Drake basketball player Trevor Berkeley stretches over a Loyola University player on Wed. Feb. 28 in the Knapp Center. Bulldogs lost 75-80. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR
The weekly student newspaper of Drake University
Vol. 134 | No. 9 | March 4, 2015
OPINIONS Minnesota is looking at two bills that would lower the age to 18 or 19, allowing younger college students to learn safe drinking habits early on. But is learning these habits worth sacrificing the lowered number of alcoholrelated car accidents? | Read more on page 06.
Drake has hit the map with a new Instagram account called @onpaintedstreet. A different student is selected each week to upload pictures from around campus featuring students, organizations, or anything they find intriguing. | Read more on page 07.
Drake Women’s Basketball took two losses in conference play this season to Wichita State and Missouri State. These losses move the Bulldogs down from their number one ranking in the MVC two weeks before the championship tournament. | Read more on page 11.
Anti-Semitic posters found on campus MEPPA and Hillel both condemn #JewHaters posters at Drake Morgan Gstalter News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @morgGstalt
A number of Anti-Semitic posters with the hashtag #JewHaters were found at various locations on Wednesday, Feb. 23, citing to be from the organization Students for Justice in Palestine. The posters were seen at a handful of other universities across the country including University of California, Los Angeles and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, creating controversy from coast to coast. They have been taken down since the photos were taken. Both the Jewish and Middle Eastern communities on campus condemn the act of the posters, calling it “hateful.” A majority of the members of Drake Hillel, the Jewish organization on campus, are in Washington D.C for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference. Former Hillel President and senior public relations student Randy Kane called the posters ‘ridiculous and extreme.’ “We understand the right to free speech and the right to form your own political views but we will not stand hating us as a people,” Kane said during a phone conversation. The poster said “Students for Justice in Palestine” and Kane believes they may actually be from extreme supporters of Israel. “I think, as unfortunate as it is, they were created by supporters of Israel that aren’t us (Hillel) obviously,” Kane said. “To be blunt, you’re going to have extremes on every conflict. You’ll have the far left and the far right. Pro or anti-Israel. Some radical people think that anyone who doesn’t support Israel is anti-Semitic. The average Jewish student at Drake is no where near that extreme.”
It is unclear where the posters came from because students that work with the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) have also condemned the posters and claim no affiliation with the “hateful propaganda.” Ali Jandal, a representative of Middle Eastern Peace and Prosperity (MEPPA), wrote a letter to the editor, on page five of this week’s issue.
“NSJP is not anti-Israel. It is just pro-Palestine. People might have assumed we are automatically proPalestine just because we discuss Middle Eastern topics.” Ali Jandal
Jandal was worried that this “national slander campaign,” as he calls it, would reflect negatively upon his organization and that an affiliation between the posters and MEPPA would be assumed. MEPPA works closely with the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) as a taskforce that focuses on cultural education. “Our goal with the letter was to make sure that people don’t think we did this,” Jandal said. “We don’t discriminate. We want people to see us for what we really are. Our goal is to walk away and use this incident to our advantage and showcase MEPPA and our true colors.” “My first reaction was initial disbelief,” Jandal said. “I don’t know who would put up such a negative thing. Why at Drake? What group or person would do this?” Jandal said he had two main concerns when he first discovered the posters.
#JEWHATERS poster was found taped to a trash can outside of Meredith Hall on Feb. 23. PHOTO COURSTEY OF ALI JANDAL “First, I was worried that people would believe that the poster came out of MEPPA,” Jandal said. “Secondly, I also know of the growth of islamophobia and anti-Arab thoughts, and I was worried on behalf of the safety of my members. People can be dangerous when they have that
mentality. It seemed insensitive and ill-timed.” Jandal stressed that MEPPA and NSJP are educational groups. “NSJP is not anti-Israel,” he said. “It is just pro-Palestine. People might have assumed we are automatically pro-Palestine just because we discuss Middle
Eastern topics. A majority of people look for something that pins people apart and we hope to work with NSJP to rehumanize Palestinians. We care about human rights.”
Annual J-Term fair showcases potential classes, travel seminars Morgan Gstalter News Editor email@example.com @morgGstalt The annual January-term fair which showcase three-credit winter break options will take place on Monday, March 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parent’s Hall of upper Olmsted. The fair will provide an opportunity for students to see all of the available travel seminars and some of the on-campus classes that will be open for registration and offered in January 2016. “In general, J-term travel courses are looking to attract relatively broad audiences,”
professor Arthur Sanders said. “Some courses are targeting particular audiences.” The fair will have a complete list of definite travel seminars and on-campus courses that have been very popular in the past and are likely to return again. “Some faculty have time conflicts so they will send former students to sit at the table and pass out informational sheets and email sign-up sheets for more information,” Sanders said. While January-term classes that travel outside of Iowa are often more attractive to students, especially those who cannot spend a semester abroad, Sanders said not to count out classes that are based on campus.
Some classes, such as advanced piano ensemble, are catered to specific students and majors. Other on-campus courses, however, often spend time exploring Des Moines and some fun classes, like one about winter birds, spend a lot of time outside. “Professor Keith Summerville has taught a course in the past on environmental biology,” Sanders said. “Some people might be a little apprehensive but it has no prerequisites. It’s open to students who happen to be interested.” Registration for the fall 2015 semester and January 2016 courses begins on Monday, March 30.
J-TERM FAIR Monday, March 9, 2015 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Parent’s Hall, upper Olmsted Registration for courses begins Monday, March 30, 2015
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