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Bulldog puppies greeted s tudents at Dogtown After Hours. PHOTO BY SAM FATHALLAH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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OPINIONS A new Tinder-like app called Bumble only allows women to message men and they have within a 24-hour period to make contact after matching. What does that mean to women? They have to make the first move and there are no more creepy messages from random Tinder men they’re matched with. | Read more on page 04.

SPORTS

A newly recognized student organization is aiming to bring together students from various faith backgrounds to openly discuss spiritual questions. Interfaith was founded by two sophomores and will give students an opportunity to learn and discuss their peers’ worldly views. | Read more on page 08.

The field for Drake Relays has grown even more competitive, as five more world number one athletes have been announced this past week. Des Moines native Lolo Jones, who is ranked third worldwide in hurdles, will also return to the Drake Relays to compete in the women’s shuttle hurdle relay. | Read more on page 10.

CAMPUS EVENTS

Dogtown After Hours breaks unofficial record Fermata the Blue performed in Sussman Theater at the #CarpeDU event. PHOTO BY SAM FATHALLAH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Morgan Gstalter News Editor morgan.gstalter@drake.edu @morgGstalt

Dogtown After Hours broke an unofficial world record for the largest Nerf gun fight last Saturday in the early morning. The Nerf gun fight, held in Helmick Commons, had

557 participants according to Elizabeth Bald, co-chair of the Dogtown After Hours (DTAH) annual event. The participants were split between two teams, red team with 3oo students and blue team with 277 students, and battled for 10 minutes under large spotlights. There was no winner, as the teams were just for fun and to build competitive morale. The current record is held

by Washington University in St. Louis with 461 students and lasted roughly five minutes. However, it is unsure when or if the Guinness Book of World Records will recognize the record. “Unfortunately, it is a very long process to have all of the evidence submitted to and processed by Guinness. We will be sure to keep everyone updated and will hopefully know if we have been approved for breaking

the world record soon,” Bald said in an email. The organization was allocated $9,360 by Student Senate to help fund the events and purchase the Nerf guns. The Nerf guns are going to be donated to local youth organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Summer camps and Boy Scouts. The “Seize Drake” event on Friday, Mar. 27, also included

free food, bubble soccer, chair massages, dueling pianos, henna hand tattoos, caricaturists, a tech room, trivia, s’mores tables, raffles, a photo booth, mug decorating, a street magician, a decorated mural dedicated to the late live mascot Porterhouse, performances from D+ Improv, Fermata the Blue a capella and Brochal Chords.

CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

South Asian Student Association travels to St. Louis for show Angela Ufheil Staff Writer angela.ufheil@drake.edu @AngelaUfheil

Drake University’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) spent March 28-29 at St. Louis University. They attended SLU’s Indian Student Association’s Spring Show, a mash-up of Indian culture that included dance, song, and skits. SASA president Nikita Khara

enjoyed each performance, but says that her favorite was the classical dance. “To coordinate that many people and with such intricate moves and keep to the tradition of the dance and keep it as authentic as possible is very difficult,” Khara said. “And I love how they put a very modern twist on it by synthesizing modern, pop styles with Indian music.” Sophomore Drake student Anthony Pawnell also enjoyed the classical dance. “They were the most sharp, the most clean, everything was precise,” Pawnell

said. Pawnell also enjoyed the skits between each performance, which depicted two brothers starting their freshman year of college. Their parents go undercover to make sure their sons do not make mistakes. “The dialogue about the generation gap reminded me of my uncle,” Pawnell said. “He’s one of the older guys who wants to be young and hip, but he’s not, at all. I just related to it personally.” However, some people thought the skits lasted too long. “I felt like they took away from the rest of the

show,” Khara said. Tikku George, the treasurer for SLU’s ISA, said that each part of the skit was only supposed to last five minutes. However, improvisation from the actors exceeded that limit. George was overall happy with the show, especially the large turnout of 550 audience members. “We heard a lot of good things from a lot of the audience, and a lot of the participants were really happy as well,” George said. The fun continued with an after set at The Landing, a club in downtown St. Louis.

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SLU’s ISA set up buses to shuttle students to the party, but a series of delays left many standing outside in the cold for an hour. “The bus schedule was really thrown off because a student had to be taken to the hospital,” George said. George did not have details about the incident, but explained that the ambulance stopped the bus from leaving on time.

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# 02 | news

April 01, 2015

NEWS Senate face-off: Meet your candidates Emily Grimm, election commissioner of Student Senate, asked candidates running for executive senate positions, “What motivated you to run for office and what do you hope to get out of this experience?”

Kevin Maisto

STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT

Josh Duden

Junior Marketing and Management

Junior Politics, LPS, Rhetoric and International Relations

“After three years in multiple facets of Drake, I felt that my knowledge and my passion for the student body and improving the student experience would lead to positive and progressive improvements for Drake University. In everything I’ve done, I have always valued the growth and development that is experienced while in college and would only hope that Drake student would be able to reach the highest potential under my tenure.”

“I became motivated to run for office when I fell in love with what Senate can do and how it can help students, organizations and the campus overall in need. I have the experience as an executive of the student senate, where I currently serve as Vice President of Student Life, to make these changes happen, but even more so, I am so passionate about Senate and Drake that I promise not to let you down. DU it with Duden.”

VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT LIFE

Zachary Belvins Sophomore Politics and Strategic Political Communications “My love of this school and the students that go here is what motivates me the most to run for office. Ever since I first visited Drake, I could tell that the campus culture was something special that you can’t find anywhere else. I’m running for VPSL because I see its role in Student Senate as an important component in ensuring a great college experience for every Bulldog that makes it to this campus. Therefore, I hope to get out of this experience a sense that students are having a great time, creating memories and making life long friends. Student Senate should be a facilitator in ensuring this, and that’s why I ask for your vote for Vice President of Student Life.”

Krysta Thomason

Skylar Borchardt Sophomore Law, Politics, and Society

Sophomore Psychology and Management “As a member of Student Senate the past two years, I‘ve had the opportunity to be a part of substantial change on Drake’s campus. The work Senate does impacts not only current students, but students of the future, and I like to think I had a role in making it happen. I came to Drake with two goals: To get a degree in a field I love and to make a positive impact on the university. I have such a passion for improving the lives of students on campus, and that’s exactly what I hope to do in this position. By leading the Senate in a way that promotes positive change and holds each member accountable, together, we can do big things to improve the Drake experience.”

“I am running in order to increase the voices of students across campus. Student Senate plays a vital role in the lives of students, but could hear their opinions more effectively. I would like to host town halls for students to discuss the issues they see on campus, and how Senate could affect them. Simple campus initiatives or large funding projects have the possibility to create immense change. I’m inspired to run in order to create an open dialogue between students on campus and Senate.”

VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Jared Freemon

Emily Griffin Sophomore Elementary Education

Sophomore Economics and Marketing

“My love for SAB motivated me to run for Vice President of Student Activities. As a first year, I applied to be on SAB committees, and then applied to be Homecoming Co-chair. Though I didn’t get Homecoming, I was certain SAB was the place for me. In the spring, I received an email offering me the Organizational Development position because someone had seen what I could bring to the table and was pushing me to do so. I have thought about that time and time again — a fellow student saw what I could do and pushed me to do it. During my experience, I hope to share my love for SAB with members of the board and other students on campus and I hope to see the potential in other students and push them to see their own potential.”

“I chose to run for this position because I have enjoyed my experiences on Senate and SAB and feel that I could be an asset in both of these organizations. When planning Homecoming last year with my co-chair, I enjoyed planning events that students enjoyed and also loved being able to serve the student body. Through Vice President of Student Activities, I know that I could do both of these things while contributing the informative, fun Drake experience for students.”

CAMPUS EVENTS

Medical fraternity hosts anatomy fashion show Phi Delta Epsilon raises money for Children’s Medical Network Madison Gildersleeve Staff Writer madison.gildersleeve@drake.edu @M_gildersleeve

At 7 p.m. today on Pomerantz Stage will be filled with halfnaked students, wearing only tights or a tank top and covered in body paint. Drake University’s Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE) chapter is hosting their first Anatomy Fashion Show to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. According to their website, Children’s Miracle Network is an organization focused on increasing funds and awareness for children’s hospitals. PhiDE is an international medical fraternity with premedical chapters that students can carry with them if they go to medical school. “We have each other as a support group,” said junior Ali Hassan, president of PhiDE and biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major. The PhiDE chapter was

established on Drake’s campus in 2012 and is still trying to gain its footing. Last year was the first year the chapter had their own philanthropy week beyond their customary fundraising. PhiDE’s usual fundraising activities consist of selling both white t-shirts during street painting and Children’s Miracle balloons and pies during relays. They have also started putting on one big event each year. Last year they held “Feeling Fresh Friday” and offered yoga and musical acts on Dead Day to help students deal with the stress of finals. “We’re still pretty new on campus,” Hassan said. “So (the fashion show) will probably be the biggest and most fun event we’ve had.” The idea came from a meeting with the CEO of PhiDE when she brought up this event that other chapters throughout the country have held. “We thought (the event) was really interesting and a cool way to bring a lot of organizations together for the greater good and bring art and science together,”

Hassan said. Rosemarie Wyn Freymark, a junior biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major and vice-president of finance and philanthropy of PhiDE, agrees with Hassan about the potential the event holds for campus. “While we’re a smaller school, we have a really talented school with organizations that create really awesome stuff,” Freymark said. The event has required a lot of work and organization from the chapter members. Freymark has been asking the community for prizes and Hassan has been reaching out to many of the organizations for participation in the event. PhiDE needs other campus organizations to participate by entering their own models and designs. So far the organizations involved are Delta Gamma, Alpha Delta Pi and Next Course Food Recovery Network. Each organization is allowed up to two models and will submit a design through a template. “We will have to approve

(the designs) because it has to be anatomically correct and appropriate,” Hassan said. The large intestine and muscular or skeletal system are two examples of the body systems that are often painted on the models. The organizations are provided a tank top and tights to paint on for the models walking in the show. That is what they will wear on the day of the show and then the organizations will paint different anatomical structures on their models, Hassan said. One of PhiDE’s own models, junior biochemistry and molecular biology major Lindsey Colling, has mixed feelings about walking in the fashion show. “I’m excited but nervous,” Colling said. “I thought it would be a fun way to participate and to help Children’s Miracle Network.” The audience will also play a key role in the success of the event. The winning model of the fashion show is determined by the amount of money the audience donates to that model. The organization with the

winning model will win a gift card package to local businesses such as Fernando’s Mexican Grill and Drake Diner. “Our primary goal is to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network,” Freymark said. “Children’s Miracle Network runs solely on funds and relies on organizations like us to raise money for them.” PhiDE also want to spread awareness that they exist since they are relatively new on campus. Hassan also sees a bigger purpose to the fashion show. “We want to combine the art and science world and bring a lot of awareness to the children who face disease on a daily basis.” The event will be held from 6 p.m. tonight to 8 p.m. April 1 at Pomerantz Stage with the fashion show beginning at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission but the audience is encouraged to vote for favorite models by donating with cash. Before and after the fashion show there will be face painting, henna and an art sale for an additonal cost.


April 01, 2015

# 03 | news

NEWS STUDENT SENATE

MASA planning Malaysian Night

CAMPUS NEWS

SASA Senate disapproves campaign student organization travels to St. Louis University for cultural showcase Beth Levalley Staff Writer beth.levalley@drake.edu @bethlevalley

The Senate did not approve a new group on campus entitled the Drake Warren Warriors. This organization would have promoted United States Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts if she were to run for president. Because the group was not seen as sustainable, the majority of the Senate voted no. Vice President of Drake Warren Warriors, Jim Freerksen, spoke about making the group sustainable by holding events that Sen. Warren would approve of after the campaign. “We would set up large events like rallies, visual events and collaborate with other groups such as the Action League based around Warren’s ideals,” Freerksen said. While the Senate rarely declines student organizations, they wanted to set a precedent for the future. Sen. O’Hea reminded the table that whether they vote for or against this group, it will be a model for candidacy groups that are expected to come about in the next year, and it will expedite the process in the future. Sen. O’Hea and Sen. Thomason suggested rebranding the group to appear as a populist

or even socialist organization, rather than using Sen. Warren as a spokesperson. Freerksen discouraged this idea by explaining how their events are based around Sen. Warren and not the sole purpose of the events. “We’re not fighting for candidacy, we’re fighting for the spirit of Elizabeth Warren,”

“We’re not fighting for candidacy, we’re fighting for the spirit of Elizabeth Warren.” JIM FREERKSEN Vice President Warren Warriors

Freerksen said. With the potential of more presidential support, organizations forming on campus, Senate found it best to veto the Drake Warren Warriors. Representatives from University Communications also spoke to Senate Thursday about their efforts to revamp Drake’s social media pages. Niki Smith, digital media specialist, works with all of Drake’s social media outlets to connect with potential and active

students, alumni, donors and friends. Smith discussed her intentions of connecting academic senators with their respective college representative. She also encouraged senators to share their ideas for social media or each indivdual colleges’ websites with her. “The office’s mission is to advance the reputation of Drake University,” Smith said. “The simplest stuff is the most engaging.” Evan Favreau was also in attendance. Favreau is a digital media specialist and an admissions counselor for Drake. He spoke highly of the new promotional Instagram account @onpaintedstreet where a different Drake student is in control of publishing photos each week. His goal is to utilize such social media sites for promoting Drake to prospective students and and as a retention tool. “I’m just really happy (On Painted Street) exists,” Favreau said. The Senate allocated $1,732 to Malaysian Night, held by the Malaysian Student Association (MASA). This is MASA’s biggest event of the year. The money allocated by the Senate will cover part of the cost for food and materials for marketing the event. MASA plans to incorporate more Malaysian culture into this

year’s event. The group will include timeline sketches and various forms of entertainment, including cultural dances. MASA hopes previous attendees President David Maxwell and his wife Maddie attend the event, and Dean Randall Blum of the College of Business and Public Administration has already confirmed his attendance. Tickets will be sold for $10 the week before the event and $12 at the door. The ticket sales will primarily cover the costs of food. Vice President of Student Life Duden proposed that Senate write words of encouragement to organizations that are turned down by senate. Sen. Krsyta Thomason is working with Drake Environmental Action League to possibly eliminate the plastic bags at the C-Store. She is also working on recreating Bulldog Bucks and implementing a rewards system that would entice students to visit businesses around the Drake area. This could potentially be a smartphone app or on students’ IDs. Vice President Duden had words of wisdom for the Senate as well as all students of Drake. “After spring break, it’s hard to stay on track. Pace yourself and stay organized,” Duden said.

JUMP FROM, page 01 “Certain things such as traffic and the ambulance were just out of our control,” George said. “At the time I was pretty upset about it, but now I feel very neutral towards the topic,” Khara said of standing in the cold. “There was nothing they could do. I have a lot of empathy for them.” After an hour of huddling together, the Drake group crammed three to a eat on the bus, eventually making it to the after-set. Students danced to a mix of Bollywood and American pop music. “I enjoyed it,” Khara said. “Everyone got a chance to really get to know one another.” Khara said 20 Drake students attended, a record for SASA’s spring trip. She was excited to see that many were not of South Asian dissent. “It shows that people from different background and different perspectives can get together and have fun, even though that’s maybe not what they’re used to,” Khan said.

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# 04 | opinions

April 01, 2015

OPINIONS MENTAL HEALTH

Seeking recovery from Depression, Anxiety and OCD Don’t be afraid of ‘manly stereotypes’ when asking for help “You are not sick anymore.” That’s what I constantly tell myself whenever I get overly stressed. You see, a year ago, in response to stress, I would make myself cry, make myself bleed, or vomit any and all signs of nutrients in my body. But I’m better now. You could say I had a pretty rough freshman year. While I was adjusting to being away from home last year, I was also diagnosed with severe depression, an anxiety disorder, a mild form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa, which, now that I break it down, kind of sounds like a grocery list for a restless attention-seeking trophy wife in Manhattan. To say I was mentally ill was putting it mildly.

I kept quiet because I didn’t want to be seen as an oversensitive drama queen. I would constantly feel as though I wasn’t worthy of any of my friends, worry that I wasn’t worthy of love. I once spent three days in my dorm room because of five words I had said to one of my friends, petrified to the point of semicatatonia for possibly hurting someone. I’m not posting this in the TD in order to gain sympathy or respect or whatever. I’m doing it because despite all of the whacked-out stuff I went through last year — including a brief moment in time where I wanted to end my life — I am still standing. Because I got help, I am stronger than ever. And you can

be too. In our culture, men are supposed to step away from any and all sources of emotional distraught. Men aren’t supposed to have emotions, men are supposed to have balls, because “ball is life” and life has absolutely no time to feel sad. We’re either supposed to block emotions off until it’s too late or we’re considered not “manly” men, which is something I’m not cool with. I am human. I was born with genes that would make it likely that I would have a serotonin deficiency and increase the likelihood of neurological disorders. What I told myself last year, much like I told myself in my first T-ball game before I threw my

glove down on the field, was this: I was not going to sacrifice my own happiness because I would be seen weak otherwise. Maybe I’m paraphrasing from my T-Ball days, but still, the sentiment was there. Because I sought out help for my mental problems last year, I am maintaining a spot on the Dean’s List, successfully helping steer my fraternity towards chartering at Drake, holding down two jobs and taking 16 credit hours. All because I asked for help and got the correct medication. Your life deserves to be lived, fully. This is a plea to seek help to climb out of the hell of depression. It is not un-manly to get help. It is inhumane to keep yourself isolated in the shadows until they consume you.

Reach out to your friends, your family and your counselor. Take solace in the fact that there are people out there who can and will help you.

Jeff Hersheway Staff Writer jeffrey.hersheway@drake.edu @HershAlltheWay

GIRL CODE

New app allows for female empowerment and fewer creepy messages Bumble, a Tinder-esque dating app, forces women to message men first

Claudia Williams Staff Writer claudia.williams@drake.edu @polkadotclaud

It has been called “The Sadie Hawkins Dance of Dating” and is empowering woman to pick and choose who they want to message first, instead of being talked at. Unlike on Tinder, where guys send overtly sexual messages and tacky pick-up lines, Bumble puts the power in our hands. Bumble gives women the ability to pick and choose whom they want to spark up a conversation with. When the “you’ve got a new match” message pops up on the two users phones, there is only one way to get the conversation started. The girl has to message the guy first or else they disappear from each others lives forever. If the girl doesn’t make the first move in 24 hours, their match is erased — never to be seen again. The only control the guys have in the app is the ability to “save” a match for an extra 24 hours, in the hopes his dream girl gives in and sends him a message. This new kind of dating app is

changing the way we as women meet men online. We now get to choose who we want to walk into our lives, and who we most definitely do not (insert swiping left action). The idea behind the app is putting the power in the girls hand, a vastly different concept than the one, we as women, are used to on Tinder. We usually don’t have to make the first move due to the eagerness men have when it comes to getting a conversation going and their strong desire to “grab a drink later on.” The app protects women from unwanted, vulgar messages that are frequently sent on Tinder. It takes the power out of the guys’ hands, and puts the pressure on us as females to go against the “norm” and make the first move. Now I am not saying every guy on Tinder is a creepy, dirtymouthed guy. I have actually had some pretty nice guys message me and friends of mine have met their awesome boyfriends on the app, but in my opinion, the negative messages outweigh the positive ones, giving the app a negative connotation. I love how Bumble gives women the empowerment to speak to guys how they please and when they please. We no longer have to sit there and receive messages from a cute guy, who ruins that image by sending a graphic pick-up line that no girl would actually enjoy reading. I uninstalled Tinder a while back due to this. With Bumble, being able to choose whom I talk to makes me feel a lot less vulnerable. The ball is now in my court and I can toss

it to whomever I want. Former Tinder employee Whitney Wolfe and a group of other former employees launched the new app this year. Wolfe created the app after the CMO of Tinder, Justin Mateen, sexually harassed her through unwanted messages, according to Jordan Crook at TechCrunch. com. Her friends and co-workers at Tinder left the company with her and moved on to help her build Bumble. Wolfe’s personal experience with real world, tinder-like harassment empowered her to create a new method of online dating, and inspired me to give the app a try. I matched with a 22 year old whom I later messaged and had a decent conversation with, I swiped left for a guy who posed next to a woman that looked liked his wife and messaged a few other guys first. Choosing whom I wanted to make connections with was empowering, and a relief knowing I (hopefully) would not be hearing any creepy pick-up lines. I’ve spent enough time on Tinder, like most college students do, to know that the app rarely sparks great relationships. I see Bumble as being the next big thing, a new wave of female empowerment and I am looking forward to seeing where the “Sadie Hawkins Dance Dating app” takes me.

CREEPY MESSAGES are sometimes hard to avoid on Tinder. New Bumble app eliminates this possibility. TINDER SCREENSHOTS COURTESY OF CLAUDIA WILLIAMS

CORRECTION: The article “Departure of theater professor angers students, fuels tuition debate,” published in the March 25th edition of the Times-Delphic stated that Prof. Bohon was terminated from his faculty position. Instead, as a visiting professor, his contract was simply not renewed for the 2015-16 school year.

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# 05 | opinions

April 01, 2015

OPINIONS GENDER EQUALITY

Feminine etymology influences our terminology The idea that ‘feminism is a bad word’ is based in historical roots Before I really understood what feminism was, I refused to call myself a feminist. I argued that I was a humanist. I didn’t realize that my reasoning had been skewed because of the word itself and its roots within the feminine, a.k.a the “weaker sex.” Today, I would argue that the only reason people refuse to accept the term is becuase of its roots in feminine etymology. In my mind, the term feminist was the ultimate indicator of a man hating, overtly aggressive, PMS-y and irrationally unhappy woman. I associated the word with women who allowed themselves to be subverted in society without any actual evidence of discrimination. I considered companies who regulated the number of women on a particular staff as negatively

affected by this league of unhappy women convinced that inequality is the norm. I argued that women have just as many rights as men do in society. Hillary Clinton has been the Secretary of State, Sarah Palin has run as Vice President and more and more women are breaking through the perceived glass ceiling and so on and so on. Ultimately, I was a victim of the “feminist is a dirty word” mentality. Because of the term with its root in the feminine, I saw it as innately unequal. Upon further research, what I have discovered is in today’s society, the etymology of many dirty words are rooted strongly in the feminine and the historically perceived inferiority that femininity represents. Feminism should not be

renamed to a more genderinclusive term. Those on the supporting side of the renaming agenda argue that because the term “feminism” is rooted in the word feminine, it automatically is associated as an exclusively women-oriented concept. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, feminism was first used to describe the advocacy for women’s rights in 1895. The root of the word feminism comes from femininus, a Latin derivative, and femenin, a French term, meaning “female; or of the female sex; effeminate,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. The OED goes on to define “effeminate” as a negative association to womanly qualities, or unmanly. This term is used derogatorily

today to describe men who are found to be weak, womanish and typically of the gay persuasion. As society has progressed, more and more dirty words have been rooted in the word feminine. Terms like “pussy,” a derivative of the Latin word pusillanimous which means “very weak spirit or courage,” according to the OED. This term is thrown about today not only as a term for female genitalia, but also is assigned to men and women alike when they are being cowardly, serving as yet another example of modern terminology rooted in the idea of women’s innate inferiority. To rename feminism, the gender equality movement, to another gender-less word would merely facilitate the continuation of the belief that women are inherently weaker than men. To be unable to hold up the term due to its conceptual and

etymological association with the feminine is merely another reason why gender equality is a battle that has yet to be won.

Clare Vanechaute Staff Writer clare.vanechaute@drake.edu

CAMPUS NEWS

SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning should focus on solidarity Over-involved can mean Recognize your place in the organization under-committed Recently, it seems like going on a service-learning trip has become a rite of passage for young adults attending a liberal arts college. The phrase “service learning trip” has become a collegiate buzzword. The phrase conjures up an image of a Facebook profile picture of some white student surrounded by five small African orphans. While there is no doubt that they did more than just pose with children, the authenticity of certain service projects can be questioned, and often, it’s for good reason. While service-learning trips seem to be doing good in theory, they do not come without negative possibilities. Issues arise when service learning encourages a “onetime volunteerism” mentality, while lacking to discuss the institutional or systematic issues that can be the true cause of certain conditions. In other words, it should go further than just picking up trash or volunteering at a soup kitchen. Now, I am not saying that all service like that is bad. Charity is not a bad word, and people do great things through the work of charity. But while charity does have its uses, it does not dig deep enough to analyze the real issues, and gives a false sense of accomplishment. John W. Eby, Professor of Sociology and Director of ServiceLearning at Messiah College, finds that “If the service-learning

movement is to reach maturity and live up to its potential, it must realistically face its limitations and broaden its emphasis beyond volunteerism,” he said. “It must carefully examine what students learn about social problems and social structure through the kind of service learning does,” he said. “It must examine the subtle effects of service on communities.” The lack of further understanding is only one of the problems associated with service learning. The student’s privilege can affect their experience in ways that could be unnoticeable. Understanding privilege is difficult, but it is vital to recognize your place in society compared to those who you are working with. Drake students are educated, the majority are white and middle class, and have been offered opportunities that many people haven’t. When put into certain situations, there is the threat of acting superior. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for how to participate in service-learning trips perfectly. Mistakes and assumptions will always be made. What matters most is what is done after those mistakes are made. If lessons are learned, you can prevent yourself from making further mistakes. Here is the best advice I can offer you. Listen to the stories of those you are helping, validate their

experiences and understand their struggle. Ask questions. Here’s a tip: You don’t know better. Engage with those you are working with for deeper understanding. Analyze and see ways that the work you are doing connects to you and the community around you. You are also a part of their story. Just remember: Service learning must go beyond “good intentions” and into a state that encourages understanding and social change. Most importantly it must encourage solidarity.

Maura Scott Staff Writer maura.scott@drake.edu @MaSco303

One of the best parts of Drake is that we, as students, have the ability to be over-involved. We have the opportunity to join as many clubs and organizations as we possibly can, all at the same time. Because Drake students come from such well-rounded backgrounds, being over-involved is almost encouraged. That was a selling point for me when I was looking at schools because I was that high school student who was a part of absolutely everything humanly possible. In high school, it was easy to be over-involved. Things overlapped, but it was okay because the yearbook teacher could call the office and get you out of English for the day so you could finish laying out pages before the soccer game in the evening. Something my high school teacher once told me was, “You can do anything well, but you can’t do everything well all at once.” I never really found that to be true until I got to college. The first day on campus I set out to be over-involved. I wanted the chance to be in absolutely everything so I wouldn’t miss out on anything (fact: FOMO is a real thing, people). I joined several organizations, joined a social sorority, and got involved in three different campus publications, while maintaining two jobs throughout the school year. It was tricky, but I managed. It was only until this past week that I realized my high school English

teacher was right. I have the ability to do anything I set my mind to, and to do it well. But I can’t be the best at everything when I’m doing everything at the same time. Because of the larger commitment to college activities, classes and just everything in general, it’s becoming harder to make it all work. What I’ve learned is that being over-involved is great. It let’s you know which organizations you like and which you just feel ‘eh’ about. Once you know which things are important to you and which you could probably live without, dialing it back a bit allows you to give your all to whatever you decide is most important. Being fully committed to a few things is far better than contributing a small amount to lots of things just because you can.

Emily VanSchmus Staff Writer emily.vanschmus@drake.edu @vansmooches

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Reporting mistake could lead to discredidation of future rape cases The story was called “A Rape on Campus” and it rocked the collegiate world. The story of a University of Virginia rape case was printed in “Rolling Stone” magazine. At first, I thought it would shed light on the very important topic that is sexual assault on college campuses. But a few weeks after the disturbing story was released, the truth was revealed that it was made up. Not only did I believe this was a huge loss for victims of rape, but I know this will lead to the perpetuation of not reporting a rape after a sexual assault. As a student on a college campus, sexual assault is one of the acts that you hear about on the news, in email alerts from campus security and through the

grapevine. These incidents can happen any time during the school year, which always makes sexual assault relevant for a college student. In an article by the Washington Post, the amount of forcible sexual assault reports has increased by 50 percent in the past three years. Reports occurred at various times throughout the school year. As these reports of rape increase, psychologists Laura Niemi and Liane Young have concluded that those who hear of rape are more likely to think that the rape was casual and the victim did something to cause it. This is not the case because there is no way rape should ever be classified as causal. At the end of 2014 the National Institute of Justice reported that

about 18 to 20 percent of college women experience rape or some form of sexual assault in their college years. 70 percent of the time, these

acts are preplanned by the perpetrator, said Reel Insight, a company that makes videos to

bring awareness to sexual assault. Reel Insight also reported that victims often blame themselves and experience cognitive dissonance after the event. Not only are these statistics startling, but they also shed light on the fact that victims are often not comfortable with reporting a rape. As mentioned earlier, the amount of rapes reported has increased 50 percent since 2012. However, in a Washington Post study of sexual assault reports, just under 400 universities are not even reporting sexual assault cases. From 2010 to 2012 our own Drake University had three reports of forcible sexual assaults on campus. Three is too many for me. I understand that victims will

not want to come forward and report a rape, whether it is fear of being blamed, hurting the perpetrator if he/she is a friend or even the embarrassment of the event. Often, it takes a long time to recover, but by talking to a counselor or a trusted friend, reporting the rape may help one heal after the event. If a friend comes to you about sexual assault, be understanding and support them, because you never know how much it could help. While the UVA story may have been false, reporting rape should be taken seriously.

Morgan Dezenski Staff Writer morgan.dezenski@drake.edu


# 06 | opinions

April 01, 2015

OPINIONS LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Candidate voices opinionon diversity-focused platform

Hello bulldogs. My name is Josh Duden and I am the current Vice President of Student Life for the Student Senate and, newly, I am a candidate for Drake University’s Student Body President. I write this more as an open note to the students, where I hope to articulate my platform in a way that is easy to understand and approachable. The primary role of the student body president is to advocate to the administration, Board of Trustees and other student organizations in order to make our student experience better. It sounds easy, but it is so much more than simply speaking here and there on behalf of the student body — it is seeking out opportunities to make the student experience all it can be. As president I fully intend to advocate for more intentional campus programming and a stronger budget to support student organizations. I promise to seek opportunities with the entire senate to collaborate, not through a set number of goals that may be smaller, but with intentional and

large-scale goals that serve the student body in a more quality and effective way. How do we do this though? It begins by being open and available to students as a president and Senate. I promise as president I will make myself available whenever called upon, but I will also ensure the Senate and the outreach thereof is reformed to better serve the students. It is more than a Facebook page. It is being present within the student experience. This advocacy as a nonpartisan leader representing all students can make all the difference. As president, I will bolster the organizational council by ensuring it properly supports student organizations, I will expand the role of the President’s Panel to increase communication and collaboration among the governing bodies and I will mentor Senate to be inclusive and progressive in ensuring our experiences are the best they can be. I will identify the challenges that face the student body, like finances or diversity and acceptance for instance. We can find solutions if we are open to recognizing our problems and that all begins with advocacy. Among these problems includes diversity, where our school so often struggles with confronting it as the difficult issue that it is. One of the largest challenges that faces our student body is our financial situation as it currently stands. Though finances are largely

under the purview of the Vice President of Student Life and the Student Body Treasurer, the President can provide support ways that are unconventional, yet from a place of mentorship and support. If elected, I promise to ask the right questions and reemphasize the importance of fiscal responsibility, but also a willingness to use student funds to make our experiences better than ever before. We shouldn’t be afraid to spend the money that we trust the Senate with, and it deserves to re-manifest as tangible changes, programs, resources and other means for the entire student body. While serving as Vice President of Student Life this past year, I spent much of my time seeking out ways to address diversity. The Crucial Conversations Series has been a project I am most passionate about, where it aims to bring large-scale, recognizable leaders and celebrities to campus to discuss change and the need to be inclusive, open-minded and aware of the privilege we have as a student body. We come from diverse backgrounds and have diverse majors, but there is so much more to our experience than what we can see. As president, I will make sure the Crucial Conversations Series manifests and in a year of transition for Drake University. We will have regular conversations, speakers and events to discuss important issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, relationships, language

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

sustainability on campus and supporting programs and events around campus like Dogtown Afterhours or the Henrietta Lacks Immortal Conversation, which is sponsored by the Coalition of Black Students (CBS). As students, we deserve intentional programming, student organizational support, and an outstanding experience that can be receptive to student opinions and concerns as the year continues. Sixty goals limited our ability to be responsive to students’ wants and needs. If elected, I promise tangible changes in the form of 15-20 adaptable goals that continuously advance and expand a remarkable student experience. This means that students deserve a recognizable Relays band, a student life center that caters to your needs, technology that serves you in your academics, and fun experiences and traditions specific to Drake. This is our home. Let’s make it the best it can be. I have the experience as an executive of the student senate to make these changes happen, but even more so, I am so passionate about Senate and Drake that I promise not to let you down. DU it with Duden. #Duden4DU.

Josh Duden joshua.duden@drake.edu

STUDENTS SPEAK

Candidate promises positive environment My name is Kevin Maisto and I am running to be your Student Body President at Drake University. I’d like to think that we have run into each other on campus, but if not, consider this our formal introduction. My attempt is to be as visible and transparent as possible and allow the student body to make an informed decision about the upcoming elections. The next two weeks will establish the campus environment that will be set for the following year, and therefore you as a student deserve as much information as possible. A bit about me: I am a current junior studying Marketing and Management, and my campus experiences include being an RA in Herriott and Carpenter, a Student Ambassador, Orientation Leader and member of various committees and task groups across Drake. Further, I have served on the Student Senate since my first year, including being the Business Senator last year and the current Student Body Treasurer. This year, I have also had an incredible internship in the marketing department at Des Moines Performing Arts. The Student Body President is the student face of Drake. They are often called upon to speak upon issues facing the student body, present at university functions and serve as the most legitimate bridge between the students and the administration. I am lucky to be following in the footsteps of some of Drake’s finest, truly creating an office that advocates for student life. Above all, the Student Body President needs to solidify the student experience and ensure that students have the voice needed to succeed on campus. I am running because I can bridge the gap between being that voice and enabling students to create their own voice. One such issue is that of the university’s policies regarding sexual violence response. We need to ensure, as a

and many more facets of diversity in an unprecedented way. We owe it to each other to have these conversations so that we can truly be the best campus in the nation. I hope to support diversityinterest organizations by providing marketing, organizational and other support in any way that is asked of me and the Senate. Further, I hope that the voices of our diverse population become stronger than ever before by bolstering the Unity Round Table and opening up greater modes of communication than have existed in the history of our Senate. It begins with a conversation, but it ends with our hope of being more accepting and understanding of others and our differences than ever before. If elected, I promise to focus on changes that students want. The Senate 60 was a remarkable idea and it has been an honor working on over 12 goals on the list while also providing support and oversight as VP for the Senate, but 60 is too many. We need to focus our goals to making tangible changes by collaborating with others to advance the student experience. This means continuing the Olmsted renovations that we began back in the 27th Session when I was the Buildings and Grounds Senator and by finishing the implementation of bigger projects like the Crucial Conversations series. More examples would include: Expanding the water bottle initiative and recycling program in an effort to increase

Drake family, that all students feel safe. This is not only in a physical sense, but also to seek institutional support in the event of a crisis. Working with the Office of Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion to create a comprehensive and clear set of policies, then successfully promoting to the student body to create that institutional safety is a priority of mine. I have experienced firsthand the emotional and psychological impact of unhealthy relationships and understand the necessity for this safety. With President-elect Martin starting in just a few months, it will be a crucial role of the Student Body President to represent student life and maintain the high expectations that we should be demanding from Drake. I have every confidence in the selection process and for the start of this exciting time for Drake – we will be the first class of the 21st century to experience this change. As President, I will immediately establish the standard that will be “student first.” Capitalizing on our unique position in the heart of the presidential primaries, I hope to expand civic engagement and student involvement in the political process to unprecedented levels. I was never aware of the incredible position that Iowans hold in this process until I visited Washington, D.C. over J-Term (pro-tip: sign up for this trip in 2017!) and was treated as a rock star simply due to my ability to caucus in Iowa. Under my Presidency, campus programming surrounding these events will explode and provide students unprecedented opportunities. In the interest of the transparency discussed above, I will be honest: campaign promises are simply campaign promises. However, I have a proven record of providing tangible results to students.

This year, 73 percent of all motions brought forward to the Senate table came from my committee and me, bringing to campus and students events such as Dogtown After Hours, One Voice’s Chalk Fight and publications like Drake Political Review. Simply, proof that my campaign promises are more than just promises. They are your future campus initiatives and standards. I hope that this letter enlightened you slightly regarding the position and about my candidacy, but above all, I hope that it encourages you to vote. This position extends far beyond the Senate table — it affects all of campus and, with your help, we will see that it creates tangible change for the most important people at this school — the student body. For more information regarding my candidacy, please “like” Maisto for President on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or send me an email. I look forward to serving you in the future — reach out should you have any questions or opinions on my platform.

Who do you want to perform at this year’s Relays concert? Caleb Potratz Computer Science, Information Systems, Quantitative Economics

“Parachute, they’re what I’ve been listening to recently on Spotify.”

Dan Guenet Information Systems, Marketing “Timeflies, becuase I like their music and they’re creative and unique.”

Josh Lee Computer Science “Eric Church would be cool to bring to Relays.”

Ashley Hawkins Public Relations

Kevin Maisto kevin.maisto@drake.edu

“Drake the rapper. That would be cool even though that would cost like $80 million.”


# 07 | features

April 01, 2015

FEATURES HEALTH

CAMPUS EVENTS

Living a healthy life during spring season

Non-profit organization comes to campus

Giuliana Lamantia Staff Writer giuliana.lamantia@drake.edu @g_lamantia

As winter thaws and spring heats up, exercise regimes have the tendancy to go down in frequency with the excitement of Relays and the end of the school year. Assistant Director of Wellness at the Bell Center Johanna Determann strongly suggests changing up workout routines and getting fresh air as the weather gets warm again. “If you’re someone that likes to bike or run, and you’ve been at the Bell Center or Underground Fitness Center all semester, now is the time to do that outdoors,” Determann said. The Bell Center offers numerous fitness classes through Group X, from yoga to kickboxing to abs and more during the fall, spring and summer. Sophomore Lauren Saindon, a yoga instructor at the Bell Center can’t take her classes outside. However, she understands the importance of changing things up. “I try to make my classes different every week just because it’s a little more fun and people don’t always like concrete routines,” Saindon said. “I think it keeps people coming back, which is really important.” Determann understands that as the weather gets nice, students will want to begin working out outside, however, she thinks utilizing classes is a good way to keep up with routine. Some classes keep up with the weather by holding them outside. “I still really want people to come to our group exercise classes because they’re a great way to stay in a routine and get your exercise,” Determann said. “We actually take some of our classes outside,” Determann said. “It does depend on the class format and the instructor, but we have been known to take our Cross Training class or our Muscle Mix class outside on nice days.” While Bell Center numbers tend to drop after spring break, Determann believes it is a crucial

time with finals coming up to keep up with a workout routine and encourages students to keep moving. “There have been many scientific studies that show exercise increases blood flow to your brain, and you’re going to perform better academically if you’re physically active,” Determann said. “Making sure you’re eating healthy and getting some kind of exercise in each day, even if its just taking a walk with your friends at night instead of sitting down at the library or at a picnic table between classes,” Determann said. “Just keep yourself moving, because the more you stay active and engaged the healthier you are ultimately.” Some of the most popular classes at the Bell Center this year include Yoga, Express Abs and Extreme Abs. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has grown in popularity and is a great method to utilize outdoors. A HIIT exercise program consists of intense aerobic exercises in intervals alternating with intervals of relax time. Intense intervals should work 80 percent or more of estimated maximal hear rate, while recovery should be 40-50 percent. HIIT exercises are typically done in a 1:1 ratio of intensity to recovery. For example, three minutes of intense biking followed by three minutes of slower biking. ACSM recommends HIIT as it burns more calories than traditional workouts and can be modified for people of all fitness levels. Some typical exercises used with HIIT include running, walking, running up and down bleachers, swimming and biking, however it can be done with any form of aerobic exercise. Sophomore Jeremy Price has participated in HIIT exercises and enjoys its effectiveness. “HIIT is really important to do because it’s a more effective way of exercising,” Price said. “It’s great for people who want to maintain muscle mass but still burn fat in a fun way outside.”

TEDx brings in many opportunities for students Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

The Internet has become a central aspect of modern American life, as people begin to rely on and use their phones more frequently and constantly search for 4G signals and Wi-Fi passwords. There is a fear that this increasingly technological culture is reducing human intelligence and potential and making people more close-minded, but one organization wants to combat this notion. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that lives by its creed of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” hoping to increase the passage of knowledge and ideas between people. TED hosted their 25th annual conference two weeks ago, a gathering that has continuously grown in its history, but expanded exponentially in recent years. This growth can be attributed to the organization beginning to post videos online in 2006 of the talks at the TED conferences. In 2011, the total views of TED videos reached 500 million. A year later, they were over one billion. And now, TED is coming to Drake. It is not a full TED conference, but TEDx, an independently planned and organized conference received approval to create similar style conferences at Drake. This will be the first TEDx hosted at Drake and will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday in Sussman Theater. “What TEDx Drake is trying to do is start-up a movement for having a TED talk every year … and just getting people excited about things that could be happening around Des Moines, things that could be happening around Drake or even people from abroad who are coming in to speak from around the nation,” said Ethan Turner, a sophomore radio-television producing major. Turner will be one of the five speakers at the event. The TEDx Drake club, which has been planning this event

for over a year, selected Turner, along with four other speakers for Friday’s event. Sophomore neuroscience and global and comparative public health major Arti Patel, as the vice president of TEDx Drake, has been instrumental in bringing the conference to campus and is glad that all of her, and her team’s, hard work is finally paying off. “I think it’s going to be a really great opportunity,” Patel said. Patel has helped set-up and work with several committees, having responsibilities ranging from increasing publicity, designing posters, selling tickets and recruiting speakers, as well as applying to be officially

“What that could mean for Drake is that we have a lot of different places where professors will give talks, but … it’s one person taking an hour and it’s like they go over their research or something and it’s just not as compelling and oftentimes the students aren’t invited.” Lee Jolliffe Journalism professor

recognized by TED. The hope for the talks is not only to glorify the five individuals chosen to speak, but also to bring about a change in the Des Moines and the Drake community. “The theme for our event is (un)focus,” Patel said. “And the idea behind it is that whenever we meet someone at Drake we do the typical Drake introduction: name, where you’re from and what major you are.” “So, we kind of wanted people to unfocus from that and focus on the speaker’s passions, what they’re interests are and just their interesting perspectives,” Patel continued. “Hopefully, for Drake we’re able to get people talking about these new perspectives and things that you don’t usually hear.” Another speaker at the event is journalism professor Lee Jolliffe, and she hopes to inspire advocacy

in the audience as she talks about the history of slavery in America and the current issue of human trafficking. “I challenge the audience to get out there and do something,” Jolliffe said. But even more than her talk specifically, Jolliffe hopes for the event as a whole to have a wideranging effect, not limited to the couple hundred people who will attend the conference. “What that could mean for Drake is that we have a lot of different places where professors will give talks, but … it’s one person taking an hour and it’s like they go over their research or something and it’s just not as compelling and oftentimes the students aren’t invited,” Jolliffe said. However, one thin that differentiated TED from other conferences is that the talks are full of originality and passion. Their perspectives, views and speeches have inspired many and make TED what it is. “They’re looking for professors they think might be the most inspiring or could be inspiring to do that, to come in and talk about deep subjects we’re thinking about all the time, but maybe don’t have a class on and that we will challenge the students or inspire the students or send them away with really cool new ideas,” said Jolliffe. Alongside Jolliffe will be assistant professor of psychology Christopher Kliethermes whose speech is entitled “Nature or Nurture? Yes.” However, the other three speakers are all Drake undergrads. Besides Turner, sophomore Sam Fathallah and senior, Drake Student Body President Joey Gale will be giving lectures on topics close to their own hearts. “It’s going to be the first and it’s going to be big,” Turner said. “A lot of people are interested. We’ve got people from outside of Drake that are wanting to come that we are not able to allow to come because we want the first one to be about students.” Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased in Hubbell Dining Hall through Thursday. The hope is to sell out and that campus can focus in on un(focus) for the first TEDx at Drake.

CAMPUS EVENTS

The other Relays at Drake: Relay For Life

Colleges Against Cancer raises awareness, support for annual event Jessica Lynk Copy Editor jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk

Markers and neon posters are scattered across the floor while about 15 students sit and write “Why I relay?” across the top. Reasons from “my grandma” to “for more birthdays” fill the pages. Drake Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) president senior Annelise Tarnowski then begins to discuss the coming weeks for the club. Every Monday at 8 p.m. the CAC meetings look quite similar to this, as their goal is to advocate against cancer. “One of the biggest things that Colleges Against Cancer does is our big spring event called Relay for Life,” Tarnowski said. “Of course before that we have a couple of mini-events like Bowling for Boobs. The events are mostly advocacy and fundraising focused events.” Relay for Life is happening on April 10 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., so the group is gearing up for the upcoming event. “We’ve worked to schedule what the actual event looks like, since it is a 12-hour event,” Tarnowski said. “That is a pretty

uncommon event on campus and we have worked to create an atmosphere for Relay for Life by making decorations at our general member meetings.” During the general meetings, the group does anything from making posters to discussing how they can advocate and fundraise for the fight on cancer. “This past week we made posters for our Paint the Campus Purple Campaign,” said first year and CAC member Kelsey Panfil said. “A few weeks ago, we started making decoration for Relay for Life, so that has been our focus right now.” The funds raised by CAC goes to the American Cancer Society and the Hope Lodge. The Hope Lodge is a free place where cancer patients and loved ones can stay when they cannot afford to go back and forth from home. “CAC is like many other service organizations in that doing this work makes you feel good, but I think CAC is unique in that you have opportunity to see where your funds are going. You have the opportunity to meet families whose lives you are changing,” Tarnowski said. For junior Co-Vice President Erin Andrus, the organization is a good way to support something that she feels close to.

“I know a lot of people who are affected by cancer, so I wanted to give back in a way,” Andrus said. Although the organization

may seem small, the impact is felt by those involved. “Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer,”

Andrus said. “Even though we are a small organization, we have a big message to send and a big impact.”

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER promotes Relay for Life by explaining why each member walks. Members highlight family and friends who have been affected by the disease and walk in their honor. PHOTOS BY COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER


# 08 | features

April 01, 2015

FEATURES CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

New religious organization benefits campus climate, provides unity Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan Over a dozen Drake University students trickled into Sussman Theater on the night of March 24, finding seats in the front row and on the stage for the fourth meeting of the newly founded Interfaith club. The members formed a circle as club president and founder, sophomore Ken Kuniy, fiddled with the projector before the meeting began. Posing two questions to the group, Kuniy opened the discussion for the evening. “What does it mean to be moral in the perspectives of religion?” and “Does one have to be religious to be moral?” The goal of Interfaith is not to find definite answers to the questions that are posed, but rather to gain insight into the beliefs and understandings that their peers have, regardless of their differing religious backgrounds. In order to achieve more intimate discussion they broke up into two smaller groups, each student taking a turn to share his or her own view on the questions while inquiring about the reasoning behind their peers’

beliefs. Some of the members were raised in their respective religions, while others had found their faith on their own. The focus of each group’s discussion began with the questions at hand, but broke off quickly into tangential discussions including the philosophical musings of David Hume and Richard Dawkins, “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, the science of psychology and the commonalities of cultures. “All roots of the tree lead to the trunk,” said senior Matt Wright, a Christian, in a conversation about the differences and similarities in religions, a principle that is at the heart of Interfaith. “Nobody has a perfect theology or morality,” Wright said. Kuniy started Interfaith, along with fellow sophomore Jesse Kovac, the club’s vice president, after participating in Professor Tim Knepper’s “Philosophy of Religion” class offered last semester. Several dialogues were held for the class in which students of varying religions discussed their differing beliefs and how they came to have their faith. “It was just a really awesome experience to be able to talk about my beliefs, talk to other people about their beliefs, ask questions

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of each other (and) have a really meaningful dialogue with some critical insight from audience members,” Kovac said. “(It) made me more than excited to get an actual organization going to do that casually and to set up

“(I wanted to) get people together and have a more meaningful dialogue than you could get just Googling about other religions that you don’t belong to.” Jesse Kovac Interfaith Vice President

more of those.” Although Kovac spoke of the direct takeaway he felt from the class’s dialogues, Kuniy focused on the depth and importance that religion held for his classmates. “One of the things that really stood out to me during the dialogue was how much I learned by listening to these people, how much my understanding of them, their motivations (and) their feelings (increased),” Kuniy said. “That was something I wanted to continue doing with the

entire Drake community,” Kuniy continued. “That was something that I wanted to promote.” These motivations have translated into the club, now affecting more students than just the founders. Sophomore Adam Ebel has attended two Interfaith meetings and has already witnessed the impact it can have on campus climate. “I think everyone who attends these meetings and leads them will gradually grow more tolerant of other people and have a greater understanding,” Ebel said. “I think Interfaith has a lot of potential to be an organization which can promote a lot of healthy discussion and tolerance.” In order to achieve that greater understanding Kovac wanted a personal learning experience instead of superficial, solitary research, which is why he helped form Interfaith. “(I wanted to) get people together and have a more meaningful dialogue than you could get than just Googling about other religions that you don’t belong to.,” Kovac said. “Something where you can actually ask people questions about how they came to those beliefs and what they think about … all sorts of philosophically inclined topics.”

After the two groups concluded their discussions they came back together, as a whole, and shared their realizations. At one point, Ebel was attempting to explain a unique concept to the rest of the group who was struggling to understand. His belief set was one that he had crafted on his own, one that made sense to him. “Is it valuable for you to believe this?” Kuniy asked him. When Ebel made it clear that it was valuable, the line of questioning shifted from what the foundation for his beliefs was to why he believed what he did and how it affected his everyday life and spiritual journey. The conversations continued into the hallway and back to the residence halls even after the session came to its close, the dialogue lingering in the minds of the students. “I absolutely believe that one of the things that Interfaith has the potential to do is to have such great positive effects for the Drake community,” Kuniy said. “Such as spreading awareness and understanding of different beliefs for the purpose of fostering tolerance and diversity.” “I think that the way in which we do that is by hearing these different motivations and ideas from fellow students.”

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# 09 | features

April 01, 2015

FEATURES CAMPUS NEWS

Changes to honors program emphasizes learning over grades Morgan Muraski Staff Writer morgan.muraski@drake.edu @little_muraski

Institutions of education are constantly changing, implementing new curricula and ideas to create an ideal learning environment. Recently, Drake University’s honors program made one change. Jennifer McCrickerd, director of the honors program, decided over the course of this past academic semester that the cumulative GPA requirement for participation in the program

should be dropped from a minimum of 3.5 to a minimum of 3.2. After engaging with some of her own educational reading about how students learn best, McCrickerd said the need for the change became obvious. “The way you get students excited about learning is not to focus on grades,” McCrickerd said. Taking some focus off of getting good grades may be more challenging than expected. McCrickerd openly admitted that traditional schooling teaches students that grades are above all else. Her decision became cemented

when she received some troubling news about student activity in the honors program. “I was hearing stories of students avoiding certain classes for fear of pulling their GPA down,” McCrickerd said. So far students seem to be on board with the change, including first year Emily Spillane. “I like it because it allows us to focus on the learning process as opposed to trying to make the grade,” Spillane said. Some students weren’t even aware of the change, such as sophomore Kelly Leatherman. Leatherman has enjoyed her experience in the honors program thus far, and said the change is

not going to affect her experience one way or another. “You can learn regardless of how grades stack up on a report card,” Leatherman said. In the end, the change is less about the academic side of the honors program and more about its method for creating successful learners. “I question things so much more now and am not afraid to challenge the status quo,” Leatherman said. The change, she hopes, will be a catalyst that alters the way all students think about the process of learning. “We want students to take educational risks and take

classes that will challenge them,” McCrickerd said. Regardless of the new requirement, students in the honors program will continue to receive an education that can take them beyond the classroom and into the working world, something that is important to faculty and students alike. “When you are not in school and you’re trying to learn, this is how you do it,” McCrickerd said. “We are teaching collaborative learning that goes beyond anything a grade will get you.”

AROUND CAMPUS

Warm weather helps grounds crew prepare for Relays ahead of schedule Jacob Bullington Staff Writer jacob.bullington@drake.edu @JakeLikesWaffle

With temperatures soaring into the high 60s and even peaking in the 70s this week, students are seemingly coming out of the woodwork and catching a few rays of sunshine. In addition to students, the grounds crew and gardeners employed at Drake University are getting a chance to break out the shorts and T-shirts. The recent weather has enabled staff such as gardener Aaron Harpold to get a start on their spring-cleaning and to enjoy getting back to work. “I think (the weather) is fantastic,” Harpold said. “It makes me feel a little spirit inside.” Grounds Manager Jeff Bosworth is also pleased by how this spring is turning out in their favor. “It’s been good to get out and

get some spring cleanups going,” Bosworth said. “I guess we always hope for this kind of weather, and we don’t always get it.” “(The crew) is always working outside. I guess the big thing is they have got less clothes they have to wear,” Assistant Director of Facility Services John Selin said. This heat wave, in comparison to years past, comes at a perfect time. The staff was able to begin preparation for Relays, a “key time” for the crew, Selin said. In addition to the aboveaverage temperatures, Des Moines received a lot less snow in comparison to last year, allowing grounds crew staff to get a big jump on their work. “...We’re getting into the landscape beds and the flower beds a little sooner than normal because a lot of times snow freezes down in those areas,” Selin said. “That helps us get a little bit of a head start.” “This weather probably puts us a good five days ahead of schedule,” Selin said.

JACK BUSH (photo right) tends to the grounds around campus while the sunshine lasts. Josh Tat (photo left) and Bush work hard getting campus ready for Relays. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

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# 10 | sports

April 01, 2015

SPORTS DRAKE RELAYS

COLUMN

More pros coming to 2015 Relays

Carly Grenfell bids farewell Five No. 1 world athletes added to lineup to Drake Bulldogs Basketball Emily Lambie Staff Writer emily.lambie@drake.edu @EmilyLambie With the second wave of additions to the Drake Relays roster, 20 more elite athletes have been added. Ten of them are ranked as the best in the world, eight of which are Olympic medalists. In addition, Chaunte Lowe, Brandon Couts and Steve Lynn are being added into the Relays Hall of Fame. Additions were made to the 100-meter hurdles event, including Des Moines native Lolo Jones. Alongside Jones, world No. 1 and reigning U.S. champion and two-time Olympic medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson will be competing and Kristi Castlin will return to defend her title. The Women’s 100-meter hurdles alone will feature the world No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 ranked athletes, one of the best fields in Drake Relays history for any event. “I’m excited that Lolo is not only going to be coming home and run in the shuttle, but we can confirm that she has all the plans and is ready to run in the open event,” said Drake Relays Director Brian Brown at a press release. Jasmine Stowers will be

making her professional Drake Relays debut after winning in the USA Indoor Championship in the 60-meter hurdles. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, No. 1 Javier Culson and No. 2 Michael Tinsley will compete against one another. The lineup features a total of five Olympians, including Johnny Dutch who finished third in the 2014 Relays and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Kerron Clement. In the Women’s 400-meter event, four of the world’s top10 are scheduled to race, as well as the world’s No. 1 Novlene Williams, who is a three time Olympian. Along with Williams is Frencena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross. “The 100-meter hurdles is going to be contested, but not only that, but the 400-meters. This is a new event to the Drake Relays in the last decade and we have the best in the world, the number one, two and three in the world,” Brown said. “Sanya RichardsRoss, Frencena McCorory and Novelene Williams, the number one runner in the world, they’re all gonna be here … It should be a great event on Saturday.” Richards-Ross is the reigning Olympic gold medalist and McCorory teamed up with Richards-Ross to earn gold in the 2014 Olympic games in the 4x400 meter relay.

In the Field events, two men’s triple jumpers were added into the mix, along with eight women’s high jump competitors. World No. 1 and No. 2 athletes, Christian Taylor and Will Claye will compete in the Men’s Triple Jump. Taylor won the Olympic gold in 2012 while Clay fell right behind him with Olympic Silver that same year. The rivalry between these two competitors will continue at this year’s Relays. Ruth Beitia, Chaunte Lowe and Amy Acuff are the additions to the High Jump field. Beitia is a threetime Olympian and is ranked o. 2 in the world. Lowe is an American record holder and a Relays Hall of Famer. She has won the event four times and is going for her fifth this year. Acuff is a five-time Olympian and placed second at the USA Indoor Championship. She will also become part of the Drake Relays Hall of Fame. Some of the international athletes that have been added are Jamaican athletes Hansle Parchment, who is No. 3 in the world in 110-meter hurdles, and Andrew Riley who is No. 5 in the same event. The lineup for the 2015 Drake Relays features a highly competitive group of athletes and is sure to bring in large crowds when the competitions kick-off on April 19.

After coming up short against Eastern Michigan in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on March 20, our season finally came to a close. On the bright side, we got to play the last game of the year on our home turf. That, in and of itself, was an incredible feeling, especially as a senior. I cannot say enough about the support we have received through thick and thin. I have said this once before, but what makes Drake so special is that every fan, friend, supporter and follower hurt just as much as we did after losing in the conference tournament. That speaks volumes. Drake is truly a family and a home away from home for all of us. I will miss this place with everything I have. But even so, it will always be a part of who I am. I cannot walk away from an experience of this magnitude without a tremendous sense of pride. Drake is different. We do things the right way, with integrity, and have so much to show for it through the kind of people who represent Drake and our athletic programs. I’ve been asked many times already how it feels to be done with basketball. For lack of a better word, it feels ‘weird.’ I don’t remember the last time I’ve had this much free time.

While many tears have been shed, it is bittersweet. I have found so much peace in the fact that I still get to watch this program evolve and grow into something great. This season was a huge stepping-stone for Drake Women’s Basketball because the team reached 20 wins and earned an automatic bid to the WNIT. For such a young squad, the future is nothing but bright, and I can’t wait to witness it for myself. Although my career has ended, in many ways it hasn’t. I might not be lacing up every day as a basketball player, but for the rest of my life, I get to say I am a Drake Women’s Basketball alumna. In my mind, that’s pretty darn cool too.

Carly Grenfell

Columnist carly.grenfell@drake.edu @Car1y_g

SOFTBALL

Bulldogs win series at Wichita State, unable to complete sweep

DRAKE SOFTBALL is tied with Illinois State at 7-2 in conference play at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference after picking up two wins this weekend against Wichita State. Drake’s overall record is now the best in the conference, with 16 wins and 12 losses this season, just three wins shy of last year’s total. Last season, the Bulldogs didn’t earn their 16th win until April 26. FILE PHOTO Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

Even though the Bulldogs were unable to pull off the threegame sweep in extra innings on Sunday, they still took two games on the road against Wichita State. “It was really exciting to beat a team like Wichita State,” Laura Brewer said. The series kicked off on March 28 at Wilkins Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. Drake’s conference record improved to 7-2 in conference play on the season, as the 14-1 Bulldogs took on the 16-16 Shockers, who hoped to improve their win percentage to over .500 after a weekend of play against the Bulldogs. The Shockers took the lead early as Cacy Williams hit a solo home run off of senior Rebekah Schmidt in the bottom of the first inning.

Getting rallies and scoring runs has been a struggle for the Bulldogs so far this year, but it wasn’t a problem on Saturday as the Bulldogs responded with two runs in both the third and fourth inning thanks to a home run from freshman Kelsey Wright and a rally of hits from Hayley Nybo, Kailee Smith, Sarah Ryan and Brewer. “We had a good team effort and everyone stepped up when they needed to,” Brewer said. Two home runs in the fifth inning put the Shockers back on top, taking a 5-4 lead. A scoreless sixth left the Bulldogs in need of at least one run in the seventh inning to stay alive. That run came quickly, as Nybo led the inning off with a solo home run to tie the game, her sixth of the season. Schmidt followed with a single, going three-for-three in the game, to give the Bulldogs a chance at regaining the lead. Sophomore Maddie Hooyman came in to pinch-run and was

MVC Standings: Overall

able to advance to third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice from Smith. With one-out, pinch-hitter Megan Sowa grounded out, but gave Hooyman the chance to score and put the Bulldogs on top 6-5. Schmidt completed the game with three of her six strikeouts on the day in the bottom of the seventh inning, two of those strikeouts coming with a runner in scoring position. The second game of the doubleheader featured a pitcher’s duel between Drake freshman Nicole Newman and Wichita State sophomore Jenni Brooks. The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Brewer launched her first of two home runs on the day. The Shockers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, but that would be the only time they would cross the plate that afternoon. Newman was dominant on the mound, pitching a complete game with three hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Two runs came in the top of

the fifth before Brewer added an insurance run in the game’s final inning, leading to a final score of Drake: 4 Wichita State: 1. “We played really tough,” Schmidt said. The third game of the series was the most tightly fought in the series, and the first extra-inning game for the Bulldogs this season. Schmidt started the game on the mound before being pulled with two outs in the fifth inning after surrendering three runs on six hits. Newman came in for relief and was able to get the Bulldogs out of a jam, leaving the score tied at three thanks to home runs from Nybo and Schmidt in the fourth inning. Neither team was able to score in the sixth or seventh inning, pushing the game into an eighth frame. With one out in the bottom of the inning Newman stood on the mound with bases loaded, needing to retire the next two batters to keep the Bulldogs’ hopes alive. Junior infielder Liz Broyles

MVC Standings: Conference Play

1. Drake

16-12

6. Northern Iowa

12-16

1. Drake

7-2

6. Indiana State

4-5

2. Missouri State

16-16

7. Indiana State

10-18

2. Illinois State

7-2

7. Bradley

4-5

3. Wichita State

17-18

8. Loyola

10-18

3. Northern Iowa

6-2

8. Loyola

2-6

16-18

9. Bradley

9-24

4. Southern Illinois

6-3

9. Wichita State

2-7

10. Evansville

7-27

5. Missouri State

5-4

10. Evansville

1-8

4. Illinois State 5. Southern Illinois

11-14-1

snatched that hope away as she drilled a line drive into right field for her fifth hit of the day, scoring Ashley Johnson for a walk-off single. Broyles five made up half of her team’s 10 hits on the day, and was responsible for all of her team’s runs with four RBIs on the day. After the weekend the Bulldogs improved their record to 16-12 overall and are 7-2 in conference play, the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference in both categories. “I think right now we need to trust the process that we have and hold the team accountable because that will only push us to get better,” Wright said. “We need to be a little more consistent by linking hits together.” The Bulldogs will take on the University of Iowa tonight at home at Ron Buel Field before they face conference rivals Loyola University in a three-game series this weekend, two games on Friday and one on Saturday.

See the Softball game TONIGHT against University of Iowa 5:30 p.m. Ron Buel Field


# 11 | sports

April 01, 2015

SPORTS MEN’S TENNIS

Bulldogs finish their home season on winning streak Overall team record of 10-1 in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center for 2014-2015

THE FINAL STRETCH of the Men’s Tennis season has begun, with only two matches remaining before the MVC Tournament, and perhaps the NCAA Championship if they are able to secure a spot. (Top-right) Ben Mullis, (bottom-left) Bayo Phillips and (bottom-right) Matt Frost celebrate points against Green Bay. (Top-left) The Bulldogs cheer from the sidelines. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan

A pair of matches met the Bulldogs as Men’s Tennis finished their home season on March 27, defeating both Georgia State University and the University of Green Bay on Senior Day, the last match for three Drake University seniors at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake entered the weekend ranked 29th in the nation, both of their opponents unranked. Drake got off to an early lead against Georgia State as seniors Alen Salibasic and Ben Mullis sealed the doubles point and the momentum carried the Bulldogs through the singles matches. Although Mullis fell to Georgia State’s Sofiane Chevallier to tie

the match at one point apiece, his team responded quickly to get Drake back on top. Freshman Ben Stride, after being taken to a 12th game in the first set, pulled off a straight set victory at the five position. Salibasic followed with a straight set victory of his own, 6-2, 7-5. Senior Matt Frost was nearly defeated in straight sets, but battled back for the victory. He dropped the first set 3-6, but was able to stay alive with a 7-6 (7-5) win in the second set. This broke his opponent’s momentum and he was able to take the third set 6-3 and give Drake a 4-1 victory. Taking on Green Bay in the afternoon, the Bulldogs won the doubles point again, but their singles matches proved to be a tougher competition. However, before that began Drake congratulated their seniors, who were playing their final match at the Roger Knapp

Tennis Center as Bulldogs. All four seniors was given a trophy to commemorate the hard work they have put into the Drake Tennis program in the past several years. “Obviously we’re going to miss them. They’ve helped take this program to a whole new level. They’ve lifted Drake to a respectable national program,” said head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “These guys are going to be missed terribly not only for their wins on the court, but also for their leadership. “It was really sentimental, but it doesn’t really hit you until it’s over and it’s done,” senior Ravi Patel said. “After as you’re packing up and you’re leaving the court and you’re thinking that you’re not going to play a match.” When play resumed, Salibasic picked up his second win of the day in straight sets against Green Bay’s Michael Tenzer, who Salibasic is now 2-1 against in his

career. However, that match was the only one of the afternoon that wasn’t taken to a third set. Freshman Calum MacGeoch survived in a second set tiebreaker, but dropped the third set 6-2, reducing the Bulldogs lead to one in his first appearance at the fourth position of the season. Mullis rebounded from his loss in the morning and put the Bulldogs a point away from victory, even after dropping the first set. Stride took an early lead at the fifth spot with 6-2 first set victory, but lost the next two to bring the score 3-2. Frost and Patel now had the spotlight on them, the only two Bulldogs still on the court, only one of them needing to win their match for their team to take the day. Frost ended up becoming the

hero again, after losing in the 12th game in set one, winning in the 12th game of set two, and putting his opponent away 6-3 in the third set. Patel lost his third set, but it didn’t matter as Drake came away with the 4-3 win. “There was a lot of sentimental stuff going on for me, but I definitely enjoyed being on the court for the last time here at Drake,” Salibasic said. “I did my best to end on a good note here.” The Bulldogs will travel to Kansas to take on Wichita State University on Friday for the penultimate match of the regular season. They will take on Southern Illinois the week after, the postseason starting on April 16 with the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. “We got a lot to play for and it’s key that we got these two wins before,” Patel said.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Bulldogs defeat two in-state opponents, win first conference matchup Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan Women’s Tennis has improved to 15-4 on the season after picking up two wins against the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa this past week. The Bulldogs traveled to Iowa City on Wednesday to take on in-state rivals Iowa University in what ended up being a tightly contested match, leading to a come-from-behind victory. After dropping the doubles point, the Bulldogs started out at a disadvantage. Junior Maddie Johnson tied the match at one, but senior Mariel Ante fell in straight sets soon after to give Iowa their lead back. Iowa’s Annette Dohanics took

down junior Jordan Eggleston 6-3, 6-3 to put the Hawkeyes one point away from victory, but that’s when the Bulldogs found their momentum, with their backs against the wall. Freshman Adrienne Jensen prevented a third set by winning a tiebreaker 7-4 in set two to pull the Bulldogs within one. Junior Lea Kozulic followed suit, tying the match with a 6-1, 6-3 win. The pressure then fell on senior and team captain Nell Boyd, now in a do-or-die situation on court three. She pulled off a 6-4 win in set one, and was forced into an extra game in set two. Leading six games to seven, Boyd sealed her own and her team’s match victory by winning the 12th game of the set, ending a two match individual losing streak and improving to 11-6 on the season.

The win also gave Drake their first victory against Iowa since 1992. The Bulldogs’ next competition took place in Cedar Falls as they played their first conference match of the season against Northern Iowa. This time around Drake got off to an early lead by taking the doubles point in close matches, which gave the team momentum as they transitioned into singles. Ante lost again, despite winning the first set 6-3 as she was swept 6-0 in set two and fell 6-3 in set three. Freshman Summer Brills also got off to an early lead with a 6-1 first set win, but dropped the next two. The rest of the Bulldogs picked up the slack, however, as Drake pushed on to victory. Jensen picked up her 11th

win in 13 matches, fighting for a 7-6, 6-4 victory. Kozulic also got her 13th consecutive victory, sweeping UNI’s Sydney Wolfe 6-0, 6-0. Johnson and Boyd also picked up straight set victories, setting the final score at 5-2. Boyd’s play also earned her MVC Tennis Player of the Week honors due to her play in each match with two crucial wins. “I’m really excited about that, beating Iowa and beating UNI and having both clinching matches is pretty neat,” Boyd said. “It feels good for sure.” These two wins make Drake undefeated against all other teams in Iowa, the first time that has happened in over two decades. “That’s a big accomplishment for us, especially against a really good Iowa team,” head coach

Sadhaf Pervez said. This win should help give Drake momentum as the conference season picks up, with seven more matches in the next three weeks before the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament begins on April 24. “We need to be ready beacuse all the teams are going to come out strong against us with a nothing to lose kind of attitude,” Pervez said. “I think we just really need to keep working hard like we’ve been doing, compete hard and just give it our all and see what happens,” Jensen said. This weekend the Bulldogs will travel to Illinois to take on the Illinois State University and Bradley University, before returning to Des Moines to finish their season at home.


# 12 | sports

April 01, 2015

SPORTS Coming Up at Drake April 1

Softball vs. Iowa 5:30 p.m.

April 1

Men’s Soccer vs. Graceland 6 p.m.

April 1

Men’s Soccer vs. AIB 8 p.m.

April 3

Softball vs. Loyola (doubleheader) 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

April 4

Softball vs. Loyola 12:00 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD

Track and Field team hindered by recruitment woes Head coach Natasha Brown speaks out about team’s setbacks Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan As teams like Men’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball and Softball shine in the Missouri Valley Conference, other teams in Drake University Athletics have faded from the limelight. Drake Track and Field, although a strong team, have struggled to keep the pace in larger, more competitive meets. Head coach Natasha Brown feels that the scores underrate the team’s abilities, citing the fact that Drake is a smaller school with fewer opportunities in recruiting. “We need more bodies,” Brown said. “For us it’s really about the recruiting. It’s about getting the right person to fit here because they also have to be academically sound to fit here.” Although several individuals have brought gold medals back to Des Moines and personal bests are being set at nearly every meet,

Bulldogs Track and Field has not garnered much recognition, even if they are the hosts and known for one of the biggest events of the season in Drake Relays. Both the men and women have won just one team competition this season, both in a dual against Iowa State back in January, while high rankings have been hard to come by in full-scale meets. The Men’s team has never placed higher than second to last and the Women’s best is sixth of eight, which came at the Holiday Inn Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska back in January. The Men’s Track and Field team currently has 33 athletes and the women have 34. This is less than the national average of 39 men and 38 women for Division I Track and Field, which puts Drake not far behind overall, but makes it difficult for them to stay competitive against tougher competition. As a comparison, the University of Iowa has 46 male and 48 female athletes. In the

Missouri Valley Conference the University of Northern Iowa’s team includes 46 males and 45 females while Wichita State has 59 males and 67 females, vastly deeper teams than Drake. Brown also mentioned that much of this is a result of Drake giving less athletic scholarships than most of their competitors and because of how expensive Drake can be. “In the end we’re always going to be the private school against

the state schools and that’s going to be tough,” Brown said. Regardless, the Bulldogs have a plenty of competitions ahead of them in the schedule as the team continues to improve, as shown by the plethora of PRs set this season. The team will test their skills in California at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational this weekend, several Drake athletes are set to compete in each meet.

Have any story ideas or want to write for the Sports section? Contact Sports Editor Adam Rogan at adam.rogan@drake.edu!

April 8

Men’s Soccer vs. Upper Iowa 8 p.m.

April 10-11

Track and Field Jim Duncan Invitational All Day

April 11

Women’s Tennis vs. Southern Illinois 1 p.m.

April 12

Women’s Tennis vs. Evansville 10 a.m.

MEN’S GOLF

By the skin of their teeth, Men’s Golf wins by one Freshman Matt Lavery posts low-score against Creighton Adam Rogan Sports Editor adam.rogan@drake.edu @Adam_Rogan It’s not everyday when a freshman is the hero of the day, but that’s what happened on March 30 for the Drake University Men’s Golf team. Freshman Matt Lavery shot a two-over, 74 in windy conditions at Des Moines Wakonda Club, the lowest score on the day between

Drake and Creighton University, leading the Bulldogs to victory, by one stroke in their second dual of the season. The final score read 310-311, Drake just barely slipping past the Bluejays for their second win of the season. The second and third best scores of the day belonged to Creighton’s John Spellerberg (76) and Trey Pettite (77). Will McDonald of Drake and Jonah Buss of Creighton each posted a 78 on the scorecards.

MLB BASEBALL COLUMN

Creighton’s Ben Rogers finished his round with a score of 80, the highest of the counted scores for the Bluejays, as only the four best scores are counted in team collegiate golf. 79s from seniors Dane Worley and Devin Leland and freshman Drew Ison finished off the Bulldogs’ score of 310, a day of consistent scores proving to be all that Drake needed. This win followed up on the Bulldogs middle-of-theroad eighth place finish at the

Jackrabbit Invitational two weeks ago in a field of 15 teams. The matchup was also the second time the Bulldogs have competed in a dual with Creighton this season, Drake winning 300319 on October 28. This is the third consecutive victory against Creighton for the Bulldogs. Drake’s next competition will be at the Bradley Invitational in Peoria, Illinois this weekend, facing off with their hosts, conference rival Bradley University.

ROWING COLUMN

Daniel Norris: Baseball’s Mystery Machine Tough competition in Reflecting on abnormal practices of baseball players

Kansas challenges Rowing

As March Madness is coming to its close, Opening Day of America’s national pastime is just a short week away. That’s right, baseball season is upon us and that means that sports will get a lot more zany, quirky and interesting. Many players simply avoid stepping on the foul lines and have routines on the mound or in the batter’s box, while some others take it to the next level. By now, I’m sure that many of you have heard the story of Daniel Norris, the top prospect and starting pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays system. He lives in a 1978 Volkswagen van during the offseason, cooking on a hotplate and spending his days at the beach. This is despite the fact that he got a hefty signing bonus thanks to his 95-mile per hour fastball. Now that he’s looking to enter the majors, however, he has to move into an apartment per team request. It is the more ‘professional’ thing for him to do. But he’s not the only quirky major leaguer, or even the weirdest. Baseball is a sport full of ritual and routine, and some players take it to the extreme. Hall of Famer Wade Boggs ate the same meal for his entire career (on game days). Boggs played in 17 seasons, collecting over 3000 hits and he ate fried chicken before every game. Think about the farm that had to provide all those meals, but that’s not all he did. He would run his wind sprints at exactly 7:17 p.m. and took exactly 150 ground balls before a game. Still, it appears that the dedication paid off, as he is now

Our team traveled to Kansas University this past weekend to face off against the University of Kansas Jayhawks in a controlled scrimmage. Our varsity and second varsity eight boats competed against Kansas and Kansas State, while our varsity four boat only competed against Kansas. Clearly, Kansas is a very big program. Since they are a scholarship program and one of the strongest teams we compete against, going into this scrimmage was intimidating because they are such an amazing team. With that being said, I’ll be honest, I did not think we had a good chance of hanging with them throughout the race. I was a little afraid. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. Our eight boats were able to maintain contact with the KU and Kansas State boats throughout the race and not fall too far behind. Their coach said that this is one of the best teams their program has ever had, so the fact that we were able to hang with them throughout the race was huge for us. As a member of the four boat, I was incredibly proud of my team. We had two girls who just recently joined Drake Rowing and this was their first race experience. I’m proud to say we all survived with no one falling into the river. While we have a long way to go, this race gave us a good foundation to build on and gave give us a better idea of what areas we need to improve in. This scrimmage was exactly what our team needed going into our next race in Grand Haven,

immortalized in Cooperstown. Similar to Boggs, another superstar is superstitious about numbers and times, and that is All-Star outfielder Larry Walker. Playing for 16 seasons, this great hitter was obsessed with the number three. He would wear the number three or 33 on his uniform. His practice swings had to be a multiple of three, and even got married on November 3 at 3:33 p.m. One of his contracts amounted to a total of $33,333,333. Another legendary character in the history of baseball is Mark Fidrych, who became known as “the Bird,” for good reason. Fidrych was a great pitcher for about two years before injuries wrecked his career, but during his brief time in the limelight he became a legend for his antics. He would sculpt the mound before an inning, talk to the ball and flap is wings after a strikeout. He was the definition of quirky in the American League in the 1970s. Another oddball who may have been a little too obsessed with his routine was Turk Wendell. His quirks could be in a whole other story, but a standout aspect of his persona is his adherence to personal hygiene. Between innings of games the pitcher would always brush his teeth, making sure those pearly whites were spotless before retaking the mound. Attention to detail didn’t help his career too much, however, as he was always known more for his oddities rather than his fastball. These quirky players can draw their roots all the way back to the turn of the 20th century,

superstition running deep in the history of America’s pastime. Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins, a career .333 hitter and probably the best hitting second baseman in the early days of baseball would keep a piece of gum on the button of his hat before every at-bat. If there was ever two strikes against him, he would rip that gum off of his cap and start chewing furiously. During one game, some of his White Sox teammates pulled a prank on him. They decided to put pepper on the gum, forcing him to call time-out and wash his mouth so he could actually make it through his at-bat. These are just a few of the thousands of baseball quirks and superstitions. The love for this game is so strong and it helps that the characters are still present. Current Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has revealed one superstition: That he won’t reveal his superstitions to anyone. Think about that and enjoy the season.

Michael Wendlandt

Staff Writer michael.wendlandt@drake.edu @shaus_6

Michigan at the Lubber’s Cup. Grand Valley State is hosting this race and they are one of the top club teams in the nation. While we are a Division I team, facing them is going to be a good test for us because their team is so strong and consistent. We will be facing Robert Morris University, who is actually a member of our conference, so getting the opportunity to face them before our conference championships is important. Over spring break, our team headed out to Jacksonville, Florida to train and face off against other teams from our conference, Stetson and Jacksonville, for our seed going into the conference championships. This spring season has been a season of trials for our team, but we are constantly working to better ourselves and the hard work is paying off for us. I’m excited to see how we do at the Lubber’s Cup and look forward to steadily improving each week.

Ashley Beall

Columnist ashley.beall@drake.edu @AshleyBeall101

The Times-Delphic (04.01.15)  

Official independent student newspaper of Drake University- Des Moines, Iowa

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