THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University
Vol. 136 | No. 17 | Wed. Mar. 01, 2017 timesdelphic.com
Student talks about living with an eating disorder
CAMPUS NEWS Photo by Adam Rogan | Managing Editor
Katherine Bauer News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @bauer_katherine Most 7-year-olds worry about learning how to add and subtract or sitting by their friends at lunch. For Olivia Orichiella, at 7 years old she was thinking about being an athlete in the best shape possible. However, excessive training and comments about her weight turned her drive into an eating disorder. “I’ve suffered with anorexia since I was 7-years-old,” the senior elementary education major said. “It’s always been that pressure of not being good enough.” Orichiella explained that there were dreams of being a collegiate athlete in her future, specifically in soccer. She was also training as a triathlete by 7. Tennis, basketball, track and cross country were all added when she turned 11. “(I was told), ‘You need to lose more weight so you can be the best’,” Orichiella said. “‘If you looked like that girl, you would be better.’” The hard hours of training at 8 a.m. soon turned into unhealthy habits. Orichiella said she used laxatives to keep her weight down and avoided eating. Orichiella pinpoints her eating disorder to this environment. Fourteen years later and she is still fighting to be in control. “There’s that voice in my head,” Orichiella said. “She’s always there. She gets quieter, but she’s always there in the back of your head.” Melissa Nord, who is a counselor at Drake’s health center, explained how eating disorders affect people’s mentality. “The mind totally plays tricks on the individual with an eating disorder,” Nord said. “The individual might look into the mirror and see someone with curves and ‘extra weight’ when they’re really so sickly thin that their bones are poking through their skin and they are barely strong enough to stand. They truly do not see the true them.” Orichiella explained that an eating disorder is not about losing weight. The desire to lose weight is a result of a mentality. “The whole idea of food in general is terrifying,” Orichiella said. “Losing weight comes from a side effect of having that mindset and having those voices telling you all these things.” Some people have the mentality that they will reach a goal by not eating, Nord said. “Sometimes eating disorders convince the individual that they don’t deserve to eat, for whatever reason,” Nord said. “Sometimes eating disorders convince the individual that if they do this one more thing (eat less, exercise more) then they’ll have everything they’re wanting.” Anorexia had a detrimental effect on Orichiella’s body. Standing at 5 feet 10 inches, she dipped to 115 pounds at her lightest weight. Someone at that height with a healthy weight could weigh between 130 and 170 pounds, according to the BMI index.
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Hillel, Drake Public Safety respond to hate crime Anti-Semitic message on campus part of national trend
Adam Rogan Managing Editor email@example.com @adam_rogan On Feb. 22, a Jewish student found an anti-Semitic message carved into one of the wooden chairs in Meredith Hall 101. Drake Public Safety was notified and had the chair removed, as repairing the physical damage couldn’t be done in the lecture hall. Provost Sue Mattison sent a campus-wide email the next morning, informing the student body and faculty of the incident. “We will not tolerate acts of oppression and hate, and will do everything in our power to deal with this,” Mattison said in her email. “This is not who we are, and is against our values.” Tali Eisenstadt is the president of Drake University Hillel, a
Jewish community on campus. Eisenstadt was notified on Feb. 22, the day before the email went out.
“We will not tolerate acts of oppression and hate.” Sue Mattison Provost
Eisenstadt pushed for mass notification ot the student body. She wanted the entire Drake community to know. “We couldn’t let this go unnoticed by campus,” Eisenstadt said. “Jewish students can’t be kept in the dark and the other students on this campus need
to know what happened, that they know that no act — no antiSemitic act, no act of hate — can be or will be condoned by this university.” Eisenstadt added that some people felt unsound after hearing about the act. “A lot of people woke up feeling very unsafe, and that’s an issue,” Eisenstadt said. “None of us should feel like that.” Despite the act itself, Eisenstadt and other members of Hillel, said that they were extremely satisfied with how Drake handled the issue. President Marty Martin and other administration members reached out to Eisenstadt personally, both before and after the campus-wide email was sent, to express their support for her and the Jewish community at Drake. “The media attention we are currently getting has been very …
supportive of us as a group, as a community, as Jews,” Eisenstadt said. An impromptu gathering was organized at the Hillel House on Feb. 23 where Jewish and nonJewish students came together to share their thoughts, reactions, fears and feelings after hearing the news less than 12 hours earlier. After that meeting, Public Safety promised to do extra passes by the Hillel House and be especially attentive to graffiti around campus. Eisenstadt said that she is not aware of what was scratched into the chair, as doing so could interfere with the investigation. Regardless of what the marking specifically depicted, Eisenstadt believes that it is equally serious and distressing.
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Student asks where Senate was after vandalism on desk Jake Bullington Digital Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jakebullington Jewish students at Drake are “terrified.” The university is responding to yet another hate crime, the first that has been directed at Jews in recent memory. First-year Samantha Bayne, who is Jewish, says she felt Student Senate wasn’t standing in solidarity with her community last week, after anti-Semitic vandalism was discovered on campus. “…This is something that’s impacting real students and today I felt like there wasn’t that much solidarity shown,” Bayne said. “Especially today when I went to Hillel and I know there were other conflicts, obviously there were many conflicts, but the only two senators were Senator (Jackie) Heymann and Senator (Russell) White and no one from exec (the three executive positions on senate) was there, and that was really hard.” Heymann, who is also Jewish, spoke at senate’s meeting, providing further context and
campus reactions to the antiSemitic vandalism. “First off, there (were) several students, Hillel students, that came (to the house) today and said people were coming up to them and saying ‘Why is Drake making such a big deal out of this,’ stuff like that,” Heymann said. “One, that it was an awful thing that was written and hurt a lot of members of the community, but also explaining that there is a greater national context right now…(a) greater national trend where anti-Semitism is really, really on the rise…” A campus-wide email was sent out last Thursday morning from Provost Sue Mattison, alerting students to the vandalism. In response, Drake’s Jewish community and its allies met at the Hillel house to express their feelings about the vandalism. They also came together with steps to move forward from the incident. The perceived lack of support from members of the executive seats on senate, according to Bayne, “…meant to me that Drake wasn’t showing support.” Student Body President Thalia Anguiano conveyed concerns
that senators around the table apparently communicated amongst each other throughout the day. She said they were critical of the amount of time it took for Student Senate to release an official statement. “If you have an issue or any concerns with the timeline of when I actually post these things on social media, come talk to me instead of talking amongst each other,” Anguiano said. “We have to keep in mind that I’m also a student and I’m also a person that has needs and that needs self-care,” Anguiano continued, rebuking these concerns. “I’ve been away for seven days, and I have work that I need to get done and I need sleep. So as far as sending me messages and as far as being concerned that I wouldn’t speak out on an issue like this is bothersome.” Anguiano said she felt she had built up credibility for not “staying silent” on issues such as this instance of anti-Semitism on campus. “Honestly, I feel disrespected that people felt that I wouldn’t be sending out a statement because I didn’t do it earlier in the morning … quite honestly, I would hope
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that people have more trust in me in not staying silent on an issue that is so important, especially with the political and social climate going on right now around the nation,” Anguiano said. Bayne, in addition to criticizing the overall response to the vandalism, granted senate several suggestions on how to move forward. “Action is way more important than talk,” Bayne said. “What I really needed to hear was not like a vague statement about how we need to do better, but something that reinforces that actions have consequences.” Bayne suggested creating a senate ad hoc group on hate crime, taking another look at what Drake’s hate crime policies are and creating diversity training during welcome weekend alongside Mentors in Violence Prevention. “Hopefully there isn’t a next time, but with everything going on, who the hell knows?” Anguiano said. If students want to voice their concerns, senate meets at 9 p.m. in the fishbowl (room 201) of Cowles Library every Thursday.
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March 01, 2017
NEWS Advocate wants to educate, end misconceptions about eating disorders
OLIVIA ORICHIELLA, who has an eating disorder, took part in a photo shoot to show people what an eating disorder looks like. The photos hung in the Olmsted breezeway. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANIELA BUVAT
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 As a result, Orichiella now suffers with osteopenia, making her bones extremely fragile. She also has bradycardia, causing her heart to beat right around 35 to 40 bets per minute. She attributes the osteopenia to starving her body of nutrients needed to repair and take care of itself. She believes bradycardia developed from exercising excessively with so little for her body to produce energy from. “My body is just destroyed,” Orichiella said. Orichiella did not get help for her eating disorder until she turned 15. She saw a therapist after her parents divorced and said that is when her eating disorder was revealed to others. “(People with eating disorders are) very good at not letting other people catch on about what’s happening,” Orichiella said. “We hide our behavior. Nobody ever knew I was suffering. The only way you could tell was because I was just a soul, just a skeleton. There was nothing living inside of me. I was dead.” Even after her mother caught on, recovery did not come easily. Orichiella began receiving
treatment at Linden Oaks, a behavioral health center. Staff closely monitored her to ensure she followed a meal plan and had the right caloric and nutrient intake. But Orichiella did what she could to avoid changing her habits. “I was very defiant, refused to do anything,” Orichiella said. “Once anorexia is in power, it’s really hard to step out of it. I wasn’t really ready to recover at that time. That’s the most important part with going into treatment. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s not going to work.” Orichiella was ready to go through treatment after collapsing one weekend during her senior year of high school. Now, due to her low heart rate, she is not allowed to exercise and she can fall asleep in the middle of the day. “That’s been my biggest struggle,” Orichiella said. “It’s definitely very scary. There’s nights where I go to bed, there’s this legitimate fear I might not wake up the next morning because (my heart is) not working.” Now, Orichiella is student teaching and working with her team to recover from the
harm brought upon her body. A cardiologist, therapist, doctor and dietitian collaborate to help her. She is on a strict meal plan and has to have her heart and other vital signs monitored regularly. In November, her dietitian told her she had a 70 percent chance of dropping dead due to her weak vital signs over a two week period.
“They didn’t need to die.” Olivia Orichiella elementary education major
“When you hear things like that, you think ‘What have I done?’ That shouldn’t be something that I have to worry about, having a heart attack,” Orichiella said. “I shouldn’t have to worry about that at 21 years old. But that’s what happens when you deprive yourself of food or water.” Orichiella is still working to improve her health and repair her body. But she is using her story to bring awareness to eating disorders. National Eating Disorders
Awareness Week is Feb. 26 through March 4. Orichiella took part in a photo shoot to show what it looks like to have an eating disorder. “I wouldn’t wish this upon any of my worst enemies,” Orichiella said. “It’s like being at war with yourself constantly. You wake up and just feel so much hate for yourself and that never goes away.” Orichiella also covered the mirrors up in several bathrooms on campus in the hopes that students will not focus on how they look. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) picked the theme: “It’s time to talk about it.” Orichiella takes that theme to heart. “It’s something that has affected my life a lot personally, I’ve known too many people who ended up losing their life to an eating disorder,” Orichiella said. “It’s hard when you have that close connection with someone and they’re no longer there anymore because ... they haven’t been getting taken seriously with their eating disorder. They weren’t able to get the help and the resources. That is just something that sort of has become my mission to get the importance and the seriousness behind it. I don’t want to lose anybody else. I feel like this is something that can be avoided. They didn’t need to die.” Orichiella said that eating disorders remain a taboo topic. Nord said she sees the struggles people face when having a discussion about eating disorders. “It’s hard for people to talk about eating disorders because of the shame,” Nord said. “These individuals are so embarrassed and ashamed of their behaviors. Others just don’t know how to talk about it. They don’t know what to say or what not to say, and they fear they’ll do more harm than good.” Orichiella said people should avoid commenting about others’ bodies in general. She explained that her mind associates the word healthy with being overweight. People have also asked her why she does not simply stop “dieting.” “I need people to understand the difference between a diet and an eating disorder because they’re not the same thing,” Orichiella said. “This is not something you choose. You don’t choose to have an eating disorder. You don’t choose to think this way.” Nord said people who suspect their loved one may be suffering with an eating disorder should approach them gently and calmly. “The best way to respond to someone with a suspected eating disorder is to talk with them in a calm, safe place where they won’t have distractions,” Nord said. “The person should be honest about his or her lack of knowledge
and understanding surrounding eating disorders but assure the individual they are concerned about them and want to support them however they can.” Nord said people should talk about specific behaviors they are noticing that make them concerned about their loved one, whether that is excessive exercising or going to the bathroom right after every meal, which could indicate purging or the use of laxatives. “It’s important to hold them accountable for their behaviors but to also accept that the individual has to be ready to get help,” Nord said. One misconception National Eating Disorders Awareness Week looks to abolish is the idea that an eating disorder has a certain look to it. Orichiella explained that people with bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder often appear healthy due to the fluctuation between periods of excessive eating and purging. Bulimia is “characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.” Binge-eating is different since it is “recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food,” according to the NEDA website. “I just really want people to get the right information because these misconceptions that are around aren’t helpful to anyone,” Orichiella said. While Orichiella continues on her road of recovery, she said she has to be honest about how she is doing and that sharing her story helps to keep her on track. “If I’m not practicing what I’m preaching, I feel super hypocritical about it,” Orichiella said. “Being open about it has been the best part of my recovery because it holds me accountable.” Orichiella said she will struggle with her eating disorder the rest of her life but that she can control it. “I did lose my life to it,” Orichiella said. “A whole chunk of my life I spent suffering, I spent sick in hospitals. I can’t get those years back. But I can help prevent other people from missing out on what I missed out on.” NEDA offers online screenings for people to determine if they need to speak with a professional about their potential for an eating disorder. Orichiella has blogged throughout her recovery process. Follow along at livelivblog.wordpress.com or on the Facebook page The Voices of ED: Finding Strength in Recovery.
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March 01, 2017
NEWS CAMPUS EVENT
Brigadier General talks cyber threats in the internet age Drake Rhone Staff Writer email@example.com @drakerhone Drake DATA club hosted Brigadier General David A. Cotton on Feb. 24. Cotton is a former Director of Cyberspace Operations in the Air Force and current Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Iowa State University. He spoke to around 50 students on how to best educate and defend themselves against cyber attacks in the current threat climate. The presentation ran from 3 to about 4 p.m. followed by a chance to network with Cotton and other audience members. Cotton discussed topics such as his numerous cybersecurity assignments, the role of a CISO and how attackers are making use of the “internet of things.” After the presentation, Cotton said that since he was speaking in Aliber Hall, he wanted to convey that business minds are needed in the cybersecurity community. “This is the College of Business and Public Administration,” Cotton said. “I want to emphasize in the technology realm. While you may understand the technology, you always have to understand the business. Even if you’re the I.T. guy, you still have to understand the business you’re supporting.” Cotton said that he also wanted to educate Drake students on what kinds of cyber threats exist in today’s interconnected world. “There’s been an explosion of the internet of things,” said Cotton. “The generation of the student body is more comfortable
with it, so you really need to understand the threats that they present to you so that you can better manage them and take advantage of them so that they don’t take advantage of you.” Cody Drilling, the president of DATA club, said that they sought out Cotton to be a guest speaker because he was a good friend of their advisor but also had an interesting story to tell. “As far as the College of Business, we’ve been having a lot of interest in data analysis,” Drilling said. “We have our new major, data analytics that just started a year and a half ago or so. We know that our student body is just really interested in data and data analysis. One of the big things that really results from that is trying to keep your data safe. With the internet of everything, or the internet of things, which is starting to become a real keyword in our society, we want to make sure that we are safe when we are connected to the internet. Cybersecurity is a huge part of that and is something we want to focus on.” Drilling said that the event was DATA’s last event of this kind for the semester, but they will be hosting others. “I know our very next event coming at the end of next month is going to be more of a hands on activity,” Drilling said. “We want to give people the opportunity to look at computers and look at servers. We’re actually going to do a computer and server breakdown to give people the opportunity to look inside a computer and know the pieces and the parts that go into making a computer a computer.”
BRIG GEN DAVID COTTON gives students a peek into cyber security Friday. PHOTO BY CONNOR FINHOLT | PHOTOGRAPHER
Public safety investigates anti-Semitic vandalism on campus CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Everything is meant,” Eisenstadt said. “…That’s something I want to stress. There is no light act. Drawing a swastika is not a light act. It is not a small act. It’s not a meaningless act. Anything that someone does (where) they use their actions, their words and their markings to dehumanize other people is not a small act.” Public Safety is investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. However, there have not been any substantive leads as of yet, Scott Law, director of campus public safety, said . There are cameras in the lecture hall, but their primary purpose is to record lessons. The footage has not produced
any information as to who might have marked the chair or when it was done, Law said. “I don’t care if it happened 15 minutes before that student found it or if it happened a month before,” Law said. “President Martin and as Provost Mattison have both said it’s not an acceptable thing to have happening here at Drake. It’s not an acceptable thing to happen anywhere, period.” Many in Drake’s Jewish community view the vandalism as yet another episode in a string of increasingly frequent antiSemitic acts. Two Jewish cemeteries were defiled recently, one in St. Louis on Feb. 20 and the other on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia. On the same day of the defacement of a Jewish
cemetery in Philadelphia, bomb threats were directed at Jewish community centers and schools in 11 states, according to the Jewish Community Center Association.
“I don’t care if it happened 15 minutes before that student found it or if it happened a month before ... It’s not an acceptable thing to happen anywhere, period.” Scott Law Director Campus Public Safety
The etching hit especially close to home to Drake’s Jewish
community. It was yet another defamation, a more local sign of hostility on top of the more largescale attacks and threats that have happened elsewhere. “It may have been a singular event on our campus, but it is not a singular event to all of the students who are affected by it,” Eisenstadt said. Eisenstadt said she believes the best way to combat such aggression is through education. Hillel is looking to expand its campus presence in the wake of the discrimination its community has faced. “These chances are slipping away,” Eisenstadt added. In line with that objective, the organization will host a Purim Carnival to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim this Friday at
the Hillel House, located at 1120 31st Street. The group will also host e a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor on April 7 in Sussman Theater at 7 p.m. Both events will be open to the public. If anyone has information as to who might have marked the chair in Meredith or when it was done, Law said that they should reach out to him directly. He can be reached via phone at 515-271-3860 or email at scott. firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 alumni named to DM Business Record’s 40 under 40 list Photo courtesy Nate Boulton
Drake Rhone Staff Writer email@example.com @drakerhone In Des Moines Business Record’s annual 40 Under 40 class, 10 Drake University alumni were recognized. The 2017 class is made up of business professionals from the Des Moines community that have achieved success in their career and have a high degree of community involvement. From the list, Karen Karr, Kylee Krizmanic, Jill Niswander, William Scales, Kim Wall, Brianne Sanchez, Maggie White, Alyssa Young and Nathan Boulton were all Drake alumni. Boulton is a former adjunct professor at Drake who received both his Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor from Drake. He said he was honored to be recognized. “The thing that means the most is when I look at people who have received the award and are in this class with me,” Boulton said. “It means a lot to be put in the same category with some
of the great people who I know do important things for the Des Moines community.” Sanchez, the Community Relations Manager at Des Moines University, received her Masters of Public Administration from Drake in 2013. Sanchez said that seeing other Drake alumni doing great things in the Des Moines community is one reason she went to Drake in the first place. “I went to Drake for graduate school so I was already looking to pivot from being in this straight communications role to doing some more transformational work,” Sanchez said. “I really identified that a lot of the people who were recognized as 40 Under 40 and were leaders in the community had that credential, that M.B.A. credential, which was never really on my radar before. It was sort of cyclical, seeing that people who were doing really interesting things in the community had this degree and a lot of them had it from Drake, so they inspired me to go to graduate school and figure out what was going to be next in life after journalism.” Sanchez said that she
thought the mindset that Drake encourages on its campus was one of the factors in why 51 members of the Drake community were named to a 40 Under 40 class in the last three years. “I think that the whole concept of being an engaged citizen that Drake promotes really works well with the idea that you’re a civic minded professional,” Sanchez said. “You’re doing things for the good of the community. It builds networks and webs and really creates more opportunities for more people to help. This is where you kind of see it paying back to the reputation of the school.” Boulton agreed, saying his experience as a law student at Drake was very important to him in his legal and legislative careers. “When we look at the Des Moines area and the people who are stepping up as leaders in this region,” he said, “it’s clear that an important part of that is the involvement of Drake alums doing good in their community.”
Photo courtesy Brianne Sanchez
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March 01, 2017
Learn a language other than yours Understanding languages means understanding multiple cultures
Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org @AbiGrimminger My Spanish is choppy. I look up words often. I use phone apps to practice, listen to Spanish music and keep a few Spanish books on my shelf. Learning another language isn’t like riding a bike at all—if you don’t practice often, you’ll forget how to do it. When I was first learning my second language, I found that pretty discouraging. I stuck with Spanish because “fluent in Spanish” sounded like a pretty great bullet point on a résumé. It wasn’t until I went abroad that I learned how valuable a second language can be. Being able to understand another person’s language is a valuable means to connect. You can understand a culture from the inside out by talking to native speakers and hearing their stories in their own words. You can appreciate music and literature that would’ve been inaccessible to you otherwise. And you can get around in a foreign country where people don’t know you and don’t speak your first language. Being able to communicate
with people makes it easier to help them. If we don’t understand an immigrant’s language, it’ll be more difficult to teach them English. For instance, I’ve tutored native Spanish speakers who leave out nouns in their sentences. I not only know that they do this, I understand why they do it: Spanish verbs change for different nouns, eliminating the need to always use a noun in a sentence. Just as I struggle to conjugate
Spanish verbs, Spanish-speakers struggle to remember to include a subject in every sentence. When we’re thinking about what we want to communicate, we construct our sentences differently. When we learn another language, we start being able to hear what other people, other cultures, have to say. We realize that we’re more similar than we thought. The students I worked with abroad had many of the same
insecurities as I did. They couldn’t pronounce certain words, and they liked to switch into Spanish during lessons just like I switch into English when I get confused or excited about what I want to say. We both wanted someone else to listen to our stories and understand them. Understanding another language helps us understand other people’s viewpoints. One of the experiences I remember most from studying abroad is listening
to my host mom’s stories. When she told me about her life, she talked about her family and the other students that had stayed with her while studying abroad. When she asked me about my day, she asked me about my friends. I realized that in the U.S., I tended to define my days by the tasks I’d completed. When someone asked me how my day was going, I’d tell them about the assignments I was working on and the errands I had to run. I didn’t list off the friends I’d seen or the conversations we had. I realized that my host mother was people-oriented and I was time-oriented. Just like we formed sentences differently (thinking about the noun vs. thinking about the verb) we saw our days differently, emphasizing different moments and downplaying others. Learning another language helped me leave my comfort zone and travel to another country. It helped me explain myself and my culture to other people. Because I spoke Spanish, I could help people and connect with them in ways I otherwise couldn’t. By far, the best skill I gained from Spanish was being able to see the world from another’s perspective. By listening to someone from another culture speak in their own language, I could get to know them and learn from their experiences.
Planned Parenthood raises awareness, funds for organization
Opinions Editor email@example.com @jessiespangler3 I love live music, so when I heard about the Planned Parenthood benefit concert I knew it would be a good time. The fact that the ticket sales were going to be donated to Planned Parenthood was even better, since
I support them full heartedly. The atmosphere at Lefty’s was relaxed and welcoming and the artists were talented gems who gave vibrant performances under the violet lights onstage. Two performers that stood out were Diana and Alyse. They complemented each other perfectly, an alto to the other’s soprano. They sang a song partly in French and another in Portuguese. Both were amazing. The concert was also a great way for the host, Ryan O’Rien and the performers to show their support for Planned Parenthood, specifically the one right across the street. Speaking of Planned Parenthood, now is a great time to describe what they do. According to their website, Planned Parenthood has provided 487,000 breast exams, performed 378,962 pap tests, gave out
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over one million emergency contraceptive kits, and conducted 704,079 HIV tests. As a result, nearly 90 thousand women had abnormalities identified and cancer detected early and 516,000 unintended pregnancies were avoided with Planned Parenthood’s services. They are also able to give out free birth control such as pills and condoms to those in need. They have helped around one million people outside of the U.S., mainly in developing countries, receive adequate reproductive care (both men and women). Pregnancy is one of the leading causes of death for adolescent girls worldwide, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. Nearly 70,000 girls every year die from complications related to childbirth and pregnancy. By providing contraceptives, information and services, this
number could dramatically drop. Planned Parenthood is not just important in the U.S., but in other countries as well. Defunding Planned Parenthood would have a negative impact everywhere and making sure they have sufficient funds is important at this time where it seems like organizations that provide reproductive services are being attacked. Making it more difficult for men and women to receive STD testing and breast exams and making it more difficult for women to receive contraceptives, pap tests and safe and legal abortions will not help solve anyof these prevalent health problems in our society. The only thing it could do is create more problems. Planned Parenthood has been around for about 100 years and for some reason, access to reproductive services is still a
controversial issue. This benefit concert and other fundraisers that donate time and money to Planned Parenthood are still badly needed and will continue to be needed until the risk of defunding Planned Parenthood and similar organizations, is gone completely. So many artists came out to this concert and donated their time for a worthy cause. Because of this, concert-goers were able to come out and enjoy quality live music while supporting reproductive rights and services. I’m hoping more events like this will occur in the Des Moines area, to create more awareness and generate more activism. I invite you to join me the next time an event like this is held in our community.
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March 01, 2017
OPINIONS FASHION & BEAUTY
Emily Larson Fashion Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org @emj_larson
My personal style has developed a lot between when I began high school and and now. I used to dress much more preppy; I had a million sweaters and cute little jewelry pieces to go along with them. I wore a patterned tank-top under a simple open
cardigan with leggings, Ked sneakers, little pearl ball earrings, with either my hair straightened and down or a high ponytail. That was how I dressed just about everyday (or a flowing dress with tights) for the better part of two years. I have changed directions from preppy to grunge. I wear a lot more black and maroon, but I also have a soft spot for pastels. The one trend that is lingering on the verge of mainstream fashion is embroidered everything. I am obsessed. Not everyone has jumped onto the embroidery train, but I have and I am on for the long haul. I have always had a love for anything with flowers, and so that inner passion for floral is being exposed with embroidery. Honestly, just about any piece of clothing could have patches to add that little pop some things need. From denim jeans, denim
jackets, dresses, black jeans, purses, tiny backpacks, bomber jackets, heeled boots or a white tee-shirt, this adorable fashion statement can be applied to whatever is in your closet. My personal favorite is embroidered floral on denim. Plain denim jeans have never been my thing, so I have always been drawn to ripped or faded jeans. But now, the world of denim has opened up and blossomed, literally. The blooming flowers in contrast to the rough material they inhabit add that pop of personalization every fashionista needs. I just purchased some cheap little patches online to put on my own denim jacket. I got the coat from Style Encore, a secondhand store that has reasonably priced fashion, a lot like Plato’s Closet. Instead of going to a place like Forever 21, and getting way overcharged for one of their
patched denim pieces, designing yours is the way to go. It allows for you to pick and choose what you want on the jacket, it is easy to sew or iron them on, and it is so much fun. After the jacket, I am going to try patches on my jeans as well to spice them up. My favorite is a faded denim jacket with pastel detailing all over; I love the whimsical look that can be worn any season. Another texture that pairs beautifully with embroidery is velvet. The fierce fabric makes a statement, adding lovely roses and other flowerets will make whatever you wear completely unique. A look I think would look great in fall and winter would be a black velvet bomber jacket with red and/or maroon roses with green stem embroidery accenting it. The thing about this embroidery movement that really stands out is the juxtaposition
it speaks to. Flowers are meant to be a symbol of innocence and purity. They are usually paired with white and seen as “cutesy.” With this grunge trend however, that is not the case. They are put on rock and roll pieces like jean jackets and velvet dresses and badass bombers. They do not make these pieces any less bold though, it just adds a spark of whimsy. Some may disagree, but I think that boldness and whimsy go together like peanut butter and jelly. A mysterious maroon should be beside a playful pink. Push the normal. Using your own prerogative to design your wardrobe is not just selfexpression, it is rebellion. Rebel against the normal, don’t just wear a pair of jeans, strut in them. Show the world who you are through your fashion.
Dirty Projectors conveys heartbreak, nostalagia in new album
Parker Klyn Music Critic email@example.com @KlynParker
It’s a music cliché as old as rock n’ roll: love changing the foundation of a band. From Yoko Ono’s alleged infiltration of The Beatles to Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s fiery burned-out chemistry within Fleetwood Mac, romance between musicians can be a catalyst for strange, heartbroken and even incendiary lyrics and themes. David Longstreth of the artpop veterans Dirty Projectors knows this well. His wellpublicized breakup with longtime girlfriend and bandmate Amber Coffman has dominated independent music headlines over the past half-year. With both releasing albums in 2017, they each seem ready to turn their experiences into art. When Longstreth released his first post-breakup single last October in “Keep Your Name,” it came across as bitter and selfindulgent. But in the context of the Dirty Projectors’ new self-titled record, it’s the clear exposition to a cohesive arc: the story of Longstreth and Coffman’s separation. And with that, he’s created a defining breakup album in a post-Lemonade world, something that is no small feat. “Keep Your Name” is a heartwrenching ballad. Longstreth’s vocals are pitched down from his typical thin yelp, adding depth, sluggishness and focus to an artist known for his willingness to jump around to different styles without giving time for one to stick. “I don’t know why you abandoned me,” are the first words that are uttered on the
album, followed by the crushing chorus: “We’ll keep separate and you’ll keep your name.” And suddenly, the same old Longstreth is back, as an absurd and spiteful rap verse is inserted into the bridge. “Your heart is saying ‘clothing line’/ My body said Naomi Klein (No Logo),” Longstreth spits, referencing Klein’s classic criticisms of corporate capitalism – apparently in opposition to Coffman’s desires for the Dirty Projectors. The melodrama continues on “Death Spiral,” with Longstreth lamenting the relationship moving out of his control. While the beat is engaging, Lonsgstreth’s voice, with its nearcomical exclamations of “death!”, can’t be taken seriously. Let me be clear about this: Longstreth has a truly awful singing voice. In the past, with golden-pipes band members like Coffman, he was able to accentuate his emotions through contrast. Here, the moments where it’s tolerable occur when Longstreth is able to showcase his melodic pop instincts, like on the sprawling early Dirty Projectors throwback “Up In Hudson.” This track is a reminiscence of turning points between Longstreth and Coffman, and its instrumental of lush saxophones and brass is warm and inviting. “First time I ever kissed your mouth, we both felt time stop,” is a simple and believable line, but it’s a welcome reprieve from the resentment of the rest of the record. Still, the song goes off the deep end towards the finish line: “Love will burn out/Love will just fade away/Love’s gonna rot/Love will just dissipate.” This is heavy stuff, the kind of heartbreak that could only come from something that actually happened. But so much of the record just feels oppressively sour, like the synth bloops on “Work Together” or the terrifying industrial breakdown on “Ascent Through Clouds.” Unlike, say, Bon Iver’s recent exploration of electronic music, Longstreth seems to want to remove as much of the warmth as possible; unfortunately, if the album’s music isn’t engaging, the lyrics aren’t going to matter one
LOST LOVE is the running theme of the Dirty Projectors’ new self-titled album and tells the story of the separation of two of the bandmembers. PHOTO COURTESY OF DIRTY PROJECTORS’ TWITTER
bit. The moments when Longstreth keeps things musically organic are the best moments, and they happen to have the most lyrical impact as well. “Little Bubble” is a beautiful contemporary R&B song, with pentatonic piano and classy strings backing its despondent but gratifying chorus: “We had our own little bubble for a while.” From start to finish, Longstreth has given us an almost uncomfortably intimate look at his mental state post-breakup. The stories and locations (cruising on the Taconic Parkway while listening to Kanye West, walking through Manhattan while observing gentrification) are so vivid and real that it feels
like the listener has stumbled upon something they shouldn’t have. The one moment that makes it seem like Longstreth might recover is the penultimate “Cool Your Heart.” As guest vocalist Dawn Richard implores that she wants to “be where you are, you’re the right one,” Longstreth reminds himself over and over to relax; it’s over. That leads to the album’s finale, where he lets the projection of how he sees himself and Coffman fade away, revealing the true nature of the pair. They’re just two people who fell in and out of love, and Longstreth finally seems to realize that that’s happened to everyone. Two weeks after Longstreth first released “Keep Your Name,”
Coffman announced a solo project and an accompanying lead single, called “All To Myself.” Her angelic voice seems conflicted about the breakup; she sounds resolute in her decision while missing all the things that makes relationships great. And ever so faintly, on the final chorus, a male voice creeps in--one that sounds suspiciously like Longstreth’s. I don’t know if David Longstreth and Amber Coffman decided to collaborate one last time, but if they did, I can’t think of a more appropriate way to express that feeling of separation after years of love; even if they’re not at the forefront of your mind. They linger, while the memories and what-ifs brush against your consciousness until you find someone new.
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March 01, 2017
OPINIONS FASHION WEEK
Fashion Week inspires, blurs line between clothing and art
FASHION WEEK is a good way for students to gain inspiration for how to express themselves through clothing. Jessie Spangler feels that fashion week is a work of art. COURTESY OF JENNYPACKHAM.COM
Jessie Spangler Opinions Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessiespangler3 Fashion Week is the epitome of fashion and designer culture around the world. I’ve always been a fan of clothes. There’s something
freeing in the way you can express yourself, in a number of different ways, through what you wear. Watching clips from Fashion Week is basically watching art that moves. Some common trends on the runway were tulle, floaty gowns and shimmering fabric. Jenny Packham delivered a line for New York Fashion Week filled with dresses you would find in a dream – the models were clad in glimmering periwinkle and scarlet fabrics. Packham usually plays with feminine looks and this was no different. Outfits were topped off with pearls, rounding off an already romantic feel. Packham is a designer who is primarily known for designing bridal gowns, and seeing her deviate from her normal lightcolored frocks was a nice change, especially with the bright pop
of cherry traveling down the runway. She built a nice contrast with the dusty blue and transparent beige dresses and touches of plaid that pulled everything together. One of the best things about Packham’s style is that she’s used to designing ready to wear lines, and her pieces are more easily worn by an average person than most things designers come up with, yet are still able to look like high fashion. Annessia Hasibuan had a stunning fashion line, plus was the first Indonesian to show at New York Fashion Week. Every one of her models wore a hijab at part of their look, which made her line stand out in the best way possible. She received a standing ovation at the end, one that was well deserved for the amount of intricate detail in her clothing.
Another line I was impressed with was Marchesa’s. Then again, it’s hard not to be impressed by anything Marchesa marches out onto the runway. They showed off an insanely cool color palette made up of bright greens, pastel pinks, red and black. They also had a great use of texture – embroidery, fringe (my personal favorite) and tulle – which made every piece way more interesting. J. Crew also displayed great pieces in their Fashion Week presentation, even though they did not actually have models walk in the show. Again, we have a lot of tulle present, paired with classic stripes and polka dots. I loved the pops of candy pink they had in their looks, even though I’m not a huge pink lover (it’s starting to grow on me). Stripes and gingham were abundant, a staple of J. Crew’s. I
love the pairing of neutrals and bright colors and prints for spring. Vibrant colors were rampant throughout London’s Fashion Week, as were flashing sequins. One of the exceptions to this was Simone Rocha, whose pieces were splashed with black and beige, with plaid and florals being common patterns. The softer, shadowy feel of her line stood out to me more than the other pieces. Another reason for that was that she included models of all ages, including Benedetta Barzini, who is 73 and still walking down the runway. I love that she included older models, since it seems that older women are mostly ignored in mainstream media. I’m looking forward to what Paris Fashion Week has in store for their Fashion Week.
Ten accounts to follow on Twitter to be in the know great starting point.
Associated Press @AP
Jessica Lynk Editor-in-Chief email@example.com @jessmlynk It can be next to impossible to keep up-to-date with what is going on in the world, let alone what is going on in the Des Moines community. With over 319 million users on Twitter, according to their 4th quarter 2016 statistics, weeding through users to follow can prove quite difficult. Here is a guide of ten people I feel are a good starting point to diversifying your Twitter feed. By no means is this a full comprehensive list, but it is a
As a non-profit news organization that distributes to papers across the world, the AP is a great first look at what is going on in the world. Since the Associated Press has 193 bureaus throughout the world, they give a broad scope of what is happening not only throughout the country, but across the globe.
Barbara Rodriguez @bcrodriguez
Rodriguez covers the Iowa legislature for the Associated Press. She always has a full scope of what bills are going through the statehouse at any given time.
Des Moines Register @DMRegister
No matter how you lean politically, the Register is a great source of local news, to figure out what is happening in the Drake community.
Google Trends @Google Trends
This account shows what is popular on Google, but it also is more telling of what larger issues people care about nowadays. The also have awesome graphics, which can beautify your Twitter feed.
Alec MacGillis @AlecMacGillis
MacGillis covers trade, labor, infrastructure and the federal bureaucracy for journalism nonprofit ProPublica. ProPublica is dedicated to investigative pieces and government accountability, so any writer for them tends to be dedicated to writing stories about the public good.
Jim VandeHei @JimVandeHei
The former co-founder and CEO of political journalism powerhouse POLITICO started a new web journalism venture: Axios. He’s a retweet-happy boss who shares some of the day’s best news from the web’s newest indepth reporting site.
Brandon Wall @Walldo
The BuzzFeed News lead curation editor - he describes his tweets as “breaking news, internet garbage, politics, social issues, bikes and pups.” His feed is a good mix of humor and news, which is a nice break from what Twitter can be at times.
Jorge Ramos @JorgeRamosNews
Immigration and race are huge issues in our country right now, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Jorge Ramos does a great job at covering these issues and bringing them to light. His feed is a good way to gain insight on these issues, even if you do not agree with his politics.
Joe Scarborough @JoeNBC
As one of the hosts of Morning Joe, Scarborough often presents a more conservative view of pressing issues in this country. He also does a thorough job of covering a variety of issues, including President Donald Trump.
Ron Elving @NPRrelving
I wouldn’t be able to write a story about news coverage without an NPR reporter. As a senior correspondent at the Washington office, Elving does a good job at giving a broad scope of issues going on in our nation’s capital. It can be hard to stay up to date on what is happening in this 24hour news cycle, but mixing up your Twitter feed can be a good first step to getting a big picture of what is happening. This is increasingly important to being a civically engaged citizen and being a part of your community in a bigger way. It is easy to be ignorant, but being informed gives you the tools to shape your own opinion. In no way am I endorsing all the opinions (or lack thereof) of these Twitter accounts, but I am saying that is nice to diversify your feed. The more you know, the better. As always, follow @TimesDelphic for updates on all things Drake.
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March 01, 2017
FEATURES STUDENT LIFE
AUTHOR Chigozie Obioma read two exerpts from his book, “The Fisherman” on Feb.22. English Professor, Yasmina Madden, heard him speak earlier this year. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BAUER | PHOTO EDITOR
Nigerian author shares memories, passages from novel Anna Jensen Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @annaxjensen
“I generally don’t give context when reading, because I want you to buy the book,” said acclaimed author Chigozie Obioma to a room full of scholars and Drake University students on Feb. 22. His first novel, “The Fisherman,” has been won many awards these past few years and was recently a finalist for the highly coveted Man Booker Prize of fiction. Despite his efforts, Obioma did give context to the novel, sharing that it centered around a family of four brothers whose relationship descends into violence and destruction, and then discovery and redemption. On a larger scale, the book is also a political commentary of 1990s Nigeria, Obioma’s native country. “One of the thrills of reading ‘The Fisherman’ is that it introduced me to a singular, bold and ambitious new voice
in contemporary fiction,” said Assistant Professor of English, Yasmina Madden in her introduction of Obioma. Obioma read two excerpts from his novel, one that introduced the four boys and the family in detail, and the other after the boys have descended into the violence that controls the second half of the novel. “He wanted us to know that we begin with a family that is a unit, where the brothers are loyal and loving towards one another, and then of course the second passage shows us the disintegration of the brotherly bond and the loyalty,” Madden said. “So, in a thirty minute time span we get the peace and the calmness and healthiness, and then we are given the antithesis of that.” He shared that he does see this piece of fiction as tragic, but that it ends happily, in a sense. After he finished reading his passages, he opened the room up to questions, where many eager hands flew up by students who were hoping to someday write their own novel. “I especially liked the one
question a student asked, ‘how did you know when your novel was done?’” Madden said. “These are important questions for young writers, and for them to meet a professional and someone who has accomplished this (feat) is a great starting opportunity.” Another question was posed, asking how Obioma drew the line between political commentary and fiction writing. “This novel is a metaphor for my country,” Obioma said. “Nigeria is an impossible country. It was not until I moved to Cyprus that I realized how unique and different it was … It was different, but it was not inferior.” That is the essence of Nigeria that Obioma strove to capture in his novel, but planned to do so in a clever manner by not being too overt in describing his personal experiences within his country. “I am not using my book to make a political statement,” Obioma said, “but rather to tell the story of these people in a metaphorical way.” Although the story is fiction, Obioma did draw from his experiences growing up, as well
as his family to mold the plot of the novel. “I lived through a dictatorship growing up that was very brutal,” Obioma said. “That appears in the novel and I used it because (the 1990s) was a time period I knew. I was told to write what I know.” While there are some experiences that have resembled his own in the novel, they have either been exaggerated or distorted, Obioma pointed out. That is what makes it fiction. “Fiction is a malleable art form,” Obioma said. “You can mold someone so much in a sense that they become unrecognizable to the person that has actually lived the experience. That is the case with ‘The Fisherman.’ Some of my siblings heard that the novel was deticated to them — although some have not read it yet, because they are lazy — but they ask, ‘Where am I in this book?’ Obioma said. “But the traits I took are scattered in different characters. Each of them is a montage of everybody.” The political commentary and the way he weaved it into the book was very compelling,
Madden said. “It’s the kind of book I want to go back to,” Madden said. “It is doing so much interesting work with the political situation in Nigeria in the 1990s … It uses all of this myth and folklore. He uses the character of a madman as a way into some of this commentary about the madness of Nigeria, being told this is who you are and what you are by the British colonizers.” Obioma has strong language and tone that captured Madden in a way that distinguished him from other writers. “The language is gorgeous and lyrical,” Madden said. “I’ve read a lot of Nigerian writers. He often gets called ‘The heir of Chinua Achebe’ but to me, he has a voice all his own. I found that when I read his novel, I wasn’t making comparisons to other novels and novelists, and that was interesting to me.”
Introduction of new minors echo many students’ wishes Haley Hodges Staff Writer email@example.com
Starting next semester, Drake University will be offering minors in six languages, upgrade its concentrations in East Asian or Latin American Studies to minors and a new curriculum for international relations majors’. Previously, Drake had only offered a minor in Spanish and a certificate for other languages. Now, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese language minors will be available beginning in the fall of 2017. The changes were presented in a joint informational session on Friday, Feb. 24 and drew a group of about a dozen people. “I want to go into Embassy work, and to be able to at least know about the culture and know the language (would) be a step up,” said Darby Matt, a sophomore studying International Relations and Law, Politics and Society who is now interested in pursuing an
Arabic minor. “(Arabic) seems really pertinent to the global climate. It’s all over the news, so I figured it was a good job field.” “A lot of students said they wanted a minor on their transcript, not a concentration, and certainly not a certificate,” said professor Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, director of World Languages and Cultures. “We knew students wanted minors and we know that the word ‘concentration’ is not used consistently across the campus ... Students don’t know what a concentration really is, so we wanted to do something that not only students clearly understand but also something that prospective grad schools and employers would clearly understand.” Pinheiro-Cadd said that, in one of his previous capstone classes, his students had looked at competing universities and found that they offered language minors and majors and believed Drake should as well. “We knew that we were not competing as well with prospective students and I
consulted with the office of admissions and we agreed that it may not change somebody’s mind to come to Drake but ... it might be the thing that sways them,” Pinheiro-Cadd said. “A place like Drake should have language minors and it should have majors too and we’re working toward a Spanish major.” Currently, the Spanish minor has over a hundred students, so Pinherio-Cadd said he believed the interest was there. Pinheiro-Cadd said that Drake had previously had a language program offering more options, but it was disbanded, resulting in several tenured professors losing their jobs. In accordance with a regulation, a similar program could not be introduced for at least three years following the old program’s end. Drake then created a different program, which PinherioCadd became the director of in 2009, and started to rework the program to be more inclusive to all languages. Along with the new language minors, the international
relations (IR) major has developed a new curriculum that will be in effect in the fall. Much like the language minors, students currently enrolled in the programs will have the option to switch to the new curriculum or to finish out their current programs. Professor Mary McCarthy, the chair of the international relations committee in the political science department, said that the programs often overlap. “We happened to change at the same time, but we did consult with each other. One of the exciting things about the new minors in world languages and cultures is that you can easily pair a world languages and culture minor, (with) language or area studies, with an IR major,” McCarthy said. “You can be an international relations major with an East Asian studies minor or an international relations major with a French minor. I think that this is a way to really bolster the expertise of our students.” International relations minors were already required to take two years of a language. The
combination of both is common and practical. In reworking the international relations minor, McCarthy said the goals were to provide a more comprehensive and relevant curriculum for a changing field. “We have spent the last few years thinking about how the needs of our students would be best met by the requirements,” McCarthy said. “We feel that we want to increase the political science core of the international relations major and also increase the exposure of international law and international security.” The new curriculum will be offered at the beginning of next semester. Information about the new curriculum for both the new international relations requirements and the language and culture minors are available at http://www.drake.edu/wlc/ languagestudy/.
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March 01, 2017
FEATURES SOCIAL MEDIA
Humans of Drake Students weigh in on Trump’s tweets The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Marisa Maniglia • Sophomore Music Education major
Music student competes in pageants, hopes to raise money and awareness for music foundations Haley Hodges Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
“Music in our schools is rapidly declining, I don’t even think my major will be a major soon,” sophomore Marisa Maniglia said. Maniglia is studying music education and is now participating in Miss America pageants, as of this year. She is using her pagaent as a platform to advocate for music education. “It started off as sort of a bucket list, like, ‘Haha, wouldn’t it be funny if I did a beauty pageant,’” Maniglia said. “My friend did them and I told her, ‘you can’t do pageants, you’re not a pageant girl, you’re not ditzy, you’re not stupid.’ And she was like, ‘Actually it’s the exact opposite of that.’” Maniglia started looking into pagaents and her perception changed. “They’re not ditzy in the slightest,” Maniglia said. “We have a bodybuilder who won a title. We have a pig farmer who won the prize pig in the Iowa State Fair. We have a clogger. Everybody does amazing things and raises so much money for their platform and their cause.” The Miss America Organization is the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. Rather than a traditional entrance fee, the organization asks its participants to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. The contestants also must all have a charity they are advocating for and raise money for it if they win a title. Maniglia’s platform is the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. “(NAMM) has three different tiers to it,” Maniglia said. “One is providing music opportunities to people of all ages. The other portion of that is providing groundbreaking music research to
promote music advocacy, because that’s what legislatures look for, and the other is promoting music advocacy in schools.” Maniglia started participating in pageants last October and has done three so far. Her fourth is on March 4. So far, her highest placing is the first runner up for Miss Southeast Iowa. “The first two were definitely trial runs. They were kind of disasters, which is to be expected,” Maniglia said. “You don’t really know what you’re doing. It’s stressful. I got told at my first one that for my talent I couldn’t have sheet music two hours before I was supposed to go on.” Maniglia’s talent was a cello performance once and a tenor saxophone performance twice. For her upcoming pageant, she is planning on playing “Play That Funky Music, White Boy” on the saxophone. Besides the talent portion, the pageants include an interview, a question on stage, a lifestyle and fitness portion and the evening gown competition. “The whole point of it in my mind is for scholarship money and to raise awareness for (the) platform,” Maniglia said. She also noted that she’s been working for her platform in other ways. She has been trying to change an ordinance in Des Moines that keeps people under 21 out of venues that serve alcohol and playing live music after 9 p.m. “I would like to keep going until I win a title for a year and do a lot of community service through that. As a student, I can’t really go into schools and say, ‘Hey, I want to come into your school and talk about music advocacy,’” Maniglia said. “That’s not something I can do as a normal person but if I were to have a title, I think I could use that to talk to legislators and be able to have all these opportunities and do all of these service projects and I’m really looking forward to that.”
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Social media, especially Twitter, has changed the way people communicate in and out of the politicial world. It allows politicians to inform and interact with their constituents directly, which can be an effective way to accurately get information across. However, the frequent use of Twitter from President Donald Trump raises the question whether the chief executive should use his Twitter accounts, both personal and official, to say what is on his mind. On Feb. 8, Trump tweeted about his daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing lines being dropped by Nordstrom, saying that his daughter has been treated unfairly. He also promoted Fox News in one of his tweets on Feb. 15, and in the same tweet called MSNBC and CNN “fake news.” On the Feb. 16 tweet, he
claimed that “Democrats” are using Russia as “fake news” in an attempt to explain why Clinton lost the election. Dana Haverkamp, a law politics and society major at Drake University, thinks that the president should not be spending that much time on Twitter. Haverkamp said that it is Trump’s advisory board’s job to reach out to people and news organizations on his behalf. “(Trump) should be using his time wisely and making tough decisions,” Haverkamp said. “If he is spending time on social media just ranting about whatever is upsetting him that day, that means he is not actually doing anything important with his time.” Haverkamp also stated that politicians, especially those in higher leadership positions like Trump, should not be running their own Twitter. Other people do not agree with Haverkamp’s opinions. David Schwager, a double major in International Business and Data Analytics, has different view on the president’s use of
social media. He thinks that social media is a great way for world leaders to reach out to their people. “They should be using social media to get information out to the public because it is a fast source and it usually comes straight from (the leader) too, so it would not be edited out by other news sources,” Schwager said. Schwager said that President Trump might be abusing his power on Twitter with the tweet about Nordstrom. Other than that, Schwager did not think that there is any problem with Trump use of Twitter to express his opinions. “(Trump) does have the freedom of speech; however he chooses to use it,” Schwager said. “If he wants to use it in that way, then so be it.”
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March 01, 2017
‘Becky Shaw’ director chose play to challenge audience
BECKY SHAW was performed last weekend in FAC. The director chose this play because it addressed issues such as dating, homosexuality and gender roles. COURSESY OF Natalie Larimer Staff Writer email@example.com @larimerslogic On the weekend of Feb. 25, the Drake Theater put on “Becky Shaw,” a story about, “A blind date gone wrong,” director Zachary Decker said. Decker is a senior musical theater major and this is his first full-length production that he has directed. Becky Shaw is the story of a married couple, Suzanna and Andrew. Suzanna’s friend of 25 years, Max, is a brash finance manager, who Suzanna and Andrew set up on a blind date with Andrew’s coworker, Becky Shaw.
From there erupts a complex love situation that is attempted to be resolved throughout the rest of the show. “I’m sure everyone has a different definition but for me it kind of is a love-square and my character (Becky Shaw) is the corner of the square that messes everybody else’s lives up,” lead actress Courtney Gordon said. “Something that the author of this play had said is that it’s easy to kind of pick a character and blame them for everything went wrong but while it’s easy to point fingers, you have to look for the good in all of these characters too.” There are multiple reasons that Decker chose Becky Shaw as the play to perform. “Becky Shaw kind of addresses
a lot of contemporary issues, like race, gender roles, dating, and class issues,” Decker said. “It kind of shoves your face in them and makes you address them. This play is kind of a starting point for people to have conversations outside of the theater about these issues. I want people to get offended by how blunt and inyour-face it is but then be able to talk about it afterwards.” The play includes stories of death, disease, homosexuality, racist stereotypes, and many more social issues. Throughout the story, the audience is introduced to multiple levels of social interaction and life issues. “There’s nothing in our society that it doesn’t touch on or make fun of, and it does it in a way
Lefty’s holds Planned Parenthood concert
Jessie Spangler Opinion Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @jessiespangler3 Lefty’s gave their venue and performers donated their time to putting on a benefit concert to help raise money for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which is right across the street. “Together – A Musical Benefit for Planned Parenthood” was hosted by Ryan O’Rien. He is a social media strategist and performer. This was his first event running a show. O’Rien started planning it the day after the election. “After the election last November, I found myself talking big about you know, wanting to resist, wanting to do something to help, wanting to be active and I felt that I actually needed to organize something,” O’Rien said. First, O’Rien contacted a friend who is active with Planned Parenthood, who contacted the organization. O’Rien said that he basically got their “blessing” but that Planned Parenthood “doesn’t have their hands in this.” “My first thought after the election was, Planned Parenthood is screwed,” O’Rien said. “And, it turns out, of course, that the government’s been going after them and fighting to defund them, so I’m glad I got this thing rolling.” O’Rien started asking performers as soon as he could. He focused on those in the Des Moines community, and soon had people asking him if they could perform at the benefit concert. “Once word got out, people
were banging down my door practically. Everybody I asked to said yes right way. Then after that I had people approaching me,” O’Rien said. Performers at the concert included Nella Thomas, Sara Routh, The Host Country, Jenny Kohls, Dang Felton and Diana and Alyse, plus various others. Diana Weishaar, singer and keyboardist, wore a “Nevertheless, she persisted” t-shirt while performing on stage twice, once with her sister-in-law and again with her band, The Host Country.
“My first thought after the election was (that) Planned Parenthood is screwed. And, it turns out, of course, that the government’s fighting to defund them, so I’m glad I got this thing rolling.” Ryan O’Rien Event Host
Weishaar describes their music as “folk rock.” The Host Country started with just two members, Weishaar and Ty Wistrand, when they were students at the University of Northern Iowa. They are currently working on their second album. This is the first fundraiser the entire band has played in, and they plan on participating in more. “We all feel passionate about it, and just because we feel passionate about the community,”
Weishaar said. “And the band itself, we’re kind of a family, and you know, we believe in that vision of community and taking care of each other and stuff.” The Host Country sold CDs at the benefit, with the plan to donate the profits to Planned Parenthood. A few artists did the same. Acanthus Apparel had a table set up to sell clothing to help raise money for Planned Parenthood as well. The concert was split into two halves, with an earlier show from five to nine p.m. for those under 21, and another show from nine to midnight for those over 21. As the night went on, more concertgoers flocked to Lefty’s to watch the live music and enjoy each other’s company, while supporting a cause they felt was worthy. “These are things that we’ve taken for granted as rights for a long time and all of a sudden they’re things that are being questioned,” said Erika Bjorklund, an audience member. Bjorklund said we need to fight to keep our basic human rights. “The availability of funding for that is really important,” Bjorklund said. The Sonic Factory recorded the event and will be putting songs together on an album from the best cuts of the day. The proceeds from this album will also be donated to Planned Parenthood.
that is funny, how blunt it is and how not-politically-correct it is,” Decker said. “That’s what I like about this piece, it has a pair of balls on it.” By becoming a social statement, this show seeks to offend in the best way possible. “I think it’s just the absurdity of some of the things that come out of these characters mouths and you’re sitting there and going ‘oh my gosh I can’t believe they just said that’ but each of those lines just show you how dynamic this show is,” Gordon said. Drake does a lot of student directed plays, in which students can take classes designed for directing and choose a play to perform. “The theater department every year has a slot that’s open for
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student directed shows,” Decker said. “You have to do this whole written proposal and take the directing classes before being chosen.” Decker chose this specific play because of how much it is intended to catch the audience off guard. “It has a big shock factor that you don’t really see when you go to plays, you never know what the characters are going to say and most of the time it’s probably going to offend you and probably going to rub you the wrong way,” Decker said. “Most theater is wrapped up in a nice little bow and handed to the audience and this one is a punch in the face.”
New Hy-Vee location Store removes coveted parking downtown, causes controversy
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Hy-Vee is coming to downtown Des Moines with debate. The Historic Court Avenue grocery store will neighbor restaurants such as “Legends” and “The Goldfinch”, as well as the Des Moines Farmers Market. Some downtown locals are in anticipation of the grand opening. “As a resident, I’m excited that I don’t have to drive 15 minutes to get groceries,” said Anna Hobart, manager of Molly’s Cupcakes. She also explained how Molly’s isn’t concerned about the competition. “If people are looking for a good cupcake, they’re going to come. We think our cupcakes are good enough that they’re going to come here instead of going to HyVee and buying a dozen,” Hobart said. “We believe in our product.” Brenna Peterson, of Potbelly Sandwich Shop, echoed Hobart’s sentiments. “You come here to get lunch. You don’t want to go to the grocery store for lunch,” said Peterson. However, others in the community are more hesitant. “The parking lot they’ve taken out is an important parking lot. I’m not kidding, that is the best parking lot,” sums up the concerns of locals like Steve Hay. In 2015, Concerned Court
Avenue Businesses launched a “Reconsider the Hy-Vee/Knapp Project on Court Avenue” online petition. Supporters tallied 1,116 signatures with a primary concern over the loss of a key parking area. “Downtown parking is already a premium and it isn’t that there won’t be something of some benefit to someone, but the point is you’re (removing) something that’s a benefit to a lot of people,” Hay said. Hay raised a potential solution inspired by revitalized parking in San Diego, California. “You could park there for free for three hours if you brought in a receipt from one of the businesses where you made a purchase,” Hay said. “In other words, they were working with the businesses to work with the parking.” This concept is formulated with small businesses in mind. “Wouldn’t you be willing, if you had a little shop, to underwrite a little bit of cost for parking but you were making sales more regularly,” Hay said. “ I just think that sounds like a winwin situation.” The location officially opened yesterday.
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March 01, 2017
SPORTS TRACK & FIELD COLUMN
Bulldogs find victories at MVC Indoor Championship This past weekend, the Drake University Men’s and Women’s track teams travelled to the University of Northern Iowa to compete in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championship meet. Drake University is one of the smallest teams that competes in the MVC and it can be hard to find points when compared to some of the larger teams in the conference. But, as the altered adage goes, it is not about the size of the bulldog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the bulldog. This weekend, Drake athletes saw five individuals get on the podium—that is, place in the top three in their event—and saw many efforts just outside of the podium. There were multiple season bests and PRs across the board. In the field events, the triple jumpers came up with two thirdplace finishers in Jonathan Osifuye-White and Tarn Rolle. Osifuye-White started his jumps off with a season best of 14.85 meters. “After starting the jumps off with a season best, I knew it was going to be a good day,” OsifuyeWhite said. He went on to jump 14.95 meters, a PR, to place third. He was sitting in second throughout much of the event, but was overtaken for third in the end. “My legs were feeling good. In the end, I was able to put it all together and pull off a good jump to get myself on the podium.” Osifuye-White said that he is happy with his place, and feels very comfortable heading into the outdoor season. On the women’s side, Taryn
Rolle took third place in the triple jump with a leap of 12.23 meters. However, Taryn was not completely satisfied with how she performed. She has gotten to a level where she is competing to win at conference, with school records in her sight, and so her third place finish was not what she was hoping for. “I came in wanting to jump 12.80 meters, wanting to PR and break the school record, but I wasn’t able to execute it,” Rolle said. “Anything can happen at conference, though. You have to expect the unexpected, because some people will supersede their rankings, and some people won’t jump their best that day. An you’ve always got to be happy for those who are doing well, even if the day is disappointing for you.” Conference is an emotional experience, whether athletes perform the way they want to or not. For Rolle, her personal standards rendered her third place finish a bit disappointing. Yet, it is quite remarkable that she has gotten to this level, where even her less than satisfying performances get her on the podium. Going into the outdoor season, Rolle says she is going to try her best to think of outdoors as a blank canvas. There will be new standards to meet, with new PRs to reach and new school records to break. “I’m just going to go out there and start again,” Rolle said. “Right now is a new starting point, so I will build up from where I am now until the outdoor meet.” On the track, Mary Young placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a PR time of 8.34.
Going into prelims, Young was very focused on having a strong mentality. She took fifth place in this event last year, and that took a toll on her because she went in wanting win. This year, she came in feeling faster over the hurdles and feeling really prepared. “I wasn’t quite so nervous, I was more excited than anything to see how I’d do,” Young said. She ran her prelims in a time just off of her PR, and so finals were another chance to get it. The two athletes ahead of her in the finals are seniors from Wichita State— twins—who have taken first and second the past three years. “I tried not to compare myself to them or anyone else in my race,” Young said. “I focused on having a strong mentality and running my won race.” Young was running in first place until the fourth hurdle, but then over the fifth hurdle the twins barley edged out Young. Heading into the outdoor season, Young says she feels really good and focused. “I have never ended a season running this fast going into outdoors,” Young said. “Now I will start to focus a lot on my hurdle technique to perform even better in outdoors. I have a lot of speed, but without technique you won’t get anywhere.” Young hopes to win the outdoor conference meet, and then advance to NCAA regionals and nationals. Bas Van Leersum also took third place on the track in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.66. Van Leersum was in the first of two final heats for the event, so he knew he would have to go out and not just win his heat
but run fast enough to have a time that beat those of the athletes in the second heat. Van Leersum won his heat and ran a time to get him into third place and on the podium, which is where he placed last year as well. “At first I was demotivated because I was in the slow heat and felt like I couldn’t compete for a title,” Van Leersum said. “But I also knew it was possible to beat people from the other heat. In the end I found my motivation again and tried my hardest, and I am happy with third place.” Van Leersum says that if he stays healthy he feels he has a good outdoor season to look forward too. “I would like to go out and do some damage in conference, defend my 400-meter hurdle title, and make it to the NCAA regionals and nationals.” Reed Fischer had arguably the best weekend of all Drake athletes. Fischer took first place in both the 5k and the 3k to pull off the MVC double victory. “The 5k is the longest indoor race at conference, and Fischer was ranked first in the field going into it. He is not the type of runner that can rely on an incredible sprint finish, so he knew he would have to push the pace early. Teammate Chris Kaminski went out and paced Fischer through the first mile to get him ahead of the field, build up a decent lead and then run in for the win. The 3k was a different story. This race is always kind of a question mark, because almost everyone goes in to the race having already run a previous race. “My legs were feeling pretty good,” Fischer said. “I wasn’t sure when I wanted to make my move but a separation happened around the 2k mark, and so I made a big move at the 600 mark that broke up the pack.” After Fischer made his move,
he held a lead for about a lap until a competitor from Loyala passed him with about 400 meters to go. “I thought to myself, ‘You’ve never been a kicker before but you better start now,’” Fischer said. “With about 100 meters to go, I turned it on as fast as I could and beat him to the line.” That kick gave Fischer the win and also gave him confidence in his ability to have a sprint finish. Heading into outdoors, Fischer’s goal is to run a 10k time that would qualify for the USATF championships that are held right after nationals. He also hopes to add two more MVC titles to his name, as well as earn himself AllAmerican status on the track. Indoor is over, but the Drake bulldogs are far from finished. There are still PRs to be had, titles to be won, and school records to be broken. Keep an eye open this outdoor season as the Drake Bulldogs leave their paw prints all over the Blue Oval! 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: Mary Young, 60-meter hurdles, 8:34, (previous PR: 8.37). #GetAnotherOne
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Bulldogs show grit with four wins Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor email@example.com @mattgogo
The Drake softball team has been warming up in preseason play since the beginning of February. Thus far, they are ranked 3rd overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason play with a record of 12-5. The Bulldogs’ latest outing at the Mardi Gras Classic gave them five wins and one loss. Drake faced off against Bowling Green and then Louisiana in the first day of the series. Pitcher Kaylee Smith started off the action from the mound. She ultimately led the team to the 4-1 victory: both in terms of pitching and scoring. Smith had eight strikeouts, her most of the young 2017 season, and allowed one run on five hits. She also contributed a home run — the team’s only hit on the day — in the third inning that garnered three RBIs. She added a sac-fly in the fifth inning that gave the Bulldogs the 4-1 victory. The second game of the day gave the Bulldogs their only loss of the series. Drake’s ace-pitcher Nicole Newman was matched up against Louisiana’s freshman Alyssa Denham. A move that, initially, seemed strange considering Newman was named the 2016 MVC Pitcher of the Year. However, Louisiana was successful, behind pitching from the young Denham, in keeping the Bulldogs at bay. Although the Bulldogs were able to get two hits in the second inning, it was the Ragin’ Cajun’s who finally broke the seal on scoring with three runs on two hits in the third inning. The Bulldogs were unable to shift momentum on Louisiana. Newman was replaced by Aryka Knoche in the fifth inning, but it was not enough.
Knoche gave up two runs on walks during the sixth. Despite the hitting spurt the Bulldogs found in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on five hits, that velocity would not extend past the bottom of the sixth. Drake fell to Louisiana 9-3. The following day opened up with a game against Dartmouth, a back-and-forth affair that stretched over 10 innings. This was followed by a game against Maryland that gave the Bulldogs a shutout-win. Smith and Newman split up pitching duties for the whole day with Smith going nine total innings and Newman going seven. The Bulldogs were finally able to take the win over Dartmouth on a single to left from outfielder Megan Sowa that drove in a RBI. In the first inning against Maryland, a home run from infielder Tasha Alexander put the Bulldogs ahead by two. Maryland was held scoreless, despite recording five hits. The Bulldogs faced Bowling Green once again on the final day of the tournament and won in five innings The story of the final day is the game against Mississippi Valley State, which went six innings with a score of 10-9. Drake ultimately won, with the game being called early so the Bulldogs wouldn’t miss their flight home. Mississippi Valley pulled ahead in a big, five-run second inning. The Bulldogs didn’t let it go unanswered and responded with a big inning in the fifth, where they were able to drive home four runs. After being voted as favorites to win the MVC championship this year, the Bulldogs seem tenacious in trying to prove they are worthy of that title and have seemingly been successful. MVC play begins March 18, but before that Drake will head out of town for two more tournaments.
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March 01, 2017
SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL COLUMN
Men’s Basketball closes out regular season on ninth loss: what’s next?
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Five straight losing seasons. Nine consecutive losses. Back-toback seven win regular seasons. There’s still the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament ahead, but for Drake Men’s Basketball (7-23, 5-13 MVC) to make a run, it might take a couple miracles. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with a 82-74 home loss to Bradley University (1219, 7-11 MVC). They never led throughout the game. The loss dropped Drake to the 10th seed in the conference tournament for the second season in a row. The Bulldogs will face Bradley in the first round of the tourney on March 2. A win would extend their season, and surpass 2015‑16’s win total. MVCpowerhouse Wichita State would be waiting in round 2. What needs fixing? The Bulldogs aren’t left with many options. To get out of the first couple rounds of the tourney, their best chance is to
just shoot over the other team and force their opponents to do the same. Don’t let Bradley, or subsequently Wichita, break the outer defensive shell. Drake isn’t going to out rebound many teams, so sinking the shots is what’s going to bring the magic to a Cinderella run. Halfway through the conference season, the Bulldogs didn’t seem like such a long shot. They had some momentum with five consecutive home wins between December and January. They were shooting well, even if their defense hasn’t really been “good.” Drake’s D is ranked last in the MVC: 77.4 points against per game. The Bulldogs shoot more threes than any other team in the conference despite being ranked eighth in shooting percentage from beyond the arc. But they’re forced to take those shots. With the current squad, there aren’t any other viable options. Drake is a one-dimensional, guard-heavy team. Being ranked ninth in shooting percentage in the MVC — the stat outsidefocused teams rely on to succeed — doesn’t help. No Bulldogs have the potential to be dominant in the post. Senior center Jacob Enevold never developed into a wellrounded athlete and his minutes, as well as Drake’s rebounding and defense, have suffered for it. Sophomore Nick McGlynn is developing well (5.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.59 BPG, 14.6 MPG), but he’s only 6 foot 8, not big enough to be a force. The same goes for 6 foot 10 redshirt-sophomore Casey Schlatter (4.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.29
BPG, 13.6 MPG). 6 foot 8 junior T.J. Thomas is unquestionably the best athlete on the roster, but his production has left more to be desired (5.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG), largely because he doesn’t shoot all too well. Sophomore Billy Wampler is a forward only because he’s too tall to be a guard. At 6 foot 6, he’s averaging just 2.6 rebounds a game. When Drake was at its hottest early in the conference season, he was averaging as high as 13.5 points per game. Now, that number is below 10. Redshirt-junior Graham Woodward is the microcosm of Drake Men’s Basketball. He’s undersized and gets his points near or outside of the arc. He scored a season-high 22 points with five threes and a shooting percentage of .667 against Bradley. Even with performances like that, no Bulldogs are talented enough to take games over — save perhaps junior Reed Timmer if he gets really hot and can make up for his less-than-stellar defense. Timmer is a good shooting guard with high basketball IQ and a well-rounded game, but he’s inclined to try to control games single-handedly as a result. He may be the only Bulldog averaging double-digit points per game (15.4), but his shooting percentage is only fine (.421). His tendency to drive the lane and get to the line — more than 13 percent of his points come from free throws — has made him onedimensional and easier to defend, especially when he forgets to look for open passing lanes. Without friendly refs, Timmer’s influence can be nullified.
He’s shot below .300 four of the last seven games. Against Illinois State on Feb. 5, he only scored four points, all of them on free throws. That’s not what you want to see out of your leading scorer. Who will coach in 2017-18? Both Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb and head coach Jeff Rutter remained quiet about whether Rutter will be around for 2017-18 until Feb. 27, when a press release announced that Drake Athletics was beginning a nationwide search for a full-time men’s basketball head coach. In the press release, Hatfield Clubb called Rutter “a strong candidate” to retain the position. Rutter, in his first D-I head coaching gig — albeit an interim one — has been laden with the task of coaching a losing team. He’s beared it well. He appears optimistic even after losses and has an energy that former head coach Ray Giacoletti had lost near the end of his tenure. I believe Rutter when he says he loves coaching the Bulldogs, that he’s still having fun. And that passion is something that could prove necessary for the program going forward. After Giacoletti resigned from the head coaching position in early December, Drake Athletics looked as unstable as ever. There are no less than two court cases pending against it and the switch from Giacoletti to Rutter is the fifth head coaching change in two years for DU teams. Giacoletti was supposed to have been a mainstay, but obviously that is no longer the case. “It’s been a unique season to
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say the least,” Rutter said in a press conference on Feb. 28. Some stability, even in the short term, is necessary before the program can actually rebuild. Give Rutter at least one more season. Let him see the current juniors through graduation, see if a full year under Rutter can get Drake nearer to the middle of the conference, and then talk about making a long-term commitment. “Coach Rutter did a really good job of instilling confidence and instilling the team-first approach,” Schlatter said. “You saw it from the guys on the court to the guys on the bench.” The Bulldogs have kept it close at times, but “getting over the hump” has been the main problem. Complete games have been rare. They’ve kept it close. Hosting Wichita State on Feb. 1, Drake was only down four at halftime. Six days later against Illinois State, the deficit was just three after 20 minutes; the Bulldogs went on to lose that game by 29. Inconsistency, onedimensionality, whatever you call it, Drake Men’s Basketball is stuck. There have been too many changes to build momentum. Next year, the Bulldogs need to stay healthy and united, to see what can happen when you have six seniors who all have experience playing together under a coach they know. Success doesn’t happen in a year; it comes from building a foundation. And right now the Bulldogs’ paws only have seven wins to stand on. *Sports Editor Matthew Gogerty contributed to this article.
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March 01, 2017
SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Drake reigns in MVC after historic win over UNI
THE BULLDOGS huddle together at the end of the game to celebrate the victory. It is the first time since the ‘99-’00 season that the Bulldogs have been champions in the MVC. Moments after this photo was taken, fans charged the court in excitement and to help the team celebrate the win. PHOTO BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR Joseph Miller Staff Writer email@example.com @josephmiller3
“It’ll be real when it becomes real,” Drake Women’s Basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk said after her team won its first outright regular season Missouri Valley Conference championship since 2000. After a close first half, the Bulldogs (23-4 16-0 MVC) pulled away from the University of Northern Iowa (20-7, 13-3 MVC) in the second to take a convincing 70-57 win on Friday night. There’s still two games left in the regular season, but the conference title is already secure. The win — the team’s 17th straight, a new program record — also came in front of the biggest Knapp Center crowd since 2001, 6,456 fans – a Drake Women’s Basketball record. “It honestly brings tears to
my eyes just to think about how important this game was in terms of our fans,” Barancyzk said in the postgame press conference. The Northern Iowa Panthers, number two in the MVC, made it clear from the tip they were determined to hand Drake its first conference loss. Scoring stayed low in the first quarter, as stubborn defense from both sides prevented either offense from getting into a rhythm. After the first frame, neither team had cracked double digits with the score knotted up at 8-8. The second quarter upped the scoring, but remained close. Drake pulled ahead towards the end of the quarter thanks to eight straight points from freshman Becca Hittner, heading into the locker room up 26-22. The Bulldogs’ depth gave them a substantial advantage in the second half, and their intensity picked up as the game went on. They out the third quarter on a 13-2 run and took a comfortable
13 lead into the fourth quarter. Drake kept a double-digit lead throughout the final frame, and took the game 70-57. Senior Lizzy Wendell led the Drake attack with 21 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. She’s all but locked down the MVC scoring title for the third straight year, averaging 20.9 points per game, 4.6 PPG ahead of second place. Wendell was also named as one of 20 Senior CLASS Award finalists earlier this month. The honor is given to an NCAA basketball student-athlete who epitomizes performance on-thecourt and class off-the-court. Senior point guard Caitlin Ingle continued to be a workhouse for the Drake squad on Friday, totaling nine points, eight assists, six rebounds and a steal. Ingle will assuredly lead the MVC in assists for the second season in a row. She’s averaging 7.6 assists per game, nearly three more per game than second place. “For (Ingle and Wendell),
it was perfect for them just to shine,” Baranczyk said. Three other Bulldogs finished the game in double-digits, Hittner (12), sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (10) and sophomore Becca Jonas (10). Bachrodt and Hittner cleaned up the boards as well, pulling down six and five respectively. Although they only won the game by 13 points, the stat sheet makes Drake’s performance look dominant. The Bulldogs shot an impressive 52 percent from the field (29-56) while holding the Panthers to a poor 29 percent (1864). Drake’s offensive presence down low was unmatched once again. The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 42-14 in the paint. “I’m really proud of how far we’ve come,” Baranczyk. “But we’re not done yet.” “The best is yet to come,” Ingle added.” Drake will begin the conference tournament March 10 in Moline, Illinois, as the top seed with a first-round bye.
Winning the conference tournament would guarantee a seed in the NCAA Tournament. It would be Drake Women’s Basketball’s first conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. Even if the Bulldogs are upset in the conference tourney, they will still probably make it to the NCAA Tournament. They’ve been ranked in the nation’s top25 since Feb. 13; 64 teams are seeded in the tournament. Before that, however, the Bulldogs have to finish out the regular season at home. They will face off against reigning MVC-champ Missouri State on Thursday, March 2, and Wichita State on Saturday, March 9. Managing Editor Adam Rogan contributed to this story.
Bulldogs show true colors with ‘pink game’ last Saturday
FANS AT THE GAME (left) adorned pink shirts in the spirit of raising breast cancer awareness. The shirts represent a foundation called Play for Kay, which was started in remberence of legendary coach, Kay Yow. (Right) Head coach Jenny Baranczyk celebrates the win and the cause in her Play for Kay shirt. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR