undergoing prosecution, replies, “Donkey, you have the right to

remain silent. What you lack is the capacity.” Last Friday’s self-defense training, held in Sussman Theater, marked the end of the week. Participants of the training learned the basics of protection from assault. “When hate crimes and harassment happen, it’s not just the person who’s harassing that’s at fault, but it’s also the people around that didn’t do anything to prevent it or stop it,” Calderon said. Calderon said she has never personally been the victim of a hate crime. As an activist on social media, however, she often is the receiver of typed criticism. “It’s really easy for people to be mean behind a keyboard,” Calderon said. Both Carter and Calderon said that the best defense against passive bystanding is awareness. “The first thing (people) can do is start learning what exactly marginalized communities are threatened by,” said Carter. “What is happening to them that they would say that ‘by watching this happen to me, you are being a bystander?’ So going out, talking to those communities, going to multicultural events, learning what their struggle is, and, by doing that, you know when you are being a bystander.”


CAB dialogue asks student to consider barriers to higher education Katherine Bauer News Editor @bauerkatherine For basically every high school student, life after high school becomes a frequently thought about topic. The Community Action Board (CAB) hosted a social justice dialogue Thursday night in Goodwin-Kirk to look at why some students make it to college and some do not. The dialogue titled “How Are We Here?” asked students to consider the factors and roadblocks young people face when trying to get into higher education. “It’s just assumed that we’re here (at Drake), and we don’t have critical conversations around the fact that we’re really privileged to be in this space to have conversations about social justice,” said President of CAB, Jamie Willer. “That’s not something everyone has access to.” In their social justice dialogues, CAB aims to bring up topics that

students have not thought about before or topics that do not have other platforms to be discussed in. “I feel like it hasn’t been talked about on Drake’s campus,” Willer said. “What we try to do is bring out topics that aren’t being talked about in other spaces, or maybe we think students might want to talk about.” Nicholas Bianchina, the collaborative programming chair for CAB, started the dialogue by asking participants to list factors they thought affected whether or not a student made it to college. Students compared private and public high school educations, analyzed different financial situations students may deal with and things as simple as ACT and SAT scores and grades. “Sometimes we live in a world where we think everything is going right,” Bianchina said. “You realize you’re a part of that story too. I think that’s powerful to see your connection to the story.” During a breakout discussion, students talked about which factors they had or had not considered before. Some students noticed that schools offer varying

numbers of AP, IB or dual credit courses. Even if there are numerous courses available, the exams can often be too costly for some to take. Students also pointed out that the whole idea of the ACT and SAT tests can restrict students because of the cost to take and retake them. ACT and SAT preparatory programs also give an advantage to those who can afford them. “I think education is the center of everything,” Willer said. “When you have systematic inequality, it stems from education and the inequality that happens within education. Education is how you get access to other capital. So many students gain social capital just by being in higher education and making networks and meeting people that got them a job.” One student pointed out that schools can discourage or stop students from taking AP courses if the teachers or counselors think they would not do well. Only students who would score well could then take them, reflecting better on the school. “We have this myth that

education is the American dream and it works out and it’s the great equalizer, but it’s not,” Willer said. “There’s so much inequality in education and we need to address that if we’re going to say education provides opportunity for everyone.” In another breakout discussion, participants talked about the barriers students can face once they start attending a higher education institution. They noted that students might have to spend more time working to pay rent or tuition instead of studying or working unpaid/ low-paying internships to further their career. “I think we have an opportunity cost where we’re building our resumes instead of working,” one student said. “You can’t donate time to your future career game because you’re putting food on the table. People with privilege can do that.” The group then looked ahead on how to change the unequal opportunities young people have when pursuing an education. Students suggested mentoring younger students to help point them towards the right resources.

But ultimately, the dialogue wanted to simply get students thinking about the topic. “I just really want people to think about it. I thought everything needed to have action,” Bianchina said. “Action is the end result you’re hoping for. There is time where you need to learn about stuff and ponder it. That’s what’s important.” After the discussion ended, Willer noted the impact lack of higher education can have on the world. “Right now, because we don’t have access to higher education, we are losing people that have (talent),” Willer said. “We are missing them in the workforce because we’re not giving them the opportunities that they deserve. It’s a benefit to all of us because we’re missing incredibly talented people in the workforce because they don’t have access to higher education.” CAB is looking to hold its next social dialogue on March 9, revolving around service. More information can be found on the CAB Facebook page.

Coalition of Black Students plan celebrations of black culture CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Williams questioned how much knowledge she would have on the African-American influence in history without a month dedicated to it. “I don’t think that Black History Month is something bad,” Williams said. “I feel like it’s something necessary in this country to highlight the things that African-Americans have done. Black History Month at Drake University The tradition is recognized and continued by students at Drake University. “There are so many things going on on campus,” Williams said. “There are so many things that the Coalition of Black Students get to do. It’s an entire month dedicated to us just doing

things, talking to people, getting to know more people. This is the month where we get the most participation in our events campus-wide.” In addition to daily Facebook posts and weekly Stallseat Journal entries that highlight lesser-known facts about black history, CBS has a long list of events planned for February. These events kicked off Feb. 2 with a showing of a documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” Other events included a Super Bowl party, a game of Family Feud. A commemorative lunch will be held at Hubbell Dining Hall on Feb. 19. This week, students, along with the board of CBS, will travel to Austin, Texas to participate in a black leadership conference. “Last year, we had a lot more

people, but due to funding and budget cuts we are bringing less people this year,” Williams said. The biggest event that CBS has planned for Black History Month is the Black on Black Banquet, featuring Black Panther Party member and human rights activist Kathleen Neil Cleaver. “This year, we have two poets and possibly a musician,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity to dress up, talk to people you don’t usually see often and even meet new people.” Mama’s Cookin’, a laid-back Sunday dinner with a homecooked meal has been moved to Feb. 26 at the Black Cultural Center. “Our motto is: you don’t have to be us to befriend us,” Williams said. “It’s not just for black students. It’s not just for students of color. Our organization is for

everyone.” Similar Celebrations outside the U.S. “Black History Month is not an event,” said McKnight, whose research focuses on African studies. “It’s not a cultural phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa that I’m aware of. But as far as I know, this is not part of a curriculum. You don’t see this in schools or anything like that. It really is something that happens in the U.S.” As it happens, the cultural movement stemmed from the U.S. into other English speaking territories. Black Canadians, for example, are also celebrated in February, while British Black History Month is in October. Yet, primarily black communities on an international scale are not known for the same type of celebration.

“African-Americans have worked at that goal of recovering their history,” McKnight said. “Certainly people here in the US have looked back to Africa as part of that, because that is the homeland, the motherland. Amongst African-Americans, there’s been an increasing interest in African history. But the connection is very much one way. It’s really African-Americans becoming interested in Africa, trying to discover something about the cultural history.” Black History Month offers a time for Americans to learn and better understand the contributions of AfricanAmericans to the nation. “If it weren’t for Black History Month, would I know these things?” Williams said. “And honestly, I don’t know the answer, but probably not.”

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Denim: tough, enduring, fashionable; wear it with confidence

Emily Larson

Fashion Columnist @emj_larson

In 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis bestowed the world with a life-changing material: denim. The tough material was perfect for the lifestyles most people lived in the 1870s. These days, it is not always necessary for the tough material. Most people wear it purely for fashion. A few stereotypes tend to come to mind when we think of the blue fabric: cowboys and cowgirls, the ‘80s, stay-at-home mothers and beard-wearing men in flannel. This is a generation of

breaking stereotypes though, an end to preconceived notions and thoughts. Anyone can dress any way they want. It is not just a matter of fashion freedom, denim is actually in. It is savvy to push the limits, to wear denim on denim. Wearing a denim jacket, paired with denim ripped blue jeans is totally acceptable. Better yet, if you can pull it off, it is commendable. Being able to pull off denim on denim is not just a matter of picking and pairing the right pieces, it is about an “it factor.” You have to possess a certain amount of swagger to walk around flaunting such a fashion risk. What it comes down to is confidence. This applies to any chic garb. You have to believe that whatever you are wearing is beautiful. Even if an outfit is horrendous, if you believe what you are strutting around in is God’s chosen cloth, other people will believe it, too. I know I have seen my fair share of fashion outcry, but when the person wearing them is smirking and flouncing, I cannot help but question my disgust.

You know what I mean. We have all seen fashion shows with models walking down the runway in a fashion trainwreck, but you can not help questioning yourself. The model looks too sure of herself/himself, maybe what they are wearing is fashionable? If you do not want to be one of those people, there are plenty of denim trends that do not push any boundaries. Blue jeans for example, they come in a billion different styles, there is bound to be something for everyone. Personally, I love ripped jeans. The rugged look, paired with a more sophisticated top like a sport coat and a pair of simple pointed-toe heels offers a beautiful balance. Honestly the ripped jeans can be worn with anything and on anyone. Even men have begun wearing ripped jeans without being thought of as “emo.” The biggest trend I have seen among women though is black jeans. They offer the same comfortable material while a more formal color. Another unisex piece in denim that I’ big of a fan of is the denim jacket. It is a comfortable piece that goes with virtually anything.

For women, it could be anything from a simple t-shirt to a sundress. For men, it could be a button down or a white t-shirt. In men’s fashion, the biggest thing right now is layering. This is especially prominent with the use of denim jackets. Ripped jeans, a white tee, a soft flannel and a denim jacket as the cherry on top offers a carefree look while maintaining style. You do not have to have a beard to pull this one off, but it does not hurt. To add to the quirkiness of a denim jacket, often we see pins, bedazzling and embroidery. on them.

It used to be something only a little girl would wear but is now very acceptable. The pins you have near the lapel say things about your personality, another form of selfexpression. A back bedazzle that I am especially fond of is angel wings. More prominently popular is embroidered jackets. A lovely flower stitched onto the back is not unusual. In the end, though, it does not matter what you want to put on your denim or what you want to pair it with, as long as you have the confidence to pull it off.

RIPPED JEANS, tethered at the knee, on display. COURTESY OF EMILY LARSON


Sinkane newest feels poignant, offers an easy outlet into world music

Parker Klyn

Music Critic @KlynParker

These are troubling times. With many of our “great” nation’s leaders — including our president — displaying hideous ignorance towards basic human rights regarding refugees’ and women’s rights, it seems like America will look a little bit less diverse for the time being. And that’s a terrible thing, because some of the brightest stars in independent music – the queer, black Frank Ocean, the transgender eco-feminist Anohni, and the unapologetically feminine Grimes, among others – bring incredible diversity to pop culture. That’s why now more than ever, it is crucial to explore and embrace different styles of music. Luckily, Ahmed Gallab, who performs as Sinkane, has just released one of the most accessible and enjoyable albums of world music in recent memory. “Life & Livin’ It.” This album is his sixth full-length and second since signing with the prestigious German record label City Slang, is a wonderful fusion of genres that gives the listener catharsis, grooves and even a bit

of hope moving forward. The sheer amount of genres incorporated on this album read like a passport full of stamps. When I say that Sinkane brings musical influences from around the globe, I don’t mean an occasional sprinkling of Afropop à la Vampire Weekend or one Mariachi single like Father John Misty did in his last album. Sinkane has brought us everything from German krautrock to Jamaican dancehall and reggae and everything in between That’s not to say that “Life & Livin’ It” is a jumbled mess of disjointed styles; in fact, if anything, I wish Sinkane would’ve have pushed the envelope even further. He has this incredible knack for wrapping up these seemingly incompatible genres into a tight Afropop package. Most of the tracks here are backed by African and island drums; bongos are always prevalent. Still, it seems that he wanted to make this album accessible to new listeners, and he’s done exactly that. Sinkane isn’t an especially deep or poignant songwriter, but his themes come across well. “Fire” seems to be an ode to keeping focused in times of strife: “Fire / take me higher / but don’t take me away.” I never thought bongos would make a great baking for a ballad, but they do just that on the beautifully level-headed “Won’t Follow”: “Thoughts of you made me sober / And now that you’re gone / I feel new, and I won’t follow.” The moment on the record where Sinkane’s embrace of a variety of genres comes together best is on lead single “U’Huh,” which combines African

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percussion, dancehall grooves, Latin brass, Italian synth leads and even choral call-and-response. And the track ends up being one of the funkiest damn things I’ve heard in recent memory – it’s a toe-tapper for sure. Sinkane’s parents are British and spent much of his childhood

in the U.S., but didn’t come stateside until he was five years old. Before then, he lived in Sudan – the same Sudan that President Trump banned entry from in his executive order. And while “Life & Livin’ It” isn’t groundbreaking or revolutionary, it is charismatic and defiant nonetheless in its

relentless passion for diversity in music. If you’ve never listened to the genre of world music, this is your entry point; the impact of supporting an artist like Sinkane is far greater than money.

“LIFE AND LIVIN’ IT” was released on Feb. 10 and is Sinkane’s second album on German record label City Slang. COURTESY OF CONSEQUENCEOFSOUND.NET

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Event at Lefty’s protests city ordinance that outs underage concertgoers at 9 p.m.

Ellie Hilscher

Contributing Writer @Elliehilscher Imagine you just walked into a beautiful, dimly lit bar - one with great scenery. You’ve waited all week to see this artist perform, and you’re beyond thrilled about this once in a lifetime opportunity. As you make your way towards stage, you’re suddenly stopped by an employee who asks to see some identification. Your sudden dream of seeing this artist live is crushed when you’re informed that you can’t because you have to be 21 to enter the bar past 9 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 9, Lefty’s Live Music in Des Moines hosted a protest - Lights Out at Nine - to provide a more inclusive music scene, regardless of age. I personally had the chance to go check out what this was all about. Being under 21, I’m used to not being able to go to concerts and

bars, which is quite frustrating especially when a majority of my friends are older. Residents of Des Moines have always wanted to create such a vibrant, city life circled around a great music industry. So why aren’t we all allowed in? In the heart of this city, just minutes away from Drake University, there are bars and concert halls filled with amazing, talented singers. The biggest issue is 18-year -olds are only allowed in after 9 p.m. if the bar earns more than 50 percent of its profit from a nonalcoholic category, which is quite rare. Time after time I’ve had to figure out places to go with both my friends who are 18 and the ones who are 21. We shouldn’t limit the music scene and set a specific age, as 18-year-olds have just as much of a want to listen to beautiful music. By creating such a tight restriction, the bar loses customers and potential business. In the dating world, there are many people in between the ages of 18-25 who would love to go out and listen to music, but can’t because one may be younger than 21. When I walked into Lefty’s, I felt a wave of excitement. Not because it was a bar, but because it was a chance to listen to passionate artists. The people at Lefty’s ranged from the ages of 8 all the way to 75. Seeing people under 21 pour


Contributing Writer @Str8FrmCrOMPTON Political discussions are something that people try to stay clear of at all costs. Whether it is having a discussion with your uncle at Thanksgiving, that one friend from back home on Facebook or even that lady who does your nails; we all hate talking politics. However, the inability to have these conversations is becoming a part of our everyday lives. Sadly, this is hurting our political society. Last week, Marco Rubio gave a speech about the civility of political discussions in front of the Senate after Elizabeth Warren’s speaking time was halted. This is a speech we can all learn something from, but unfortunately, nobody really paid any attention. “We are becoming a society incapable of having debate anymore,” said Rubio, and sadly this is true. From my experiences on campus, and elsewhere, we are becoming a society that cannot seem to disagree. Many times when having political discussions with classmates, friends and even family people dismiss ideas that they disagree with as completely wrong or use degrading terms in response. This is having a long term effect on our political discussions as a society. We cannot seem to respectfully disagree with others and respect others as people. We take our disagreements and portray our

After listening to Carmelita cover famous songs, I made note of how crucial it is to let talent ring across all bars. Spending the night with my friend, in a bar, was fantastic and I’d go again if it weren’t for the rules. One of the youngest Rolling

Stones members was 14 and there were no restrictions. To learn more about helping change the rules, follow Des Moines Music Coalition’s page on Facebook. Creating a better music scene will be a lot easier with more support.

BANDS played at Lefty’s on Feb. 9. The event, Lights Out a Nine, was hosted to protest the ordinance that requires 21 and under students to leave music venues at 9 p.m., if they profit off of alcohol. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN| MANAGING EDITOR


America needs more political civility

Kollin Crompton

their soul into their work is truly something wonderful. We’re told from a young age to follow our dreams, so why is it limited at bars? While bars are where people drink, it’s also an opportunity to listen to live music and enjoy time with friends.

disagreement as hate or anger. “We are reaching a point in this republic where we are not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody,” Rubio said. This is not exclusive to one specific party. We have Democrats who generalize all ideas of the Republicans as simply racist or fascist, while Republicans generalize all Democrats as socialists who want all things to be free. These generalizations and stereotypes of our political parties affect the way we can discuss ideas. In one of my classes this week, my professor discussed that many of her students were afraid to talk about their political beliefs on campus. This was either due to the fact that the students were generally conservative and were afraid to share their differing opinions with the predominately liberal student body or that liberal students were afraid to even slightly agree with the Trump administration. Is this where we want our society to be? If not, we have to get over this concept that our own ideas are the only correct ones and that we can only associate with people who share the same beliefs. Yes, you may disagree with someone about a piece of legislation or a social issue, but what people do not realize is that Americans can agree on a lot politically. Contrary to popular belief Americans are very close ideologically. We tend to take our differences and blow them way out of proportion.

MISSFIT research group aides Mars mission

Lorien MacEnulty

News Writer

The island of MISSFIT toys is actually more of a conference room, with a whiteboard blackened by all of the equations it carries. The room is bursting at the seams because it holds much more than unwanted polkadotted elephants and airplanes that don’t fly. In fact, it advertises an imaginative range of the physicist’s favorite toy of all: the mind. MISSFIT is the new research group on the Drake University campus, assembled and promoted by Dr. Athanasios Petridis, head of the Department of Physics. It stands for MagnetoIonization Spacecraft Shield for Interplanetary Travel, which is precisely the contraption the researchers seek to design. Detailed below are its endeavors in the field of aerospace. The Problem Why has NASA procrastinated the dispatch of manned missions to Mars until the 2030s? There are several reasons, almost all of which account for necessary advancements in technology to give the expensive pursuit the most likely chance for success. MISSFIT is taking part in a piece of these advancements: the development of a shield to protect astronauts from the tragic effects of more than a year exposed to intense radiation. From a physical standpoint, radiation is energy that travels in the form of waves or subatomic particles. Radiation is known for its detrimental biological effects or, more specifically, cancer. When these high-speed

particles interact with living cells, they deposit the excess energy, sometimes directly slicing through organelles or causing disrepair to DNA strands. While the human body is evolved to withstand some bombardment, the damage is irreparable past a certain threshold. Gratefully, the Earth’s magnetic field deflects the large majority of interplanetary radiation, which saturates the upper levels of the atmosphere in two forms: solar and cosmic radiation. Solar energy is excess energy from the sun, mostly made up of a consistent river of protons. Depending on the sun’s flaring activity, the radiation may swarm in heavy dosages pointed towards the manned spacecraft in question and threatening any human life on board. The second form are Galactic Cosmic Rays, or GCRs. From where GCRs come, researchers do not precisely know, although it is hypothesized that they originate from distant star nebulae or galaxies. Earth is surrounded by a giant magnetosphere, one that protects the moon, as well. It’s the original force field, if you will. The radiative particles are de-ionized, or lose their energy, in the ionosphere, often emitting visual light that congregates at the poles to exhibit the phenomenon we call Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. “But this is not the case when they go further away (from the moon),” said Petridis, the supervisor of MISSFIT. “It’s one of the biggest problems because it is estimated that people will die because of this radiation, or they will get very serious diseases before they even arrive on Mars.” Researchers for MISSFIT, as well as a few other international committees such as the European Space Agency (ESA), are committed to investigating this issue further. MISSFIT Group Dynamic If students are enthusiastic about a particular topic, they will learn better, according to Petridis. Such was the mentality that inspired his assembly of a research opportunity for students.

In the midst of the Fall 2016 semester, the Drake professor spent time gauging interest in the project and attempting to recruit at least four enthused supporters. There are 12 members. Each member has been designated a particular task to investigate a specific component of radiation protection. However, outside attendance of the meetings held every Thursday afternoon is allowed. In this way, MISSFIT is not only involved in pioneering aerospace research, but the group is breaking traditional educational boundaries. The Solution Ultimately, there are two basic categories of protection that may accompany a spacecraft to Mars: passive protection and active protection. Passive protection is labeled as such because it does little else but insulate. Like a condensed form of the ionosphere, the passive protection would systematically entrap radiation before it reaches the inside of the spacecraft: a tangible shield. At first glance, a good candidate would be to surround the spacecraft with lead. Its protective qualities greatly outweigh many other elements. The problem is that lead is considerably heavy, and weight is always an issue during lift-off. There are other candidates for passive shielding. Among those that MISSFIT is investigating are hydrogenated boron-nitrogen nanotubes, or HBNNTs. The structure is lightweight, can withstand very high temperatures and is flexible enough to be interwoven into the fabric of spacesuits. The second form of radiation shielding, and at the forefront of MISSFIT research, is active. This category extends to the active deflection of ionized particles with a condensed magnetic field and ionosphere similar to that of Earth’s. No matter the end result that the researchers achieve, one thing is absolutely certain: anyone who finds themselves to be a Rudolph among reindeer is welcome to the island, or conference room, of MISSFIT toys.

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Feb. 15, 2017


Students should take time for on-campus speakers

Anna Jensen

Features Editor @annaxjensen I’m fed up with the current portrayal of student involvement and support. We continually pride ourselves as an involved university and always challenging ourselves. Yet, on Feb. 8, Student Activities Board (SAB) brought a phenomenal speaker to campus and only 16 people were in attendance. Ten of those 16 were SAB executive members. Three of the non-SAB members were friends of some students on SAB Exec, one was there on behalf of Coalition of Black Students (CBS), who collaborated to bring speaker Traciana Graves to campus and another was a Times-Delphic photographer. People might say they didn’t know the event was happening — they didn’t see the posters that were hung up in every building on campus; they didn’t see the Facebook post 10 SAB members shared; they didn’t pick up the Times-Delphic that had a preview of the event in the Features section; they didn’t watch the live stream of the senate meeting on Feb. 2 where the SAB president shared the time and place of the event. As a member of SAB, I know how hard the board works to bring these events to campus and it saddens me to see so few people in attendance each time. We take great pride in the messages the speakers are sharing on campus and wish more people would take the time to listen to them. I want to address the fact that I understand that people have busy schedules. This event happened on a Wednesday night at 7:30

p.m., so people might have had work, organization meetings or a lot of homework due the next day. I am a student too, and I completely understand that. I have not attended every SAB event that was held this year. It was for some of the aforementioned reasons. But not only does this lack of attendance make SAB exec members upset, it also is a blow to the speaker who came all the way from New York to share her story. This is not the first time an event like this has had poor attendance. It needs to be addressed. SAB’s campus impact chairs work really hard to bring stimulating, engaging, worthwhile, important events to campus and I find that, in relation to the other events SAB puts on, it is extremely undervalued. I am addressing this is because this isn’t the first time low attendance has been an issue.

Twenty people is the average attendance for most campus impact events. Last year, campus impact brought Lauren Potter to campus which had a large turn out, but that was likely because she was well-known for her role on “Glee.” I feel like SAB is valued for its entertainment aspect, be that through Relays week, comedians or bands. But, SAB is such a big part of campus because it offers more than fun activities. Part of SAB’s mission statement is to “provide educational programming.” SAB brings speakers who can relate their messages to what is going on in the world; people who can craft a message that will have an impact on the way you act tomorrow; people who share something so powerful that you think, ‘Why haven’t I been acting this way all along.’ The event that happened last

night did exactly that. Graves pushed the students in attendance to confront their fears, the one thing that keeps them from being eternally happy or free, and then handed the mic to each of them and told them to share. We found that almost everyone’s fear was similar. It had to do with fear of disappointing others, not living up to other people’s expectations or being afraid to fail in front of others. Graves pointed out that there is always something that links people together. There are commonalities in everyone’s stories, and if only we took the time to find them we would be so much better off as individuals and as a society. If only we took the time to compliment someone, or hold a door for someone, or say hi to a stranger passing by, we would be better off as individuals and as a society.

If only we didn’t judge people by what they ate, how they looked, what color their skin color is or how they speak, we would be better off as individuals and as a society. If only we listened, instead of being so self-absorbed, we would be better off as individuals and as a society. The messages spread tonight were meant for a larger audience. The stories that are being shared through campus impact events are valuable, progressive and worthy of being listened to. Take some time out of your schedule to listen to other people, really listen. Be it a speaker campus impact brings or even your friends. We learn so much through other people’s stories and experiences. I really hope you do.

TRACIANA GRAVES came to campus on Feb. 8. Sophomore Anna Jensen feels like more students go to speakers like Graves. She taught those in attendance how to listen, which Jensen feels is important for students on campus to do. PHOTO BY CONNOR FINHOLT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


Trans-Pacific Partnership dissolved without much coverage Student feels that halt to free trade policy will negatively affect US

John Wingert

Contributing Writer @twitterhandle On Jan. 23, with little fanfare or coverage, President Donald Trump officially removed the United States from participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Although the agreement dissolved without a ripple, the opportunities it would have afforded should not be casually disregarded. The malign and derision it accumulated from both parties’ presidential nominees when they actually discussed policy was undeserved. In terms of the economy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership promised many opportunities. Free trade agreements, despite the haranguing modern populist

movements have thrown at them, have been shown to benefit the U.S. economy. Famously, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, has been used as the quintessential example of trade agreements failing the people of the United States. Populists on the left and right have abandoned free trade due to what they claim to have seen in NAFTA’s aftermath. However, NAFTA was shown by the Congressional Research Service, which conducts nonpartisan, neutral research for members of Congress to have had a small but positive effect on the U.S. economy. The effect was small in that it only translated into a 0.5 percent increase in the size of the U.S. economy. Nonetheless, this still translates to billions of dollars that the United States and its people would not have earned otherwise. The logic is simple. By reducing tariffs, quotas and other barriers to trade, free trade agreements allow foreign countries to buy our goods without being charged additional fees by their government. Additionally, U.S. citizens can purchase goods from other countries without additional restraints from our government. More U.S. goods are purchased abroad, and U.S. consumers get cheaper goods in return.

This means that at times, U.S. industries face competition from producers in other countries.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may ground to a halt, but it should not have. For the past 100 years, the United States has pursued open door and free trade policies. These policies helped the country grow, but all of that seems on the path toward decline now as the TPP and other free trade agreements are threatened.

Nevertheless, no country will be able to outperform the United States in every area. Where other countries produce cheaper and/ or better goods, U.S. goods may see a decline. But other countries will notice the same effect in areas where the U.S. is predominant. Although there will be structural changes where some manufacturers and their employees lose, overall many U.S. industries will benefit from the new business.

Export-oriented producers can pay their employees 19.5 percent more than producers in the same industry not oriented toward exports. It benefits the United States to specialize in areas that we are better at rather than trying to do everything. Specialization of labor allows us to make money from where we excel and finds savings where we do not produce as well as other country’s markets. These trends are born out by the data and research on NAFTA as well as the best forecasts for the TPP. Because the TPP was designed to renegotiate NAFTA to include more areas of East Asia and South America, it would have a similar effect to NAFTA. The Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates the effect the TPP could have had at a 0.5 percent increase in the U.S. economy similar as NAFTA. This would mean about $131 billion going to the incomes of U.S. citizens. In Iowa alone, the TPP would have had a positive effect. Given the United States’ strong agricultural industry and the fact that 25 percent of U.S. pork is exported around the world, Iowa would have seen enormous gains in agricultural exports. Iowa sends 10 percent of its pork to Mexico alone. Because of this, Senator Joni Ernst has

deviated from President Trump in condemning his decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Although these economic benefits are enough of a reason, the TPP would have allowed the United States to retain an economic impact on the world stage. The TPP specifically excluded China and allowed countries like Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, and Mexico to enjoy closer economic relations with the United States. Instead, there is the temptation for them to engage with an economically dominant country that is willing to initiate free trade agreements with them: China. It signals that the United States is no longer willing to engage with these countries or help them prosper while it prospers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership may have ground to a halt, but it should not have. For the past 100 years, the United States has pursued open door and free trade policies. These policies helped the country grow, but all of that seems on the path toward decline now as the TPP and other free trade agreements are threatened.

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Feb. 15, 2017


‘Crush for Chrysalis’ event gives back to greater Des Moines community

STALNAKER HALL RAs will be handing out Crush soda cans on Valentine’s Day. The fundraiser raised roughly $100, which will go to the Chrysalis Foundation. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER Haley Hodges Staff Writer

Thanks to Stalnaker Hall resident assistant (RA) Anna Gleason, the Crush for Chrysalis fundraiser event is returning to campus for a second year. Gleason started the fundraiser last year while she lived in Stalnaker as a first-year. She said she was excited to bring it back when she found out she had been assigned to the hall as an RA for 2016-17. “Last year, I brought the idea to my hall executive council (EC) because I was the vice president at the time and we did it around a similar time, right before Valentine’s day,” Gleason said. “It was the same concept, except this year I’m partnering with another RA on our staff, Danielle

Buettner, and we’re doing it as one of our service programs. We partnered with EC as well so they could also count it as a program.” For the fundraiser, Gleason, Buettner and Stalnaker’s EC ran a table in Olmsted, selling cans of Crush soda to be delivered to someone on campus or Greek Street on Valentine’s Day. Gleason said the idea came from a similar event she had done in the past. “In high school, we did an event called Crush for your Crush,” Gleason said. “You would buy a Crush can and send it to your crush, and the student council would deliver it on Valentine’s Day, but usually the money just got cycled back into our fund in order to fund future events. When I was brainstorming ideas at the start of second semester for my hall executive council to do, I really wanted to do a service opportunity. So, I thought I

could take the basis of the idea of Crush for your Crush and make it valuable and change it into something that also benefits a nonprofit in the area. Then I thought Crush for Chrysalis, an alliteration of sorts, and a great nonprofit to benefit.” The cans were sold for a dollar each and all of the proceeds go to the Chrysalis Foundation, located in the East Village. “Chrysalis is a public charity that raises money to support women and girls in greater Des Moines,” said Terry Hernandez, the executive director at Chrysalis. Hernandez is also Gleason’s aunt, which she attributed as part of her interest in the organization. Gleason said she found “Chrysalis to be a worthwhile and great nonprofit in the area.” Gleason, a Des Moines native, said she had volunteered with Chrysalis before and knew the organization already had ties with

Drake University. Hernandez said Chrysalis has partnered with Drake in numerous ways, included hosting the movie “Miss Representation,” having young girls work out with the women’s basketball team, having students from the pharmacy program talk to kids in school about the dangers of misusing medications and drugs, and have regularly had interns and volunteers from Drake in the past. Drake is also tied to Chrysalis because there are Drake students from the area that Chrysalis has helps. “We try to get the girls in our after-school programs to look at Drake as potentially their college, so we’re hoping to continue to do a little more of that,” Hernandez said. Gleason and Hernandez both talked about the after-school program as one of the most


beneficial services that Chrysalis offers. “Given that there are students at Drake who went through Chrysalis’ afterschool program and are now at college because of it, it’s important to support the nonprofits and things in the area that supported our own students,” Gleason said. Gleason said she hopes that she can continue the project each year for Valentine’s Day and hopes it can be taken over by someone else once she graduates. “Supporting local nonprofits and businesses, I think, is always a worthwhile endeavor,” Gleason said. “Knowing that Chrysalis does tangible and impactful work really went into the decision as well as knowing they have a 100percent giveback, so you know definitively that your donations will be going toward something.”


Des Moines helps entrepreneurs, students perfect craft Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor @jessiespangler3

Wooden bowties may not be a common accessory, but it’s the product that Drake spophomore Noah Marsh built a business off of when he was a junior in high school. He started his business, Against the Grain Bowties, after making one for a high school dance. After receiving multiple requests for wooden bowties from others who had seen his work, he set up a website and started taking orders. “You don’t feel like you’re laboring toward a chore,” Marsh said. “You’re laboring toward something that you like and enjoy.” In Des Moines, there is no shortage of entrepreneurial programs for high school students, college students and anyone else looking to start a business. The Venture School offered by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is a sixweek startup accelerator that runs twice a year, once in February and again in September. The Des Moines program starts Feb. 27. The Venture School imitates life at a real startup and is open to everyone, as long as they have a team, are willing to work hard and pay $500 to the program. It runs statewide, with locations

available in Iowa City and Des Moines. “It’s not a business school it’s more about starting a new business. It’s not traditional business classroom sort of stuff,” said Wade Steenhoek, one of the Venture School instructors. This program helps budding entrepreneurs and business employees research their market, develop a business model, expand their networks and strengthen their knowledge of business concepts and procedures. “You’re interviewing a lot of customers, upwards of a hundred customers over a six-week period,” Steenhoek said. Steenhoek also gives lectures for the Enterprise Leadership program at the University of Iowa. He said that there’s been a lot of growth since the program started three years ago. “As of now we have over 800 students who have declared enterprise leadership as their major,” Steenhoek said. “That’s incredible. It’s mind-blowing.” The program has seen so much progress that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa now offers it jointly in Des Moines with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The program is for students enrolled at the University of Iowa and offers opportunities to high school students for college credit. “That’s the reason we brought this to Des Moines; it’s incredibly popular,” Steenhoek said.

The Enterprise Leadership program is built off of three primary tenets: leadership, communication skills and innovation/entrepreneurial skills. In this area of study, students refine their skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership. Each course is eight weeks long. This makes it possible for students to earn their degree quickly while holding a full-time job. Another entrepreneurship program that is coming to the Des Moines area this fall is a business startup class. It will be offered to

high school juniors and seniors at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center through the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program. According to Nicole Lawrence, who handles media and branding inquiries for Waukee schools, curriculum development is set to begin this spring. “The class was proposed by our advisory board as an option for students interested in exploring a potential business start up,” Lawrence said. Topics students will learn in class include business model canvas, market research, design thinking, financing and funding

models, patent support, and planning for successful scaling and growth. Students will also have the opportunity to work with a network of mentors. “That was added because it kind of represents what APEX kind of is,” Lawerence said. “It’s about innovation and finding your own path. Sometimes those paths are things that don’t quite exist yet, so we wanted to give students an opportunity to kind of explore and come up with and create their own ideas.” The course’s final project is planned to be a pitch modeled after ABC’s “Shark Tank” TV show.

DRAKE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR, Noah Marsh, started his bowtie business “Against the Grain Bowties” when he was in high school and continues his craft in college. PHOTO BY JESSIE SPANGLER| OPINIONS EDITOR

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Feb. 15, 2017



Lecturer examines ‘China’s Economic Miracle’ Drake professor touts Asian nation’s progress concern for what lies ahead for the country

Humans of Drake

Jake Bullington Digital Editor @JakeBullington

Often thought of as a communist holdout and the upand-coming world superpower, China’s economic prowess and potential threat is one that has echoed through political discourse in the United States. Fulbright Scholar and Drake University adjunct professor Li Yang gave students and community members a glimpse into just how quickly China is changing. It was just 1950 when the country hit its lowest, financially, after falling victim to wars and foreign invasions and now it is a predominant economic force. Yang remarked at how quickly the turnaround happened. “(China went from) an extremely poor nation to the growth engine of the world economy,” Yang said. Yang, who is a Chinese citizen, split the lecture into two halves. Beginning with the successes of China, she noted how the Communist Party increased the country’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) through economic reforms. Through those economic reforms, China has become the largest merchandise exporter globally. China receives more foreign investment than any other country except for the U.S., according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The second half of Yang’s lecture focused on the challenges China faces to further prosperity. The country’s modern economic success has traditionally been based on simplistic, lowlevel manufacturing, thriving

on cheap labor costs. Now, with other nations beating China on that low-labor price, the country is looking to further modernize in order to stay relevant in a global economy. “(China is) trying to upgrade on manufacturing … but it’s a really painful process. China is a developing country,” Yang said. “Every type of pollution there is — China has.” The smog associated with populous hubs like Beijing or Shanghai are a problem for China’s advancement, as well as water and soil pollution. The mostly unregulated manufacturing sector is being curtailed, but the pollution is hard to come back from.

“(China is) trying to update on manufacturing ... but it’s a really painful process. China is a developing country Every type of pollution there is — China has.” Li Yang Adjunct Professor

Yang added that the income inequality was “a huge social challenge” that China must overcome at some point, especially considering the widening wage gap resulting from high incomes being brought in from foreign corporations in the major cities. Few lectures nowadays could remain free from talk about President Donald Trump, especially considering his comments about China’s

policies and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Because of Trump’s plan’s to make the US’s economy less globalized, “China is kind of posed as the leader of globalization nowadays, it’s really funny,” Yang said. “It used to be a really closed economy… when (the) USA is retreating from the global leadership, why doesn’t China function as the world leader? First of all … China never had the ambition to be a world leader.” Other U.S.—Chinese relations brought up was the TPP trade deal. The U.S. recently abandoned that deal and now China considers it a “dead” deal, according to Yang. “China will not join (the deal),” Yang said. “(The U.S. leaving) is kind of a blessing for China.” “(I am) really optimistic about China’s future, especially with including China’s young people joining the economy”, Yang continued. The lecture’s overall theme was China’s “economic miracle.” But as Yang put it, “keeping 1.4 billion people fed and warm… that’s the real miracle.” Other topics Yang covered were differences between the United States’ and China’s spending habits and China’s tightening diplomatic relationship with North Korea, especially with recent missile tests and United Nations pressure. Yang is a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration. According to her faculty biography on CBPA’s faculty website, Yang is also an associate professor in the School of International Trade and Economics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Sharon Moran • Receptionist, Carpenter Hall

Family values and travel, important to this Carpenter receptionist Haley Hodges Staff Writer

“I vow every year before (the winter that) this is it, no longer… I hate it, I don’t care if I ever see another snowflake,” said Sharon Moran, the receptionist for Carpenter Hall. Moran has worked at Drake University for seven years and has lived in Iowa for longer, but is originally from Florida. She spoke less than fondly of the cold from an Iowa winter, but has yet to live up to her promise to permanently return to somewhere warmer. “I’ve lived abroad. Many students would know that if they’ve talked to me. I lived in Belgium, Antwerp, Belgium, for a little over two years,” Moran said. “We’re kind of on the same latitude so the weather is really similar to Iowa’s, but we don’t get as much snow because it’s on the Scheldt river. I did love it there and probably, if I could live anywhere, I’d live in Antwerp.” Moran is known fondly by students and staff as “Cookie.” Many do not realize it’s not her legal name until, they receive an email coming from Sharon Moran telling them to pick up a package at the front desk. “My brother, we’re not quite two years apart, he tagged me as (Cookie) when I was a baby, so that’s been with me all my life,” Moran said. “Not because I like cookies, but because I was an infant. I’ve gone by it all my life, I have relatives who don’t know my real name.” Moran gets to know many of the students and staff in Carpenter. They learn facts about her in turn. One thing she said that she wanted students to know about her is that she love music. “Classics, as well as current,” Moran said. “Hard rock. Music,

absolutely love music. Couldn’t get through a day without music.” “My children, they’re grown, but when they were growing up I made sure they took piano lessons because I love piano,” Moran said. “I love to hear piano, so my children would serenade me.” Moran has a daughter and a son, one of whom attended Drake law school. “I started working here before (my son) applied to come to law school but we thought it would be fun that he would be close by because I worked at Jewett (Hall) first and he was at the law school, so I could see him,” Moran said. Moran spent five years working in Jewett before switching to Carpenter. When she first started at Drake, she said there were six receptionists spread throughout the halls and now she and three others remain: Pam Stewart, in Morehouse, Mindy Davis in Goodwin-Kirk and Alice Cronin in Stalnaker. Before working at Drake, Moran said she had tried out a little of everything. “I worked in a preschool. I worked in a grocery store. I worked in retail. I was a secretary for a bank vice president, then for a radio manager. I posted ads. I worked with American Republic Insurance for a vice president (and ran) his front office,” Moran said. “And in the more recent past, we owned a furniture medic franchise and I ran that.” Right before she came to Drake, Moran was working at a fitness clinic for women. “I happened to be working there just for fun and to stay fit,” Moran said. “I met someone while I was there who told me there was an opening at Drake. I had always thought it would be a great thing to work at Drake, that’s what piqued my interest, so I applied for the position, and here I am.”

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Feb. 15, 2017


‘Galentine’s Day’ all-female comedy show at The Basement Natalie Larimer Staff Writer @larimerslogic

On Feb. 11, the Des Moines Social Club hosted its third annual “Galentine’s Day” at The Basement in downtown Des Moines. “Galentine’s Day” is a comedy event with an all-female lineup featuring comics from Des Moines, Chicago and Denver. It is organized by featured comics Madeleine Russell, Rachel Weeks and Kate Bennett. The three comics who started the show three years ago have since moved onto other things. Weeks is now based in Denver and Russell in Chicago. But, every year they get back together with a lineup of other female comics from their respective cities and come back to Des Moines for a comedy show. This year, Galentine’s Day had nine comics and an improv duo called “The Ashleys” (neither of their names were Ashley) all with the objective of celebrating women and their talents. First-year politics and finance major Amy Kulm was a member of the audience this Galentines Day, experiencing her first allfemale comedy show. Galentine’s Day is a term coined from the hit TV show “Parks and Recreation,” as the day before Valentine’s day to celebrate all the great women in one’s life. “It was great to see several different types of female comedians,” Kulm said. “I was able to laugh so much because there were so many jokes that I could relate to like sexism, catcalling, rude guys on online

dating and other things.” One of the comics began her act saying, “I’ve never been in a space so safe” and that realization is one of the reasons why the show is so popular. It is a rare occasion when there is a completely female show with the intent of celebrating what it is to be a woman in the modern age. “I laughed a lot,” senior Mary Traxler said. “It was centered around women in a mostly woman space and I think some of the jokes wouldn’t have made sense in another environment.” The lack of female representation in the comedy scene is noticeable for many people, which is why they started the show. “What makes Galentine’s unique is definitely the all-female cast,” Kulm said. “Most of the time, the comedians that you see are male. And right now one of the really well known comedians is Amy Schumer, who is pretty problematic.” Jokes at the show ranged from poking fun at Pinterest to going too far in stalking a guy from an online dating site. The show was hosted by two men, Tommy and Tomme, but they were the only highlighted male presence. Some men were in the audience, but the jokes were aimed at women. Galentine’s Day partnered with the Des Moines Girl Gang, “A non-exclusive, female-driven, supportive and encouraging community of artists that thrives on sharing our creative endeavors and resources with one another and the public,” according to its Facebook page. They sold out pretty quickly, and it is assumed that next year they will do the same.

THE GALENTINE’S DAY comedy show was performed to a majority female audience on Feb. 11. This is the third annual performance, with the three founding comedians returning to Des Moines this year. COURTESY OF NATALIE LARIMER

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Softball starts 4-1 at UNI Dome Nine PRs, three athletes near school records Drake South Dakota State


Newman (1-0): 13 K, 0 H Sowa: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Omaha Drake


6 10 0 4 10 1

Smith (2-0): 7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER Sowa: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 HR (1)

Wisconsin Drake


7 4 2 5 6 2

Knoche: 3.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB Roemmich: 2-2, 1 2B, 1 R

Drake South Dakota State


4 6 1 5 3 1

Smith (1-0): 5.2 IP, 2 K, 4 ER Kennedy: 1-2, 2 RBI

Drake Montana


8 7 0 0 0 1

4 4 3 1 6 1

Newman (2-1) : 8 IP, 1 ER Sowa: 2-4

The Bulldogs softball team started the 2017 season with four wins and a loss at the UNI Dome Tournament. Three games were decided by two runs or less as Drake’s pitchers held off opposing hitters in the final frames. Junior fireballer Nicole Newman pitched 18 innings in four games, racking up 35 strikeouts. In her first game of the season, Newman threw a 5-inning no-hitter. She threw a complete game against Wisconsin the Bulldogs’ only loss. A Newman error allowed the Badgers to plate three in the eighth to take the victory. Drake’s batters were paced by senior Megan Sowa. She’s hitting .389 with a double and a homer. Freshman Sarah Maddox started her career with a slugging percentage of .929 with two doubles and two homers.

Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor @jessiespangler3

This past weekend, Drake Track and Field competed in the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. Nine Bulldogs pulled in personal bests and had three performances that ranked in the top-10 all-time for Drake. The women’s 4x4oo-meter team found success in breaking one of the school records with a time of 3:50.34, the sixth fastest time in school history. The team placed eighth in the meet. In the men’s 400 meters, senior Bas Van Leersum placed 10th at 47.84. Coming after him were Hudson Priebe and Malik Metivier, at 48.93 and 50.36, respectively. Junior Mary Young scored

a new personal best in the preliminary heat of the 60-meter hurdles, clocking in at 8.37. Her time earned her the secondfastest time in school history. She took second in the final heat with 8.39. Taryn Rolle came in second place for triple jump, with a mark of 40-6.75. Other results from the women’s team include Morgan Garcia with a 5:10.36 mile, Victoria Coombe finishing at 9.02 in the 60-meter hurdles, and Danielle Griesbaum and Kayla Giuliano with 800-meter times of 2:17.08 and 2:22.28, respectively. Rai Ahmed-Green ran a time of 56.92 and Ebele Okoye ran a time of 57.64 in the 400-meters. In shotput, Brittani Griesbaum threw 27-7.5. Johnathan Osifuye, a junior, came in third and gained a new personal record for the triple

jump with a mark of 48-3.25. He also made it into the top 10 for men’s long jump with the sixth longest distance in school history. Other results from the men’s team include Forest Moses who earned a mark of 6-6.75 in the high jump, Chris Kaminski with a 4:19.70 mile, Hudson Priebe with a time of 8.43 in the 60-meter hurdles and Dominic Lombardi with an 8.60 60-meter hurdle time. In the men’s 4x400 meter relay, Drake came in 10th with a time of 3:24.71. Select Drake Track and Field athletes will compete in a meet this coming weekend at Nebraska. The MVC Indoor Championship will take place in Cedar Falls from Feb. 24-Feb. 27.


Technicality potentially costs Rolle school record, new PR This past weekend the Drake men’s and women’s track and field teams travelled to Iowa State University for the ISU Classic. It was a highly competitive meet and Drake athletes produced many strong performances across all events. Taryn Rolle, a junior at Drake University, had a great day of triple jumping, but experienced one of the most disappointing situations a track athlete can be faced with: inaccurate competition measuring/timing. This mistake cost Rolle a valid new PR and new school record in the triple jump. The jumping events use technology to measure the length of jumps more accurately and efficiently than manual measuring provides. In the long and triple jump, athletes usually have two boards that they can jump from. The “board” is a white board on the runway, before the sandpit, that jumpers must begin their jump from. If a jumper’s foot goes over the edge of the board, that jump is invalid. A laser machine is used to measure all jumps and is calibrated from each board.

At the ISU meet, Rolle’s first jump was her best jump and was good enough to allow her to pass her final jumps. In jumping events, athletes get three “preliminary” jumps, and then the top bunch are qualified to compete in three “final” jumps. Preliminary jumps are valid in competition and so, if an athlete is satisfied with a preliminary jump, she can opt to sit out the final jumps, and her preliminary jump will be used as her mark in final competition scoring. Rolle’s first preliminary jump was measured at 12.77 meters, which was a new PR for her—and a school record. The old record was 12.44 meters, meaning Rolle broke the record by more than a foot. However, during the final jumps, the measurements being recorded did not appear to be accurate to the spectators, and the officials were informed of the issue. After all the jumps had been finished, the officials checked the calibrated laser measurement with a manual measurement and found that the laser measurement was inaccurately reading the

length of the jumps, giving jumpers longer measurements than were actually being produced. This meant that all the triple jumps at the ISU meet were rendered invalid and unusable outside of scoring the meet, so Rolle’s and others’ marks could not be used as seed marks for NCAA meet qualifications or school records. Rolle says this situation was extremely frustrating because she knows that she probably did set a new school record, but she can’t know for sure how far she actually jumped because of the error, and her jump cannot count as a new record or PR. “I know what I jumped,” Rolle said. “As a jumper, you can feel it when you compete. That first one was the record. And while it is frustrating that it didn’t count, now I know I have the potential to jump that distance. I just have to do it again at Conference.” The Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships are in two weeks, and Rolle is currently seeded in top standing, even without her invalid ISU jump. She says that she is trying to keep

her confidence up these next two weeks despite the disappointment at ISU. “I have goals that I want to reach, and to be so close and have them taken away is upsetting,” Rolle said. “The situation can cause you to ask yourself, ‘Did I really jump the record, can I do it?’ It causes you to focus on keeping your mental attitude positive and staying confident despite the disappointment.” Rolle says that she is confident that she can win the triple jump at conference. Her goal is to jump 13 meters, which would qualify her for NCAA Indoor Nationals. While her triple jump performance at ISU turned out to be disappointing, her season has been going well and is a strong indicator of a great MVC performance awaiting her. While Rolle is unfortunately unable to be our featured PR of the week, the ISU meet was host to yet another school record by Reed Fischer. To our weekly readers, thank you for your loyalty, and yes, this name should sound familiar: Fischer grabbed the school record in the 3k last week, and

this weekend he set the school record in the 5k. That is two school records within two weeks, each being broken by more than a second. Not all heroes wear capes. We aspire to get better each meet, and after each meet we will share one athlete’s new best mark. This week’s featured PR: Reed Fischer, 5k, 13:55.27 – new school record (previous PR: 14:28.88, previous school record: 13:59.71). #GetAnotherOne

Bailee Cofer


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Feb. 15, 2017


Men’s Tennis doesn’t need doubles points in two wins

THREE BULLDOGS (above) look on as freshman Barnaby Thorold battled in the abridged third set against Middle Tennessee’s Luis Morillo Diaz, which he went on to lose. The team won the match 4-3. (Below) Head coach Davidson Kozlowski speaks with Calum MacGeoch after the junior, battling a shoulder injury, lost his singles match 6-3, 6-2. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor @adam_rogan

Drake Men’s Tennis improved to 5-2 in 2017 with two home wins in a Feb. 12 doubleheader. Middle Tennessee University fell 4-3 in the morning and the University of Nebraska at Omaha went down 6-1 in a 2 p.m. match. Drake’s early season performances in doubles haven’t been as good as desired. Despite their 6-2 record, the Bulldogs are only 4-4 in doubles points. Head coach Davidson Kozlowski blames this on injuries, saying that his team has “yet to field our strongest” lineup. Junior Bayo Philips made his first appearance of the season against Middle Tennessee in doubles after recovering from a knee surgery. Junior Calum MacGeoch has been didn’t play at all against Omaha and has had problems with his right shoulder throughout the season. Sophomore Ben Clark isn’t at 100 percent because of a hand injury. The injuries haven’t shattered the team’s focus, but they still make winning more of a challenge. “We go into every doubles point with the intention and the determination and stressing the importance of winning the doubles point,” Kozlowski said. “But then once it’s over, win or lose, you just go into singles saying, ‘Doubles means nothing.’”

Staying in form, the Bulldogs lost the doubles point to start their match against Middle Tennessee. Senior Ben Lott and sophomore team captain Vinny Gillespie made quick work on the first court, winning 6-1, but the rest of the team couldn’t follow suit. Sophomores Tom Hands and Ben Wood went down 6-4, and Philips and freshman Barnaby Thorold lost 6-3. The Bulldogs picked it up, once again, in singles. “It’s just two different matches,” Hands said. “You need to separate from (doubles) and just get on to the next one. For me, you just try your best in doubles and, if it doesn’t go your way, you just turn a new leaf.” The match was tied quickly when Hands won in two sets. MacGeoch lost quickly on the second court and Middle Tennessee was back on top. Junior Ben Stride and Gillespie put Drake up 3-2 with two set victories, meaning Thorold on court four or Wood on court six needed to win to secure the team victory. Wood would be the one to pull through. After dominating 6-2 in the first set and falling 3-6 in the second, he cruised to a 6-1 win in the third set. Thorold, in his seventh collegiate match, had plenty of chances to take the victory but let them slip away, showing his inexperience. He took the first set 6-4 and had a lead in the second set’s tiebreaker. Up 5-1,

he dropped six straight points to allow a third set. “He’s just got to learn how to manage game situations a little bit better,” Kozlowski said. “He’ll hit his way with great shots and get a lead, get some game points, and then maybe needs to play a little bit safer, a little more disciplined. (He) is still playing aggressive, reckless ball, instead of playing aggressive, disciplined ball.” The third set (rules: first to 10, win by 2) went back and forth. He was behind 4-0, clawed back 2-4, and was down 4-7 soon after before tying the match at 7-all. Neither side broke away and

Thorold took an 11-10 lead. But then he gave up three straight points to lose the match. “After you win that fourth rubber (point), a lot of that nervousness and the pressure is off,” Hands said. “… Obviously you want your teammate to win for himself, but it’s a lot less stressful watching it.” That afternoon, the Bulldogs swept the doubles point and that powered their dominance in singles over Omaha. Thorold was the only Bulldog to lose his singles match, falling to 2-5 on the season. Hands, Wood and Clark all won in straight sets to secure

the four points needed victory. Gillespie added another point afterwards to continue his perfect start to 2017. He is 6-0 so far, every match coming on the no. 1 court. “I feel like I need to do my duty at the number one spot to keep getting the wins for the team,” Gillespie said. He’s certainly succeeded thus far. In addition to being undefeated, he’s also been named conference player of the week twice. “The team voted him team captain through his hard work,” Kozlowski added, “nothing to do with wins and losses.”


Bulldogs fall to Cyclones, dominate Omaha in doubleheader Adam Rogan Managing Editor @adam_rogan

ALEX KOZLOWSKI (above) has started her freshman season 0-5, but picked up her first doubles win on Feb. 11. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR

Drake Women’s Tennis took one and dropped one in the Roger Knapp Center over the past weekend. The Bulldogs fell to in-state rival Iowa State on Friday, Feb. 10 and dominated the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Saturday. The Bulldogs have only beaten the Cyclones twice since 2006, and they struggled to keep it close last week. “Iowa State: they’re a tough team and they have a lot of depth,” said Drake head coach Mai-Ly Tran. The match was over quickly. ISU took the doubles point and won three singles matches in straight sets to bring about the final score of 4-0. When the match was called,

junior Summer Brills and sophomore Joely Lomas were leading on courts two and three, respectively. A win would’ve been the fourth for each of them in 2017. Senior Tess Herder, however, was a game away from losing the match, and so her perfect season record was saved by the bell. “We need to work on doubles; that was the first day we switched up the teams,” Tran said. They figured it out by Saturday, apparently, as the Bulldog pairings (Brills/Lomas, Alex Kozlowski/Kenya Williams, Herder/Mela Jaglarz) won on all three courts to sweep the doubles point. “The goal is to have some consistent teams, and so right now we’re looking to keep those teams,” Tran said. The first four singles matches all went to Drake in straight sets. Brills and Lomas both picked up their delayed fourth wins, and

Williams clinched the match 6-3, 6-4 on the fourth court. Jaglarz added an extra three-set victory on court 6, her second of the season. Kozlowski, the team’s only freshman, fell on the fifth court, the only DU loss on the day. “She had a competitive match, but is still improving,” Tran said. Herder improved to 4-0 in 2017 in the final match of the day: 6-2, 7-5 on court 1. The Bulldogs will go on the road for their next five matches. They’ll head to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University this weekend and Wisconsin two weeks after to play Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On March 10 they’re scheduled to play Saint Louis University, before returning home to host Eastern Illinois University two days later.

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Best start in MVC history, Women’s Basketball 13-0 Bulldogs crack top 25 for first time in 16 years; Wendell is MVC’s scoring leader Joseph Miller Beat Writer @josephmiller3

The Drake women’s basketball team picked up another pair of wins this weekend, taking down Illinois State and Bradley University. The wins improve Drake’s conference record to 130, the single best start in Missouri Valley Conference history. “This team is really strengthening their belief in each other,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk, “and you can see it on both ends of the floor.” Friday night, Drake found themselves pitted against the Illinois State Redbirds. The two teams traded blows in the opening minutes of the first, but an 11-0 run late in the quarter put Drake in the driver’s seat. They’d remain there for the rest of the game. Drake ended the quarter with a 14-point lead and pushed the lead to 24 at the half. Drake did not let off the throttle in the second half, outscoring the Redbirds 36-14 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 46. The Bulldogs would coast in the final quarter and eventually took the game 101-49. The 101-point effort was the most points scored by the Drake squad since January of 1997, when the team took down the Creighton Bluejays 106-78. The offensive onslaught was no surprise given the Bulldogs outstanding 59.7 shooting percentage from the field combined with 52 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Lizzy Wendell led the charge for Drake with 22. Freshman Becca Hittner followed

her closely with 20. Caitlin Ingle aided the offensive attack with 10 assists. The wealth was shared around the team, with all 10 Bulldogs who played recording at least four points. The Bulldogs relied heavily on its defensive capabilities, forcing 19 turnovers and 14 steals. 24 of Drake’s points came off those turnovers. Drake looked to keep up the momentum up in game two as it squared off against the Bradley University Braves. Drake jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead and didn’t look back from there. After establishing a nine-point lead after the first quarter, Drake opened the second quarter on a 17-3 run to push the lead to 23 heading into halftime. But the Bulldogs weren’t done yet. Determined to once again hit the triple-digit mark, Drake started the second half with 13 unanswered points. The Bulldogs would continue the onslaught, eventually finishing out the third quarter with a 43 point-lead, and still another quarter yet to play. The Bulldogs would continue to push the score up but would eventually fall short of the century mark by just two, taking the game 98-46. For the second straight game, all 10 players for the Drake squad scored, with Lizzy Wendell leading all scorers with 20. She leads the country with 102 consecutive games with doubledigit scoring. Caitlin Ingle added 16 more as well as seven assists. Becca Hittner wasn’t far behind, notching 15 points and five boards. Drake dominated every aspect of the game, scoring 40

points in the paint, as well as 10 in transition and 28 off of turnovers. A 50 percent shooting performance from both the field and the three-point line aided in the effort. The win marked the marked straight for Drake as well as the record-breaking thirteenth in a row to start the Missouri Valley Conference season. In addition to separating themselves from the rest of the conference, Drake has cracked the Top-25 AP poll, finding itself on the poll for the first time since 2001. Much of this success can be placed upon consistentency from Drake’s top players. When asked about the monumental achievement, Baranczyk humbly said “I do think it’s special.” “But what’s even more special,” she continued, “is that we didn’t set out on a mission to do anything, other than to get better and have fun doing it.” Drake’s next action is a road game against Indiana State this Friday.

Bulldog Leaders Player Wendell Wendell Wendell Hittner Hittner Hittner Bachrodt Bachrodt Jonas Ingle


MVC Rank

21.7 PPG 1st 2.8 SPG 2nd .516 FG% 3rd .382 3Pt% 1st (1st) 12.0 PPG 11th (1st) .516 FG% 4th (1st) 2.7 SPG 1st .537 3Pt% 5th .576 FG% 1st 7.8 APG 3rd

*Rankings in parentheses indicates ranking amongst MVC freshmen.

LIZZY WENDELL (top) smiles during Drake’s dominant win over Illinois State. (Bottom) Four Bulldogs prepare to take the court, one of the many multisubs during the ISU game. PHOTOS BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR


Two losses drop Bulldogs to 5-9 in conference, losing streak at 5

C.J. RIVERS (left) looks across the court during the first half of Drake’s loss to Illinois State last Tuesday in the Knapp Center. The junior guard is averaging 3.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 per game this season. (Right) Teammates T.J. Thomas and Johannes Dolven help A.J. Rutter off the court after he re-tore his ACL on Feb. 4. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor @adam_rogan Drake Men’s Basketball (11‑19, 5-9 MVC) lost its fifth straight game over the weekend as poor shooting and worse-than-usual defense doomed the Bulldogs at home and on the road Illinois State It was close at halftime at least. Drake gave up its chance to upset the no. 2 team in the Missouri Valley Conference when it suffered one of the team’s worst halves of the season. The Illinois State Redbirds (21‑5, 13-1 MVC) held a threepoint lead at halftime, but controlled the Bulldogs on both sides of the court in the final 20 minutes. Final score: ISU 82, Drake 53. “It was a bad half that we had,” head coach Jeff Rutter said. “It doesn’t mean we have to have a bad season.” Illinois State has just one

conference loss this season and is the only MVC team to defeat Wichita State. Their defense currently ranked 10th in the NCAA and best in the MVC with only 61.7 points against per game. They also rebound second best in the conference, again behind Wichita State. They are no. 1 in blocked shots and steals, major de-motivators for opposing offenses. Drake hung around in the first half by shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 33.3 from three. At the break, the score was 37-34. And then it got ugly. Fast. After holding a one-point lead a little over a minute into the second half, Drake’s defense was dismantled just as quickly as its offense fell apart. In the final 18-and-a-half minutes, the Redbirds outscored the Bulldogs 45-15. “We hit a cold stretch. They hit a hot stretch,” Rutter said. “Game, set, match. It’s as simple as that.” There wasn’t a single major stat that the Bulldogs won in the second half.

Rebounds: 17-20. Steals: 2-7. Turnovers: 9-7. And worst of all, shooting percentage: 18.2-69.2. Nothing seemed to fall for the Bulldogs. Illinois State went on a 20-0 run over 6:14 in the second half. Drake missed 10 consecutive shots during that span. One of the major changes was the Redbirds pressing through much of the second half, a strategy they’d used sparingly in the first. “(Illinois State had) really suffocating defense,” sophomore Billy Wampler said. “They were really long and athletic and are one of the best defensive teams in the country for a reason.” Wampler paced the Bulldogs with 12 points on the night, but all of them came in the first half. In the second half, Wampler went 0-3 and the team shot only 6-33, below 20 percent overall. “We probably lost some steam,” Rutter said. “But credit to them. Shoot, man, they put the ball in the hole. They had a hot hand.”

That “hot hand” belonged to senior Paris Lee who scored 26 for the Redbirds, a personal season high. To add injury to the rout, redshirt-junior A.J. Rutter tore his ACL in his first minute on the court. It’s the third time he’s suffered the injury on the same knee, the first two tears occurring when he was still in high school. He will be out for the rest of the season. “It’s ironic, the timing of A.J.’s injury and us coming off of a bad half,” coach Rutter said. “How could our guys not come out and give a great effort (going forward)? He’ll overcome this as he has before and our team will overcome this as they have before, too.” Indiana State Drake lost its fifth straight game to the Indiana State Sycamores in Terre Haute, Indiana. Indiana State (10-16, 4-10 MVC) took a 10-8 advantage four minutes in and never gave it up. Within three minutes, the lead

was 11. Drake would never get closer than eight after that, going on to lose 84-60. Even though the Bulldogs are more guard-focused, they still performed terribly down low. They were outscored 44-12 in the paint and outrebounded 44-38. The Sycamores also distributed the ball much more effectively with 22 assists, doubling Drake’s total of 11. Three Bulldogs scored in double-digits. Timmer had 15, Wampler finished with 14 and McMurray contributed 10. Up Next Drake played against Evansville on the road last night. That game started after The Times-Delphic went to print. Currently sitting at 6-7, the Bulldogs will look to even its home record against Missouri State (15-11, 6-7 MVC) on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Before the losing streak, Drake’s last win came on the road against Missouri State, a 72-71 overtime thriller.

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