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THE TIMES-DELPHIC HUNDREDS of people gathered outside the Iowa State Capitol last Thursday. People voiced concerns on the travel ban and the proposed wall on the border. PHOTO BY HALEY HODGES | FEATURES WRITER



Students call elected officials in opposition to Trump’s executive order, Cabinet nominees

Burglaries evoke response from public safety

Abby Kitto Contributing Writer abigail.kitto@drake.edu @abbykitto Protests and demonstrations have erupted across the U.S. after President Dondald Trump was elected. In Des Moines, there have been several activist movements since the election. There was a Women’s March on Jan. 21 that began at the Iowa State Capitol and drew over 6,000 people. Feb. 2, there was protest of the executive order on travel also referred to as the “Muslim ban” downtown. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Drake students made dozens of phone calls to public officials to voice discontent over Trump’s executive orders and the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos

was confirmed by the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence this Tuesday. Kenia Calderon organized the phone-a-thon through UNITY Roundtable. Calderon is very passionate about standing up for the rights of everyone in America. “(My goal was to encourage students to) call their elected officials and let them know that we oppose what our new president is doing,” Calderon said. “As our elected officials, they need to represent us and not their special interests.” In particular, they focused on the “Muslim ban” due to the direct impact it may have on Drake students. Calderon hopes to continue this activism weekly, hosting similar events on Tuesdays in the Olmsted breezeway to oppose government actions she feels negatively impact the country.

Calderon hopes to include many topics in these events. To her, the most vital topics are forced mass deportations, the possible building of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and plannedparenthood defunding.

“As our elected officials, they need to represent us and not their special interests.” Kenia Calderon Equity and Inclusion Senator Supporters of Calderon’s cause have similar goals. Junior Kevin Kane came out to help during the phone-a-thon. He was bothered by many of Trump’s early actions as president. “(I have) taken the most

issue with the executive order regarding the 90-day ban on travel from seven countries, and the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees,” Kane said. Kane explained that he comes from an area in Detroit that has the largest Muslim population in the United States. “I find it very offensive that we would be stopping people who are just trying to come here and live their lives peacefully, escaping to the U.S. to flee violence present in some of their home countries,” Kane said. “I just think that it goes against almost every principle that America was founded on.” Calderon says campus is coming together to fight injustice. “The Drake community is standing together in solidarity during a time of extreme change in our country and will continue to do so,” Calderon said.


President’s travel ban prompts university response Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty Drake University hosted 232 international students during the fall semester, according to Drake International Center. A similar number are on campus this semester, and some are directly influenced by what is known as the immigration ban. The ban was enacted by President Donald Trump, although is has been recently suspended. Other students and faculty indirectly affected agree that the ban was a harmful political move made by the Trump Administration. Trump’s executive order, officially entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” halted immigration from seven Middle Eastern nations for 90 days after Jan. 27, the day it was signed. This same order banned the acceptance of all refugees for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely. Its suspension began Feb. 4 and is still in effect. The abrupt implementation of the order incited the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, forcing international Drake scholars, both home and abroad, to re-apply for return

visas. “We have many students that are not from this country,” said Kollin Crompton, strategic political communications and public relations major and selfidentified Republican. “That affects all of us as students because those are the people that we go to school with. Those are our friends. Those are people we see each and every day. It bothers me a lot that some students are having to worry about, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to go back home,’ or ‘If I do go home, I’m not going to be able to come back.’ I think that’s very sad, and that shouldn’t even be a thought that crosses their mind.” The progressions in the welfare of international students prompted a public statement from President Marty Martin, reiterating that Drake will be “a place of refuge or safety — our chosen definition of sanctuary-for all of our students, faculty, and staff.” Administration in recent weeks has compiled multiple resources and developed several strategies for traveling scholars who are experiencing uncertainty. “I have deep concerns about both the humanitarian and security implications of this executive order,” said Debra Delaet, professor of political science. “This policy will prevent the entry of people who have

already gone through extensive, thorough screening processes.” Members of the Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) on campus strongly objected to the immigration ban. “MEPPA condemns President Trump’s immigration ban and recognize that more immigrants make the U.S. better,” said the group’s president, Elena Hildebrandt. “Moreover, MEPPA recognizes the blatant discrimination against the Muslim population, which will

only create more issues in the Middle East and more extremism around the world.” A self-proclaimed Democrat, Hildebrandt said that the policy, if upheld, will only increase extremism in the world instead of deterring it. Crompton agrees. “The ban itself is really ineffective in solving terrorism because terrorism is an ideology,” Crompton said.


PROTESTERS at the Iowa Capitol displayed dismay with Trump’s executive orders from his first weeks in office. PHOTO BY KATHERINE BAUER | NEWS EDITOR

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In the past month, 10 burglaries occurred within a half a mile of Drake’s campus, according to Des Moines Police Department statistics. Three of them involved Drake owned properties, according to Director of Campus Public Safety Scott Law. Law decided to release a “campus announcement’” in the OnCampus newsletter on Jan. 30. The announcement made students aware of the pattern of burglaries occurring in the neighborhood. “We saw three of the reports come over J-Term over a couple of days right before school opened. We said, ‘Oh we got a pattern here,’” Law said. “(We were) thankful we didn’t see a direct threat to any individuals. They were all going into unoccupied locations.” After the string of burglaries, Law consulted with President Marty Martin and Chief Administrative Officer Vanessa Macro to decide whether or not to alert the campus community. “We still thought it was important that we make our community aware of it. We were exceeding what the law says we had to do,” Law said “... We all thought that it was better for us to err on the side of giving additional information than saying, ‘Well we weren’t required to do it.’” Under the Clery Act, which falls under Title IX, timely warnings are required when there is a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. Law did not feel there was “a direct threat to any individuals” after considering the fact that the crimes were happening to unoccupied locations but still felt the crimes called for an announcement. Junior Hannah Van Zee had her house broken into on Feb. 5, just days after the announcement. Someone came into the first floor of her house.


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Undocumented student shares importance of DACA Drake Rhone Staff Writer drake.rhone@drake.edu @drakerhone One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to revoke every executive order put in place by former President Barack Obama. This includes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which helps undocumented immigrants attend college. A number of Drake students are able to attend Drake because of this policy. Jose Garcia, a Drake student protected by DACA, said that while revoking DACA may complicate things, he is still committed to attending Drake. “If DACA gets revoked, my presence at Drake would not necessarily change because, for one, I’m not eligible for federal financial aid,” Garcia said. “Everything has been funded by myself and outside scholarships. I’d still be able to come here. I’d just have to be a lot more lowkey.” DACA allows anyone accepted by the program to have exemption status from deportation for two years and apply for a work permit and a temporary social security number. However, not having DACA

could make the financial side of attending college more difficult for several students who could lose their ability to work, apply for loans and save their money. “My credit score would be completely wiped out, bank accounts, all of that,” Garcia said. “Because of DACA, I’m able to work and have everything else that comes with it.” Without the ability to work while in college, students may have to rely on specific scholarships that were created for undocumented students. “Scholarships have always been an option,” Garcia said. “Both statewide and nationwide, there are scholarships specific to undocumented students such as myself who are prevented from the big ones such as QuestBridge, the Coca-Cola scholarship and so on.” The revocation of DACA may cause as many financial complications for the government as it does the DACA applicants, according to Garcia. “To give you some perspective, every one DACA application filed to the Department of Homeland Security is $500,” he said. “That’s $500 multiplied by the 750,000 students and people who apply and have received DACA status. That’s a lot of money that they would lose. On top of that, all

of the taxes we pay to the IRS, especially now with tax season, all of the taxes that are taken out of our paychecks.” However, he also said that economics is not the only reason the action should not be revoked. “Socially, it would create a lot more tension,” Garcia said. “Just Trump being in office incites anger and passion from the people, legal status or not, to make a change. With removing DACA and, on top of that, the ban on seven middle eastern countries, it makes it worse as far as a social connection with those people.” Garcia said that there are organizations, such as Inspired Dreamers in his hometown of Denver, that are working to oppose and work around the movements to revoke the order. Locally, Iowa Dreamers focus on grassroots organization type work. The group works with undocumented students and parents to give them legal aid and steps to take if DACA is revoked. “Regardless of whether or not DACA gets revoked, it won’t change us being here,” Garcia said. “We’re still going to go to school, we’re still going to thrive for our families and for ourselves. We’re making that statement that we won’t stand for that bigotry.”

Immigration ban can lead to more terrorism, students say CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Terrorism isn’t something that comes from a certain country,” Crompton continued. “It’s not like a product that is only grown in certain areas. It’s an ideology. It’s a mindset.” The immigration ban, while a new idea to 21st Century Americans, is not unprecedented. Chinese immigrants in the 1880s experienced targeted immigration policies. The Immigration Act of 1924 provided visas to only two percent of the population of each country, while limiting visa access to certain areas of Southern and Eastern Europe and completely cutting off access to individuals from Asia.

“Iran has already indicated that it will adopt reciprocal measures in response to the immigration restrictions placed on its nationals.” Debra DeLaet professor of political science “Notably, these restrictions were passed by Congress during periods in which nativist fears and a desire to protect a racial status quo played a prevailing role in immigration policy debates,” DeLaet said. Organizations similar to MEPPA at Drake University seek to absolve these fears and by extent relinquish the desire for restrictive political measures.

“While many MEPPA members have acted as activists in a variety of ways, the group’s main goal continues to educate the community around us and advocate for human rights in both the Middle East and Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees,” Hildebrandt said. A poll of 1,201 people conducted by Reuters found that roughly 31 percent of Americans feel the immigration ban will make them “more safe.” In contrast, 26 percent said they feel “less safe” as a result of the ban’s imposition. “Iran has already indicated that it will adopt reciprocal measures in response to the immigration restrictions placed on its nationals,” DeLaet said. “I would expect other countries listed in the executive order to follow suit. As a result, the foreign policy implications of this executive order will create barriers to cooperation and diplomacy in an already-destabilized region.” President Martin said in his campus-wide email that the best antidote to hostility is to affirm our collective values, extend kindness and be welcoming and inclusive. “Immigrants built this country, and we are stronger together,” Hildebrandt said. Other officials in the federal government seem to have similar ideas. The Department of Homeland Security suspended all actions pertaining to restricted access last Saturday. The Department of Justice will ultimately rule on the constitutionality of the ban.


Senators split, deny $500 in funding for advocacy concert Jake Bullington Digital Editor jacob.bullington@drake.edu @jakebullington Student senators deliberated whether or not to allocate $500 to the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMCC) at the governing body’s weekly meeting on Thursday. DMCC is holding an event at Lefty’s Live Music on Feb. 9 to advocate against a Des Moines city ordinance that requires music venue guests to be over age 21 after 9 p.m. DMCC requested that Senate provide the hundreds of dollars to subsidize the cost associated with holding the event. Senior Molly Brandt is an intern with DMCC and provided a written statement to senate as to why she thought they should fund the organization’s event. “Currently, most young music fans in Des Moines are prohibited from entering most music venues after 9 p.m.,” the statement read. “By preventing a large segment of music fans from participating in the local music scene, the current ordinance negatively impacts the culture of Des Moines and ultimately impacts our economy as a whole.” The funding motion reads that its goal is to “expose people who

are under 21 to local music acts” and to “support and cultivate Iowa’s music economy.” Many of the Senators’ questions went unanswered since Brandt was unable to attend the meeting due to a scheduling conflict. Many questions were posed. Senator Beth LeValley questioned if senate bylaws allow students’ money to fund what could be considered ‘political advocacy’ that not every student would necessarily agree with. Student Body Treasurer JD Stehwien said that the bylaws do allow for political advocacy events such as DMCC’s, so long as they are not annually funded. The senators had mixed opinions, including some senators voicing concerns about the limited advertising and low attendance expectations — the Facebook event had only 17 people marked as ‘going’ when the debate took place Thursday. “Personally, I don’t think it would be worth our time to fund an event for other people of the community to be going to, because we’re using Drake money and students’ money,” said Sen. Joe Herba. Other senators, like LeValley, thought it was worthy of the

dollar amount. “I might be the only one that believes this, but I really like this event,” LeValley said. “This ordinance has personally affected me, and it’s really annoying. I like that people are doing something about it and I like having a music venue to do that is a really great way to bring awareness to it. I think I’m in favor of this.” Sen. Ava Witthauer thought the $500 was too tall of a request considering the anticipated turnout. “I really don’t think that’s

fair, especially with other organizations we’ve turned down things for and questioned them immensely on (funding),” Witthauer said. “I guess it’s a good cause, but I don’t think it’s going to our students the way we want it to be.” The motion ultimately did not pass. Senators Anna Gleason, Elizabeth Fisher, Beth LeValley, Ben Morrett, AJ Treiber and Vice President of Student Activities Nick Jenderko all voted in favor of the funding. Nine senators and the Vice President of Student

Life, Kevin Kane, voted against the motion. There were four abstentions from three senators not present and Sen. Alex Maciejewski. Brandt said in a later interview that senate’s “argument is totally fair,” saying that she understood why the vote went that way. “I hope to get lots of Drake students involved (in the cause),” Brandt said, citing fighting this city ordinance will help engage young people in the Des Moines local music scene.

EXECUTIVE SENATE MEMBERS listen to discussion on a motion for the Des Moines Music Coalition. The group was requesting money for a concert event this Thursday at Lefty’s. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

Director of public safety says to take precautions to avoid break-ins CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Four of the owners were home. “Honestly, we figure it was a fluke on our part,” Van Zee said. Van Zee said her door was unlocked and the curtains were open. She also said there was a laptop sitting out, right in sight of the window. “We made it pretty easy, so a guy saw a chance and took it,” Van Zee said. The man who came into her home “bolted” when one of her house mates went to the first floor. Van Zee said the thief clearly

was not looking for confrontation. “I don’t feel unsafe in this neighborhood and I don’t think this instance should be taken as evidence that the east side of campus is dangerous or ‘sketchy,” Van Zee said. “As a person who’s had experience with pickpockets in big cities, if you make it easy anywhere, chances are that people will go for it.” Van Zee felt there are bigger issues to focus on beyond the crime surrounding Des Moines. “The bigger issue we should be focusing on is the wealth disparity between different areas of Des Moines,” Van Zee said.

Although both Law and Van Zee do not see a direct threat to students, Law believes there are a few steps students and Drake Public Safety can take to ensure a more safe campus. “Some of them are small like closing your blinds at night so people can’t see you have that nice, big color TV sitting in your house,” Law said. “Make sure you lock your doors in the evening when you are leaving.” One of Law’s major goals is to make students more aware of these events in the community. That is why they sent out the announcement on Jan. 30.

“Through communication, we are trying to make our campus community more aware of it, so they can take reasonable steps,” Law said. Public Safety also has increased their patrol radius to go beyond campus. “We have a pretty good idea where many of our students live, so we try and be a visible deterrent in those areas, especially in evening hours,” Law said. “We also have the Drake Safe Bus going to areas where students live. It gives us more eyes and ears and serves as a visible deterrent to people trying to enter premises.”

Law encourages students to call Public Safety or the Des Moines Police Department if they suspect someone has broken into their home. “They (Des Moines Police) really care,” Law said. “They don’t want this going on. But the only way they can stop this is for the community member to say ‘Hey I saw something odd’ or ‘I noticed a guy who looked out of place.’” Students can report suspicious activity to Public Safety by calling call 515-271-2222 or 811 for an emergency.

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Students take critical look at Trump’s first week in office Katherine Bauer News Editor katherine.bauer@drake.edu @bauerkatherine

Donald Trump has occupied the White House for close to a month. While his first acts as president have sparked controversy, Drake students from both sides of the aisle weighed in on his executive orders and where they think the country is moving. “Executive orders are his way of getting instant gratification here and now, and totally bypassing his party,” junior public relations and political science double major Brooke Miller said. “As a Republican, I’m very upset by it because that’s not how government works. It’s a very fine line between an abuse of power and just getting something done that needs to be done. With Trump, it is unnecessary because he has all of Congress aligned with him.” Trump has passed executive orders in order to fulfill his promises to supporters. These orders have attempted to roll back Obamacare, deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, build a border wall and cut off federal funding to non-governmental organizations overseas that perform abortions. Quick action seems to be making a good impression on those who supported his platform.

“As a Republican, I’m very upset by (Trump’s executive orders) because that’s not how government works. It’s a very fine line between an abuse of power and just getting something done that needs to be done.” Brooke Miller Junior Public Relations and Politics major “As somebody who voted for him, I’m definitely happy with the way he’s been moving,” senior Logan Kentner said. “However, we have to be careful of how he’s been getting things done because we were so critical of Obama all the way through.”

Even Republicans who did not vote for the president are recognizing his efforts to fulfill his goals. “He’s definitely keeping his promises,” said sophomore Ryan Skotzke, who voted for Ted Cruz. “A lot of people voted for Donald Trump. He’s pretty determined to get to work and start implementing his promises right away. I kind of have to respect him for sitting down and getting things done as quickly as possible.”

Obamacare Shortly after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the directors of other agencies to interpret Obamacare legislation as loosely as possible. “Getting things started with an executive order is definitely a good thing,” Kentner said. “It would make sense to get the ball rolling with that until you can get Congress to act.” This move sets the stage for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, one of Trump’s campaign promises “It doesn’t do anything right away but it kicks off the process,” strategic political communications and political science double major Clay Pasqual said. Pasqual spent time last year campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Two Republican senators introduced legislation late last month for an Obamacare alternative, which would give states more power in determining how to handle their residents’ healthcare. Democrats like Pasqual remain skeptical. “You have 20 million people insured through (Obamacare),” the junior said. “They’ve had more than six years to come up with a detailed legislative replacement to replace it with. Why aren’t you ready to go on day one to pass something?” Across the board, Drake students seem to agree that Obamacare cannot be simply repealed; it must be replaced in some way. Kentner said there are parts of Obamacare that republicans want to keep. “I don’t think there are hardcore conservatives who say

there aren’t any good things about Obamacare,” Kentner said. He said the components that allow children to say on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 and not being turned away for a pre-existing condition, there are good components of the act.

Illegal Immigration and the Wall Two controversial executive orders from the White House involved undocumented immigrants living in the United States as well as the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The first gave greater power to immigration officers to detain and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes since coming to the U.S., although the term “criminals” was loosely defined. “I feel like President Obama did nothing about illegal immigration,” Skotzke said. “It’s nice to see President Trump actually trying to do something about it.” Most think the deportation of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants remains an improbable venture. “I don’t think that there’s any possible way to round up every illegal immigrant who’s in the United States right now,” Kentner said. “I do think that if you’re a criminal, that is definitely terms for you to be deported.” Miller noted there is a fine line to walk when making a distinction between dangerous criminals and all undocumented immigrants. “The only way that it would be smart when put into play is if you look at their criminal charges,” Miller said. “There are a lot of things that systematically set up minority immigrants to be criminalized. Like marijuana usage or inner city crime. They’re just set up in a way to pigeon hole or scapegoat these groups. You have to take that into consideration. Our country would be better without criminals, regardless of their background.” Kentner added that he does not see President Trump attempting to deport otherwise law abiding, undocumented immigrants, a theme seen across the political spectrum. “The vast majority of undocumented immigrants are

not criminals,” Pasqual said. “We have 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. We need to have a path to citizenship so they can get right with the law, pay back the taxes they haven’t paid, but they can stay here.” The construction of a wall along the nation’s southern border was a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign. Some Republicans hope he will follow through. “I’ve kind of been a supporter of the wall,” Skotzke said. “Illegal immigration is a big problem.” Other Republicans see fundamental issues with building such a structure. “Most of those states by the border aren’t going to help build it,” said Miller, a native of California. “I can’t imagine one person in California saying, ‘I’m going to go build that wall.’ “There’s also the struggle of cutting through mountains, and rivers and endangered areas and housing. There’s going to be so much that hasn’t been thought through.”

“I don’t think that there’s any possible way to round up every illegal immigrant who’s in the United States right now.” Logan Kentner College Republicans An upside some are citing is the influx of jobs along the border to construct the wall. “You have rural Texas down along the border, not a very poppin’ area right now,” Kentner said. “So for them, definitely bringing in jobs. But then you have to pay those people. I’m not quite sure how I feel yet about how (Trump is) exactly going to do that.” Miller said that the jobs may be temporary relief for the unemployed in the border states, but it will not bring long-term benefits. “I don’t think it’s a constructive use of jobs because it’s not sustainable,” Miller said. “Once the wall is built, they’re gone.” Yet the power of the wall remains in question. Kentner said he does not think a wall would necessarily stop immigrants

from crossing without proper documentation.

The Mexico City policy A bill has been making its way through the Iowa legislature to end government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move many Republican lawmakers across the country are hoping to make. Trump ended federal aid to non-governmental organizations that perform abortions overseas, even though they provide other health care, like sex education and birth control. “I do like that direction,” Skotzke said. “I do understand there are certain places for abortion like rape, incest and safety of the mother. It’s really important to protect unborn children. Providing that incentive (to stop abortions) by cutting funding to those NGOs performing abortions, it’s a good start.” However, not all Republicans have the same perspective about the pro-life movement. “I am pro-choice,” Miller said. “I’m pro-choice because I am prolife, and I believe in giving my life the best shot I can and giving the life I bring into the world the best shot I can.” However, Miller believes the money originally given to international (non-governmental organizations) is better spent in the states. “I know it’s a foreign issue, and we should help,” Miller said. “But there are other things that taxpayer money should be going towards to help us out here first.” Miller said the money could go towards better sex education in school to help prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. The issues America is facing right now at times seem to be a black and white battle between Democrats and Republicans. Although there are ideological, overarching differences, neither side is fully unified. The Trump administration is evolving and changing everyday. Now, time will show how well the president’s actions appeal to those within his party and the American people.


Holiday spending causes slump for area restaurants, servers Lórien MacEnulty Staff Writer lorien.macenulty@drake.edu @lorienmacenulty

The fourth week of 2017 brings both well-rested students back to Drake University and fortified revenue for the sitdown restaurants that surround campus. But the dark, cold days

of January and stinginess of individuals who overspent on the holiday season have a significant financial impact on the servers of these eateries. In the state of Iowa, tipped employees receive $4.35 base pay per hour, as opposed to the standard minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for nontipped employees. As such, servers

maintain an income dependent on the tips from their customers. “In January, there definitely is a decrease in tips,” said Lauren Shun, a manager and waitress of six years at Drake Diner. “It’s a combination of tax season...and the fact that people have already spent a lot of money on the holidays, so they are coming back to their normal routine.”

RESTAURANT SERVERS experience a noticeable dip in tips when Drake students return from winter break. Restaurants also notice a loss of revenue in months following the holidays. PHOTO BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | STAFF WRITER

Drake Diner experiences a decline in sales from the end of December to the middle of February. Fewer tables to take care of gives employees time to catch up on chores often neglected during the busy holiday season. “Around the holidays, servers will actually get, especially from regulars which we have a lot here, some really big tips,” said Shun. “A week after Christmas, specifically, we get incredibly busy, and it’s all huge parties.” Then January hits and customers become more conservative with their savings, tipping less than 20 percent, the amount considered most appropriate for good service, according to Shun. “In my opinion, younger college students, say freshmen and sophomores, not so great (at tipping),” said Shun. “But then as you get into the older classes, juniors and seniors, they generally tip better because they’re starting to get into the general workforce. A lot of them will be working at coffee shops. They’ll be working as servers. They’ll be working even at Starbucks at the window

where getting a tip is really appreciated.” As the manager at Jethro’s Barbecue, Dani Dowie said she noticed the absence of students on business, rather than tipping. “Tipping isn’t really an impact,” said Dowie. “It’s just the kids being gone, we can definitely tell. But then, they’re back as of last Monday and it’s still slow.” In line with the lack of business, Jethro’s runs with less people on the floor, and most servers plan ahead for personal financial fluctuations with the Drake student schedule, according to management of the establishment. Additionally, at the beginning of December, Jethro’s removed their policy of automatic gratuity, a system for large parties that adds a default service tip to the bill. “We get some bigger groups in, and now that we don’t do automatic gratuity anymore, (tipping) gets a little iffy sometimes,” said Dowie. “But (the servers) are working with it. They are upping their service game.”

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Feb. 8, 2017


Online advocacy is on the rise, next step is to take action

Jessie Spangler

Opinions Editor jessica.spangler@drake.edu @jessiespangler3 I’m infamous for constantly scrolling through social media on my phone. Even if I’m not looking through a feed, I’m glancing at my lock screen to see if I’ve gotten any notifications since the last time I checked, which most likely was two minutes ago. Being connected to the outside world is ridiculously easy now.

You don’t even have to open your phone; you can get breaking news notifications right on your lock screen. Social media has had a big hand, especially recently, in informing people about political and social issues. Every time I go on Twitter or Facebook, someone is taking a stand on what they believe in, or sharing posts, pictures or videos of something that’s going on around the world. Using social media to promote social justice seems to be a rising trend. Whether it’s bringing awareness to a cause, sharing different perspectives or a rant on a Facebook post, people are trying to be heard. While social media is not always used for good and, a lot of the time, can be a toxic place, it has been a vital part in sparking protests around the globe. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat have all been tools in gaining supporters for movements, and they have

provided rallying cries to do more. Facebook invites and hashtags have also aided in widespread knowledge of protests. The internet has also been

Social media is a great tool for showing solidarity and offering up different perspectives, as long as it remains respectful from both sides. It can be used as a motivating source for activism and spreads awareness.

a major factor in letting people know if a protest is starting to turn violent, or letting other protestors know where violence is already occurring. This happened

especially with the Ferguson protests. Social media isn’t just necessary in informing people where and when to meet for a protest, but also for motivating those who might be interested in the movement as well. According to the Washington Post, social media can help trigger feelings of group identity and feelings of injustice, which can encourage people to join protests. Social media is a great tool for showing solidarity and offering up different perspectives, as long as it remains respectful from both sides. It can be used as a motivating source for activism and spreads awareness. Social media needs to be used more for promoting action and not a place where people just talk and make no moves to create a difference. For example, the Women’s March gained a huge following through social media, and there ended up being Women’s Marches

all over the globe. Social media had a positive influence and more support than opposition. In an NPR interview, Rashad Robinson says that our power from social media and online advocacy is the ability to take action. Many people prefer to post on social media instead of actually doing something to make a change. Generating change can be as easy as changing your attitude about a certain topic. The next step after posting on social media about how we need change is to get out and actually try to see what you can do to help.


Immigration ban spreads fear, lacks logic of similar previous bans

Chamindi Wijesinghe

Business Manager wachamindi.wijesinghe@drake.edu

From coast to coast, Iowa to New York, across seas, from London to Indonesia, people rallied against an executive order that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed on Friday, Jan. 27, barely a fortnight after been sworn into office. “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States;” that’s the title of the executive order that opened a floodgate of fear, anger, joy and acknowledgement, suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, blocking entry of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for 90 days, while indefinitely barring those from Syria. Let’s pause right there and work with a few facts before delving into opinions. Section 1 of the order that carries the weight of the latter states: “Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa application of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to

murder nearly 3,000 Americans” A quick research will identify the 19 hijackers involved in the terror of 9/11 – 15 from Saudi Arabia, two from United Arab Emirates, one from Lebanon and one from Egypt none of these countries are on the ban list. If we are to logically interpret the language of the order in Section 1, these nationalities also require that the “United States must be vigilant during the visaissuance process to ensure that those approved admissions do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.” Moreover, extensive research showed Drake student JD Stehwein that there has been “a total of zero American deaths from citizens of the banned countries since 1975 (and interestingly) no country with a Trump hotel, building, or office has been selected for this ban whilst three of the four countries whose citizens orchestrated the 9/11 attacks are current partners of the Trump organization.” Trump also stated that his “policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” Obama did delay processing Iraqi refugees at the time to what Business Insider reported was a response to discovering two men suspected of making bombs to target American troops in Iraq, living in Kentucky as refugees. His order was grounded in a specific threat, with a much narrower focus and not an actual ban. There has also been the spread of an ideology of “America first”, “Make America safe/great again,” and the general question of why the rest of the Middle East or the rich countries of the Gulf State cannot accept more refugees. That’s a fair inquiry. What’s not fair is when people cement

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these ideologies without prior education and knowledge. Mistakes were made in the past that escalated the situation in the Middle East. Mistakes that involved the United States. The Gulf States are rich but they are equally unstable and the potential for sectarian, ethnic, and political tension will only increase… and kill more. There is so much simmering beneath the surface of what a majority of us

“There will always be

fear when opening doors to refugees. It is true that accepting everyone could lead to potentially accepting a terrorist, but these are fragile people who have seen the worst that life has to offer. It’s a gamble that people have to take and have been taking. If Judas betrayed Jesus, and a whole country was swayed by Hitler, leading to what people nowadays declare as horrendous, a holocaust, who are we to know who is our true enemy? If it’s about immigration, the native Americans were greatly wronged too!”

claim to know. Now, let’s forget Trump for a while, because at the very depth of this, he is just the lead puppet dancing to the tunes of something far more powerful – the fear generated by ignorance. The whole world has become a global village. People in Asia are protesting! We are interconnected whether we like it or not and working together, being accepting is only going to make us better.

Yet, it is sadly understandable and in human nature to want to be better than the next person and preserve one’s power. It started the Cold War once and that truth is hard to accept. It’s even sadder when humanity takes a backseat to greed and fear (seriously, there is a reason people ask each other what they will do in a zombie apocalypse). What’s wrong with this ban is something that has been dressed in numerous camouflages: Islamophobia, fueled by propaganda. As such, while closing the doors to refugees, it opens the same doors to extremists. There are a majority of Muslims who are fighting against ISIS and we are stomping on them by handcuffing religious freedom. There will always be fear when opening doors to refugees. It is true that accepting everyone could lead to potentially accepting a terrorist, but these are fragile people who have seen the worst that life has to offer. It’s a gamble that people have to take and have been taking. If Judas betrayed Jesus, and a whole country was swayed by Hitler, leading to what people nowadays declare as horrendous, a holocaust, who are we to know who is our true enemy? If it’s about immigration, the native Americans were greatly wronged too! Those agreeing with the ban are not bad people. They never were. Good people watched while the Nazis gassed the Jews. Good people watched while extremists stomped on minorities. Good people watched because they were scared. Everyone is different and everyone chooses to believe in something different, but is there a way we could look at another human being and see a person? Is there a way we could differentiate

a person from a greedy extremist? The only way, so far, is a risky gamble. When lawyers sat down on the floor at JFK Airport to represent the silenced voices, or when Massachusetts and Washington states filed lawsuits in federal court challenging the ban, or even when US District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a nationwide “restraining order blocking the travel ban.” They might have been, in the eyes of some, putting the country further at risk, but before all of that, they were being human beings with a conscience. After all, had the roles being reversed, we would be at the other end of the spectrum. It is easy for most of us to turn a blind eye as we are not directly affected and we get to keep our privileges, but taking this gamble is truly anchoring just how connected we, as a human species, are today. Those who are able to gamble are the pirates in paradise. Pirates who conquered fear with knowledge and silenced the cries of fear and propaganda. Those in favour of the ban are brave but they can be braver. As humanity, even if we don’t want to help, we have a duty to understand and educate ourselves. How many of us crying are aware of the facts? Yet, in a world of 7 billion people, there is just so many that are brave to take a chance and gamble, only so many willing to be the pirates of paradise.

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Feb. 8, 2017


Times-Delphic editors split over La La Land

Anna Jensen Features Editor anna.jensen@drake.edu @annaxjensen

To keep you up to date on my life, I have currently seen the Golden Globe winning musical, “La La Land,” three times in theatre. It will be featured as the free movie Friday film on Feb. 17 and yes, I will be in the crowd. To put it simply, I am obsessed with this musical. I have always loved musicals, but this one just struck me in so many ways — I felt the anger, the passion, the humor, the beauty, the love, the grief, the understanding, the relation. The concept is simply a love story that was painted in an idyllic and romantic way. So oldfashioned, in fact, that many people didn’t believe it to be a love story, but a story of dreamers who cross paths. That is precisely why I enjoyed it so much. It was everything that modern day love no longer values and it makes us wish we could have it back. Movie critics say “La La Land” isn’t a love story. Mia and Sebastian are invested in their careers. When they are together they are watching movies (Mia’s profession) or listening, playing and dancing to jazz (Seb’s profession). So, it’s true that the movie is about achieving their dreams. But, we knew this, it was blissfully obvious. Here’s the kicker, they fell in love because they supported one another’s dreams. They were invested in each other because they shared a common interest: succeeding in L.A., being a ‘someone’ in a

land of ‘everyones.’ Each dream had to do with a stage, making a name for oneself and playing for others. Even though their means of performance were different, they were very alike. Common interests is a huge reason people find others attractive, or at least, it was. It was a love story that ended because the strain of their dreams pulled them apart when it was the very thing that brought them together. That’s some inception right there. Clever, clever man, Damien Chazelle. The movie got some heat from couch potato critics because Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — the relationship goals of chemistry — didn’t have voices to be leads in a musical. Do I agree? Yes. But, unlike the haters, I found a surreal beauty in the lack of an overpowering voice. It made the average joe like me (who can’t sing or dance) really relate to the film. It was cool to see a casting choice that let the main character’s acting speak louder than their voices. It was revolutionary — now, I’m not advocating for musicals to begin a trend of casting weaker lead voices, but in a way it was a breath of fresh air. People who are good actors can make it big without stellar voices! I’m shocked. And, it takes real guts to take a lead in a musical when you know you don’t have a Broadway voice. So mad props. The ending is what makes the movie a masterpiece. It is a cringe worthy, cry worthy, whatcould-have-been ending that was absolutely necessary for the success of the movie. The last scene was artwork. It pulled at the heartstrings in all the right places, weaved all the songs together in a playful and systematic way, walking the audience back through a lovely romance, but showcasing that even though everything seemed to be going right for the two, so much was going wrong. Could both achieve their dreams and each other? “City of Stars” was the ultimate foreshadow; Gosling sings about his “first embrace” with success,

while Stone sings about her “rush, glance, touch and dance” with love. Which is most important? Which will prevail — it is pretty obvious that both won’t work out for the couple, and the eternal question (2 hours and 8 minutes), is which one they will choose. It is ironic that during their duet of “City of Stars,” Stone is singing about love, but she is the one at the end of the film who is married while Gosling seems to have waited. The way he is lost for words when he first sees her in the crowd on his opening night: distressing (but with a pinch of hopefulness). The way he slowly plays their song on piano when he sees her: crushing. The way they lock eyes when she walks out of Seb’s (which, side note, his name: amazing!) and they both give each other a longing smile: overwhelming. But what a way to end a beautiful musical! With a cliff hanger. Does she want to be with him? Will they get together? Were they meant to be? Will she run back to him? Will she divorce? Or, will they be content with their dreams and without each other? It’s not the best love story or musical ever written, even though it may want to be, but it is close to a modern day Titanic. Sure, no one dies, but it’s romantic, it has stunning visuals and the end tears you apart.


Burning flags and the first amendment for J30 and if you’ve even been in Meredith Hall you have most likely passed by the metal plaque where it is displayed. Under the first amendment (my favorite amendment) people have the right to burn the flag. The Supreme Court has ruled that burning the flag is covered under the free speech section of the first amendment, no matter how disrespectful it might seem.

Mia Blondin Relays Editor maria.blondin@drake.edu @mjblondin

You may have seen a video or photo of FedEx employee Matt Uhrin stopping protesters from burning an American flag in downtown Iowa City. The original video blew up and was featured on several different news outlets. Most of the comments I saw about the situation on Twitter or Facebook praised Uhrin for what people saw as a patriotic act. Personally, my favorite was a tweet with the quote, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” It is natural for the internet to make this a meme, and to allow Uhrin the 15 minutes of fame some think he deserves, but it’s important to think about this from the point of the protestors too. Uhrin was right to extinguish their flame, but not for the reason many think. If you are in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication you had to memorize the first amendment

Under the first amendment (my favorite amendment) people have the right to burn the flag. The Supreme Court has ruled that burning the flag is covered under the free speech section of the first amendment, no matter how disrespectful it might seem.

Now if you just read that and are thinking about how unfair or insulting that is, I’m right there with you. I have family in the military and one of my best friends from high school is in Florida with the Air Force right now. To me the flag represents so much more than Trump, who hasn’t even been in office for a month. I don’t agree with people that burn the flag, but I have to respect their right to free speech. The real problem for these protestors was where the burning took place. Two members of the group of about 10 people face charges for open burning, which

is a simple misdemeanor in Iowa City, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $650. This protest didn’t happen in an open field or even a confined space, my first thoughts while watching the video were how many people pass by that spot every day. The protesters would have had every type of Iowa City resident pass by them: college students on their way to class, doctors or businessmen getting food on their lunch break, and even parents with young children. There is a playground I used to visit quite often as a child less than 100 yards away from where the entire incident took place. While I understand that everyone needs to cope with the increasing stress of the Trump presidency in their own way, I don’t agree with the burning of the American flag, and I certainly don’t agree with the spot the protesters chose. In the middle of the altercation, Uhrin quoted former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi when he said, “If you don’t love it, leave it.” Trump in the White House has motivated me to spin that quote into “If you don’t love it, do something productive to fix it.” Bottom line: I don’t agree with the burning of the flag, and I wish the protestors had a more productive way to show they don’t agree with the policies being introduced, but I have to respect their rights as Americans to speak out and protest.

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

As a movie musical, La La Land stands practically alone amongst the other successful and acclaimed movie musicals of the 21st century — Moulin Rouge, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Enchanted. It ascribes to the themes, aesthetic, and romanticism of The Golden Age of Hollywood, the core of the musical on screen, rather than modernizing and/or rewriting it. Calling La La Land a parody is incorrect, but that still doesn’t mean it is original. La La Land is nostalgic for a time that has never and will never exist, a time when vinyl recordings and cassettes are the standard while cell phones are also the norm. We meet our protagonists after an opening song and dance number on a congested Los Angeles interstate. Seb (Ryan Gosling) is listening to, rewinding, listening to again, repeat, a jazz cassette tape in his 1982 Buick Riviera, immediately establishing his character as an obsessed modern jazz-romanticist. One car ahead — in a Prius — is his lover-to-be, Mia (Emma Stone), pretending to talk on her cell phone as she rehearses for her yet another Hollywood audition. The couple is cliché as hell, but of course they are. They live in la la land, a mystical universe where antiquated movie lots contain Starbucks-esque coffee shops, the coffee shop where the quirky and clumsy Mia is constantly starstruck by the stars she aspires to be. As a whole, the film wishfully romanticizes the old days of Hollywood but in a modern context, the way that high school theatre kids wish showbiz still worked. And although this angle gives La La Land much of its charm, it also screams of convenience and cutting corners from a filmmaking standpoint. When Mia is late for her first date with Seb, she easily could’ve

texted him with the cell phone we already saw she had. It isn’t addressed that Seb doesn’t have a cell or that they never exchanged numbers. La La Land didn’t bother clearing up that gap; it just allowed for some faux-suspense early on. The movie didn’t care about making sense, despite having a firm plotline. Herein lies the problem. La La Land is premised upon sentimentality and a substantial amount of its content is pure reference, from an individual shot replicating Boogie Nights (1997) to explicit Casablanca (1942) parallels to a sequence dedicated to Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Seb ironically and unintentionally points out the film’s main fault when he says, “That’s L.A. They worship and they value nothing.” That’s La La Land. It loves and copies a lot of beloved movies but without purpose. It isn’t really creative; it’s just a copy machine with a visually pleasing color palette, forgettable music and alternatively superb and flawed cinematography. Some shots are purely gorgeous, such as Mia getting lost in the crowd of a mob of Seb’s fans, while others fall into rookie mistakes, like how the faces of the dancers in the opening sequence are all lost in shadow. The reference to Singin’ in the Rain — a less-than-a-minute sequence replicating portions from Singin’s hallmark “Broadway Rhythm” sequence — was halfa**ed at best and insulting to the Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds 1952 classic. If you’re going to replicate one of your film’s primary inspirations, do it justice or don’t do it at all. La La Land should’ve ascribed to the latter. It just wanted to max out the nostalgia meter, to make the audience smile before sending it home feeling more cultured. It homages exclusively for the sake of nostalgia. It is shallow. Oddly, the clichéd relationship of Mia and Sebastian is the opposite. It is romantic and passionate and contains a strained, subtle beauty. Their connection feels so genuine and enviable. It’s expertly executed, even if it isn’t particularly imaginative. As a whole, La La Land isn’t a waste of time. But for a musical, there weren’t any theatrical ‘wow’ moments and its lack of originality makes La La Land an ‘ok’ movie to miss this Oscar season. If you want to go see La La Land, just watch Singin’ in the Rain. It’s better, honest and original. La La Land is the copycat, even if it’s still entertaining.

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Feb. 8, 2017


High fashion should incorporate more streetwear onto the runway

Stacey Berry Fashion Columnist stacey.berry@drake.edu @ANTISTACEY

Most will tell you that while they love luxury items, like Prada and Gucci, they are unobtainable. While the collections may look good on the runway, there is nowhere to wear such items, unless you’re walking the runway everyday, but that is changing, as luxury items are becoming something that everyone can wear. Look at runways for Chanel, Louis Vuitton and many other lines, and you will see items that once were looked down upon in high fashion, such as bomber jackets and chokers. Streetwear is casual and fashionable clothing worn mostly

ELLEN LORA, a popular fashion Instagrammer, poses in AllSaints apparel and T.U.K. Footwear. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLEN LORA | @ellenvlora

by urban culture. Clothing lines such as Yeezy, Vetements and OffWhite show the minimalistic street wear apparel that hasn’t been respected by high fashion until recent years. This was because streetwear wasn’t made for the runway. It is for everyday people, and high fashion couldn’t grasp the idea that casual clothing could be made special. The recent collaboration between Supreme and Louis Vuitton is one prime example of streetwear brands getting the credibility that they deserve. Streetwear, whether high fashion designers like it or not, is now more mainstream and more accessible than they ever thought it would be. Streetwear was only supposed to be a trend that would come and go, but as it stays relevant and the more attention it gets, it moves into the big leagues of being known as fashion. While you may think that streetwear being referred to as ‘fashion’ isn’t a big deal, it is. For something to go completely unappreciated to being seen on all the major runways, streetwear is clearly moving off the street and becoming a global phenomenon. Walking down the street, it is becoming more common to see someone wearing Chanel and Yeezy pieces together. The possibilities are endless. This was not the case years ago, with urban culture wearing brands that most did not even know about. But now, brands like Supreme are so on the map that they can’t stop selling out of every piece they come out with. High fashion, while respected, is lacking what street style has, and that’s the causal effect. High fashion sales have declined while street style is


POE, an Instagrammer with more than 8,000 followers, wearing Made in Africa merchandise. PHOTO COURTESY OF POE | @_poemoney coming up, because it’s what everyone is wearing. In order to stay relevant, high fashion had to take a page from streetwear designers, making their lines more approachable and incorporating designs that are more mainstream. To stay relevant, the fashion industry must evolve with the changing times. Streetwear is something that started out as a trend, but now it is more than that.

It is considered fashion, respected by the people that matter, and incorporated into runways that many never knew it could. Many great designs have come from the streets, and high fashion needs to take that into account with the new pieces that they come out with. While the pieces on the runway should stay at an almost unattainable level, fashion is evolving and streetwear is here to stay.


Sampha: A voice you’ve heard, a name you haven’t Critic not a fan of so-called ‘classic’

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

One of the recurring jokes within the National Basketball Association over the past few years has been “trust the process.” This was popularized by the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers who intentionally fielded poor teams in an effort to get a high draft pick the following year. While things looked bleak for the team recently, this season is different: Joel Embiid (affectionately nicknamed “The Process”) has led the team into playoff contention. It’s interesting, then, that in a completely different medium – popular music – we’re seeing a similar phenomenon with singersongwriter Sampha. If you’ve listened to a highprofile album in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard the voice of a little-known vocalist from South London. Sampha Sisay – simply known as Sampha – has lent his voice to albums like Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo,” Frank Ocean’s “Endless,” and Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled masterpiece, among others. He’s always a commanding presence when he shows up, but not in the traditional sense. He won’t blow you away with his vocal command or sheer talent. Instead, Sampha’s contributions come in the form of an intoxicating ethereal wail,

one that incorporates a strange breathlessness that evokes feelings of anxiety and discomfort. Despite all these consistently great (and sometimes stunning) collaborations, Sampha has waited until nearly a decade into his career to release his debut album, Process. He has a couple low-key EPs to his name, and lent his talents to the majority of producer SBTRKT’s 2011 debut. His patience in releasing a full-length project comes in sharp contrast to many other flash-in-the-pan R&B singers who rush a project out too quickly (BJ The Chicago Kid, Jeremih). Instead, Process feels meticulously planned. There are never any sounds on this album that feel out of place or unnecessary; and that’s a reflection of Sampha as one of the rare true pop auteurs. Sampha has credits for the holy trinity of pop music: singing, writing, and producing. That doesn’t mean that Process is onenote or redundant – Sampha has done a fantastic job in creating variety in musical themes and production styles. The hottest single leading up to this album was the fiery “Blood On Me,” appearing here with even more context. It’s an anxiety anthem, propelled forward by ominous piano and ticking synthetic percussion. Sampha is breathless on his verses, sounding like he’s been running away from something, before exploding into a passionate lamentation on the chorus. “I wake up and the sky’s red … I get up, they’re at the edge of my bed/ How did they find me?” It sounds like Sampha has horribly messed up, and in the process of trying to escape consequences, he’s gradually losing his sanity. “Timmy’s Prayer” is one of the rare love songs on Process, but it’s a great song nonetheless. Backed by Process’s signature electro-soul production, the track

is a typical story about a breakup, but it’s told with such passion (“If heaven’s a prison, then I am your prisoner”) that it manages to stand out anyway. Yet after the heartbreaking first two thirds of the track, “Timmy’s Prayer” catches its second wind and sounds almost optimistic with a driving coda. In fact, most of the songs on Process have to do with anxiety, heartbreak, or grief. Sampha’s mother died in 2015, and her presence lingers over the album, like on the stunning piano ballad “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.” He sings about his budding talents as a singer (“You would tell me I had something/ Some people call it soul.”) and his mother’s death (“They said it’s her time/ No tears in sight/ I kept the feelings close.”). In “No One Knows Me,” Sampha has created one of the most affecting piano ballads in recent memory – it’s definitely a highlight of 2017 in music. After giving it some thought, I don’t think Sampha is necessarily referring to the long wait in releasing his debut album when he titles it Process. Instead, I think he’s referring to the actions we take after something horrible or sad happens: we take time to process it. Sometimes, that can lead us to have anxiety attacks or to sob uncontrollably – it’s just how humans are. But on Process’s closer, “What Shouldn’t I Be?”, Sampha seems to have a start in figuring out how to process everything, repeating, “You can always come home, you can always come home.”

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

Last week we got a taste of what it’s like to read a negative review from me. Today I thought I would keep that going with one of the worst books I’ve ever read. You may have heard of this one, it’s called “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. I hate this book. There’s no plot, the protagonist is a jerk, and I wasted time reading it. I have no idea how it became a classic. The book is about this guy named Holden Caulfield who keeps getting kicked out of schools. It’s set in the 1950s, and it starts with him at a prep school in Pennsylvania. He gets the notice that he’s being expelled for failing out of most of his classes (keep in mind, this is the fourth expulsion he’s experienced) and decides that he doesn’t want to go home to Manhattan until he absolutely has to, which is three days from when he gets the notice. Before leaving his dorms, he gets in a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, who took a girl out on a date that Holden used to go out with. Stradlater punched him in the face, to which I celebrated, and Holden decides to go to Manhattan early and just hang out for a couple days in a hotel. Throughout this entire book he calls people “phonies” as if

he’s the only real person in the world. And I get it, it’s about his depression and how he’s dealing with it. But come on. I’ve battled depression a fair few times but I’ve never sat down and written a book with no plot. And I certainly do not think I’m the only person in the world who isn’t fake. Literally the whole book is just Holden wandering around Manhattan and insulting people. I don’t know about you, but that’s not my idea of classic literature. He kept asking cab drivers where the ducks from Central Park go in the winter, which annoys both the cab drivers and me. When he’s in the hotel in Manhattan, the elevator operator offers to send a prostitute up to his hotel room, to which the 16 year old Holden agrees. I’d like to point out that the morality of the elevator operator is a little bit shaky. Then the prostitute arrives, yet Holden refuses to have sex with her. So he just gives her five dollars and tells her to leave. Later, the elevator operator and the prostitute return to demand another five dollars, which they end up having to punch Holden in the stomach and steal it from his wallet to achieve. I’m also a fan of this scene. The next day he calls up this girl named Sally who he used to date and they meet for a play and ice skating. He asks Sally to run away with him to Vermont or Massachusetts with him, but then calls her a “pain in the ass” when she refuses and then laughs at her anger to his response. Again, Holden is a complete jerk. I know that this is some people’s favorite book. And I know that it’s about mental health and how Holden just needed some help. But it is trash. I cannot bring myself to appreciate it because it is just a teenager wandering around, insulting people, and being sad. I love good books that reflect reality, but this is not a good book.

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Feb. 8, 2017


Protesters line the Des Moines streets in opposition of Trump’s ban

Haley Hodges Staff Writer haley.hodges@drake.edu

Despite subfreezing temperatures and a nasty wind chill, hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Des Moines on the evening of Feb. 2. The group marched from the Capitol Building to the Neal Smith Federal Building as an act of opposition to President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban announced the previous Friday. The march in Des Moines was put together in less than a week with the help of many community members and was led by Nadia Ali. Ali is a Sudanese immigrant who now lives in West Des Moines. She took on coordinating the march after the executive order was announced. Ali and other speakers led the rally before the march began. After their speeches, a Magrib Prayer was held beofre the marching commenced, with hundreds filing down Walnut Street toward the Federal Building then back again. Protesters were equipped with signs, banners and activist attire and were led in several cheers including “Immigration built this nation,” “No ban, no wall, America is for all,” and “Get up, get down, there’s revolution in this town.” The protest gathered Iowans from all over the state, including many students from Drake University. “I just think that everybody has a right to be here. America was founded on immigrants and I just think it’s so important

that we show that we care for them,” said Cooper Warner, a junior studying strategic political communication. “I’m a photographer so I’m mostly here taking pictures because I think the big reason people protest is to get bodies together but also to get that coverage. A lot of people will be talking about this for days to come. I know that different news networks are here and the (Des Moines) Register will cover it so I think that’s really what we’re hoping for is to show a coalition of people who really care.” The protest also drew in Professor Lee Jolliffe, who said she wasn’t able to participate in the physical march but was active in the rally, wearing a hijab in solidarity. “I went down there because I saw a posting on Twitter and I started circulating it myself,” Jolliffe said. “... I was kind of glad to get a chance to stand up and say ‘No’ to some of the things that Trump is doing.” Jolliffe is a professor in Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Des Moines resident. “Iowa has always been a state that has welcomed immigrants… (and) international students are always attracted to Drake,” Jolliffe said. “(The US) takes far fewer refugees than little tiny countries in Europe. It’s embarrassing to me that we have all of this land and don’t share it… Europe is not any bigger than New England and refugees are simply pouring into their countries and we’re stirring here twiddling our thumbs.” The march also drew support from other groups and organizations. A collection of allies at the march and rally were designated to be the ones to talk

with law enforcement or crowds if necessary. Other organizations like the American Civil Liberties’ Union of Iowa were involved in helping run the event. The Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) also sent representatives. “Refugee children are one of our top priorities for our international organization, as well as local. So when we heard about the ban on Friday, that was something we were definitely concerned about and something we were definitely opposed to. We want to be a welcoming country for women and children,” said E.J. Walllace, the manager of mobilization for SCAN. “Within the first 48 hours we generated 44,000 petitions to Congress asking them to denounce the ban. Right now, we’re at about 66,000 petitions. We’re hoping to continue to generate pressure on our Congressional delegations to tell them this is not who we are as America. Children and women should be safe wherever they are and we need to continue to be a welcoming community.” Ali and other organizers were thankful to the outpour of support from all groups, especially in spite of the cold weather that might have driven those less passionate away. “I am extremely humble dto live in a supportive, loving community that comes together in bad and good times. I am overwhelmed today, if you can tell, with the kind of support that my community has gotten…” Ali said in her speech. “Despite whatever the executive order is passed, I will always feel strong. I will always feel belonged in my community.”

PROTESTERS gathered outside of the capital in Des Moines on Feb. 2 to stand in solidarity with refugees. The executive order will be examined in Federal Appeals Court on Feb. 9. PHOTOS BY HALEY HODGES


Drake Off Campus returns, offers excursions for five dollars Melissa Stiles Contributing Writer melissa.stiles@drake.edu

After about a year and a half away Drake Off Campus is back after a year hiatus. It is an alcohol-alternative organization that was created with the intention to give Drake students a fun Saturday night activity without the pressures of alcohol or partying. It also allows students to experience more than just what is available on Drake’s campus. Careful planning goes into choosing the events. Members want them to be interactive and fun. “We try to (plan) activities that involve the students,” said junior Brody Rothert, Drake Off Campus President. “That way they’re not

just sitting there or cooped up in a place and can get some energy out.” Drake Off Campus takes about 50 Drake students to a fun event that they may not have the money or transportation to enjoy otherwise. Past events include going to an Iowa Wild hockey game, gokarting and bowling. Each student pays only $5, which covers the cost of food for the night. Drake Off Campus knows that Drake’s students come from all over the world and from various backgrounds. That’s why they choose a variety of types of events. They also try to change the events every so often for students who participate each year. This semester’s events are a trip to Sky Zone on Feb. 25, bowling in March and a trip to Escape Champers in April.

“There’s a wide range of events throughout the semester. If the first one you hear about doesn’t

“It’s nice for us to come back and plan events, and we hope to see new faces out there. And we’re not just for freshman and sophomores. Any student not matter what grade or major is welcome.” Brody Rothert President

pique your interest, just wait and there’ll be something for you,” said junior Jordan Saeed. To sign up for one of the

upcoming events, look out for their posters on campus. These will have a link to go to. The link goes to a page to register with a Drake ID number and ask the student to answer a few questions. Then that student is registered for the event. There is often a waitlist, so signing up early is recommended. However, Rothert recommends still showing the day of the event if you are waitlisted. “If you are put on the waitlist, it is still best to show up for the event that night in case somebody doesn’t show up last minute or something comes up for someone. That spot automatically opens up for the first person on that waitlist,” Rothert said. Drake Off Campus does its best to keep the actual group small so more students have the opportunity to go to the events, whether that is by themselves or

with friends. “All the events on their own are fun, and if you sign up with a couple of friends it’s a great time for only five bucks,” Saeed said. Rothert is excited to be able to have Drake Off Campus up and running again. “It’s nice for us to come back and plan events, and we hope to see some new faces out there,” Rothert said. “And we’re not just for freshmen and sophomores. Any student, no matter what grade or major is welcome.” If someone is interested in learning more about Drake Off Campus, the group has Facebook and Twitter pages. They are also working on an Instagram page in order to post photos from their events.

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Feb. 8, 2017


Humans of Drake The Times-Delphic tells the stories of Drake students and faculty Hodo Farah • Sophomore International Relations


First-year starts school after starring in Opera Anna Jensen Features Editor anna.jensen@drake.edu @annaxjensen

In her junior year of high school, first-year vocal performance major Rowen Sabala played lead role in a episodic television Opera entitled “Vireo.” Her artistic lifestyle began with a love for theatre. Sabala went to school in Santa Ana, California, at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). That’s where she began to involve herself in the chorus and opera. Sabala had been singing opera for six years when she landed the lead in “Vireo.” The composer of the opera, Lisa Bielawa, had been working with a curator in her town who led her to OCSA to find a high school female soprano to play the part she was looking for. Thirty girls auditioned, five were called back, and 30 minutes after her callback, Sabala received the email inviting her to be the lead. The TV show spans over 12 episodes ranging from 8-15 minutes. All episodes together make up a full-length, 2-3 hour opera. “When people think of a traditional opera, they think of stages or performing in Carnegie Hall,” Sabala said. “But instead of filming on one stage, we filmed it in a television style, while getting to travel to various locations. Our three main filming locations (were) L.A., San Francisco, and New York.” One of the episodes was shot at the Federal Penitentiary on

Alcatraz Island. They had three hours to film an entire episode and were granted after-hour access to Alcatraz. “We filmed from 7 p.m. to midnight. It was so eerie but it was also very raw,” Sabala said. “We filmed in the hospital wing, which is authorized personal only. It was the single most stressful episode we ever filmed. However, it was also my absolute favorite.” The opera centers around a 14-year-old girl, Vireo, played by Sabala. The character explores the discovery of mental illness and hysteria. The story bounces around three centuries — the 16th, 18th and 20th — and jumps back and forth in each episode depending on what is happening at certain points within the storyline. Vireo is miserable with the world she is in. She is being treated as an object since she is perceived as different from everyone else due to her possible mental illness. “To cope, Vireo creates two other centuries,” Sabala said. “So, in her mind, Vireo is living in three different centuries. The Mother, the Doctor, and the Doctor’s assistant, Raphael, play along with Vireo’s century changes in order to better understand what exactly is wrong with her, so there are many costume changes, which represent each century she perceives it to be at that time.” It is alluded to that Vireo might be suffering from hysteria and/or schizophrenia, but up until episode 12 it is left to the viewers to decide if what she is seeing is real or only in her mind. Vireo “creates” some friends

and follows voices throughout the opera, and while the doctor and her mother don’t see them, that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t real, Sabala said. Much of the plot was inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and the birth age of hysteria. “(The opera) is pretty dark, but in a tragically beautiful way,” Sabala said. “Bad things do happen, but the ideas behind them are beautiful.” Because of all of the scene shifts, the extensively wide range of instruments and the indepth acting, it would be next to impossible to perform on a stage, Sabala said. “The opera is unique in part because of the way it is performed,” Sabala said. “It is a very modern take on classic opera and the music mimics that idea, using instruments that would not normally be associated with an opera, from the Hurdy-gurdy to Partch instruments to a toy piano.” Sabala took a gap semester to finish filming before continuing with school. She was cast for the role in 2014 and filming wrapped up on Jan. 21, 2017. Sabala left New York and flew to Iowa where she started school that Monday. “I was very timid when I started the show, but throughout the process I found my confidence,” Sabala said. “Lisa became a sister figure in my life and taught me how to be confident, selfsufficient and trust in what I know is best for me. Most importantly, I learned a new meaning to the word ‘family.’”

Student shares feelings on Trump’s refugee and immigration ban Natalie Larimer Contributing Writer natalie.larimer@drake.edu @larimerslogic

On Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order that bans refugees and immigrants from seven specific countries from entering the United States. The seven countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. These countries were not explicitly named in the order, but the Department of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet, where they were listed. Hodo Farah, a sophomore international relations major, is an immigrant from Somalia, an affected country. “I was born in Mogdishu, Somalia,” Farah said. “I still have some relatives in Somalia, so if I wanted to bring my grandmother to the United States and start her in on the naturalization process, which takes a long time, it would be impossible.” Farah has served in the United States Army, doing two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In going from soldier to immigrant, Farah sees a priority issue coming to light. “It kind of hurts,” Farah said. “I mean, I have a military background and I have no choice but to support my Commander in Chief, but some of these things that are coming out of the White House, it kind of makes you feel a little betrayed.” He served alongside people with green cards as well as people who were born and raised in America. “Some of these people are foreigners, some of these people have never left their little frog pond in the south, north, west .. and then all of a sudden they’re around Muslims, Christians, Jews, blacks, Asians, and they somehow cohesively form a unit that you don’t see anywhere else in society,” Farah said. “I think the military is the primary

example in society for all of us civilians to look up to.” Seeing executive orders coming that directly target his birth country makes Farah worry that he is no longer welcome in the US as a citizen. “I believe it’s racial/religious,” Farah said. “Am I saying that our Commander in Chief is a racist? Absolutely not. But the motivations behind it just (don’t) seem political. If it gets any worse, if my citizenship gets repealed, would I be shocked? No. Would I feel very betrayed? Yes.” The order states, “to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” The population of ach country listed is majority Muslim and the phrasing of the order has led people to believe it is a “Muslim ban” rather than simply a refugee ban. This has sparked protests around the United States, including one on Feb. 2 in Des Moines. Following the executive order, Drake University President Earl Martin sent an email to all students saying, Drake is “a place of refuge or safety” — our chosen definition of ‘sanctuary’ — for all of our students, faculty, and staff.” In receiving that email, Farah felt pride in his school and safety in his community. “I made the right choice in coming here to Drake,” Farah said. “It’s uplifting and reminds me that there are still organizations, individuals, professors, students, who actually take this to heart. I get a sense of brotherhood just from being in class because of that letter.” “Speak out for what you believe in,” Farah continued. “Don’t do anything other than just speaking your mind. That’s all I want individuals to do at this point.”

FIRST-YEAR ROWEN SABALA (top) with co-star Ryan Glover, who plays Raphael, during the filming of episode four at the Actor’s Gang Theatre. (Bottom) The entire cast and crew of “Vireo” on Alcatraz. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROWEN SABALA

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Feb. 8, 2017


‘The Film Lounge’ to showcase Des Moines filmmakers

“THE FILM LOUNGE” will premiere on Iowa Public TV in two one-hour segments on Feb. 12 and 19. A preview will take place on Feb. 8 at Fleur Cinema in Des Moines. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF MORGAN Anna Jensen Features Editor anna.jensen@drake.edu @annaxjensen

Iowa Public TV (IPTV) is joining forces with Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to present “The Film Lounge” showcase, 13 short-films made by Iowa artists and filmmakers, which will take place on Feb 12 and 19 on IPTV and IPTV WORLD. “The collection of short films represent a wide range of artistic visions and forms, documentary, experimental, narrative, animation,” said Jeff Morgan, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in an email. “The program explores film as an art form, highlights Iowa’s vibrant film communities and recognizes filmmaking for its contributions to the economic and cultural vitality of Iowa.” Three of these short-films were produced by filmmakers from the Des Moines area. Bruce Bales Creative filmmaker Bruce Bales partnered up with songwriter Christopher Ford, better known as Christopher the Conquered. They collaborated on his music videos for his album last year, which they then submitted to “The Film Lounge.” The song, “Everybody Rains” focuses on the idea of emotion

and the music video uses a puppet to personify the act of crying. “This video is really unique in the fact that this puppet actually rains water on people and it’s very theatrical,” Bales said. “It takes place in a very linear fashion because you are watching two minutes of this character’s life unfold before you.” Bales finds filmmaking to be a combination of many different forms that are all interconnected when the piece is finished. “On any given day, a filmmaker is engaging with at least four different art forms, whether it be photography or drawing or theatre or singing or dancing or performance art,” Bales said. “Being a filmmaker satisfies my creative need.” Bales began creating videos as a teenager. Now, he works as the director of photography and an editor and producer for arts and entertainment company DEFT, as well as the media manager for Reed’s Hollow. “I fell in love with the idea of being able to say something within the constraints of a frame,” Bales said. “That is ultimately what drew me to filmmaking as a form of artistry and communication.” While “The Film Lounge” was made to expose Iowa artists to the community, it also hopes to capture the story of Iowa through a creative lens. Many filmmakers looking for a creative scene travel to east coast cities. For instance, there

are thousands of opportunities for filmmakers in L.A., but that takes away from the challenge of filmmaking, according to Bales. “The challenge as an Iowa artist is having to make your own opportunities,” Bales said. “We don’t have the luxuries and resources or the sheer amount of people it takes to be successful creative filmmaker (in Iowa). The challenge in Iowa is to find your collaborators.” Paul Berge Filmmaker Paul Berge finds writing, filmmaking and creating to be a lifestyle. He said he won’t stop as long as it’s fun — he’s 63 and still finds the medium fascinating. He submitted his film, “The Waiting Room” to “The Film Lounge.” “My film has a pretty simple plot,” Berge said. Essentially, three characters are in a waiting room and it is up to the audience to figure out why they are there. “It doesn’t hand you the ending,” Berge said. “Each person at the table has a very specific personality and approach to the waiting process. Is this story about life? Is it about death? That’s what we want the audience to play around with when they see it.” Berge wrote this play 20 years ago for a radio production he was involved in. It was adapted for film this past year.

Besides writing and producing, Berge has also worked as an actor. “A lot of the time actors are sitting around waiting to be told what to do,” Berge said. “I took advantage of that time by going up to the crew, such as the sound man and saying, ‘How do you do that?’ or ‘What are you listening for?’ That’s how to get ahead in this world.” Berge shared that he has felt pretty vulnerable handing his work out to the world to be critiqued, but there is always the chance that it will get a positive review and impact his career. “I have always been writing. Even if my stories aren’t being produced, I’m still creating,” Berge said. “Life has to be creative. If it’s not, what’s the point?” Kristian Day The flim, “Catuca,” by Kristian Day will be showcased in “The Film Lounge.” “This video was made because my friend and I were just hanging out,” Day said. Day’s friend Patrick called him up and told him he was in drag and had a bird on his shoulder. The video is of Patrick screeching and doing bird type movements. The film is named “Catuca” because that is a type of bird. Day made the film in 2009, and submitted it to festivals. It played in Italy, Greece, Austria and Cuba before its debut in the US. “Having a film like this getting

any type of life is so interesting to me,” Day said. He had no intention of this film becoming anymore than a video he made for fun. Now Day is more into documentary film and storytelling. He made a film about farmers during the prohibition and is now teaching children how to edit and create video. Day is starting an art residency with Art Force Iowa this month. “I’m helping (refugee children) make their own films but then I’m documenting the process myself,” Day said. “I could be this selfindulgent artist or I could partake in creating something deeper. We need to remind ourselves how culturally diverse we are I want to use my art to do good in this world.” Day enjoys working in Iowa because, when he is not filmmaking, there are a lot of creative mediums he can partake in that act as a refresher. “Creating is all I really do anymore — it’s a lifestyle,” Day said. “Seeing my final project always grounds me and reminds me that I love what I am doing.” On Feb. 8 at Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, there will be a free watch party, where some of the films will be shown in advance of the full episodes’ premiere on IPTV.


Speaker, Tracianna Graves, to come to campus Feb. 8 Haley Hodges Staff Writer haley.hodges@drake.edu

In celebration of Black History Month, Drake’s Student Activities Board (SAB) is bringing Traciana Graves to campus for a presentation and Q&A session. Graves will be on campus tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Parents Hall. Graves is a notable speaker, known for her storytelling and work promoting safe campuses. She has also offered trainings to help improve the civility of college campuses. The event is entitled “Creating Hope: Celebrating Everybody’s Dreams Throughout History for Black History Month.” “(SAB) asked if we had any input on the topics that were discussed and questions to ask. Anything we wanted to hear about or ask about and kind of guide what we should hear from the speaker,” said Jared Freemon, the vice president of the Coalition

of Black Students (CBS). “I talked with our executive board and one of our ideas was positive contributions to our country and history by African American people so showing the positive side of the last few decades. Selflove was another thing we came up with and how to be successful in today’s society. Those were our three main ideas.” SAB consulted with CBS while planning Graves’ visit. “Part of the effort for this year is that SAB is trying to collaborate with more student organizations on campus,” said one of SAB’s campus impact cochairs, Elsa Asri. “SAB has the (largest) budget of the student organizations on campus and we want to be an outlet for students to make sure their voices and concerns are heard, too.” Asri and her co-chair, Elena Hildebrandt, selected Graves because Asri said she had been to the campus once before. They had received plenty of positive feedback from her last visit. “(We try to bring speakers who will talk) about current issues

and the campus environment in particular and we just thought, ‘with everything going on this year, it was appropriate to bring someone during Black History Month,’” Asri said. Freemon said that Graves’ speech is only one event of many that will be occurring on Drake’s

“One of our goals in SAB is to create a campus which is diverse and also inclusive of everyone in the student body here... (now) it’s even more important to stress the idea of inclusion and diversity.” Elsa Asri Campus Impact co-chair

campus for Black History Month. CBS has a lot planned on their own, including a speaker from the Black Panther movement and their annual black on black banquet.

For Graves’ visit, Freemon said he’s heard she is an excellent speaker and storyteller, but didn’t know too much about her yet. “I’m interested to hear some of her stories and see what she’s done to change society and give back,” Freemon said. “I’m more interested in hearing about her experiences and then what she has to say to college students… we have an increased population of students of color on Drake’s campus and I think it’s important to understand that demographic and for those students to see speakers like them come to campus.” SAB is in charge of planning many events throughout the year and has been trying to move toward events that will be interesting for all groups of students. “One of our goals in SAB is to create a campus which is diverse and also inclusive of everyone in the student body here,” Asri said. “Since it is a tumultuous time with everything that’s been going on in the news and with the recent election, it’s even more important

to stress the idea of inclusion and diversity, which is why this semester in particular we are trying to bring more acts that can hopefully impact the community in a more broad way and impact the community positively and make people want to be more engaged citizens.” Speakers like Graves can help bring attention to Black History Month, alongside the programming CBS is doing. “It’s important because black history is American history… we don’t really get taught about all of the intricacies and all of the history of the black and African American community,” Freemon said. “I think it’s a part of college going outside of something that you’re used to, trying something new… It’s important this year and in today’s society to understand those who are different from you and take that extra step to ask questions and go outside of your comfort zone.”

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Feb. 07, 2017



Fischer, Yeager PR in Nebraska

Women’s Basketball soars higher, 11-0 conference start is best in team history

For the long distance runner, injury is not an “if” but a “when” situation. The long miles are hard on the body, and the lucky runners scrape by with just the basic aches and pains throughout their career, but some are not so lucky. Some find themselves with real injuries that can stall seasons, put a foot in a boot, and, in the worst-case scenario, end careers all together. In many cases, the comeback from injury rests on the mental approach the injured runner adopts. Mental attitude can turn an injury into a long-term, season-ending entity — but it can also speed up recovery and allow a runner to come back stronger than they were before. Josh Yeager, a sophomore cross-country and track runner for Drake University, embodies this philosophy. Yeager currently dropped 20-second off of his personal best in the 3k at the Nebraska Husker Invitational track meet last weekend — a significant feat for that race distance. Watching him run, you would never know that he had spent the better part of the past year and a half recovering from season-ending injuries. The summer going into his freshman year, Yeager was met head-on with his first injury: a stress reaction in his left shin. This injury unfolded throughout his freshmen crosscountry season and led to six weeks of no running, landing Yeager in the pool or on the bike for an hour or more every day for cross-training workouts. He missed the indoor track season but returned for the outdoor season. Then over the summer, Yeager was hit yet again with an injury— this time, a stress fracture in his right foot. This stress fracture was way worse than his previous injury: he couldn’t walk without pain and couldn’t run for another six weeks. “It was extremely frustrating to not be able to run,” Yeager said. “A part of you is taken away and you don’t know what to do.” Yeager says dealing with his stress fracture last summer was tough, not only physically but also mentally. “Thoughts would go through my mind like, ‘How am I going to get back? I haven’t lived up to my potential yet and will I ever be able too?’ These types of injuries make you worry you won’t be able to come back for a healthy season.” While working through his injury, Yeager put a lot of time and effort into the small details: eating right, doing core work, stretching, lifting, sleeping enough hours, among other things. This fall he debuted in his first cross-country race halfway through the season and was able to finish it healthily. He then

spent winter break training to start the indoor season healthily. Fast forward to now, and Yeager is rolling through track meets with two consecutive weekends of PRs. Despite the days spent on a bike or in the pool, he is running faster than ever before. Yeager chalks it up to using his time of injury and crosstraining to strengthen his mental resolve and come back stronger. “The physical part of injury doesn’t hurt the most; it’s the mental part,” Yeager said. “I’ve come through these two injuries and now I know I am mentally stronger. I practiced doing the little things right everyday so, when I get the chance to race and workout, I’m ready for it. I tell myself that there is no reason I can’t go out in races and perform. Things are starting to come together and that’s leading to positive feelings.” And things really are starting to come together for Yeager. Last weekend, he took 15th place in a very competitive 3k race with a time of 8:28.15, which is 20 seconds faster than his 8:48.29 3k from the week before. How did he go from being injured and not running to dropping 20 seconds in one week? Yeager would tell you that it all goes back to how he approached his injury mentally. “Being injured doesn’t define who you are as an athlete,” Yeager said. “What you do to get through it does. That is when your character really shows.” It must be noted that this past weekend, Drake senior Reed Fischer ran the 3k at Notre Dame with a time of 8:04.98 to finish fourth with a new PR and school record. However, when asked to be interviewed for this article, he referred me to his teammate Josh Yeager. Talk about living The Bulldog Way. 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: Josh Yeager, 3k, 8:28.15 (previous PR: 8:48.29) and Reed Fischer, 3k, 8:04.98 – new school record (previous PR: 8:06.88, previous school record: 8:06.44). #GetAnotherOne

Bailee Cofer

Columnist bailee.cofer@drake.edu

Coming Up At Drake FEB. 10

Women’s Basketball vs. Illinois State 7 p.m.

FEB. 12

Women’s Basketball vs. Bradley 2 p.m.

FEB. 18

Men’s Basketball vs. Missouri State 7 p.m.

FEB. 25

Men’s Basketball vs. Bradley 1 p.m.

FEB. 12

Men’s Tennis vs. Middle Tennessee 9 a.m.

FEB. 12

Men’s Tennis vs. University of Nebraska Omaha

4 p.m.

FEB. 24

Women’s Basketball vs. University of Northern Iowa 4 p.m.


Women’s Basketball vs. Missouri State 7 p.m.

Drake handles So. Illinois, Evansville on the road

PAIGE GREINER goes for an open layup against Northern Illinois on Nov. 30, a 95-86 win for the Bulldogs. Greiner has played in every game this season and averaged 2.6 points per contest. PHOTO BY KATE KURKA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Joseph Miller Staff Writer joseph.w.miller@drake.edu @josephmiller3

Drake Women’s Basketball has been on the up the last couple of seasons, but has appeared unstoppable in 2016-17. Riding a 12-game win streak, the Bulldogs have an 11-0 start in the Missouri Valley Conference, the best in program history. They also twogame buffer in the top seed of the conference, ahead of no. 2 Northern Iowa and its 9-2 record Drake kept up the momentum this weekend, picking up two strong wins against conference opponents Southern Illinois and Evansville on a two-game road trip. Drake began their weekend in Carbondale taking on Southern Illinois. It was the second matchup between the powerhouse Bulldogs and middle-of-theroad Salukis. Drake took the first meeting 75-59. The Bulldogs jumped ahead early in the first quarter, but allowed a 17-4 run midway through the second to fall behind 30-20. Despite answering with a 7-1 run, SIU held a 35-31 lead entering halftime. Drake battled back in the third quarter, making up the four-point deficit and drawing even at 5050 heading into the final period. The Bulldogs grabbed a six-point lead off of an 8-2 run to begin the fourth and didn’t look back from there. Drake would outscore Southern Illinois 21-10 in the final

frame and took the game, 71-60. Drake’s starting five did most of the damage, combining for 63 of the team’s 71 points. The Bulldogs once again dominated down low, scoring 44 points in the paint. Individually, Drake’s stars got it done once again. Lizzy Wendell continued her prolific scoring campaign, putting up 21 points and adding an assist. Caitlin Ingle added 20 points, four assists and two rebounds. Drake finished the weekend Sunday in Evansville, squaring off against the 3-8 Purple Aces. Again, it was the second meeting between the two teams. The last one ended in an 82-65 Bulldog victory. Drake jumped out to an early 20-8 lead in the first quarter, controlling the pace of play effectively and knocking down some key 3-pointers to maintain momentum. Evansville did not give up hope, however, as they came back to bring the game within eight heading into the half. The Bulldogs went cold shooting in the second quarter, going zero for nine on 3-point attempts. The third quarter saw the momentum change hands multiple times as neither team could maintain control of the game. Evansville brought the game within four midway through the third, but a 14-0 Drake run in the final three minutes of the quarter allowed Drake to take a 19 point lead into the final quarter.

Drake’s stubborn defense held Evansville to just nine points in the final quarter and secured the win for the Bulldogs. Drake’s play was anchored by sophomore Sammie Bachrodt, who recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, adding five steals for good measure. Four other Bulldogs scored in the double digits, sharing the wealth almost equally among Drake’s stars: Wendell (11), Becca Jonas (11), Becca Hinter (11), Nicole Miller (10). Drake’s ability to control the pace of play and force mistakes proved crucial in the game, as the Bulldogs scored 18 points off turnovers and 14 in transition. Drake returns to the Knapp Center this Saturday to take on Illinois State at 7 p.m.

How the rest of the MVC is doing: 1. Drake


2. Northern Iowa


3. Missouri State


4. Wichita State


5. Indiana State


6. Southern Illinois


7. Bradley


8. Evansville


9. Illinois State


10. Loyola


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Feb. 07, 2017


Women’s Tennis’ first team victories under new head coach

ALEX KOZLOWSKI (top) awaits her opponents serve at Sunday’s match against Augustana University. (Bottom-left) Head coach Mai-Ly Tran coaches junior Summer Brills during her singles match. Drake is Tran’s first collegiate head coaching job. (Bottom-right) Brills prepares to serve. She started 2-1 in both singles and doubles in 2017. PHOTOS BY ADAM ROGAN | MANAGING EDITOR


Men’s Tennis starts 4-2 Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

After Drake Women’s Tennis opened the season with a disappointing road loss to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Jan. 22, the Bulldogs got their legs back under them in their second week. Despite losing the doubles point in both matches, Drake came back to win against the University of South Dakota Coyotes on Feb. 4 and the Augustana University Vikings the next day. The wins were also the first regular season victories under new head coach Mai-Ly Tran. Drake is the first collegiate head coaching gig for Tran, and it’s off to a 2-1 start. “I’m really excited about the wins,” Tran said. “They were well deserved because the girls had to fight for them, they had to definitely earn these wins.” Down 0-1 to the Coyotes, sophomore Kenya Williams swept her opponent 6-0, 6-0 to tie the match up. Junior Summer Brills gave Drake the lead with a two-set victory of her own. Junior Mela Jaglarz and freshman Alex Kozlowski fell soon after, putting the Coyotes up 3-2. Sophomore Joely Lomas lost her first set 3-6, but turned the tide in the second set with a 6-2 win. The third set was tighter, but Lomas managed to come away with a 6-4 victory to tie the team match at three. Senior Tess Herder won her first set before dropping the second. With the team decision resting solely on Drake’s lone

senior, Herder pulled through with a 6-2 set-win to seal the victory. Brills and Lomas cruised to a 6-1 victory on court 2 while Jaglarz and Kozlowski were picked apart on court 3, a 6-2 loss. The point came down to court 1, occupied by Herder and Williams. Neither pair ever led by more than a game, pushing the match into a tiebreaker. As the match progressed, Williams’ control faltered. She faulted on several serves and missed on a couple putaways, but Herder’s powerful serves and decisive slams kept the match close. Herder/Williams got out ahead 5-3 in the first-to-7 tiebreaker, but dropped four consecutive points to give Augastana the first point of the match. “It’s been tough losing the doubles and that’s something we need to work on,” Tran said. “They’ve been close. … The more time we have to spend on doubles, we’ll get better.” At the outset of singles, Drake turned the tide. The Bulldogs won the first game on all six courts, a sign of things to come as each Bulldog won their first set. Lomas was the first to finish, winning 6-0, 6-2. Williams wasn’t far behind with a 6-1, 6-2 win. Herder secured match point for the Bulldogs with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At first, it looked like Brills would be the one to finish the Vikings off. She won the first set easily, 6-2. Tied 3-3 in the second set, Brills lost three consecutive games, allowing a third set. With her momentum lost, Brills continued to struggle. She lost the first five games of

the set, ultimately ending 1-6 in Augustana’s favor. Jaglarz ended up being the one to seal the match-win. She quietly went back-and-forth with her opponent and won in a threesetter: 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. It was the first win of the season for her and kept Drake above .500 in 2017. “It feels so good. It’s such a relief to finally clinch,” Jaglarz said. “It feels like all the hard work has finally paid off.” Jaglarz clincher is a sign of something the Bulldogs will need to rely on this season. The team only has six players, meaning that everyone will have to play every match to field a full team. In the fall, they had one more player on the roster, but the player, a freshman, elected to drop tennis in order to focus more exclusively on her studies. “They know the situation, and with six players everyone has to step up,” Tran said. “We have a lot of work to do, but it’s very exciting as far as the results for the weekends.” Herder, who has now been competing for four seasons, has been the team’s top performer to start 2017. She’s undefeated in singles (3-0) and is looking to ride that momentum as long as she can. “(I’m) working on my focus and just being very confident in myself,” Herder said. Drake will finish its startof-the-season homestead this weekend. The Bulldogs will face Iowa State in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center at 4 p.m. this Friday, with the University of Nebraska at Omaha scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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Drake Men’s Tennis’ season is underway. A young team without any seniors on the roster, the Bulldogs have still started the season on a positive with four wins and two losses through three weekends of competition. Drake started the season with a pair of dominating wins in a Jan. 21 home doubleheader. Only one Bulldog lost their match against George Washington University on the way to a 6-1 victory. Later that afternoon, Drake won 4-0 against Northern Illinois University. The next weekend, the Bulldogs were handed their first loss in Austin, Texas, to the University of Texas, a team currently ranked in the nation’s top 10. After losing his first match of the season, junior Calum MacGeoch bounced back by winning on the second court in two sets, giving Drake its only point against the Longhorns. The next day, the Bulldogs picked up their first road win of the season against Rice University. After winning the doubles point thanks to two 12-game match wins, Drake still needed to win three matches in singles. Sophomore team captain Vinny Gillespie — ranked 73rd in the nation — started Drake off with a win to further his perfect record of 3-0. Sophomore Tom Hands put Drake just a point away from victory by winning a second set tiebreaker. But then Rice won the next three matches, including a narrow third-set tiebreaker over junior

Ben Stride 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). This put the pressure on Drake’s only freshman, Barny Thorold. He’d lost the first set in a tiebreaker — 6-7 (6-8) — but battled back with a pair of 6-4 victories in the final two sets to sneak away with the singles and team victory. On Feb. 3, Drake travelled to Iowa City to face the University of Iowa. Entering the match, the Bulldogs had won five consecutive matches against their in-state rivals. That streak was extended to six on Friday. Despite losing the doubles point, the Bulldogs won three consecutive decisions to secure the victory at 4-2. (The final score was officially 4-3, as Barnaby lost a tiebreaker in the third set after the team match was decided.) Gillespie remained perfect on the season with his fourth win, a straight-set victory. The clincher came on the no. 2 court as MacGeoch came from behind after getting swept in the first set. He won the second set 6-3 and battled through in the third with a 7-6 (7-3) win. The Bulldogs’ two-match win streak ended two days later at Purdue University. Purdue started the season at 0-3, but also had a tougher schedule than Drake to start 2017. They lost 4-1 to no. 5 University of Georgia and then 4-3 to both the University of Alabama and the University of Louisville. Against the Bulldogs, the Boilermakers led from start to finish. They won the doubles point and then took three singles matches, all of them in two sets. Drake will return home for a doubleheader on Sunday against Middle Tennessee University at 9 a.m. and the University of Nebraska at Omaha at 4 p.m.

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Feb. 8, 2017


Drake tries to mount upset, but falls to Wichita State

FRESHMAN FORWARD JOHANNES DOLVEN (top) hangs his head during Drake’s game against Wichita State, which was a back-and-forth affair until the game’s final eight minutes. (Below) Junior guard De’Antae McMurray calls a play. McMurray contributed a career-high of 28-points in the outing against Wichita State. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR Adam Rogan Managing Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @adam_rogan

Timmer stood alone, stonefaced, at the halfcourt circle awaiting tipoff in the Knapp Center on Feb. 1. He looked focused, almost angry. He wanted to upset the Wichita State Shockers, the top team in the Missouri Valley Conference. Despite keeping the game much closer than many would’ve expected, Drake Men’s Basketball (7-17, 5-7 MVC) fell 77-69 to Wichita State (21-4, 11-1 MVC). On Feb. 4, the Bulldogs lost again when they visited the Bradley University Braves (9-16, 4-8 MVC). There were 15 lead changes throughout the Drake-Witchita matchup and the Bulldogs led for nearly 13 minutes cumulatively. The last time these two teams met, it wasn’t nearly as close as Wichita State cruised to a 90-65 win on Jan. 4. Drake never led in that game, and the only time the game was tied was when it was 0-0. Even though they were ranked second in the Missouri Valley Conference on Feb. 1, the Shockers were still largely considered the best team in the MVC. They’re on the cusp of the NCAA top 25 and have a better overall record than almost half of the teams in it. Comparing the lineups, Drake’s starting five was a combined five inches shorter and 84 pounds lighter than WSU. “They’re very complete,” head coach Jeff Rutter said. “They’re strong and they’re athletic and they’ve got length … With that being said, we felt we were right there. We played toe-to-toe for a large portion of that game.” Drake’s offense may be fourth in the MVC, but Wichita is no. 1. The Shockers defense is no. 2. Drake’s is the worst in the conference. Still, the Shockers never held a double-digit lead throughout the game and Drake even had a lead in the final 10 minutes. The Shockers’ physical and near impenetrable shell made scoring tough for the Bulldogs, but junior guard De’Antae McMurray made do. Sophomore Nick McGlynn holds up three fingers after McMurray made his first three of the game. McGlynn recorded his second three of the season on Wednesday. He led the team with 28 points, a career high and matching his total over the past four games combined, and shot 50 percent from the field and from beyond

the arc. The problem was nobody else scored more than eight; that was Graham Woodward, the only other Bulldog to shoot at 50 percent or better. (He was 3-4 with a pair of threes.) The team’s points leader, junior guard Reed Timmer, finished 2-11 with only seven points, his second lowest scoring game of the season. Still McMurray remained humble and practical. Two games before he’d been shut out in an overtime win at Missouri State. He’s seen and experienced the streakiness that goes along with basketball. “We just want to see the next man step up,” McMurray said. “If he’s not getting it that day then it’s the next man’s turn. If I’m not getting it, then somebody has to step up for me. And that’s just how we’ve been playing all season. We just feed off each other.” Besides McMurray’s career day, the Bulldogs kept the game close with stretches of defensive dominance. They forced nine turnovers and had seven steals. Of course, McMurray led the team with three takeaways, matching his career-high. Wichita State’s prowess showed down low, in passing and in execution. The Shockers outscored Drake 36-12 in the paint, outrebounded 43-34, outassisted 19-10 and outshot 47 percent to 37.7 percent. If you removed McMurray’s 8-16 performance from the field goal percentage, the rest of the Bulldog squad shot only 33.3 percent overall. Drake struggled to match up with the Shockers’ big men. Junior forward Rashard Kelly scored 13 points in 13 minutes off the bench. A double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) was provided by redshirt-junior center Shaquille Morris as well. (Yes, the 6-foot-8, 265-pound center is named “Shaq.”) Wichita’s scoring was still led by its starting guards, Landry Shamet and Conner Framkamp, who combined for 33 points, each of them shooting 6-10 from the floor. Drake’s best moments came in the early-to-mid second half. One possession after an overpursuit by McMurray allowed an easy bucket, McMurray jumped a pass and scored an easy layup. Junior forward T.J. Thomas made a similar on the next possession and found McMurray for a transition three, shrinking the Shockers’ lead to one with just over 17 minutes remaining. Bolstered by crowd noise — 3,024 in attendance — the Bulldogs went on a 15-3 run that

included holding the Shockers scoreless on six consecutive possessions, a drought lasting nearly four minutes Still, it’s hard to keep the MVC’s best offense quiet. Wichita State responded an identical 15-3 run to rebuild a six-point lead. Of course it was McMurray who pulled Drake out of the short-term slump, sinking a three to halve the deficit with 6:16 remaining, but that was as close as the game would get. With 1:30 remaining and down seven, Drake junior Ore Arogundade missed a three. The Bulldogs didn’t foul and Wichita State used a full 30 seconds to take a shot, made a tip-in, extended its lead to nine and drained the clock to under 60 seconds. The game was effectively over. “We kind of cooled off in a really important stretch of the game there,” Rutter said. Still, he had confidence for the coming weeks despite the twogame losing streak. “(The team is showing) the kind of effort, the kind of toughness, the kind of energy we need,” Rutter said. “We’ll

continue to bring that and we’ve got a handful of wins ahead of us.” The Bulldogs losing streak was extended to three on the road vs. Bradley three days later. The Bulldogs never led in the game and were down 23-41 going into halftime. It wasn’t looking good. They’d turned the ball over eight times in the half, had been outrebounded 21-17, shot a meager 31 percent from the field, and were 15 percent from 3-point range. Bradley’s Darrell Brown and Donte Thomas controlled the ir team’s offense. Brown had a game-high 20 points and was 14-15 from the free-throw line. D. Thomas’ contribution came on the court, shooting 7-9 for 19 points to go along with 10 rebountds for a double-double. Still, the Bulldogs challenged the Braves in the second half. Drake’s T.J. Thomas recorded a double-double in the second half alone with 10 points and 10 rebounds. (He had zero points and three rebounds in the first half.)

Bradley never led by more than 20 as Drake slowly clawed back. The difference got as small as five with 2:39 remaining, but poor shooting down the stretch by Drake’s guards — the Bulldogs were 2-8 in the final 2:30 — allowed the Braves to seal their win. Besides T.J. Thomas, three other Bulldogs scored in doubledigits: Timmer (13), Woodward (12) and Arogundade (11). After having the hot hand the game before, McMurray only managed four points and one assist. Drake outperformed Bradley in the paint in the second half. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Braves by 26-16 in the final 20 minutes and also scored 13 second-chance points to Bradley’s five across the whole game. The Bulldogs returned to the Knapp Center last night for a matchup with the Illinois State Redbirds. Tip-off was after The Times-Delphic was sent to print. The last time Drake faced Illinois State, the Redbirds won 72-58 in Normal, Illinois.

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