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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 136 | No. 4 | Wed. Sept. 21, 2016


OPINIONS Coffee and other caffeinated beverages are the drink of choice for many collegiate scholars. One student talks about her love for coffee and how caffeine dependence can become an issue, especially in college. Read more on page 6.


Football games are a little bit different at Drake. Students share their experiences at football games, where most go to the first few games and gradually stop attending because it does not have the same amount of energy as a large university. Read more on Page 9.

The football team was able to garner their first win of the season on last Saturday when they defeated McKendree University at Drake Stadium. They will see if they can keep this momentum going into their game on against Morehead State University. Read more on page 12.


Committee to start collaboration to prevent sexual assault OF REPORTED CAMPUS RAPES:


were to a school official

considered leaving school were to law enforcement

experienced problems with friends & peers INFORMATION FROM ENDRAPEONCAMPUS.ORG

Katherine Bauer News Editor @bauerkatherine

Drake’s Title IX coordinator has been on campus for just a little over a year. Now, she is looking to make a connection with students. Katie Overberg, the Title IX coordintaor, is organizing the Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Student Advisory Committee. Her goal is to connect students with the administration behind sexual assault compliance policy. “What I saw when I got to Drake last fall was that there needs to be more communication so that students know what administration is doing,” Overberg said. “And that administration, more importantly, knows what students need and want.” The administration behind sexual assault policy includes the dean of students, the prevention coordinator, residence life and public safety. The missed connection with these

administrators is a feeling shared by students. “I do think it’s important for administration to be accessible to students,” said Student Services Senator Grace Rogers, who is looking to serve on the committee. “Historically, some of the controversy behind sexual assault policy reform is that administration goes silent or they don’t address the problem. That’s not been a problem, or at least, not to the degree that is has at other schools.” The committee has open positions for students from six specific groups, including Student Senate, Residence Hall Association, Unity Roundtable, athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life and a graduate or professional student position. In addition, Overberg said she wants four to five students to take on atlarge positions. “I know that great ideas are going to come from the students,” Overberg said. “I want people to get to meet the staff that are involved, face to face, know what we do and start to de-mystify the process.”

Rogers said that her goal as the Student Services Senator is to fix any problems students might have, including sexual assault and personal misconduct.

“... we can not only just communicate with the students what’s happening, but also push administration on some measures they need to take to make students of all genders and of all kinds of ethnicities feel safe on campus.” Russell White Student Senate Health and Safety Senator

“This is also an issue that is very important to me,” Rogers said. “I campaigned on sexual assault policy reform … When Katie Overberg asked me to serve on this committee, I 100 percent said yes right away.”

In addition to being a mechanism for students and administration to connect, Overberg said a goal of the committee is to facilitate ideas for prevention projects and that suggestions for policy reform from the group will be examined. The committee will take ideas for sexual assault awareness and prevention from outside organizations into consideration. “We’ve had some great feedback from Student Senate with questions for Scott Law (Drake’s public safety director),” Overberg said. “And it was just no one had asked that question before.” The Health and Safety Senator Russell White, who interested in a position on the committee, campaigned on improving the health and safety of students on campus, including sexual assault awareness. “I think it’s more important that the administration takes a priority on sexual assault violence more than it has in the past,” White said, “which is why I want to be a part of this group so that we can not only just communicate with

the students what’s happening but also push administration on some measures they need to take to make students of all genders and of all kinds of ethnicities feel safe on campus.” White said he thinks this committee will help create a collaborative, productive space. “I think (preventing sexual assault) has to be a campus effort,” White said. “It can’t always be fragmented in our different initiatives. One thing I’m hoping this committee will do is bring those groups together and do a better job at having the entire community address this issue.” Overberg said she would like all students interested in positions on the committee to contact her by Sept. 30. Once solidifying the committee members, they will begin meeting in early October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Overberg can be reached at


Sussman Lecturer addresses child labor across the globe Jessica Lynk Editor-in-Chief @jessmlynk

Kailash Satyarthi started his interest in advocating against child labor as a young boy. When he was 5 and first going to school, he saw a young boy outside the school yard shinning shoes to make money. “Those eyes followed me,” Satyarthi said. He asked his dad why this was the case and his dad responded, “Poor children work to help their families.” Satyarthi said this made him angry inside. “Since then, I got this new perspective and started looking at what was wrong,” Satyarthi said. Fifty-seven years later, Satyarthi gave the Sussman Lecture, sponsored by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. His lecture was on the work he did to stop the child labor epidemic. The lecture took place Monday night in the Sussman theater. Satyarthi was born and lives in India. Satyarthi is known for his work advocating for child

education and speaking out against child labor. His goal from the beginning has been to end child labor. This lecture was unique because Satyarthi is a good friend of Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin met Satyarthi in 1991. From there, their work blossomed into a friendship. Harkin even nominated Satyarthi for a Noble Peace Prize, one which Satyarthi won in 2014. Satyarthi touched on the impact Harkin made in his life, emphasizing on the fact that when he was attacked trying to rescue children, Harkin was always there. “Each time I was attacked, not matter where I was, Senator Harkin would call me, my wife, my children,” Satyarthi said. “That was my biggest mode of strength.” Satyarthi has been advocating for children since he was 26 and left his life as an electrical engineer to help the fight on child labor. “I didn’t know who to follow because there was nobody around me working on this issue,” Satyarthi said. He began physically rescuing children from child labor

situations after he started a journal in 1981 and felt it did not go far enough. Satyarthi has freed over 80,000 children from slave labor and child labor situations. “I have not freed them,” Satyarthi said. “They have freed me.” Satyarthi emphasized that education of all of these children is the way to fix this issue. Educating children gets them out of the sweat shops but also gives them hope for the future, Satyarthi said. Satyarthi ended his lecture by telling a childhood story, that he remembered, about a hummingbird. All the animals in the forest ran away from the huge fire, but the humming bird flew towards, taking one drop of water at a time to make a dent in putting out the fire. “When there was no one fighting against child labor, I took my drop to do my part, do my bit,” Satyarthi said. “Do your bit, do your part. These are all our children.” The Sussman lecture is given twice a year to discuss a current issue in public policy. The next lecture will occur next Spring.

KAILASH SATYARTHI orchestrated the Global March Against Child Labor, the biggest civil society network to combat the exploitation of children, bringing together teacher and trade unions. COURTSEY OF THE HARKIN INSITUTE

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