HUNDREDS rally outside the Iowa State Capitol on Feb. 12 to demand Republican legislators to keep collective bargaining rights in place as they are.
PHOTO COURTESY JOSH HUGHES
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Students make their voice heard in Des Moines Student Katherine Bauer News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @bauer_katherine Most students on Drake’s campus are aware of being ‘Drake busy.’ But a handful of students are balancing and prioritizing their day to make it to the Iowa State Capitol quite frequently this semester. From teachers’ rallies to women’s marches, collective bargaining rallies and immigration ban protests, students have found plenty of ways to be engaged off Drake’s campus. “It’s important to me to have a position where I’m fighting for these issues,” said Grace Rogers, a senior public relations and political science double major. “Part of it is just making sure I’m staying up to date and getting the experience with these issues as they happen.” Rogers has attended subcommittee hearings at the Capitol on a bill looking to discourage sanctuary cities and campuses, as well as collective bargaining public hearings on changes to unions’ ability to negotiate pay, insurance and other benefits with state employers. She also advocates for Planned Parenthood; she started interning there in January. Rogers said she joins causes against legislation she feels targets specific groups of people. “It’s important that everybody has the same opportunities as everyone else,” Rogers said. “When you’re little they teach you the golden rule, ‘Treat others how you want to be treated.’ That’s part of my guiding value. As part of that, most of these bills are targeted at treating a subgroup of people differently from everyone else.” Josh Hughes is frequently found on Capitol Hill, as well. The sophomore is working as a clerk for representatives and splits his time between class and paperwork. Yet, he said he tries to make it to every protest and rally he can. Hughes has attended an Iowans for public education rally, the public hearing on collective bargaining, the subcommittee on the sanctuary city bill and hearings on defunding Planned Parenthood. “I’m from Iowa, so I have a really strong connection with this state,” Hughes said. “I’m deeply
invested in what goes on at the Capitol.” While Hughes’ roots are deep in Iowa soil, he said those from out of state also have an obligation to make Des Moines and the state better. “It’s really important to get off campus and into the community,” Hughes said. “Regardless of whether you’re going to stay in Iowa or not, or if you’re from
Iowa or not, when you’re at Drake you’re basically a citizen of Iowa for four years. It’s important that we as Drake students get out of that bubble and work to help this community that we’ve chosen to come inhabit for four years.” Rogers has taken this belief to heart. Originally from Lenexa, Kansas, Rogers said she thinks her advocacy work should take place in the middle of Iowa.
“I vote in Iowa, which is part of the reason why I think it’s important my activism happens here,” Rogers said. “These are people that I voted for, and these are people who are supposed to represent me.”
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senate approves Libertarian student organization Jake Bullington Digital Editor email@example.com @jakebullington Student senate approved a total of six motions, including a motion approving Drake’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) as a recognized student group. The Libertarian advocacy group was founded by the party’s champion, Ron Paul in 2008, and claims more than 800 chapters have been established at college campuses across the country, according to their website. The proposal for organizational status reads that YAL “intends to spread Libertarianism in the greater Des Moines area and Drake campus.” President of Drake’s YAL chapter, first-year Jake Dorsch said that they currently have eight active members, but hope to expand the group through bringing elected officials and candidates to speak to students. “We had a state senator come by, a house candidate, a couple political activists, everything,” Dorsch said, citing some of the events Drake’s YAL chapter has put on thus far. Senator Grace Rogers asked Dorsch what he looked to gain from having YAL become an official organization on campus. “I think that I was kind of annoyed when I first came here, because there’s only Democrats and Republicans represented at Drake University and I believe we need to hear more voices,” Dorsch said. Dorsch also stated that there are YAL chapters at Iowa State, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Coe College. There was a consensus among senators about the desire to bring more political ideologies to campus. Senator AJ Treiber also supported approving YAL for Drake’s campus. “I think it’s a great idea to have more political discussion on campus,” Treiber said.
EDUCATORS and advocates protested changes to collective bargaining last week. PHOTO BY KATHERINE BAUER | NEWS EDITOR
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Feb. 22, 2017
NEWS Advocates want others to get involved in the greater Des Moines community CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
IN EARLY FEBRUARY, Iowans protested against Trump’s Executive Order on the steps of the Iowa Capitol. The order stopped people from immigrating from seven predominantly Muslim countries. PHOTO BY KATHERINE BAUER | NEWS EDITOR
Some local protests have gone unheeded. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Friday morning that strips collective bargaining rights for public sector workers and union members. That means professionals like teachers cannot negotiate their health care and other benefits. A bill that, in essence, would cease government funding for Planned Parenthood is expected to pass in the Iowa House and onto the governor’s desk. “It’s infuriating to me to know they’re not listening (to protesters and rally-goers),” Hughes said. “One of the things I think is going to be crucial to this resistance movement (is that)… they’ve got to make sure they’re able to turn that anger to help those people make the bridge to the next step of activism.” But advocates have also said that protests and rallies are still important, even if they do not end up changing lawmakers’ minds. “The more people who can show up for an issue, the louder your voices are,” Rogers said. “It’s hard when you go to a subcommittee and everyone speaks out against the bill, and they still pass the bill. It makes it feel like maybe that was pointless. But it wasn’t. You were still there, and those legislators still heard you.” Rogers recognizes, however, that some of the legislation she protests against is what many Iowans may want. For example, some taxpayers are not comfortable with their money going to fund organizations that provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood, even if the money does not directly fund the procedures. “Both sides are totally welcome to share their opinions and show up for the issues they believe in,” Rogers said. “I think everyone being involved in the political process is important. Where I take issue is with representatives claiming they were elected solely based on one issue. Most people aren’t single-issue voters.” Rogers and Hughes both agree these protests are revealing
people’s anger with current policies and that the people will remember that come the midterm election. “I want people who are pushing these dangerous policies, so gutting collective bargaining rights, building a wall, banning people who are Muslim, I want them to know that people are paying attention and we don’t support these issues,” Hughes said. “I want them to remember that. I want people who go to these protests (to) remember when the elections comes around.” Hughes said there is one other result he would like to see come out of the recent interest in activism. “The substantive action I want out of these protests is to engage people at a level where they feel comfortable making the next step in activism, whether that be running for office or supporting a political candidate or becoming more engaged with an advocacy organization that they care about,” Hughes said. “It’s easy to go to a protest and wave a sign, and a lot of people did that. It’s a lot harder to go door to door for a candidate or run for office or work at Planned Parenthood.” Rogers said it is important for people to get engaged and make a difference, especially when things are not going how they want them to. “There are a lot of people after this last election who feel like they want to get involved with sharing their opinions and joining the legislative process, but are either unsure how or don’t know how to do it correctly,” Rogers said. “It’s important to remember that there isn’t a wrong way to get involved. If you show up to a committee hearing and just observe, that’s great. If you show up and are advocating, that’s even better.” Rogers said she helps host a phone bank every Tuesday morning in the Olmsted Breezeway along with Hughes and two other students. People can go there to hear about current issues going on in Des Moines and across the country. Then, students can choose to call different representatives, asking them to take a stand on an issue.
Formerly inactive political organization returns to campus CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Seeing that Iowa kind of leads the nation, quite literally with the caucuses, I think it’s great to have that diversity,” Treiber said. Although YAL has been inactive at Drake for multiple years, senators were not completely unfamiliar with the organization’s name. Nearly a year ago, a conservative group called Turning Point USA (TPUSA) came to senate for organizational approval. One of several reasons senate cited for denying this group was allegations that the TPUSA chapter at Iowa State stole contact information from YAL members. There were concerns of student privacy from members, including then-senator Kevin Kane, according to a 2016 Times-Delphic article. No questions about this concern arose at the meeting. The motion also clearly stated that YAL is a nonprofit organization and cannot endorse any candidates, only “Libertarian ideals and philosophy.” According to public filings to the IRS, made accessible by ProPublica, YAL is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, classified as a youth development program. Senate approved the motion, allowing YAL at Drake to become an official organization and to enjoy the “rights and privileges thereof,” according to the motion. JAKE DORSCH asked Student Senate to approve a Libertarian student organization. Senate authorized the group, YAL. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR
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Feb. 22, 2017
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THE J-SCHOOL celebrates the recommendation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to reaccredit the program. PHOTO BY KATHERINE BAUER | NEWS EDITOR
Journalism School expects to maintain accreditation Sydney Ford Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @sydneyleeford
Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) has been continually accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), since 1972. Every six years, ACEJMC sends a five-person team consisting of media professionals and educators to conduct in-person reviews of the effectiveness of Drake’s program. ACEJMC “holds the hosting school to a higher set of standards, which sets them apart from universities who may not be accredited,” said Mallory Quinn, assistant to the
SJMC dean. “Only 111 journalism programs are accredited worldwide, with only 11 being private institutions,” said Dr. Kelly Bruhn, SJMC associate dean. “Drake is in an elite group, one of few in the Midwest and the only private program in Iowa.” The ACEJMC performed a site visit from Feb. 12 through Feb. 15. While on campus, the site team talked to students and evaluated faculty members by visiting their classes to assess them individually. SJMC faculty and staff worked diligently the year before to create a cohesive self-study made up of hundreds of pages of reports, team reviews and statistical data that was sent to the ACEJMC accrediting team as a precursor to the site visit. Although she claimed she was
simply a small part of the bigger picture, Quinn played an essential role in compiling student data and reports for ACEJMC to analyze. “It is different for the site team to look at what is on paper versus looking at the school from within,” Quinn said. Essentially, the team analyzed the school’s effectiveness at upholding their own standards and core values, as well as the standards the ACEJMC sets for all accredited institutions. According to the ACEJMC website, site teams look for set standards in nine categories: mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship: research, creative and professional activity; student services; resources, facilities and
equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes. The site team was especially interested in SJMC students’ perceptions of the education they were receiving. On Feb. 13, ACEJMC met with a group of SJMC students, followed by major-specific student breakout sessions. In the first meeting, the site team asked students to share their likes and dislikes about SJMC. Many students commented on their feeling of preparedness due to positive and inclusive faculty-student relations, realworld experience while in the classroom, service-learning, as well as the ability to make what they want of their education in the SJMC with faculty guidance and support. “The end result is to not only
graduate or to get a career, but obtain one that you love and are passionate about,” said junior advertising major Katie Kurka. “The SJMC is constantly helping me do that.” After the ACEJMC team left, it compiled its recommendation that the SJMC should continue to be accredited. This recommendation will continue to pass up through various committees until it reaches the top tier of the ACEJMC for a final vote on April 29. As in any review, the ACEJMC recommended various improvements within the SJMC. But generally the team was impressed with the education students were receiving through set standards and recommended that the school should continue to be accredited.
Fraternity, sorority life discuss transgender policy Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer email@example.com @lorienmacenulty
An outcry for LGBT inclusion was rekindled nationwide when a transgender male at Northwestern University sought admission to a sorority on campus. Firstyear Adam Davies went through recruitment for sororities earlier this year because of the “potential for harm” living with all males in a fraternity house, he told reporters at Daily Mail. According to the Chicago Tribune, Davies did not receive a return bid and was told that he did not meet the eligibility requirements, which request that individuals recruit for organizations that reflect their identity in the gender binary. This policy is within the right of each fraternity and sorority because Title IX exempts social fraternities and sororities from the mandatory inclusion of transgender people. “We as the women of the Panhellenic Council and the men of the Interfraternity Council at Drake say that any person can go through the recruitment
process that fits with the person’s own gender identity,” said Kori Ponder, Panhellenic President, in an email interview. “Drake Fraternity and Sorority Life doesn’t discriminate in any way, shape, or form.” Drake is home to 12 Greek organizations on campus. Of those 12, several have recognized statements from national headquarters regarding admission of transgender individuals including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Chapters that do not have a national mandate determine eligibility based on locally supported values, under the full knowledge that their national organizations may rescind a bid. “If a local chapter issues a bid to someone who then accepts that bid, they identify as transgender and the national organization has not been clear on if that person can actually be accepted or not, it creates a very difficult situation,” said Tony Tyler, Director of Student Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion The fraternity Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), for example, has
hosted transgender students in the past and gives equal consideration to all individuals willing to rush, according to FIJI president and Drake junior Casey Ringhofer. “We are open-minded and welcoming of all transgender and any of the LGBT community,” Ringhofer said. “In years past, we’ve had members who have associated themselves a (certain) way. That’s not an issue with our local chapter nor with our internationals. One of our main goals as a house is to make sure we have healthy relationships among our brothers. That’s just something we strive (for); to make everyone comfortable.” Ringhofer said that, for the comfort of the transgender individuals themselves, that selfidentified males should follow the “fraternity route” and selfidentified females the “sorority route.” Such was not the case for Northwestern student Davies who preferred the title of male, and yet rushed a sorority. Delta Gamma holds a similar mindset, according to their website, which states that membership is available to
“women and transgender persons who identify themselves as women.” “The current fraternitysorority system is structured along a gender binary,” Tyler said. “For good or bad, it simply is. Therefore, those folks who identify as gender nonconforming or gender fluid, it creates a very difficult situation for them if they want to be included.” This situation has not occurred on Drake’s campus, yet Tyler said that should a gender nonconforming individual express interest in joining fraternity and sorority life, there would be further discussion needed to make it work. Ponder is in the process of developing a group called the Student Haven for Awareness, Diversity, and Equality or SHADE. “SHADE…(is) for students who identify in the LGBTQIAplus community as well as people of color who have felt like they’ve had a different Greek experience than other students on Drake’s campus,” Ponder said. More details on the formation of this group will be released
soon. In the meantime, the bidding processes at various sororities and fraternities should rely mainly on alignment of values, not gender conformity, according to Tyler. “Each organization has certain values they espouse, and that’s what recruitment should be based around,” Tyler said. “... But at the end of the day, if a person lined up all their values but simply didn’t align because they were transgender, that would be highly concerning.” Tyler said that organizations who commit this act would merit more than just discussion of the selection process. “One nice thing about being here at Drake University is, I feel, we’re a very open campus community,” Ringhofer said. “I think that’s one thing that helps us flourish, where if anyone is trans or gay or anything; I don’t foresee that as weakness, or an asterisk next to their name at all. I know for myself, I like to see that.”
04 | opinions
Feb. 22, 2017
Beyoncé’s snub, predictability raises doubts for Grammys’ relevance
Music Critic firstname.lastname@example.org @KlynParker
Why do I keep doing this to myself? Every year I pump myself up for the Grammys and everything that goes along with them. I make predictions for who will win the awards. I anxiously await the show’s unusual, innovative collaborative performances. And I let myself believe that the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences might just pick deserving winners. Alas, I’m always disappointed. The 2017 Grammys were yet another instance in a long tradition of picking the safest, whitest musicians to win the most prestigious awards in music. The performances were mostly bland, and I got most of my predictions right--showing how easy it is to guess what the Academy will choose to support. The most egregious of these offenses was Adele’s victory in the Album of the Year category for her third album, “25.” While Drake and Justin Bieber were undeserving nominations, and the great Sturgill Simpson
admittedly had no chance, I held out hope that Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” might win. But it’s the Grammys, and their collective obsession over every bit of boilerplate,whitewashed soul and chamber pop that Adele puts out helped push her to the top, yet again. “25” wasn’t a bad album by any means. The lead single “Hello” is pretty great and I wouldn’t say that any of the record’s songs are bad, per se, but the fact remains that “25” completely lacks any instance of innovation. On the contrary, “Lemonade” is one of the most powerful, political and personal contemporary pop albums of the last decade. Beyoncé’s exploration of celebrity--specifically as a black woman--and all the baggage that comes with it was innovative and challenging while keeping Beyoncé’s indelible charisma and penchant for making consistently great pop. This album had Jamaican dancehall (“Hold Up”), brazen rock (“Don’t Hurt Yourself”), stunning balladry (“Pray You Catch Me,” “Sandcastles”) and even Creole country-jazz fusion (“Daddy Lessons”). “25” had chamber pop--and that’s it. I wouldn’t be this fired up about Lemonade’s snub if this had been a one-time instance. But this marks five straight years of safe music by a white artist taking Album of the Year over innovative, prodigious releases by black musicians. In 2013, folk-rock buffoons Mumford and Sons beat Frank Ocean. The following year, something similar happened; even though I love Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, they beat what is essentially considered
modern mainstream hip-hop’s opus in Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.a.a.d city.” In 2015, the “who is Beck?” meme was birthed as he defeated Beyoncé and her self-titled pop masterpiece. And then last year, Taylor Swift’s pristine “1989” beat Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly,” which is maybe the single greatest hip-hop album ever recorded. If the Grammys want to maintain relevance, they need to really take a look at why they’re voting for who they vote for. I can’t name a single critic who had “25” as their 2016 album of the year, but I could list dozens who supported Beyoncé. Open your eyes, Grammys. The offenses don’t stop there. I was fine with “Hello” winning Song of the Year, but for Record of the Year, Beyoncé’s “Formation” was the clear choice. No other pop star was willing to take a stand against police brutality last year and “Formation” was that statement. Luckily, the Grammys got one of the four main awards right: Best New Artist. Chance The Rapper took home the award after rapping “I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy” on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam.” Through his campaigning, the Grammys will finally support independent artists and Chance was the biggest benefactor of the week. While a few of the performances were unnecessary (are we going to see Pentatonix every year?) and many were completely forgettable (who remembers that Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood performance?), a select few stood out. Chance came through with tons of passion in performing
a medley of “How Great” and “All We Got,” endearing himself to moms everywhere. Beyoncé looked like a goddess in her performance, although I thought her song selection was uninspired. Sturgill Simpson was great on the big stage and Bruno Mars’ Prince tribute was tasteful and exhilarating. But the moment that gave me the best glimpse into what the Grammys can be was for A Tribe Called Quest. All the little features, from Anderson. Paak’s singing and drumming to the immense respect paid to the late Phife Dawg, to Busta
Rhymes coming out and referring to President Donald Trump as President Agent Orange. Nobody had more fun than Q-Tip and company, and I had a huge smile on my face the entire time. I think it was so great because it exposed what a great Grammys performance should be: an exhibition of artist’s passion for their craft. I just wish that the Academy’s voters would show us that they have that same passion by supporting innovation over stagnation; maybe then we’d have Grammys worth paying attention to.
First African-American Bachelorette will start a new age of reality TV
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After 21 seasons of the Bachelor and 11 seasons of the Bachelorette, we are just now seeing the first African -American to give out the coveted red
roses. It’s about time if you ask me! Our country saw the first AfricanAmerican president before it saw an African- American reality star on a major television network’s hit show. Does that seem crazy to anyone else? Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old lawyer from Dallas, Texas, is one out of four left in the current season of the Bachelor staring Nick Viall. However, the announcement that she would be the season 12 Bachelorette came last Monday while the nation watched her try to secure a spot in the hometown visits. I guess I’m a little upset that ABC decided to announce the new Bachelorette, while she was still competing on this season of the Bachelor. Way to ruin the surprise. Isn’t the whole premise of the show to keep the audience guessing which one he will choose? Jimmy Kimmel even asked her what was up with the spoiler when she was announced as the next Bachelorette on his show last Monday night. Her reply was simply that it was
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time for the Bachelor Nation to know and that she was ready to find love! No matter my feelings on the timing of the reveal, I am super excited that Lindsay will be around for another whole season! She seems level-headed and smart instead of some of the ditsy girls that we have seen in the past, but she also knows how to laugh at herself and have a good time. I think that she will also bring some issues to light that this show has never covered first hand. Part of me is sad that Rachel and current Bachelor, Nick Viall, didn’t end up together. I mean, they started off so well with Rachel receiving the First Impression Rose and all, so I’m curious to see what happened that made Nick decide she wasn’t the one. I guess it’s for the best though. They seemed happy together, but not lifelong soulmates. If I’m being completely honest, I don’t see him with any of the remaining women, but that’s a whole other topic. Nick seemed genuinely happy at the news of Rachel being named the next Bachelorette. He tweeted after last week’s episode
saying: “My heart is full of joy for you Rachel. Congrats!! You will be one hell of a Bachelorette!! Beauty & class..you have it all!! The Bachelor” First off, did you need to sign it The Bachelor? We all know who you are and she obviously does too, so were those extra eleven characters really necessary? Apparently, he thought he could do better because a minute after the first tweet he tweeted again saying, “No one better to show Bachelor Nation, & the world, the beauty of embracing diversity! So excited for you Rachel! #thebachelor #diversity” #Diversity… really Nick? At least he didn’t sign it The Bachelor again. This guy needs someone to approve his tweets. No matter how you hashtag the
historical news, it’s still an exciting time in Bachelor Nation. Fans of the show and even those who are not can recognize the importance of this news and celebrate it! We are entering a new age of Bachelor TV. I am excited to see what Rachel will bring to the show and wish her the best in finding love.
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05 | opinions
Feb. 22, 2017
Kylie is more than a social media star BuzzFeed should stick to and celebrity, is an entrepreneur too quizzes after dossier scandal
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“I know how influential I am over my fans and followers. I feel like everything I do, my hair color, my makeup, I always start these huge trends and I don’t even realize what I’m capable of,” said
the infamous Kylie Jenner. Her products are known all over the world. The famous socialite decided to do more than her Kardashian sisters than simply … exist. She decided to take her passion for makeup and create her own product line. Using her already famous image, it immediately became a hit. What is truly incredible is how young she is--19. I am 18 and still figuring out what it is I want to do with my life. She also has a fashion line called “Kendall & Kylie” with her sister Kendall that launched in 2013. In 2015 she launched Kylie Cosmetics, beginning with the lip kits. Jenner started out with just a few nude lip kit colors but now has a full-blown enterprise. Any color you can imagine from the nude “Exposed” to the black “Dead of Knight.”
KYLIE JENNER’S cosmetics line have turned the young Kardashian sister into a full-blown entrepreneur, Larson argues. The line includes eye shadows and lipsticks, available online. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY LARSON | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
All the lipsticks are a matte liquid that are meant to stick all day. The lip kit consists of the liquid lipstick and a lip liner priced at $29. If you would like the lipstick individually, it costs $17. I have purchased three of her lipsticks, but only one of them with the lip liner. The ones I fell in love with are Dolce K, Lovebite and Posie K. Dolce K is a nude with a subtle hint of pink. Lovebite is a gorgeous plum purple. Posie K is dark pink, almost maroon. There are a plethora of reviews on the lipsticks, but personally, I am a big fan. They live up to the hype. They last all day, and they smell like cake. They go on very smooth and dry without exposing every lip wrinkle and being cakey; I even forget I am wearing them sometimes. The boxes they are sent in are very cute and have always arrived on time and efficiently. I do wish I could purchase her products at Sephora or Ulta, however. She has begun doing pop-up shops around America, but only two have happened so for now, I will have to settle for online shopping. In the last year, her company has been rapidly expanding. Jenner’s cosmetic line now has glosses, eye shadows and eyeliners. The fans are spoiled whenever there is a holiday because she is sure to release a new product. As for eye shadows, she has three pallets, the Bronze Pallet ($42), the Burgundy Pallet ($42) and the Royal Peach Pallet ($45) and two available creme eye shadows, Golden Plum and Camo ($20). I have yet to invest in anything other than her lip products but I am excited to try more of her line. Kylie Jenner is criticized by many, but I believe she is model of excellence. She is more than just a celebrity, she is an entrepreneur and a successful one at that.
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When I think of BuzzFeed I think of cat videos and endless quizzes that help me procrastinate like no other website can. Why start a five page paper when I can take a quiz that will tell me how tall I am based on what kind of taco I build instead? BuzzFeed has been slowly but surely attempting to change their reputation and become a regular news source recently, but in my opinion, it isn’t really working out. A perfect example of BuzzFeed trying way too hard to break into the major news circuit is the fact that they published the Trump dossier in early January that implicates Trump in a number of illicit and illegal activities. The information reported was not backed up by any other news site, many of which I assume were sent the dossier themselves. I find it highly unlikely that someone would choose Buzzfeed to be the breaking news source for something that important; it’s notable that no other news site decided to publish any small part of the piece. I think that BuzzFeed is just desperately trying to get its foot in the door, but the biggest hurdle it have to overcome is its own reputation. People don’t look at BuzzFeed for news about what Trump’s newest cabinet member is doing. They look for funny quizzes or posts that they can send to their
friends because of how spot on the results were. BuzzFeed is definitely not the first place I go when I’m looking for coverage of a breaking news story and it’s not a news outlet that is ever mentioned by others with the exception of the discussion surrounding the published dossier. The layout of the website is different now as well. In order to draw more traffic toward news stories, BuzzFeed has redesigned the site so that you have to scroll down to see trending stories or quizzes that are more in line with the site’s traditional style. I feel pretty confident in saying that the content people that regularly use BuzzFeed are looking for is not the news. This claim is made solely on the observation of trending stories and the number of comments on stories. It just seems like people tend to care more about the lighthearted procrastination methods than the news BuzzFeed provides. It is not my intention to discredit the journalists that work on the news section of the site, I just think that the site doesn’t have the respect built up needed for them to be covering things in depth. By trying too hard to hang with the powerhouses of the journalism world, especially now, BuzzFeed reminds me all too much of Colin Creevy, the young Harry Potter character that followed Harry around like he was a celebrity. If you don’t care for Harry Potter enough to get my reference, I tend to think of BuzzFeed News as the little sibling that thinks they can keep up with you and your friends. I really don’t mind BuzzFeed and I respect the work that the journalists that work there do. I just wish that the website would stick to what it does best: quizzes that I can take to procrastinate.
Future returns to present day with new self-titled album
Parker Klyn Music Critic email@example.com @KlynParker
By my count, the prolific Atlanta rapper Future has released 10 full-length projects since the start of 2014--four albums and six mixtapes. It’s a run of artistic motivation that’s mostly unmatched, even by similarly-minded contemporaries like Young Thug. But unfortunately, with music, there can be too much of a good thing and Future has found this out the hard way. What may have been exciting on “56 Nights” or “Beast Mode” passed for more of the same on “Purple Reign” and “EVOL.” Still, with this self-titled 10th release in the last three years, Future has gotten back to the basics with great beats, engaging rapping and an enjoyable vibe. One of the things that Future has been able to do is keep all of his projects distinct in style
and tone. “Monster,” exclusively produced by Zaytoven, was melodic and sweet; “Dirty Sprite 2” was a terrifying descent into lean-soaked paranoia. On this album--self-titled for the first time--the theme is simple: a focused return to making great trap. There were two things that really stood out upon first listen of this album. First, Future has finally started to get away from the Auto-tune that he had begun to rely on more and more for his singing and rapping. And while cuts like “Bugatti” and “Turn On The Lights” used Auto-tune effectively, Future had previously been using it as more of a crutch for his weak singing voice as opposed to a genuine artistic decision. It looks like only “Poppin’ Tags” and “Massage in my Room” use Autotune on this album, and that’s a welcome departure. Secondly, the best part of this record has to be the beats. There’s such a great variety in styles that even though the project is over an hour long (rare for a trap album), it actually manages to stay interesting throughout. Opener “Rent Money” is a straight-up trap banger, with ominous choirs and strings backing rattling hi-hats and booming sub-bass. It also comes with a hook that’ll likely ingrain itself in meme culture: “I just f***** a rapper’s b****/ I should diss you.” “Zoom,” while not a terribly
interesting song by itself, is followed by a hilariously audacious skit in which Future mocks Soulja Boy and, more notably, Desiigner, who’s been accused of stealing Future’s sound. I don’t think Future would ever be able to write a scathing diss track, so laughing at his enemies is the way to go. So much of the production on this album has awesome little quirks that separate this project from Future’s other efforts. The video game bloops complement the great hook of “Draco” nicely, and the trunk-rattling beat of “POA” brings an awesome energy that Future has lacked. This record can get really pretty and melodic at times as well. “High Demand” slinks along at a relaxed pace; it sounds more like a contemporary R&B song than hip-hop. The album’s final two tracks, “When I Was Broke” and “Feds Did A Sweep,” have legitimately beautiful production courtesy of the great Zaytoven; the former, in particular, is a highlight. Future even dabbles in psychedelia on this project. The distant oriental flutes of “Mask Off” are probably the best production aspect of the entire album; producers Southside and Frank Dukes have given me one of my favorite trap beats in recent memory. But the project does fall into the same trap that affects most Future projects: it always sounds great, but Future is rarely an
engaging enough personality or rapper to make these projects transcendent. Luckily, Future sounds focused (and sober) enough to prevent any real struggle bars or monotony. Despite how prolific Future has been over the past halfdecade, the seven months that passed since “Project E.T.” have been unusually quiet. It’s the largest period of time that we’ve
waited for a Future album since he started his crazy hot streak. As a result, I’d venture saying that Future’s given us his best project since “Dirty Sprite 2.” It feels like there’s a void in the hip-hop hierarchy when Future’s not very active, so to hear him come back with such a focused and enjoyable record is encouraging. Here’s to hoping he keeps that in mind.
FUTURE, the Atlanta-based rapper who is known for rapid firing music and mixtapes is back with a self-titled album. PHOTO COURTESY OF FREEBANDZ.COM
06 | opinions
Feb. 22, 2017
Student reflects on mixed-race background
Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessiespangler3 As someone who comes from a blend of different cultures, it can sometimes seem like there isn’t really anywhere I belong. There are no neat boxes that I fit into. I love that I am able to have a unique perspective and have the opportunity to grow up knowing different cultures. I’m proud of who I am and where my family is from. I am Cuban, Mexican and
white and I will always consider myself lucky that I am able to have the experiences I do. But there is also a lot of frustration that comes along with being mixed race. People have dismissed my Latina side completely (“Please, you’re just white.”) and people have called me racial slurs or have said racist jokes to me (“Want to mow my lawn?”). I have sought out Latino friends only to be turned away because I’m “too white,” while my white friends will never really be able to understand my frustrations about race or be able to relate to cultural references. When people tell me that I’m “only white,” it’s like an entire half of me--half of my life experiences, half of my upbringing and half of my family--is being ignored. These are the same people who will “joke” with me about landscaping and cleaning their houses. Growing up Latina and white showed me that white privilege is a real issue. My mom, who is
Latina, and my dad, who is white, have received different treatment even when being in the same place together. Neighbors have treated them differently, completely ignoring my mom while they have no problem speaking with my dad. One experience with racism that sticks out the most in my mind was when my family moved when I was in middle school. My mom and I went out to ask the mailman what the neighborhood was like-keep in mind that it’s a pretty nice neighborhood, one that was (and still is) predominantly white. The first thing out of the mailman’s mouth when he saw us: “Are you part of the cleaning crew for this house?” I don’t think he meant to be racist. But he was, at that moment. He automatically assumed that my mother and me, both Latina females, were just there to clean the house. I don’t think it crossed his mind that we were living there until my mother corrected him. If I were “just white,” then I
wouldn’t be dealing with racist remarks like that. Despite all of the frustrations and struggles that come with being of mixed races, I love telling people that I am. I love telling people about my grandparents and where they come from. Speaking of, my grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side came here, to the U.S. illegally. (They’re both U.S. citizens now.) My grandfather, who is from Cuba, escaped on a boat in the middle of the night. He left almost his whole entire family behind. My grandmother grew up in poverty in Mexico and left to find a better life, being a single mother at the time. They still had struggles in the U.S. They worked in factories and didn’t make a lot of money, but they told me once that their life here was much better than it would have been if they stayed in the countries they were born in. Whenever people insult immigrants, I think of them. Whenever it hits me just how
lucky I am to be here, I think of my parents, who both worked hard to provide a better life for my sister and me. And whenever I hear or see someone talk about Latinos being “lazy” or about immigrants being “ungrateful,” I think of my grandparents, my mom, my aunt, cousins and family friends, who are examples of the exact opposite. As I grow older, I try to pay more attention to the food my grandparents make, trying to file away the recipes in my mind. When they speak Spanish, I try to swim through the two different accents and dialects and understand. I want to preserve the cultures I grew up with so that I can pass them on. I don’t want to hear what you think I am, and I especially don’t want to hear that I am not enough of something. Do not tell me what you think I am because I will prove you wrong.
Help fight animal cruelty Increasing infrastructure spending by adopting, not buying could bridge harmful gaps
Rachel Wermager Copy Editor email@example.com
The facts on puppy mills are startling and unsettling. Stop their profits and adopt instead. There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. In a puppy mill there is little to no regard for the health of the dogs; their main goal is profit. “A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs,” states the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Dogs that come from puppy mills are prone to genetic defects, diseases and infirmities. The dogs used for breeding are kept in wire cages for the duration of their lives and the mothers are bred every heat cycle until they are no longer able to produce, after which they are usually killed. Puppy mills are everywhere, but there is a high concentration
in the Midwest. They breed all kinds of dogs and can house hundreds to thousands of them. The bottom line is that puppy mills are designed for profit and profit alone, and it is at the expense of the dogs’ well being. One of the only ways to ensure that you are not buying a puppy from a puppy mill is to see where the dog came from yourself. A responsible breeder will want to meet with the people buying the dog and show the conditions of where the dog lives. When buying from a breeder never meet at an off-sight location or have the puppy shipped to you. The best way to help fight against this cruelty to animals is for people to start making adoption their first choice when looking for a dog. An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year, this happens because the dogs are not being adopted and the shelters become overpopulated. The only way to shut down the puppy mill industry is to stop their profits. Adopting a dog is one of the main ways to fight against puppy mills and give many overlooked and ignored dogs loving homes. Shelters like the Animals Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) care for thousands of pets a year and focus on the welfare of animals. All of the dogs in their care need homes and when you adopt you support the fight against the puppy mill industry. People should never get their pets from stores in a mall or online: help fight animal cruelty and adopt.
Abi Grimminger Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @AbiGrimminger
On Feb. 9 in California, 180,000 people living downstream of the Oroville Dam were evacuated. There were concerns that, due to lack of use and signs of erosion, the emergency spillway might collapse, causing severe floods on the Feather River. The New York Times reported on Feb. 13 that officials decided to use the emergency spillway for the first time in nearly 50 years because of damage to the main spillway. Years of exposure to highvelocity water had eroded the concrete lining the chute, making it dangerous to use. This is just one example of the U.S.’s crumbling infrastructure, an issue that we’ve been aware of for some time, but have yet to fix. According to a 2016 article published by Fox Business, the U.S.’s concerns with water and
energy infrastructure aren’t limited to eroding dams. About 1.7 trillion gallons of water are wasted annually because of leaky or broken water pipes that have not been replaced. So, why don’t we just replace them? As you might suspect, the issue is money. Many legislators feel that infrastructure spending should happen on the local level; yet, even when concerns are close to home, decisions about how to raise funds take time. For instance, infrastructure is a concern that has affected my home state, Nebraska, for several years. In rural areas, school buses and heavy agricultural equipment cross bridges several times a day. In 2014, 3,279 of these bridges were found to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in a report created by the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. This number only included bridges that were 20-feet or more in length, though there are thousands of smaller bridges just as much in need of repair. Although we rely heavily on bridges for transportation, they weren’t given much attention until last year when the Legislature approved an infrastructure bank. According to an article published by The Omaha WorldHerald in 2016, funds from this bank are intended for major road projects and the repair of county bridges, making travel safer for citizens across the state. Two years after the report was
filed by the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee, the Legislature came up with this plan. It took two more months before they could decide on a way to fund it. Interestingly, this may be one of the few problems Trump’s election could actually help solve. In his plan for his first 100 days in office, reported on by NPR last November, he floated a onetrillion dollar investment in infrastructure to be spent over 10 years. He’s already experienced some pushback from Republicans on this plan. Sen. Mitch McConnell has criticized the plan, stating, “I think the details are really important, but I hope what we clearly avoid— and I’m confident that we will—is a trillion dollar stimulus that will take you back to 2009,” according to an article published on Fox News’ website last December. McConnell was referring to the democrats’ $787 billion stimulus bill, which included infrastructure spending that The Economist described in 2010 as “doomed to mediocrity.” According to The Omaha World-Herald last December, if Trump can get the plan to pass, Nebraskans hope that some of this money will go to them. However, even if Nebraska is overlooked, the money could ease infrastructure concerns throughout the nation, making our country safer and less wasteful.
Earbuds in: four podcasts everyone should be listening to right now always has at least one earbud in, I’ve compiled some of my favorites that you won’t want to miss out on.
Jake Bullington Digital Editor email@example.com @JakeBullington
Podcasts are heightening in their popularity recently and with so many different ones to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. As someone who
It’s about crime! The hosts of the show describe it as an audible collection of “people who’ve done wrong, been wronged and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” It’s a lot like the Making A Murderer series on Netflix, but each episode is a 15-30 minute immersive tale of a crime you most likely have never heard of. Something that surprised me as I’ve listened through their 60plus episodes is how radically different each one is from the other. It’s a great way to pass the time at your desk or to listen over your lunch break - something better than the muted TV in the break room playing ESPN.
This is one of my favorite go-to podcasts, but I’m also a bit biased on this one. I’ve actually had the opportunity to share a story with the podcasts’ listeners (see episode 37).
It’s lighthearted, always funny and their personalities are great to listen to, yes, but also to watch on YouTube where the episodes also released.
The Rooster Teeth Podcast
In-depth analysis and a truly objective look at the day in the Trump White House and D.C. I like this politics podcast a lot because it allows me to not know anything going into an episode and still get the context of what’s happening. Additionally, listeners can get the “when else has this happened in American history?” question answered — something critical in today’s political landscape, where so many things are Nixonian and ‘unprecedented’. Episodes range anywhere from eight minutes to over an hour, depending on the day’s political news.
From the people who brought you Red vs. Blue comes an eccentric hour and a half of befuddled science questions like “How up is space?” (episode 413) or complaining about the latest Apple gadget. Released once a week, four or five of the production company’s employees sit down on a couch and discuss crude stories about Austin, Texas nightlife, intricacies of their dating failures and whether or not people like grapes (they do). It’s a great background listen, especially while doing homework.
Bonus: TD+ Podcast
Did you know that the TimesDelphic has a weekly newsletter and podcast to boot? It’s called the TD+ and you can sign up on the top right corner of our website, TimesDelphic.com. In it, your host (me!) talks about what you can look forward to in our print edition, our online pieces and recapping newsworthy tidbits — lately I’ve been discussing how well the women’s basketball team has been doing. Each installment is around 3 minutes and comes out each Monday morning! If you miss an episode, you can always go to our SoundCloud account, soundcloud.com/TimesDelphic
07 | features
Feb. 22, 2017
FEATURES CAMPUS PREVIEW
Play tradition encourages women to talk about vaginas Natalie Larimer Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO COURTESY OF MOLLIE CLARK
The Vagina Monologues, a play that is put on every February on Drake campus, features an allfemale cast and explores different parts of the female experience. This year, Student Activists for Gender Equality (SAGE) is hosting The Vagina Monologues as well as a Vagina Carnival on Feb. 25. The first carnival is at one, with the play starting at two, and the second is at six with the show starting at seven. Directors Mollie Clark and Phoebe Clark are both members of SAGE, and both have taken part in The Vagina Monologues for the past few years. “I think the message has changed and evolved a little bit over the years,” P. Clark said. “I know Eve Ensler originally wrote the book to be about how we have to stop violence against women and girls, but you know as feminism advanced, it’s had to be reinterpreted.” Ensler wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996 as a onewoman performance for the Off-Broadway Westside Theater in New York. She based the monologues off of interviews she did with 200 women about their experiences with their vaginas. Each year they add a new monologue in order to keep up with the changing political scene as well as the evolution of feminism. With the new administration, M. Clark expressed her belief that The Vagina Monologues are even more prevalent now then they have been in the past two decades. “There are things in society that tell women that their bodies aren’t theirs and their bodies aren’t safe,” M. Clark said. “The Monologues are particularly important because it tells women that their bodies are theirs and they can be safe and that they
deserve to be theirs and safe.” Though The Monologues have been revised over time, they have kept their original meaning throughout each performance. “The Vagina Monologues is really about calling out violence against women,” M. Clark said. “It’s also about changing the language we use. A major theme is learning how to talk about vaginas as vaginas, which is difficult, especially to let women talk about their bodies in ways that they control and not ways that the outside world controls. For me, it was a really important change in my life, to teach me how to talk about things I wasn’t able to talk about before.” Each monologue focuses on an experience that some or most women can connect to. “I think the meaning is changing and evolving to be more about vaginas as not necessarily gendered, but also recognizing that vaginas are a very salient site of violence in America and around the world,” P. Clark said. “I think the message, to me, is that it’s time to end violence against vaginas.” In creating a space where people can openly talk about the violence they have experienced, The Vagina Monologues have become a tradition for colleges and communities to perform each year. The show is by and for Drake students, but community members are welcome as well. The Vagina Carnival will be a place for thrifting, poetry and various other activities which start an hour before showtime. “The show itself is so emotionally intense and you feel the whole spectrum of human emotions within the span of an hour,” P. Clark said. “Expect to laugh, expect to cry, and expect to feel uncomfortable at least once.”
Lecture series focuses on death, dying, bioethics Comparison Project connects Drake community with greater community Emily Larson Contributing Writer email@example.com @emj_larson
On Feb. 9, the religion and philosophy department of Drake University hosted a speech that interested many students and locals. The original speaker, Damien Keown, a retired professor of
Buddhist ethics at Goldsmiths College and University of London, was unable to make it. Gereon Kopf of Luther College filled in for him. The speech written by Keown was delivered by Kopf. Afterwards, Kopf answered the crowd’s questions in his own words. The talk was on a subject The Comparison Project had been focusing on for a year and a half: death and dying and the bioethics
of it all. The Comparison Project, the group that held the event, is a professor and student run project in its fifth year at Drake. Professor Tim Knepper is a co-leader. “We do this lecture series, take a particular topic and then explore it for two years through scholars giving lectures or practitioners in the community doing dialogues,” said Knepper, “and in the end we compare over
to see what we’ve learned about it and we have a book publishing contract, so it gets published to an academic publisher.” According to its website, “The Comparison Project’s speaker and dialogue series at Drake University tracks a common philosophical theme through diverse religious traditions. Scholars and practitioners of religion explore the theme from the perspective of particular religious traditions.” Other than the lecture and dialogue series, The Comparison Project is doing a digital storytelling initiative in which various religions of Des Moines are featured. All the stories can be found on its website. “It’s not about writing about the community. It’s about writing with the community.” said Knepper. One of the students involved in The Comparison Project is Shea Seiff. Seiff is a student researcher for the project and worked closely with the Tifereth Israel Synagogue. “These lectures are always really interesting because we have more community members that come to these type of events,” Seiff said. The lecture was on the bioethics involved with death like organ donation, brain death and the karma that is transferred. “Brain death is conceptually flawed,” said Keown, “Buddhism does not support the idea of cognitive death.”
As someone who was new to the topic of religion and bioethics, Seiff said she never thought about how karma impacts whether or not someone wants to donate their organs. “It’s a new idea that I never thought about how many religious beliefs collide with modern medicine,” Seiff said. “It’s really interesting.” “I think this project really aims to build that bridge between the community and the Drake community; and bring researchers and other groups, like the Drake community press, and other colleges like Simpson and DMACC. They have a big part in this project,” Seiff said. The Comparison Project’s lecture and dialogue on death and dying had a diverse crowd including a monk, students and practicing Buddhist community members of Des Moines. Talks like these will continue throughout the semester on Drake’s campus and next year’s subject is miracles. For more information on The Comparison Project, go to its website, http:// comparisonproject.wordpress. drake.edu/ .
08 | features
Feb. 22, 2017
FEATURES CAMPUS CURRICULUM
PR Class helps rebrand local area Humans of Drake
Haley Hodges Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Matthew Thornton’s public relations writing class is spending the semester alternating between creating work for their dream employer and helping with the PR aspects of a local campaign: rebranding the area around Ingersoll and Grand Avenue. “They’re basically trying to rebrand Ingersoll and Grand as more of kind of a neighborhood, East Village type of feel,” said Liz Bregenzer, a sophomore studying public relations, enrolled in the course. “I see their project as trying to bring in more of the community, trying to make it more family friendly, a place that people can go, walk down the street and hang out with neighbors. That’s ultimately their goal to recreate the image of this place.” The Avenues is the class’ realworld client that the class of 20 will be split up into small groups to work for. The team organizing the project that students are assisting with is composed of volunteers. The students will take on the responsibility of handling the public relations aspects of the project, along with a marketing team they’ve been encouraged to reach out to if needed. “The process throughout the semester and the class will prepare a set of specific public relations materials to help advance the goal of the Avenues in helping to promote their work in fostering positive development in the Ingersoll and Grand areas,” Thornton said. The class has not yet begun working on their specific projects for the Avenues yet, but have had an initial meeting with their client and their work will come soon.
“About midway through the semester, the students will produce work for the community partner and those are typically advocacy oriented pieces,” Thornton said. “They might be related to social media content. They might be related to the creation of public service announcements or other advocacy oriented pieces that are specific to the client’s needs and so that might vary semester to semester.”
“For our dream employers, we come up with our own problems for them that we see, whereas for the Avenues project they gave us their issues that they want us to solve.” Hannah Schilmoeller Sophomore
While the students wait to begin working on The Avenues project, they’re practicing developing their public relations writing by creating projects for a dream employer they selected. “We structure the public relations writing course where students produce materials for their dream employer, so they get to choose the specific organization they want to write some of their materials for,” Thornton said. “So they get both the hands-on experience working for the class client and also work for an organization they could potentially want to work for later in life.” By including assignments for both, Thornton said he hoped students would get to be more passionate about their dream employers, but also get the
experience working for an actual, current project. “I think the major difference is that when we’re doing our dream employers, we’re going to be doing more writing, more of our tactics like we’re writing a magazine article or a brochure right now,” Bregenzer said. “With the Avenues it’s going to be more discussion based, coming up with strategies to move forward on a PR plan for them.” Working for their dream employers gives the students opportunities to explore different facets of public relations writing, as well as being able to take on projects in a more open-ended way. “For our dream employers, we come up with our own problems for them that we see, whereas for The Avenues project they gave us their issues that they want us to solve,” said Hannah Schilmoeller, a sophomore public relations student enrolled in the class. “What they told us was that they wanted us to work more with the owners down there and get them more involved in the project, which I think will be kind of cool. But I think they should focus more on people in general. They even said when they were talking with us that really wanted it to be organic, and kind of happen whereas they didn’t want to force it on people.” Thornton and the students in his class are currently uncertain of what type of projects their client will want, but will they begin work on them in the next few weeks. The active client will hopefully provide experience for the students and be able to aid the community along with the project.
Club gives students professional experience
Leo McGrath Contributing Writer email@example.com
Drake University has seen the coming and going of many on-campus advertising clubs, but Drake Ad-Vantage (DU-Ad) believes that the group is going to be the one to stay. Though there have been similar organizations in the past, DU-Ad is breaking the streak of inactivity by once again forming a group to help students pursue careers in advertising. DU-Ad stands out by not only as an advertising club, but also an advertising agency. But the club isn’t focusing on getting client. Instead, their main goal is to help students, and they believe this is what will make DUAd successful. “We don’t want this to be just another ad club in the books, we want this to be the ad club,” said Kate Kurka, DU-Ad secretary. DU-Ad will help students by bringing in guest speakers, provide networking opportunities, portfolio and resume reviews and other opportunities. “It’s almost like a miniinternship,” said DU-Ad President James Jolly. “You’re given tasks, real-world tasks,
David Edwards • Sophomore, Finance
Student grows up with military parents, learns to live everywhere
and you do them and then you see the results.” Because DU-Ad is also an advertising agency, members will have the chance to get real-world experience with the help of more experienced club members. “The art director is basically in charge of approving the designs that come through, so I’m going to oversee what people are doing, and I’m of course going to help the designs themselves,” said art director Emily Bagg. DU-Ad first began in May of 2016, though not to the scale of what the club is now. The first meeting was intended only to gain interest and move on from there. At that time, they were not reaching out to clients, or even advertising themselves, only looking for members. Since then, the club has taken hold. The club has recruited new members, including some leadership positions like digital media director, content director and art director. “We held it last semester, and basically we had one meeting where everyone talked about their strengths and the position they wanted, and then the next meeting we held the actual voting and elections,” Bagg said. DU-Ad has also found some clients, with “a lot of community outreach, and a lot of word of mouth,” Kurka said. “As of right now we have three clients who are very interested in our services,” Kurka said. Two of these clients are Drake based, and the third is an outdoor
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gear company called Pingora. “Nonprofits around Des Moines will reach out to Drake’s advertising classes and sometimes when those classes are filled up, professors will reach out to ad clubs,” Jolly said. “And something we’ve found that’s lacking is if you’re not in one of those classes, sometimes you don’t really get that experience, and it’s hard to find an internship,” Kurka said. Despite the fact that they are part of the club, Drake AdVantage is fully committed to its advertising agency.
“It’s almost like a mini-internship. You’re given tasks, real-world task, and you do them and then you see the results.” James Jolly DU-AD president
The group is focused on their professionalism, and consider themselves to be advertisers before students. “There’s a level of expectation that we have that they’ll be doing stuff, they’ll be producing work, that they’ll actually be engaged and involved,” Jolly said. We don’t want people to show up every week and be like, ‘I’m at ad club.’”
Savannah Prescott Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up, David Edwards lived in all corners of the nation. From the islands to Hawaii to the marshes of South Georgia, he’s covered the entire nation and feels like the experience has molded him into the person he is today. “I feel like I see what goes on in the world differently than most people because I’ve seen what people sacrifice every day for their families and friends,” Edwards said. “Being a military kid wasn’t always easy. I’ve learned how to make friends as moving from state to state was difficult for me. Sometimes we would get orders and move in the middle of the school year.” Edwards was born in Hawaii, went to elementary school in Texas and then to middle school and high school in Georgia. “It was stressful moving across the country because everything changes and you start from scratch every time,” Edwards said. “Most of the time, at least one of my parents were deployed out to sea and one was home. One year, both of them were deployed to different places and I moved into my grandma’s house, which was fun for a five-year-old, but it wasn’t the normal life every kid should have.” For most American households the Fourth of July is a time to grill out and watch some fireworks. But for the Edwards, it’s almost a sacred holiday. “Since my parents were both in the military, our house was very patriotic,” Edwards said. “The fourth of July and things like the national anthem at sporting events always is a big deal to them. We were always the people with the biggest fireworks on the Fourth of July, and they
(Edwards’ parents) were always so proud.” Edwards went on to talk about how he didn’t quite understand the danger his parents were exposed to until he got older. “When I got to a certain age I actually understood that they were putting their lives in danger,” Edwards said. “My dad served in Desert Storm so that really made me understand that they put their lives on the line. They weren’t on normal business trips and traveling like most parents, so as a kid it was hard to understand why my parents had to leave every few months.” His parents dedicated most of their lives to military service and have seen amazing places along the way. “Both of my parents retired after 25 years in the Navy as Medical Corpsmen, both achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. My dad was mostly deployed in the Middle East and Mediterranean and my mom was mostly in Asia and Japan ... When they retired from the Navy it was different seeing them in civilian clothes ... because I had seen them in uniform since the day I was born. It took them a while to adjust to normal life and sometimes I feel like they still haven’t,” Edwards said. Before Edwards came to college, he thought about joining the military, but his parents wanted a different life for him. “I sometimes felt like I had to live up to the bar they set and join the military, but my dad always told me to be better than he was, and both of my parents really pushed me to go to college and get my degree,” Edwards said. “After college I don’t really plan to move around very much ... I’m thankful for my parents and everything they’ve done for me and this country but I just don’t feel like packing up the house and moving every few years any more.”
09 | features
Feb. 22, 2017
FEATURES CAMPUS ORGANIZATION
Education fraternity hits 100-year milestone
KAPPA DELTA PI is celebrating 100 years in 2017 Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society, was the first education honors society in Iowa and the fifth chapter in the country. Jessica Lynk Editor-in-Chief email@example.com @jessmlynk For the past 100 years, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) has been on campus aiding students in the education department. The chapter was the first KDP chapter in the state of Iowa and the fifth in the country. “This is actually really exciting,
considering how small the education program is here,” KDP president Abby Parra said. Kappa Delta Pi is a national honor society for education. Students can join if they have been accepted into the teacher education program, which typically happens during students’ sophomore year. Drake also has Drake Education Association (DEA), which is available to all Drake students.
KDP meets once-a-month for a networking event with their members. The group also tries to do a service event or training for student teachers at the end of every month. “We also have alum and professors coming in to talk about research they are doing, where they are working, fun things like that,” Parra said. While looking for alums to invite, Parra found a roster from the 60s, which helped showed
Parra the legacy of KDP. “It is really cool to see that some of our professors were members, either at Drake or other schools,” Parra said. “It connects you and it is good networking. Parra first decided to join KDP because she thought it would help her meet people. “This group lets you get to know people in you own school and once they graduate, they can help get you connected to other schools,” Parra said. “It is a good
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resource for the future.” On Feb. 14, KDP had a cake to celebrate their 100 years. The group will also be holding an event with the School of Education at the end of March. It will fall in conjunction with the Teacher of the Year award. At this event, KDP expects to be presented a plaque to celebrate its 100 years.
10 | sports
Feb. 22, 2017
SPORTS WOMEN’S TENNIS
TRACK & FIELD COLUMN
Women’s Tennis swept by Nebraska, Coming up next week: comes back against Colorado State MVC Indoor Championship
JUNIOR SUMMER BRILLS celebrates after winning a point on Feb. 5. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @Adam_Rogan
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is not screw up. Sophomore Kenya Williams used that strategy in her matchclinching victory for Drake Women’s Tennis on Saturday over Colorado State University. All three sets in Williams’ match went to 12 games. In the third set, she was serving for match point. She played one volley after the serve before her opponent returned the ball into the net, improving the Bulldogs’ record to 4-3 on the season. “(I was) making sure that I didn’t give (my opponent) any errors, making her try to earn the game,” Williams said. “I just tried to make as many balls as possible and not be the one to miss.” Colorado State was the second of two opponents the Bulldogs faced in Lincoln, Nebraska, last weekend. The first match was against their hosts, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team that is still undefeated after it swept Drake 4-0 on Friday. Only one Bulldog, junior Summer Brills, won a set against Nebraska. Every singles match ended in two sets or was called
off when the team match was sealed. For the called off matches, no Bulldog held a lead, including Brills who was down 1-0 in the third set. “They have a deep squad, 12 girls, and all (are) very talented players,” head coach Mai-Ly Tran said. “I think it was a very competitive match. The scores may not have shown that, but the girls competed very well, so it actually gave us some momentum going into Colorado State.” Even with that momentum, the match started out looking like it might’ve been a repeat of the previous day. CSU swept the doubles point, then took the first two singles points on courts five and six. “Losing the doubles point is always tough, but I think we’ve been there so many times that it doesn’t phase the girls,” Tran said. Cornered and needing to win out, the Bulldogs battled back. “We were evenly matched, and we knew it was going to be a tough match.” Brills got Drake on the board. She stole the first set in 12 games and won the match with a 6-1 second set. Sophomore Joely Lomas survived into a third set that she won 7-5. She is now 3-0 overall in 2017.
Another narrow win came on court 2 from senior Tess Herder, who is also undefeated this season. She won the first set in a tiebreaker, lost the second 3-6, but pulled away 6-4 in the third. Williams’ match was the only one left. She won the first set 7-6 before losing the second 7-5. Her strategy was to stay aggressive throughout the entirety of the match, and that got her up 4-1 in the third set. However, her opponent responded in turn with her back against the wall. “I got a 4-1 lead from being aggressive,” Williams said, “… but then she picked up her game because ... she had nothing really to lose, so then she started being really aggressive and hitting a lot of winners.” Williams fell behind 5-4, but forced a tiebreaker that she was able to take by a score of 7-3. “I feel like I just tried to find every bit of energy that I had inside of me, to keep fighting and pushing,” Williams said, “because I knew that we were so close to us getting the win, so I was just trying to do whatever I could to push through it.” The Bulldogs have this weekend off, but will return to the court on March 4 and 5 for two road matches against Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Next weekend, the Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to the University of Northern Iowa to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship meet. This competition is the first championship event of the year for the entire track team, who then will compete in the MVC Outdoor Championships in midMay. Drake’s athletes will travel to UNI ready to compete to the best of their ability. Many athletes are preparing themselves to win conference titles, score points, set new PRs and school records, and perhaps even qualify for the NCAA Indoor National meet. For the freshmen, they are getting ready to compete in their first collegiate championship meet. While it may be a nerveracking endeavor, the athletes who put in work during the offseason as well as the in-season should feel confident and ready to compete. It will be an opportunity for the freshmen, and all athletes, to see the work they put in throughout year come to fruition on the track, in the ring and in the pit. The MVC Indoor Championships are important, and the desire to win is at the forefront of the athlete’s minds. The interesting thing about the indoor season is that it is largely used for gearing up for the outdoor season. Even though the indoor season
has a championship meet, most athletes’ workouts are structured for them to peak during the outdoor conference meet. That being said, athletes rely a lot on strength gained during the off-season for the MVC Indoor Championship meet. Technique, speed, and form may not be perfected for many athletes across all schools by the time the indoor championships arrive, so what will separate the winners from the rest of the field will be the amount of time and effort the athletes have put in during the off-season. Athletes must keep in mind that while the MVC Indoor Championship meet is very important, a lot can change between now and outdoor conference. Win or lose during this indoor championship, no athlete is guaranteed to have the same competition outcome in the outdoor season. #GetAnotherOne
Coming Up at Drake FEB. 24
Women’s Basketball vs. UNI 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Missouri State 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Bradley 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Wichita State 2 p.m.
11 | sports
Feb. 22, 2017
SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Women’s Basketball 21st in the nation, 15-0 in MVC
Drake outscores Indiana State and Loyola 150-87 in last two games
BRADLEY at the charity stripe during the Feb. 12 game at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs won the game 98-46. Senior guard Caitlin Ingle is shown waiting for the Bradley player to take the shot. Ingle contributed 16 points during the game against Bradley and has added an additional eight points in both of the games since. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR Joseph Miller Staff Writer email@example.com @josephmiller3
The Drake women’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins this past weekend, keeping their perfect conference record and extending its winning streak to 16 games, matching Drake’s all-time record. The team took two road games against Indiana State and Loyola. The Bulldogs’ road trip got a hot start, as they began their contest against Indiana State on a 10-0 run. Drake would finish the quarter with an eight-point lead, but would only extend it by two heading into the half, 32-22. The deep Bulldog bench helped the team hit its stride in the second half, outscoring the Sycamores 20-9 in the third quarter to push the lead to 21 points. Despite a slow day offensively, the Drake defense stepped up and delivered its second best performance of the year, holding Indiana State to just 45 points. The Bulldogs also forced 21 turnovers on the way to their 64‑45 win. Freshman Brenni Rose led Drake in scoring with 14 and added two assists. Becca Hittner and Becca Jonas each added 10 of their own. Jonas also had seven boards. The Bulldog bench contributed 26 points overall. Drake looked to keep the momentum heading into its matchup against Loyola, a team the Bulldogs took down 89-46 earlier this season. Perhaps harnessing untapped energy from their earlier game, the Bulldogs scored 25 points in the first quarter, grabbing an early 15-point lead heading into the second frame.
Drake’s defense did not lose a step, holding the Ramblers to just two points in the second quarter. Adding 21 more points, Drake had a 34-point lead at halftime. The second half saw a bit more competition, but Drake remained in control and would take the game, 86-42. Drake’s interior played a crucial role, as the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 52-10 in the paint. Drake also notched 14 more second-chance points than Loyola, in addition to having 45 total rebounds. Drake’s attack was led by senior Lizzy Wendell, who put up 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Sammie Bachrodt added 17 of her own as well as a pair of assists and three rebounds. Becca Hittner recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Every eligible Drake player scored in the 86-point effort. Drake’s win ties the record for most consecutive wins in team history, as well as padding their already record best start in Missouri Valley Conference history. Drake’s wins have also gained national attention. The Bulldogs climbed to no. 21 in the AP Women’s Basketball poll, their best ranking since 1982. The Bulldogs will be put to the test this Friday at the Knapp Center as they square off against Northern Iowa, currently ranked second in the conference. A win against the Panthers will secure the MVC regular season title.
How the rest of the MVC is doing: 1. Drake
6. Southern Illinois
3. Missouri St.
4. Wichita State
9. Illinois State
5. Indiana State
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12 | sports
Feb. 22, 2017
SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL
Drake falls to Missouri State, losing streak now at seven
HEAD COACH (top) Jeff Rutter draws up a play during the final minutes Saturday’s loss to Missouri State. (Bottom) Junior guard Reed Timmer goes for a layup under heavy defense against Missouri State. Timmer contributed 15 points in the game. His average points per game in 2016-2017 has been 15.8, the highest on the team. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan
Down one with 10 seconds left, De’Antae McMurray found junior Billy Wampler under the basket. Guarded by a taller defender, he went up for the layup but missed. A roar from the crowd showed disapproval when a foul wasn’t called. Regardless, Missouri State pulled in the rebound. Two free throws later, the Bulldogs were left with a desperation three at the buzzer. Redshirt-junior Graham Woodward dribbled the ball across halfcourt and threw up the shot, but it bounced off the rim and Drake Men’s Basketball’s losing streak was extended to
seven. Drake’s Men’s Basketball’s (721, 5-11 MVC) two games against the Missouri State Bears (16-13, 7-9 MVC) have been decided by a combined four points. The Bulldogs won their first meeting, 72-71 in overtime at Missouri State, but lost 76-73 when the Bears came to the Knapp Center last Saturday, Feb. 18. Missouri State is second in rebounding and third in blocks in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. Drake is eighth and ninth in those categories, respectively. Much of Missouri State’s prowess in rebounding is due to the presence of 6-9 forward Alize Johnson, a junior Drake head coach Jeff Rutter called the “best rebounder in the league.” He proved Rutter’s
compliment on Friday, recording a double-double with 23 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, 17 of which came in the second half. That may have been Drake’s biggest downfall. MSU nearly doubled Drake in rebounding: 46-28. Offensive rebounds: 11-5. Second-chance points were the most more damning: 16-2. In addition to his size, Johnson’s shooting ability made him almost impossible to defend. He shot 2-6 from beyond the arc and also went 11-13 from the freethrow line. Despite Johnson’s dominance, the Bulldogs had their own points of superiority. They finished 50 percent from three, amounting to 36 points. Ball movement was better on Drake’s end too: 15 assists to
MSU’s nine. Defense earned more than a few extra possessions for the Bulldogs. They had nine steals, 19 points off turnovers and 13 fastbreak points. The Bears only had one steal and seven points off turnovers with zero points on fastbreaks. Depth was also on Drake’s side. Bench players scored 25 points. Missouri State’s bench only contributed three. Still, the Bulldogs’ backcourtfocused lineup took awhile to get going as the Bears scored the game’s first eight points. Six minutes into the game, with Drake down nine, four starters subbed out to make room for a more defensive-minded lineup. The Bulldogs switched to a full-court press and the tide started to shift. It started with a steal and a fastbreak layup from McMurray that trimmed the deficit to seven. A couple minutes later, 6-foot-10 forward Casey Schlatter tied the game at 19 with his fifth three of the season. As usual, the Bulldogs chances relied on accurate shooting. They shot 42.4 percent from the field in the first half and 58.3 from 3-point land, finishing the on a 31-13 run to take an eight-point lead into the locker room. “There were just a few stretches in a couple games where we didn’t play like we know how we can play,” Woodward said. The Bulldogs were on top for most of the second half, but couldn’t put the Bears away. Drake never led by more than eight. Missouri State 3-point shooting improved by 16 percent in the second half; Drake’s fell by 17. “We needed to stretch that lead early in the second half,” Rutter said, “that was a big difference right there … We shoot in the second half like we did in the first? We’re high-fiving everybody right now.” More than shooting from the field, the Bears sealed their comeback at the line. They went 16-18 on free throws in the second half, while Drake was only 8-10. Timmer led the Bulldogs with 15 points on 4-11 shooting and was a perfect 6-6 on free throws. Woodward tied him with 15, 13 of which came in the first half when he went 3-3 from beyond the arc.
McMurray wasn’t far behind with 13 points to go along with seven assists. The Missouri Valley Conference Tournament starts in only eight days. Drake doesn’t have much time to reverse its momentum. Even though Saturday’s game was close, three of the losses during Drake’s losing streak have been decided by double digits. Before the skid, Drake was in the middle of the conference. Now it’s in ninth. The Bulldogs may be a shooting-oriented team, but they haven’t scored more than 80 since Jan. 18. Drake was held to just 53 on Feb. 7 against conference no. 2 Illinois State and only scored 60 on Feb. 11 against Indiana State, the worst team in the MVC record-wise. Timmer is still Drake’s points leader at 15.8 points per game and is now in the top 10 scorers in DU history with 1,314 career points. But that doesn’t mean he’s been at his best in 2016-17. As shown in the first half against MSU, he has a tendency to shoot first/pass second. He’s more likely to try to draw fouls than the average guard. And when he doesn’t get to the line, his stats and the team suffer. He’s only shooting .426 this year, .036 below what he shot last year. He’s also getting to the line less, almost one shot less per game. He isn’t the only Bulldog who hasn’t been seeing shots fall as consistently in 2016-17. Drake’s shooting percentage (.399) is second worst in the MVC and has been falling steadily: .361 over the last nine games with only one above .400. Still, Rutter managed to find an upside, mentioning how much he’s enjoying his role as head coach and evoking confidence heading into the season’s final games. “There’s no gloom and doom here,” Rutter said. “… I’m a lucky guy to be able to coach these guys.” Drake retakes the court tonight at Loyola. The last time the two teams met was the first game of the conference season, which Drake won 102-98. The Bulldogs will return to the Knapp Center on Saturday against Bradley, the final game of the regular season.