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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 136 | No. 11 | Wed. Dec. 07, 2016 timesdelphic.com




“Blonde” it as Parker Klyn’s favorite album from 2016 and “EOS” by Rostam makes it as Klyn’s favorite song of the year. Klyn discusses in depth why he thinks “Blonde” is his favorite album of the year and which songs helped him make his decision. Read more on page 4.

The Fitch Building downtown held an open house for artists to show off their studios and recent pieces of art. The event showcased painters, photographers, videographers and sculptors who opened up the doors of their studio to the community. Read more on page 5.

Drake Women’s Basketball struggles to get on a winning track early in the season, with a record of 3-3 overall. The Bulldogs were projected by the MVC to dominate the conference, but have faltered in their start. Read more on page 8.


Former athletic trainer files complaint against the university

Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor matthew.gogerty@drake.edu @matt_gogo On Sept. 2, the Drake Athletic Department Administration fired Head Athletic Trainer Scott Kerr, 61. Two days before, on Aug. 31, Kerr, reported that, on Aug. 29, he was unable to control his bladder, due to a medical condition that required him to drink a lot of fluids. This prompted Kerr to relieve himself in a whirlpool tub. Kerr has now filed a lawsuit with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission against Drake University. He was given a one month severance package, but seeks full reinstatement. The incident Kerr was cleaning a whirlpool tub in a Drake Athletics locker room on Aug. 29 when he suddenly had the urge to urinate. Believing he would not make it to the restroom in time, he relieved himself in the tub, rather than on the floor or on himself. Kerr then


cleaned the tub, using bleach. Kerr has been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate as well as a condition called neutrally mediated syncope, an ailment that requires he consume large amounts of water. According to Kerr, he reported the incident to an associate athletic director on Aug. 31, two days after it occurred. A few minutes after he made the report, Kerr was contacted by Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb and was asked to leave the campus immediately. A follow-up meeting was scheduled for the next day. According to the press release from Kerr and his legal team, Hatfield Clubb said in the meeting that Kerr had been an exceptional employee but was now “unfit” for his job. He was officially fired the following day.



Men’s Campus declared a sanctuary basketball University vows to shield immigrant students’ information coach resigns Katherine Bauer News Editor katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauer_katherine

Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan Ray Giacoletti, 54, resigned his position as the head coach of Drake Men’s Basketball yesterday. Jeff Rutter, who has served as an assistant coach at Drake since 2013, will be filling in the role for the rest of the 2016-17 season. An impromptu press conference was announced and held in which Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb broke the news. Seasons past The men’s basketball team was told about the change a few hours before the press conference in a private meeting with Giacoletti. This season started poorly for the Bulldogs. They’ve lost seven of their first eight games, and their only win came against a division-III school, Simpson College. Giacoletti was in his fourth year as head coach. During that time, the Bulldogs have a cumulative record of 32-69 and have never posted a winning season. “It’s on me. It’s as simple as that,” Giacoletti said.

RAY GIACOLETTI resigned as head basketball coach. FILE PHOTO

With a brief sentence, Drake President Marty Martin accepted the Faculty Senate resolution to make Drake University’s campus a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Drake is one of five sanctuary campuses in America and is the first in the Midwest. “I accept this resolution as President of Drake University and commit the institution to doing what it can lawfully do to meet the expectations created by the spirit of this Faculty Senate action,” Martin declared in an email sent to faculty, staff and students last week. Faculty Senate proposed the idea of becoming a sanctuary campus after the tumultuous election of Donald Trump. The president-elect ran on a platform that included the deportation of undocumented immigrants. The Faculty Senate resolution had asked the Drake administration to make its campus a place of refuge where undocumented immigrants, primarily Drake students, could be safe from “unfair deportation, investigation, or other intimidation based on their immigration status.” A number of undocumented students attend Drake through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy signed by President Obama in 2012. In order to do so, they disclosed their undocumented status to the government in exchange for permission to live, work or study in the United States, protected from deportation. If Trump holds true to his campaign promises, this status could be threatened. “I think I’ve worried about (DACA being revoked) since it was enacted, just because it is an executive order,” said first-year Jose Garcia, one of

700,000 undocumented students protected by DACA, according to a NBC News article published in June. “It’s super easy to repeal. But now, I think it’s going to be a lot easier. I know president-elect Trump has talked about revoking it.” Now, deportation seems inevitable for Garcia. “I personally don’t think it’s speculation,” the law, politics and society and international relations double major said. “That fear always lingers in my mind, that fear of deportation and safety for myself and for my family.”

“It comes with a lot of peace of mind from the administration and faculty. It’s just Drake doing what would be considered doing the right thing.” Jose Garcia Undocumented student

Garcia fears that DACA students like himself will be an easy demographic to find and deport. “Undocumented students across the country registered with DACA in good faith and now fear that their registration as ‘Dreamers’ under this policy would make them especially vulnerable to deportation,” said Debra DeLaet, a co-sponsor of the resolution. Garcia explained that the federal government has an immense amount of information about him, including where he has resided in the past 10 years and where he attends school. Within weeks a matter of weeks after the election, Faculty Senate had already written and

passed the resolution. “I have received many messages from faculty, students and alumni in support of this initiative,” DeLaet said. “I also have had productive conversations with students who have shared questions and reservations about the resolution.” Leading up to Faculty Senate’s vote on the resolution, a Google Doc of the resolution circulated through social media. Students were able to review the proposal as well as sign it electronically. Nearly 170 current students signed the resolution, in addition to alumni and other staff not involved in Faculty Senate. Faculty Senate met on Nov. 16. During that meeting, the Senate made the final amendments to the resolution before voting. 13 members voted in favor. One voted against the motion while five abstained. The resolution moved on to Drake administration. Provost Sue Mattison acknowledged the resolution before Thanksgiving Break. “President Martin, all of the members of President’s Council, and I recognize (the resolution) is a call to action,” Mattison said in a campus-wide email. “We stand in support with students, faculty, and staff, consistent with our foundational Statement of Principles.” Administration did not present any new information to campus throughout break and the week afterwards. “We wanted to know more, to get a sense of the issues that the resolution hoped to address,” said Venessa Macro, the chief administration officer. “We were aware of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memorandum of Oct. 24, 2011 making it an ICE policy not to engage in certain enforcement activity at schools, including searches and arrests.” Administration was able

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to consult legal and advocacy resources to research sanctuary status and the legalities of the motion. Macro noted that Faculty Senate had done a “good deal of research, providing helpful background information.” “This process has helped us to clarify our role and the ways in which we can lawfully advocate for and support students,” Macro said. Drake also consulted with some of the undocumented students on campus. “Drake has done a great job in supporting us and needs to continue moving that forward,” Garcia said. “I’ve always thought something like this should have been done way before this situation emerged.” Then the email came from President Martin on Nov. 30. Martin noted that Drake “will not act on behalf of government agents to enforce immigration laws for the purpose of facilitating deportations.” In extension, Drake committed itself to taking steps to protect the privacy and records of students, including citizenship status. Student Senate also passed a motion on Dec. 1 to show their support of the resolution for Drake to become a sanctuary campus. The motion read, in part: “We... in an effort to show our support and solidarity with undocumented students on campus, express our unequivocal affirtmation for Faculty Senate’s recommendation to push Drake University to become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.” The motion passed unanimously. Garcia said the sanctuary status gives him some sense of security. “It comes with a lot of peace of mind from the administration and faculty,” Garcia said. “It’s just Drake doing what would be considered doing the right thing.”

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Dec. 07, 2016


Crews prepare STEM buildings for winter work Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty

The onslaught of wintry weather does little to deter the construction workers as they work to stay on schedule in the development of CollierScripps Hall and the Science Connector Building (SCB). Those two structures are the major components f the $52 million investment that is Drake’s STEM facility, which began construction in late February 2016. “We start with coffee, and we just dress warm ... get all our stuff prepared and watch the weather,” said Chad Hardin, a member of the facilities’ construction staff. “January, February, it’s miserable, it’s cold.” Aside from the extra hats and coats worn by approximately 75 workers on site each day, Bryan Michael, a representative for PDC Partners, the company in charge of construction, assures students that the site will be prepared for winter. “The construction team will utilize temporary enclosures and temporary heating units to allow construction work on the exterior and interior of the buildings to continue through the winter months,” Michael said. “This will minimize the impact of the winter

weather.” The STEM facilities are considered a big undertaking. The list of physical materials alone is extensive. When the buildings are completed, 51,890 pounds of aluminum, 116 miles of wiring and 3,865 cubic yards of concrete will have been used. The same quantities would comprise 1,764,260 aluminum cans, fill nine standard swimming pools with concrete and connect Des Moines to Iowa City via wire, according to STEM@Drake statistics. Despite this, the STEM buildings are designed to achieve two “Green Globes,” eco-friendly certifications that recognize SCB’s 13.5 percent energy savings above the baseline and Collier-Scripps Hall’s 8 percent. As of last week, the Weitz company general contractor undertook settings the structural steel shell and placed concrete floors in Collier-Scripps. Additionally, workers have initiated closure of the building exterior. Interior construction will commence in the next few months. “(In the SCB,) Weitz finished most of the exterior walls and sheathing and are now installing brick and other exterior materials,” Michael said. “Interior walls and framing have started along with mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in.” Such progress demands

consistent attention from management, attention that PDC Partners accounts for. Engineers and developers are at the construction site every day to supervise projects and preparations. This allows potential problems to be resolved rapidly and efficiently. “We meet weekly with the project managers from Weitz and monitor and communicate any schedule issues,” Michael said. The biggest challenge the STEM project faces is inconveniencing students. “One of the biggest challenges for this project is the proximity to the other occupied buildings on campus (including Olin Hall, Medbury Hall and Fitch Hall) and dealing with the inevitable noise of construction activities,” Michael said. “The construction team communicates directly with the building occupants when we know activities may be possibly distracting.” In compensation, management has worked with Drake Public Safety to provide a hot line (515271-2222) and e-mail address (buildingstem@drake.edu) for construction updates.

WORKERS have been preparing the two STEM buildings ready for winter weather so interior work can begin. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER


Political analyst Charlie Cook takes look at 2016 election Jessica Lynk Editor-in-Chief jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk Walking into Olmsted Center last Wednesday, students could see someone important was in town. The Olmsted parking lot was packed full of cars, some even making their own spots in the lot. Sussman Theater was the same as the parking lot. Twohundred and thirty people packed into every seat in the theater and some stood in the back in order to listen to “An Evening with Charlie Cook.” Cook, a notable political analyst, who is known for his election forecasts, headed to the packed theater at 7 p.m. to explain

his thoughts on the election. “Trying to make sense of what happened earlier this month is a hell of a challenge,” Cook said. “I would like to tell you I saw it coming, but you know better.” The event was sponsored by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. This was the second annual event with Cook. Cook said he worked his first campaign in 1972, but he has never seen anything like this election. “I have seen wave elections,” Cook said. “I have seen surprises. I have seen some shocks as everybody in this room has, but nobody has ever seen anything like this.” Cook took the evening to talk through his thoughts after

the election where republican nominee Donald Trump beat democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which surprised most political predictors. “Political historians and scientist are going to be studying this election for decades and centuries in the future,” Cook said. Cook mentioned one of the reasons behind this outcome was the fact that there was turn-out from different groups of people than there have been in the past. “Elections have consequences,” Cook said. “The people who do show up have more collective influence than the people who don’t. If enough people are mad about something, they can affect change.”

Cook spent much of the evening looking at polling numbers and analyzing why the election went the way it did. “Everybody knows that this election was about change,” Cook said. Cook pointed out that a majority of elections after one party has held control in the White House for eight years, the next election went to the other part. Cook reassured those who did show up to make change but are anxious about the results. “The thing that we should remember here is that the founding fathers did build in three branches of government and check and balances and we just have to trust that all the works,” Cook said.



DU Spoken Word poetry open mics continue to grow Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty

STUDENTS presented their original poems during the second DU Spoken Word open mic of the semester. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER

Much more than words were spoken at the Social Justice Open Mic last Monday. DU Spoken Word Poetry hosted the open mic. The event attracted not only record attendance but also the highest number of poets the organization has seen this year. “I thought it was inspiring,” said Julie Uram, a first-year student. “I was really impressed by the variety of subjects covered as well as the emotion that people are willing to share and be vulnerable with the audience. (The theme) was social justice, but even having that theme still brought out a variety of feelings and topics from people.” A broad variety of topics were expressed through emotional prose, everything from marginalization of race to censorship of sex. In comic relief, one student mentioned her unfinished ode to a chicken nugget, evidently inspired by lunch earlier that day. “That’s what I like to see,” said Julianna Darzins, who presented during the Open Mic

Night, “being able to get up there and speak in front of a bunch of people about something really vague or really specific.” Despite its recent establishment on campus and the associated novelty, DU Spoken Word has seen an overall decrease in attendance since the beginning of its second school year. Sarah Antongiovanni, emcee of the Social Justice Open Mic event and vice president of the club, attributes this to conflicting attitudes surrounding the presidential election. “We had a lot of people that came out that were angry about what happened and needed to share a voice,” Antongiovanni said. “But a lot of people didn’t come because the election hit so close to home.” The events have undergone criticism from various members of the audience, claiming there were too many poems featuring issues of race, LGBT or mental illness. The poets seemed undeterred. “Spoken Word Poetry is a form of therapy for a lot of people (or) activism,” Antongiovanni said. “With everything bad that is happening, we are hoping that if 10 people get up there and tell you the same thing in a new way in each poem that you might

finally listen to it. The thing is, (these topics are) still a problem so I am going to continue to write about it, and for a lot of us that’s the best way we feel we can get it out there.” Antongiovanni encourages students to use poetry as a means of progressivism and socially accepted expression. “Listen, go to the events and write poetry, because it is raw emotion talking about real things,” Antongiovanni said. “I think there is something powerful in the art and performance element of it, but also in the fact that this is actually how someone is feeling. They are feeling it so strongly that whatever is going on in their lives, that whoever is sitting in the audience, they are getting up there and giving it.” Spoken Word Poetry partners with similar groups, such as Say What Poetry in the Des Moines area. The club in the process of accruing funds to attend the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, held this coming April in Chicago. The club needs $500 to register. Donations at the next DU Spoken Word event will go towards this trip. The next event is Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in Sussman Lecture Hall.

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Dec. 07, 2016



‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy one of writer’s ‘all time favorites’

Women still face sexism when pursuing leadership positions

Natalie Larimer Book Critic natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

Hello again, it’s book column time. This week, I’ve decided to let you into one of my favorite series ever, the Chaos Walking trilogy. The first book is awkwardly named The Knife of Never Letting Go, but despite the awful title, it’s a wonderful book. We begin with a kid named Todd who has a dog named Manchee. Manchee is my favorite character. They’re on a different planet called New World and there are no women at all. None. 0 percent female. Todd lives with two guys

named Ben and Cillian who are his adoptive parents, and Todd is the last boy in town. He’s about to become a man, after 13 years and 13 months, and he doesn’t really know what’s going to happen when his birthday arrives. I forgot to mention that every living organism can communicate via “Noise,” which is basically just auditory thought. He and Manchee can communicate a lot, but Manchee usually just says “TODD TODD TODD TODD TODD TODD TODD” and what stick he’d like. However, Todd goes to the swamp and finds a hole in the Noise. It scares him and he goes home. Well, as he tells Ben and Cillian about the hole in the Noise, his Noise kind of tells the entire town. So Ben and Cillian basically tell him to run, they’ve been planning his escape for 11 years, and give him a hunting knife and his dead mom’s diary. What they didn’t do was teach Todd to read. Todd runs back to the swamp with Manchee as Cillian fights off basically the whole town, where Todd finds a girl with a crashed spacecraft and dead parents. She seems to be the source of the hole in the Noise. Then the town preacher, Aaron, attacks them and it gets real. Todd and Manchee basically

just throw him to the alligators. But don’t worry, Aaron graces our presence some more later in the book. Now, this girl doesn’t speak or communicate via Noise, and Todd has been taught that the Spackle (a native species to the New World) infected his town with a germ that killed all the women and half the men. So, Todd being Todd, thinks about this, thus communicating this to the girl, who freaks out. And then they find Aaron. They fight off Aaron and she says her name is Viola, and they continue on. They’re trying to get to Haven, which is another town on New World according to a map in Todd’s mom’s diary. Viola can read, which helps Todd out, and they head on out. Now, these are pretty thick books, but they’re quick reads. They’ve got such an intricate yet easy to follow storyline, and I’m about to pick it up and read it again right now. The other two books in the series, The Ask and The Answer and Monsters of Men, follow Todd and Viola’s continued journey and the different things they learn about the New World, Todd’s hometown of Prentisstown, and the Spackle. Definitely one of my all time favorites, and I highly recommend it.

CHAOS WALKING TRIOLOGY is one of Natalie Larimer’s favorite series. The trilogy explores a dystopian world. Larimer thinks readers should check out this adult science fiction story. COURTESY OF PATRICKNESS.COM


Politics cause rifts between families

Kamryn Ryan Contributing Writer kamryn.ryan@drake.edu

My father reaches into the trunk of my car to see a #NotMyPresident sign. My

mother offers me a slice of leftover turkey, ignoring the fact that I am vegetarian. I suddenly remember how they had supported me before. Yet, when they come face to face with me, these words disappear. Suddenly, I am the joke at the dinner table. Thanksgiving break for me was similar for college students across the country. But nonetheless, it made me feel as if who I am is not okay. Tom Dingman, Dean of Freshmen at Harvard College describes this transformation as, “trying out different postures, different viewpoints and that is part of developing your individuality and figuring out who you are apart from your family.” We, as students, are not

suddenly taking on these wild changes but instead embracing what has already been there. I personally have always felt passionate about a variety of topics, but I hid my viewpoints out of fear of how my family would react. After arriving at college, my confidence has surged, and I have allowed myself to accept who I am. Now, it is time for my family to do the same. As winter break approaches and the idea of being home excites yet frightens you, remember to stay true to who you are. Hold on to your beliefs and remind your family that they are your beliefs, not theirs. Be respectful, but be you.

Chamindi Wijesinghe Business Manager wachamindi.wijesinghe@drake.edu

In 1984, the term “glass ceiling” was coined by Nora Frenkiel to address the simmering, yet invisible obstructions blocking women’s advancement to leadership positions beyond midmanagement. Today, a new term has arrived, one that drapes this particularly defeating ideology: the labyrinth. Indeed, climbing the social and corporate ladder is to women what the Enigma was to Alan Turing: puzzling, difficult and frustrating… because only few believe an alternate is, not only better and more efficient, but possible. In all fairness, if we look at the corporate world solely, it has become relatively easier (compared to our female counterparts 10-20 years ago) for women to break the glass ceiling and navigate through the labyrinth leading to top management positions. Recently, KPMG became the second amongst the Big Four accounting firms to elect a female CEO and according to Fortune, 4 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ female CEOs, overwhelmingly underrepresented – but a step forward. Most argue that a slow turnover ratio diminishes any attempt at bridging the gap towards an egalitarian shift and that a total change is bound to take time. However, this is not where the problem lies. The grassroot problem was never about breaking the glass ceiling or navigating the labyrinth. If women were able to shackle societal views and obtain voting rights, they can easily break through any other challenge. However, the fragile perception is the black hole that usurps progress. Objectively and ideally, qualifications allow a person to climb the ladder but it is identity that commands respect and allows someonw to become a leader. This is where women often struggle to keep afloat. A few years ago, P&G Pantene and BBDO Guerrero, Manila made an ad showcasing the stark labeling of women and men. Both genders will be leading, talking the same way, and a man will be a “boss” while a woman will have an extra letter added to the word – “bossy.” Authoritative: a woman is reduced to being unlikeable and unworthy of leadership. Emotional: she is too feminine, and unworthy of leadership, a perfect balance and she is still unworthy of leadership. The Harvard Business Review boasts a line that encompasses one of the many facets of this exasperating problem: “More than 25 years ago, the social psychologist Faye Crosby stumbled on a surprising phenomenon: Most women are unaware of having personally been victims of gender discrimination and deny it even when it is objectively true and they see that women in general experience it.” There is a name for it: secondgeneration bias. It is a hidden, subtle and often unintentional discrimination arising from gender stereotypes and expectations of masks men and women are respectively asked to

wear by society. Robin Ely, a Harvard Business School professor explains it as such: “For example, when we think about how leadership is denied, do we tend to think more naturally about men as leaders than women? The answer is yes. These things (dig) into how we interact with people. We have stereotypes about what constitutes leadership, and it is much aligned with our stereotypes about who men are and who women are.” As such, educating men and women on second-gender bias is a step towards patching the loopholes. Studies have shown that women are capable of leading as well as men, ironically, several research has proven that women leaders tend to outperform industry averages. The more people who are aware of signs of second-gender bias, the more they can take actions to counter those effects. Awareness of second-gender bias allow women to negotiate and empower themselves by speaking out. In fact, we don’t need to look far back or abroad, during the 2016 elections, a veteran reporter noted that “the story is never what (Hillary Clinton) says, as much as we want it to be. “The story is always how she looked when she said it.” In fact, Clinton even said that she “doesn’t fight it anymore; (she) just focuses on getting the job done.” Clinton is not the only female leader to have been subject to this circumstance. Female leaders have faced this, from Queen Elizabeth to Margaret Thatcher to Aung San Suu Kyi. These are a few amongst a plethora of women who were able to feel empowered and radically change perception– the superwomen. It is true that leadership styles are unique and each gender has fortes that contribute to accelerating change but to see any positive change, we need to learn to be open and have a fluid mindset. Over the years, leadership and ambition have been defined by men. Women were late to the scene and are struggling to redefine it. In fact, when we think of leadership, we automatically assume that it is with a corporate, political and social backdrop – it mostly is, and this article has been about it mostly – because those are the spotlights that act as leverage to any other backdrop. However, women are also leaders in the domestic scene, because it is the one place where men were seen as “too good for.” Luckily, it is all changing and there is a shift towards making both genders equally capable and removing gender biases in this instance. Society has definitely advanced and more of each gender are equally likely to support women’s ascension to leadership positions, viewing and judging on qualifications, abilities and vision rather than uneducated and rigid perceptions, but there is still a lot to do. So much so that, at times, it is easy for women to feel that every step forward, is equivalent to two steps back ... because they are not tough enough, do not satisfy the ridiculously higher standards set by others, are selfish for neglecting their primary purpose of running a family. These structural issues, prejudices, discrimination, and biased gender and leadership perceptions need to dwindle into an abyss because ultimately, it is a better society that we all want. Iwwn the words of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “no struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.”

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Dec. 07, 2016


“Blonde” picked as best album, “EOS” picked as best song of 2016

Parker Klyn Music Critic parker.klyn@drake.edu @KlynParker

2016 was a wild year in music. It seems like the vast majority of super-celebrity pop artists released albums this year, including Drake, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West and Lady Gaga. We had a ridiculous number of comeback records from old bands (A Tribe Called Quest, Blink-182, Metallica) and albums that ranged from bitingly, heartbreakingly political (ANOHNI, Blood Orange, Solange) to upliftingly joyous (Chance The Rapper, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak). No matter what your musical taste is, you’re able to find something fantastic and relatable

from 2016’s crop of releases. But there is one album and one song, in my opinion, that stand above the rest. The song is “EOS,” by Rostam Batmanglij (whose stage name is simply Rostam). The former producer and songwriter for Vampire Weekend has stunned me in the past; he was responsible for the moving, ornate production on Vampire Weekend’s “Step”, which was my favorite song of 2016. He also wrote and produced Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Warm Blood,” the best single from last year’s wonderful Emotion. “EOS” is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It’s a ballad, but within it exists so many contrasts and contradictions that make it the most compelling single of 2016. The song starts with “Listen to the crickets at night / Can you hear that sound?” Rostam coos over a children’s choir which sings what I believe are Catholic hymns; their words are mostly indecipherable, but I can definitely make out the word sanctus, a Latin word literally meaning “holy.” It sounds like Rostam is singing from within a candlelit church, with his passionate vocals reverberating off of sacred walls.

Then, the refrain explodes: “Every one of us has felt the lights go down / Every one of us has felt our heartbeat pound.” He seems to be struggling with the fact that everyone fails, so why can they move on with their lives, while Rostam can’t? Then the song’s beat completely falls away, leaving just Rostam and some ethereal synthesizers. “On the coast we could see time and space … I held you close / My cheek pressed up against yours.” This is open to interpretation, but I see it as somewhat literal: Rostam saw everything in his future falling into place with his love, but it fell apart. Finally, the chorus comes back again, but it’s much different: this time, Rostam seems confident and reassured. He’s realizing that it’s okay to struggle; after all, everyone struggles. I think this is especially poignant today, where meticulously crafted online personas and social media dominate people’s perception. We all struggle and we move on. If you know me, you probably know my favorite album of this year: Frank Ocean’s Blonde. In my earlier review for the Times-Delphic, I outlined why I thought Blonde could be just

as much of a classic as Channel Orange, Frank’s debut; somehow, since then, Blonde has grown on me even further. The songs on Blonde are so personal, so elegant, and so incredibly well-crafted that it’s hard for me to find fault. I think it was genius for Frank to use so much vocal manipulation; it made songs like “Good Guy” (“You text nothing like you look”) and “Self Control” (“Keep a place for me / I’ll sleep between y’all, it’s nothing”) even more impactful than they already would have been.

The spirituality between highlights “Solo” and “Godspeed” gives Blonde depth. It’s a masterpiece. Blonde’s best song is “Ivy” (“I thought that I was dreaming when you said you loved me”), propelled forward with driving guitars and Frank making his voice sound boyish and young. Who co-wrote and produced “Ivy”? One Rostam Batmanglij. It’s artists like Rostam and Frank that make music, and 2016 in particular, so fantastic. I can’t wait for what next year has in store.

Parker’s Top Tracks Favorite Album Blonde by Frank Ocean

Favorite Song EOS by Rostam



Rising trend: baseball caps and hoop earrings

Chef D’s does more than serve up pizza

Emily Larson Fashion Columnist emily.larson@drake.edu

Teen years are always a good time to experiment with fashion. Personally, I think I began my role as a fashionista the minute I popped into this world. Being the first child and only girl, I was always in something frilly and fluffy. There ceased to be a day that went by where I did not have a bow in my hair. My kindergarten classmates can tell you, I was considered the best dressed for all of elementary school. Middle school was rough: a time of rainbow everything and fingerless gloves. But I like to think I bounced back in high school. I have always prided myself on looking nice but still taking fashion risks. I like to follow trends, but not conform to them. Going into college, not much has changed except I have gotten a bit lazier. I wear jeans less and t-shirts more.

Two things that have arisen and caught my eye are hats and hoops. Together or separate, I love them both. A pair of plain silver hoops can make any outfit more exciting. A pair of sparkly hoops can make an evening outfit that much better. I know I have a couple of friends who have not yet gotten on the hoop-train yet but for the most part, I get compliments when I wear them. I love pairing them with a comfortable outfit like black leggings, calf-length socks, and an oversized tee. It adds flare to what seems like a plain outfit. I know a lot of people out there tend to avoid jewelry altogether what a waste of such wonderful accessory opportunities. If you simply do not know how to correctly match outfits and jewelry, have no fear. Invest in a good pair of hoops and you are set. I prefer medium-sized. Not too small or too large. Hoops that are too small look childish while hoops that are too large get caught on things and are not appealing for everyday use. You can wear your hair up or down—it doesn’t matter. Hoops will look great with any hairstyle. Wearing your hair down and flowing with your hoops adds a sense of ease and zeal. Wearing your hair pulled back into a ponytail or bun creates vibes of fun and spunk. Now, when I say hats, I am talking specifically about baseball hats. I love a good worn-in baseball cap.

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My two favorites are a yellow one that I got in New York City and a Nike golf brown leather one I stole from my dad. Tip: Dad’s clothing can be tons of fun. I like stealing my dad’s flannels, too. They are more worn in and best of all, free. Throwing on a cap on a windy day or a morning when you are running late to class and your hair’s a mess is always a win. You can look cute while keeping that mane intact. It is always a safe move. It’s more of a fashion risk to put on a pair of hoops with the hat. I enjoy doing this and I have noticed a few other style icons doing it as well but I do not believe it has quite caught on for everyone yet. I think it is quite chic. You look like you planned it and know exactly what you are doing with your life, when in all reality, you probably woke up late and threw them together to get to your 8 a.m. If anyone else agrees with these fashion tips, I hope to see other ladies wearing the signature hats and hoops around campus. If not, well, you’ll know who I am. I’ll be the girl in the yellow cap and silver hoops, probably late to somewhere gripping a coffee and ducking through Meredith’s halls.

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Chef D’s Rock Power Pizza sets the standard for treating customers like family. After you’re seated, Chef D will come out of the kitchen and personally introduce himself, and if you don’t mind, he’ll tell you his story. Chef D tells you about how he once was homeless, on the streets of Detroit and walked into a Greek restaurant. Chef D asked for a job with no resume, no qualifications and no prior experience and only carrying a willingness to work. Chef D speaks of how thankful he is to that one man for believing in him and giving him a chance. Now Chef D’s goal is to help those people, in the format of making some killer pizza. The family-run joint makes all their own sauce and dough from

scratch, and makes some of the best pizza in Des Moines. But you don’t just come to Chef D’s Rock Power Pizza for the good eats, you come to support something bigger than yourself. The restaurant staff doesn’t take tips, they’ll take what would be tip money and put in the donation jar for when the restaurant closes on Monday nights. Every Monday night Chef D organizes “Meals to Heal,” where Chef D makes and gives away a home cooked meal to anyone who needs it, while giving them a warm, clean place to eat it. But Chef D’s charity isn’t limited to Monday nights: every day of the week, people in need can come and ask for basic necessities which are donated from the community, which can include soap and canned food items. On your way out of the restaurant, Chef D comes back out of the kitchen and hands every lady a bouquet of flowers, because “every girl deserves to be given flowers.” And he’ll ask to take a quick picture with you, which he puts on their Facebook page, and he thanks you for coming to visit, hoping that you visit again in the future. Chef D is all about giving back and cultivating a sense of hope and inclusiveness in the community in the form of some of the best pizza in the city.

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Fitch Building allows local artists to share their creative passions

THE ARTWORK of Larassa Kabel focuses on death and compassion. The artwork stems from dead animals, sometimes road kill which she photographs and then paints. COURTESY OF NATALIE LARIMER Natalie Larimer Contributing Writer natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

Downtown Des Moines has a hidden art center and culture: the Fitch Building. It is a block away from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown, yet it is not the first thing that pops into mind when people think of the Des Moines art scene. The Fitch Building has four floors filled with artist studios, occupied by tenants ranging from sculptors to videographers, and that is not even half of it. On Saturday, Dec. 3, all but three artists opened their studios to the public, as they do annually, to come in and experience art straight from the source. The Fitch Building was originally a shampoo warehouse in 1914, producing Fitch Shampoo. A bottle of this shampoo is on the shelf of artist Catherine Dreiss in her fourth floor studio that she shares with her husband, Jeff Thompson. The building closed in the 1940s, but in the mid-80s some artists in Des Moines asked if they could use the top two stories for studios. It is now completely

filled with artists, and the annual open house originally started as a fundraiser to save the building. Back in 1999, the owner went bankrupt and the city council was working to tear it down and replace it with a skyscraper. However, Dreiss and Thompson came up with the idea to have an open house to save the building and to help make it more visible to the public. “It’s a great opportunity for the artists to clean their studios,” Dreiss said. Inside the building are concrete floors, which are perfect for spilling paint on and high ceilings that are perfect for sculptors to work under. “We don’t have a working elevator now, but years ago I could bring this (printing) press up,” Dreiss said. She focuses on woodcuts and screen printing, while Thompson is a painter and printmaker. Their shared studio is full of vinyl records, recycled yogurt containers of ink and paint and, of course, their art. Downstairs on the third floor is Larassa Kabel a painter and Ben Easter, a photographer. On two walls of their studio are realistic paintings of a horse jumping, but that was not their talking point for the night.

“I don’t have (an elevator speech). This is new work,” Kabel said. “It’s a collaboration called ‘A Death In The Family’ using dead animals. It’s about death and compassion.” Though it may seem gross, the photos featuring Kabel posing with the animals make it seem as if they just caught the animals taking a peaceful nap. They are waiting for snow to fall and bring on “a new season of death,” she said. To get the animals, they have people on the lookout. One of the photographs includes a deer that a friend saw on the side of the road. This friend then guarded the animal until Easter and Kabel arrived, where they had to move it to a different location for the photograph. “I’ve got my freezer full and she has her freezer full,” Easter said, pausing to laugh. “It’s crazy. I never thought that I would be exploring this, but I’m completely immersed and fascinated. It’s a whole journey.” Down on the second floor is Andy Lyons, a photographer who works for advertising agencies as well as on his own projects. “I’m a commercial photographer by day, so I guess I work with the pretty during the day and I do the gritty on

my own,” Lyons said. “I like to travel the back roads and find interesting bits of Americana that are just a little bit out of the ordinary.” He used to work on smalltown newspapers, which is how he stumbled upon photography. “I like to create moments with some of these assemblances,” he said. “It all started, I don’t know, as if I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘What’s it like to be a traveling salesman on the road during Christmas in the 40s?’” Some of his work is in black and white, which he took on a film camera, then scanned the negatives into the computer and edited on there. “I don’t do darkroom stuff anymore,” Lyons said. “I was not a good lab monkey.” Way down in the basement of Fitch is a pop-up gallery called “Subculture III” by Saul Schlegel and Angelo Rossi. “I do all the visual artwork and Angelo is the guy with the camera,” Schlegel said. “I’m an installation artist and performance, lately, but traditionally a visual artist.” They don’t have the studio as a permanent workspace, so they just rented it for the month. “We have been wanting to do a lot of things that are difficult

to show in a gallery,” Schlegel said. “So what you have to do is document the process of that work, and that’s where Angelo comes in.” The gallery was set up with the open house in mind so they could draw in a larger audience. They taped arrows onto the floor leading from the front door to their installation, which included four chairs set out inside of a projection of a car driving around. About 15 photographs taken by Rossi were also hung up and for sale of different performance art pieces that Schlegel had done in the past. The Fitch Building open house is the first Saturday of either November or December every year, and each time there will be new work possibly with new artists. Many artists in the city got their start at Fitch, before moving on to more traditional artistic occupations. For instance, companies like the furniture and art creators at Sticks Inc. started in a studio rented from Fitch. For artists like Schlegel and Rossi, they’re just looking for some recognition and a way to get their art out into the world.


Diverse holiday festivities bring students home to celebrate Savannah Prescott Staff Writer savannah.prescott@drake.edu @savageprescott

Across campus, holidays, traditions, foods and beliefs differ from one student to the next. While Christmas is one of the largest holidays celebrated by Christians, other religions largest holidays are celebrated differently and are not all celebrated close to the end of the year. Sophomore Hema Regasamay is from Malaysia, but is ethnically Indian and practices Hinduism. She describes herself as “a second-generation Malaysian.” She will celebrate Diwali, the largest celebration in the Hindu religion. It occurs in late October, each year varying by the cycle of the moon. Lasting five days, the holiday commemorates the Hindu New Year. In English, Diwali translates to “the festival of lights” and is

celebrated with gifts, food and new clothes. “In Malaysia, the younger generation usually gets gifts of money, but traditionally, it’s mostly lots of food,” Regasamay said. The celebratory traditions differ depending on the specific Hindu the region. “How you celebrate Diwali depends on your cultural roots,” Regasamay said. “The south Indian culture is very prominent in Malaysia. So where I’m from, it’s a tradition to fry a snack in your house. It’s usually something we do year-round but it’s more special when we do it during Diwali.” It’s also very important that a person has new clothes to start the Diwali celebration. “It’s just a thing you do,” Regasamay said. “A lot of families go to temple dressed in their new traditional clothing on the day of and that’s when the celebration starts. Then it’s five days of food

and celebrating.” The Jewish religion also has a season of celebration called the “High Holidays.” The “High Holidays” begin in the fall—the largest being Rosh Hashanah— and continue through the end of the year.

“In Malaysia, the younger generation usually gets gifts of money, but traditionally, it’s mostly lots of food.” Hema Regasamay Many Jewish people travel to Israel to celebrate the “High Holidays” and several students from Drake will be making the trip this year. Lily Feiger, Rebecca Perl and Sarah-Rose Ballard will be traveling to Israel this year. “I spent last Hanukkah in Israel and I’m going back this year,” Perl said. “Seriously, it’s

the best. People just invite you into their homes. There’s parties and food everywhere. Everything is so beautiful.” The staple food for Hanukkah is doughnuts. “The tradition is to eat fried foods on Hanukkah,” Feiger said. “The significance of frying food is because, in Israel, when the temple was destroyed, they needed to rebuild it. All they found was enough oil to last one day and it lasted for eight days. So we use oil to fry the foods we eat and it’s also why we celebrate Hanukkah.” A traditional game played during Hanukkah is “dreidel.” People spin it in hopes of winning prizes like chocolate or money. “We do gifts in my family, but whether you do or don’t depends on your family’s traditions,” Ballard said. “We always eat Chinese food and go see a movie on Christmas Eve. A lot of Jewish people do that.” On Christmas Eve, Leah

Bishop will attend a Catholic church service with her family. “It’s really common for Catholics to go to midnight mass but everyone does it differently,” Bishop said. “One thing that’s different for our service is that the baby Jesus isn’t in the manger yet because he wasn’t born until Christmas Day, so the manger is empty during our service. We sing specific songs and talk about the story of Mary, Joseph, and the wise men.” Like many other cultures, Bishop shares a meal with her family to celebrate the occasion. “On Christmas Eve, my family always gets together after church and we have soup for dinner and talk about Christmas Day.” Holidays are done differently across the globe and, on an even smaller scale, here on campus. The common denominator across all of these religious traditions, particularly those that include sharing meals and celebrating as one with friends and family.

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Humans of Drake Student turns honors thesis into play The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Eden Kreighbaum • Sophomore Accounting and Finance

Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

A college senior thesis is typically thought to be an extended project about some dull topic that’ll end up gathering dust on a library shelf someday. But Drake senior Ethan Turner is anything but typical. When tasked with the honors thesis, a requisite that must be fulfilled to graduate with honors at Drake, Turner wanted to tackle a question he’s been wrestling with for the better part of eight years: “What is chivalry?” In doing so, he decided to write an original play, “A Dead Man’s Ballad,” that would continue the search for the answer Turner has found so elusive. “‘A Dead Man’s Ballad’ is a representation, in a very comedical (sic), satirical kind of matter, of what that kind of person would look like in modern times,” Turner said. “… I wanted to write a little bit of a Greek-style play where it’s more about ‘What is the purpose?’ and not about entertainment as much.” Even if the central topic is present significant — relating to what makes “the modern gentleman,” as Turner calls it—

the language used throughout the one-act play isn’t quite as palatable. Written in rhyming verse, “A Dead Man’s Ballad” doesn’t immediately sound like it was meant for a 21st century audience. “It’s very heavy. It’s very, very heavy,” Turner said. “… (The characters) go from talking in this archaic form … (and then) break into entertaining moments where it’s comical, it’s funny.” As part of the honors thesis final presentation, a cast of Drake Theatre People (DTP) will perform “A Dead Man’s Ballad” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Turner Jazz Center. Sophomore musical theatre major Amy Swanson is directing the production. The script was finished in October, but rehearsals started less than two weeks ago. Turner and Swanson said that the six actors involved — five firstyears and one sophomore — have succeeded in balancing the new ideas with the olden, heightened language in their early rehearsals. Even though the play deals with complex topics in an even more complicated dialect, they feel an audience should still be able understand it without too much trouble. “People should come in as if it’s a modern Shakespeare

(production) defining a modern issue,” Swanson said. “… Everyone tries to modernize (Shakespeare) to make it more relatable.” Although the play is ready to be performed, Turner said that it is still incomplete. Turner’s initial plan was for “A Dead Man’s Ballad” to be sung, but trying to learn how to play and compose music within the time frame of a semester proved to be too much. He called the attempt “a catastrophe,” although one of his advisors, professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse, commended him for it. “I love the ambition of this,” Spaulding-Kruse said. “It’s going to end up being imperfect by Ethan’s own definition because of what he had hoped this to be and for the standards. But I absolutely love the fact that he threw that stone out as far as he could, to go after something that was beyond him … That’s the essence of Ethan’s approach to learning.” This Saturday is the only planned performance, but “A Dead Man’s Ballad” may be performed again on campus at the DTP Theatre Festival next semester. Turner hopes it will be preformed professionally someday.


Student’s soul-searching brings “I Am That Girl” chapter to campus Haley Hodges Staff Writer hayley.hodges@drake.edu

Although Eden Kreighbaum did not start her first year at Drake University, she has jumped into the campus’ climate her sophomore year to start a branch of the “I Am That Girl” organization for Drake’s campus. Kreighbaum applied to schools two years ago with plans to major in electrical engineering and originally chose Colorado School of Mines, a small engineering and applied science school in Golden, Colorado. After only a couple of short months at Mines, Kreighbaum said she quickly knew it was no longer a good fit for her. “I just basically didn’t like anything about the school at all,” Kreighbaum said. “I really like math but found out I didn’t like science as much to justify being an engineer and I wasn’t a super big fan of just doing an applied mathematics degree because I didn’t want to go into teaching math. So I just started looking at schools that were basically the opposite of Mines except the size.” That search brought Kreighbaum to Drake University, where she started in the spring semester of 2016, where she is now studying as an accounting and finance joint major. Once she felt settled at Drake and was more content with her field of study, Kreighbaum wanted to start an “I Am That Girl” chapter at Drake. Kreighbaum said “I Am That Girl” is a national nonprofit group with a book of the same name published by one of the organization’s co-founders. “I first found out about it

this past summer because I felt like, freshman year, I didn’t get to experience a lot of that soul searching that a lot of people do because I was either focused on transferring first semester or second semester focused on making sure I make friends and get grounded here,” Kreighbaum said. “So over the summer, I really wanted to read self-help books and start journaling and that sort of thing. I read the book ‘I Am That Girl,’ which one of the co-founders wrote, and at the end of the book they had instructions if you want to start a chapter and I thought it’d be a good idea to bring to Drake.” Kreighbaum said much of her summer became dedicated to making up for the time she felt she had lost and, once she found “I Am That Girl,” figuring out how to start it at Drake. “I did an online application, then I had a Skype interview with one of the executive directors of programming and chapters. I got approved and then started training,” Kreighbaum said. “It wasn’t super extensive, but it was a good chunk of my time in July, learning about all of the different curriculum and resources. A lot of it is focused on how to be a good leader because you speak first to open the floor and make people feel like they can speak but after that it’s more about being there to listen and make sure everyone’s respected.” With “I Am That Girl” now established on campus, Kreighbaum has spent part of her first full year at Drake working on goals for the club, having recently finished a fundraiser and now looking ahead and planning more for second semester.






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Giacolleti chooses to step down JUMP FROM, page 1 “(The lack of success) was progressively taking more and more of a toll on (Giacoletti),” Rutter added in a later interview. Not only the consistent losing records, but several roster changes have set Drake Men’s Basketball back. Most recently, 7-footer Dominick Olejniczak transferred to Ole Miss after his freshman season as a Bulldog, a player Giacoletti once called “the future.” Giacoletti stressed that he felt he wasn’t the right person to continue leading the team. The surprise Giacoletti’s resignation came as a surprise to his team and the rest of Drake Athletics. “It’s time for a new voice,” Giacoletti said during the press conference. Giacoletti told Hatfield Clubb about his decision earlier this week. The decision came following the game against Fresno State that the Bulldogs were able to tie up after a 20-point deficit, but ultimately lost in overtime. Several staff members attended the press conference. One of them was Drake Volleyball head coach Darrin McBroom who was hired at Drake the same week that Giacoletti. He heard about the press conference from a release sent out a little over an hour before it was set to begin. He said that he didn’t know the context other than that it was related to the men’s basketball team. “We knew it had been a rough season and a rough start

(for Drake Men’s Basketball),” McBroom said. “… Ray has been a phenomenal colleague here and I have a lot of respect for Ray and it’s been great to work with him … Ray is a quality, class act, and he will be missed.” The future Rutter has been coaching for more than 30 years, 27 of them at the college level. He was a head coach for seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1996-2003. He was an assistant coach at Iowa State University before he came to Drake. In his seven seasons at ISU, the Cyclones made it to the NCAA Tournament twice. Stepping into the new role Rutter says he plans to stick with the structure Giacoletti has built. “There isn’t a wholesale change, some magic formula,” Rutter said. “… (We’re) just trying to get over the hump.” For the moment, Giacoletti said that he has no future plans in regards to what he’ll do next. “I need a little time to decompress,” he said. As of 2014, Giacoletti had the highest salary among all Drake employees behind only President Emeritus David Maxwell, according to the university’s annual tax form. The team will return to practice on Dec. 7, Rutter said. Rutter’s first game as a head coach of a division-I program is scheduled for this Saturday. Drake will host Jackson State on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Fischer’s successful season

Senior Reed Fischer raced in the 2016 NCAA National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 19 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He took 50th place with a time of 30:33.39. The top 40 athletes earned AllAmerican status. The time of the 40th place finisher was 30:27.7, which means Fischer was only four seconds out of earning AllAmerican status. I met with wFischer to discuss his race and to reflect on his season now that it is over. As a senior, the NCAA National Meet was Fischer’s last collegiate level cross country race. How did you feel going into your race, and how do you feel about it now? I felt pretty good going in. My legs were feeling the best they’d felt all season, and I felt confident that I had a good shot at being in that top 40, where I was trying to finish. Coach Dan Hostager, Coach Jacob Kaemmer and I all agreed the race was going to go out pretty slow, so I was planning on being pretty far back early on and then moving up. I was in 120th place at 3k, and unfortunately the big move in the front was made at that time. I was out of touch with that and by the time I realized it, the front group had already broken away. Around 5k really started focusing on moving up, and I passed probably 60 guys between 5k and 8k. I knew I had a shot at getting in the top 40 by just gutting it out as best I could the rest of the race. I was moving up until the finish and just ran out of real estate. I executed my race plan exactly how I wanted too, just a few too many places back to be in the top 40. I feel very neutral about the race now. It’s not something I regret but also is not something I am extremely proud of. I am disappointed with it, and I would have loved to be in the top 40, but it was still a good race for me and I realize that there isn’t much I could have done better. You can’t point to one thing and say that’s

JUMP FROM, page 1 In his statement, Kerr also claimed that Drake Athletics asked if he would be willing to train his replacement for a fourto-five week period. He refused this request. Legal Case Kerr sought legal counsel after his termination and, with his attorneys, Roxanne Conlin and Jerry Crawford, filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. “This is illegal. It is illegal to terminate someone because they have a medical condition,” Conlin said in a press conference on Nov. 22. “Our own former senator Tom Harkin was the guiding force to change the law on the federal level and also on the state level.” After initially declining to comment per personnel policy, Drake issued a statement to several news outlets including The Times-Delphic. The statement asserted that Kerr was negligent to report the incident until a female colleague, who witnessed the incident, insisted that he report it. It also asserts that Kerr had not requested any special accommodation prior to the incident and he had kept the

why I didn’t get it. It just wasn’t my day. How did coaches Dan Hostager and Jacob Kaemmer play a role in your successful season? They were huge. When I showed up at Drake as a freshman, I was a guy who barley qualified for the state meets my senior year of high school, and my PR’s were much slower than my other freshmen classmates at Drake. Coach Hos was very patient with me and we both had a good understanding that if I put in the work for four years it would pay off. Coach Hos and Coach Jacob are a really good duo. Coach Hos is very smart and keeps people on track through planning their training and developing athletes over time. Coach Jacob is the guy yelling splits and screaming at you in practice to make sure you follow the training plan, and is also really smart and helps write our training plans with Coach Hos. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them, and I am very thankful. How do you feel now entering your final Indoor and Outdoor Track seasons? I feel excited and hungry. I have a list of things I want to get done as an athlete and in life, which is daunting but exciting. Some of the goals are to get four school records and to qualify for nationals. Right now, I’m just getting back into things after taking a short break postnationals. I’ve been able to run with my entire team the past week, which has been great. I think the team is very motivated and we are more coached for success than we have been in the past. There seems to be a new attitude, and there are a lot of things to be hopeful and excited about. There is also a very real sense for me of closing a chapter of something. I am looking forward to enjoying every last race I run with my teammates.

university in the dark about his diagnoses. “Hatfield Clubb consulted with human resources, university counsel, and university leadership before taking action in this case,” the statement said. “She gave full consideration to Mr. Kerr’s many years of service and felt the weight of the respect and concern that she personally feels for Mr. Kerr.” Hatfield Clubb said in an email that she wanted “to emphasize that decisions made within Drake Athletics are centered upon Drake’s unwavering commitment to our student athletes’ health, safety, and well-being.” Kerr’s attorneys disagreed with Drake’s statement. They responded with a follow-up statement of their own, saying that virtually no consideration was given, as Kerr was asked to leave the university within 15 minutes of reporting the incident. Kerr’s attorneys also said he was terminated before he could consult with his doctors. Petition Kerr’s son, Bryan Kerr, started a petition on Change.org in the hopes of getting his father reinstated. The petition, which set its goal at 2,500 signatures, has reached over 1,500 signatures

thus far. Among those signatures are the names of dozens of present and former Drake athletes. Aimee DeVos, the head softball coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Drake alumna who graduated in 1993 after winning a Missouri Valley Conference Championship with Bulldogs Softball, remembers Kerr fondly. “Here is a man who had been an incredible trainer, obviously had given his career to Drake University, and serving in a very difficult job as is,” DeVos said. “Particularly, you don’t see someone stay at a university for that long of a time, especially in the athletics department. So, I was hoping maybe there was more that could be done or more that could be heard on Scott’s behalf.” DeVos expounded more on what she thought about the case and why she signed the petition. “I read the article on the petition’s website and, I think when I read that at first, it seemed a little bit unfair,” DeVos said. “I didn’t quite understand the details. I know well enough that there’s more than one side to a story.”


Drake athletes give back to CLS Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan


Bailee Cofer Staff Columnist bailee.cofer@drake.edu

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As difficult as it may seem, it is still possible to combine what you love with a potential career. Over the past two semesters, Drake fifth-year senior and Men’s Soccer starting goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod has committed 10 hours of weekly volunteer work at Courage League Sports (CLS), an “adaptive sports and recreational sports facility.” Based in Urbandale, the non-profit serves 1,000 people monthly. It organizes and hosts athletic games and competitions for kids and adults with any form of disability—physical, cognitive or emotional. The activities are oftentimes adapted so that as many people can participate as possible, such as using joystickcontrolled wheelchairs for soccer and basketball or bringing in specialists to teach swimming, biking and even horseback riding in an accessible way. MacLeod focused mainly on working with kids. He said that school systems oftentimes aren’t good at making sure kids with special needs develop at the

same speed as their non-disabled peers. His work with CLS helps close that gap. “(Courage League) allows (participants) to develop with other individuals who may develop at the same pace,” MacLeod said, “so they can learn functional (skills) and then also have that social skill.” Much of MacLeod’s role as a volunteer is being a coach and mentor to those he works with. “(Volunteers) come in and act as teammates with our participants and help us out through our programming. But more importantly, they really foster that social piece of just talking with them and social interaction,” Courage League Founder and Executive Director Melissa Clarke-Wharff said, “and Darrin really embodies all of that. He’s done a great job for us, being here, taking the initiative and getting to know all of our participants.” Several times throughout the Men’s Soccer season, kids from Courage League attended Drake home games at the Cownie Soccer Complex where they were able to take the field during halftime or after games to take shots on goal, a change from the indoor gym at CLS’s headquarters.

MacLeod isn’t the only athlete to get directly involved, however. Just about every player on Men’s Soccer, as well as Women’s Basketball and Softball, has devoted at least a handful of hours to CLS. “I just think that we have a responsibility to have a broader influence and those guys, they do that,” Men’s Soccer head coach Gareth Smith said. “That’s part of what we’ve been doing these last 12 months, building these community relationships … To be honest, that’s more important than soccer.” And even if the Bulldog volunteers are Division-I level athletes, they still sometimes struggle to keep up. “We’ve also played wheelchair basketball … and we’ve got guys on our team that are athletes and, after three or four minutes, we’re absolutely exhausted,” MacLeod said, “and there’s individuals there who are competing for the Special Olympics and things like that make us look absolutely foolish. It’s a cool experience to try something new and makes you appreciate (what you have and) put those things into perspective.”

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Dec. 07, 2016


JUNIOR GUARD (top) Reed Timmer attempts to keep the ball in play against Fresno’s defense. Timmer had eight points in last Saturday’s game and has averaged 15.3 this season. (Bottom) Junior Guard De’Antae McMurray attempts a layup while in traffic. McMurray tied the game up twice for the Bulldogs against Fresno State. PHOTO BY MOHAMAD SUHAIMI | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Fresno State defeats Drake, handing them their seventh loss Matthew Gogerty Sports Editor matthew.gogerty@drake.edu @matt_gogo

The Bulldogs returned home on Saturday Dec. 3, after four straight games on the road three of which were in Alaska. Drake took on Fresno State at the Knapp Center and fell in overtime for their fifth straight loss. After four losses on the road, the Bulldogs were looking to find solace at home, where they had their last, and only win of the season, against Simpson on Nov. 19. But, Drake, who also happens to share the Bulldog namesake with Fresno State, was unable to overcome good 3-point shooting and post defense that Fresno State brought with them. Fresno State wasted little time in getting to work from behind the arc: draining eight overall, with seven falling in the first half. Fresno shot 40 percent from the 3-point line to Drake’s 29.6 percent for the total game. The story of Saturday’s game was defense. It was obvious Fresno State was willing to use size to their advantage. Fresno State placed 6-foot-5 Jaron Hopkins in position to guard Drake’s scoring leader, Reed Timmer who is 6-foot1, reducing his effectiveness in making shots. Timmer scored eight points in Saturday’s game, which is well below his average of 15.3 points per game. In the first half, Drake was forced to take shots from the paint and behind the 3-point line,

because attempting shots in the post, left them with little to no chance. Fresno State had eight blocks, almost all coming from Drake’s layup attempts. The saving grace in the first half for Drake was good shooting from Billy Wampler and T.J. Thomas, who combined, made 19 of Drake’s 29 points in the first half. Wampler went 2-3 from 3-point land and Thomas 5-6 overall for field goal attempts. Thomas was also the only one to pile through heavy Fresno defense to convert on layups in the post. “I made my first three in Alaska in a while, and that gave me some confidence,” Wampler said. “But, it’s just kind of like once I make a good play on the defensive end that’s kind of been pushing me to play harder offensively as well.” The first half ended in a 41-29 Fresno lead. Fresno’s lead would stretch to as far as 20 in the second half, with just over 10 minutes left of play. But, a 10-1 Drake run helped narrow the deficit and bring Drake within striking distance. De’Ante McMurray made a layup in the paint that brought Drake within three, fouled on the way up, he got a chance from the free-throw line, which he was also able to convert on. Bringing them within two, 67-69, with less than two minutes of play. McMurray would get an opportunity from the free throw line once again and convert on both of his opportunities, which tied the score 69-69. Fresno turned the ball over and gave Drake a virtually perfect

set up, with 31 seconds left of play and a full 30 second shot clock. McMurray brought the ball up and effectively waited out the clock. But, as he ran into the paint to try and get Drake their winning points, he was met by heavy Fresno defense. The game went into overtime tied 69-69. Wampler opened up overtime with a 3-pointer that gave Drake the lead. Fresno State was able tie it up by a free throw and a dunk, and then another dunk gave them the lead at 76-74. Drake would tie it up once more by way of McMurray, who converted on a layup. Fresno State got the final points in the last five seconds, which solidified their win at 7876. This is the Bulldogs second loss in a row that was within two. Their last game against DePaul ended in a similar fashion. “We just need to step it up in practice and trust each other as team,” McMurray said. “We’re just one step away from where we need to be as a team.” Drake will play Jackson state on Dec. 10 at the Knapp Center at 2 p.m.

Catch their game DEC. 10 against Jackson State 2 p.m. Knapp Center


Drake struggles to meet preseason expectations Joseph Miller Staff Writer joseph.w.miller@drake.edu @josephmiller3

The Drake women’s basketball team is well under way with its 2016 campaign, most recently picking up wins against Northern Illinois and Wyoming while losing to Creighton, Iowa State, and Green Bay. This stretch puts the Bulldogs at 3-3 heading into the rest of their season. Drake hit the road against longtime rival Creighton, losing a back-and-forth affair 80-77. The game featured 14 lead changes along with seven ties and came down to the final minutes. The Bluejays led by five heading into the final quarter, but Drake came out firing and an 8-0 run gave the Bulldogs a two-point advantage with only three minutes to play. Despite having the hot hand early, Drake was kept scoreless for the remainder of the game and ultimately fell by just three

points. The Bulldog scoring effort was led by Senior Caitlin Ingle, who contributed 20 points, and Senior Lizzy Wendell who added 19 more. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt turned in an all-around performance, posting a careerhigh 16 points, four steals and five rebounds. Drake looked to bounce-back against another non-conference opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones. The Bulldogs led by five through three quarters, but fell apart late in the game and ISU eventually took the game 75-67. Drake was held scoreless in the final two minutes for the second game in a row, which once again proved to be their downfall. In addition to going cold down the stretch, the Bulldogs made a number of mental mistakes including 13 turnovers and 24 fouls. A number of Bulldogs turned in solid overall performances. Lizzy Wendell led DU in points with 20, adding six rebounds

and two steals. Sammie Bachrodt gave another well-rounded performance as well, scoring 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sophomore Sarah Rhine added nine points and 13 rebounds. Despite the loss, it was a special night for Senior Caitlin Ingle whose 16 points pushed her past the 1,000 career point threshold. Returning from the road-trip, Drake squared off against the Wyoming Cowgirls. Drake once again had a solid handle on the game up until the fourth quarter. Drake led 47-39 heading into the final frame, but an early 10-3 run from Wyoming made it a one point game with only six minutes to play. Destined to make sure history did not repeat itself, the Bulldogs charged ahead and went on a 13-1 run in the final minutes to secure the win, 63-50. Wendell once again led the Bulldog offensive attack with 18, followed by Sammie Bachrodt who added 11. Wendell also

dished out five assists, followed again by Bachrodt with three. Drake’s biggest gain came from capitalizing on Wyoming’s mistakes, as they totaled 28 points off Cowgirl turnovers, including six from the fast break. The Bulldogs were back in action at the Knapp Center for their next game, taking on the Northern Illinois Huskies. In an offense-powered game, the two teams combined for 181 points. Drake had the shooting touch, converting on 50.7 percent of their 73 field goals. Despite trailing early in the first quarter, Drake regained the lead with seven minutes left in the first and held onto it for the rest of the game, eventually finishing the Huskies off 95-86. Wendell shined once again for the Drake offense, dropping 30 points and grabbing six boards in the process. Three other Bulldogs scored in the double digits, Sara Rhine had 19, freshman Becca Hinter had 16 in her debut, and Caitlin Ingle added 13. In addition

to her scoring success, Hinter pulled in seven rebounds. Ingle added 11 assists as well, giving her a double-double. Drake finished off the latest stretch with an away game against Horizon League power house Green Bay. The Phoenix jumped out early, taking a 20-9 lead after just a quarter, and eventually pushing their lead to 14 at the end of the first half. Shooting troubles plagued the Drake offense, as they shot an abysmal 31 percent from the floor. In addition to cold shooting, Drake turned the ball over 21 times on their way to a 7148 defeat. Wendell and Bachrodt were tied atop the scoring leaders with 12 apiece. Bachrodt also led Drake in rebounds with seven. Senior Caitlin Ingle hit another milestone, as her five assists were enough to propel her to second all-time at Drake with 579. Drake looks to get back on the winning track Dec. 6 against Nebraska in Lincoln.

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