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THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University

Vol. 134 | No. 21| April 08, 2015



Off-handed, politically incorrect comments regarding mental disorders are hurtful and perpetrate a stigma of mental illness. One columnist says we need to be more aware of the words we speak and how they could affect someone else. | Read more on page 05.


Visit the runner-up for “most hipster place in Des Moines.” Up-Down is a barcade where customers can play more than 40 different kinds of nostalgic-themed video games while also hanging out with friends at the bar. | Read more on page 08.

Softball had a three-game sweep over Loyola in Softball at Ron Buel Field this past weekend. The wins were fueled by dominant pitching, the Bulldogs holding the Ramblers to only five runs in the series. Drake is now at the top of the MVC conference. | Read more on page 12.


Pi Kapp and SAE fraternity houses vandalized over weekend DMPD investigates reoccuring spray-painting incidents in Drake neighborhood Sarah Fulton Relays Editor @fultonsarah5 Two Greek fraternity houses, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, were vandalized this past weekend. Drake Public Safety has since turned over all collected evidence to the Des Moines Police Department. “End rape kill rapists” was spray painted on the side of the Pi Kappa Phi (PiKapp) house and an obscenity directed towards Greek life was spray painted on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) house. “I woke up this morning and my roommate was really mad and yelling,” Pi Kappa Phi President Chance Hoener said. “I went outside and went around the side of the house. They spray painted in really big black letters on the side of the house. It said ‘end rape kill rapists.’ That is all we really know.” Two similar phrases also appeared in other places on campus earlier in the year. “Stop rape end rapist” was spray painted on the sidewalk in front of Hubbell dining hall in late October. “End Greek life” was spray painted on the agora earlier in the spring semester. In at least three of the instance the spray paint was black. Hoener estimates that the Pi Kappa Phi house was hit between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday. While Sigma Alpha Epsilon President Kendrick Dewdney said

that the vandalism on their house was completed between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Friday night. “One of our members drove his car somewhere,” Dewdney said. “It was not there when he left but when he got back it was there.” Both houses filed reports with

“The sentiment is that they are implying that we or members of Greek life in general are rapists. The fact that it says ‘kill rapists’ is kind of concerning but I do not think that anyone feels unsafe. ” Chance Hoener

Pi Kappa Phi President

the Des Moines Police. Video surveillance is being analyzed by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon housing director. Dewdney also requested video surveillance from the neighboring Sigma Phi Epsilon house (SigEp). No video footage was available from the Pi Kappa Phi house. Both Presidents were complementary of Drake Public Safety but neither was completely confident that the perpetrator

would be caught. “It seems like they knew where the cameras were,” Dewdney said. “I am a little doubtful but hopefully we can get something between us and SigEp’s cameras.” “There is not a lot they can do with no kind of video evidence,” Hoener said. “No one caught the person in the action. We do not really have any means.” While members of Pi Kappa Phi find the threats concerning, Hoener said no one feels unsafe. “The sentiment is that they are implying that we or members of Greek life in general are rapists,” Hoener said. “The fact that it says ‘kill rapists’ is kind of concerning but I do not think that anyone feels unsafe. I think that it is a pretty hollow threat. But still, the fact that someone would use that kind of language makes it a little nervous.” Only speculation exists on why the Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon houses were targeted. “We really have no idea why those two were picked,” Pi Kappa Phi member Jon Rudnick said. “We have no specific relations. There is nothing in common. It was pretty out of the blue.” Dewdney said a possible motivation for the vandalism on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House could be a video in which an Oklahoma chapter of the fraternity chanted a racist remark. “I would only assume because it is related to the OU incident that occurred a few weeks ago,” Dewdney said. Whatever the reasons, Pi Kappa Phi member David

“END RAPE, KILL RAPISTS” vandalism was discovered on the side of Pi Kappa Phi on Saturday morning. This is the third spray-painting incident regarding either sexual assault or Greek life this year. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHANCE HOENER. Nordeen does not believe vandalism is an effective means to an end.” “I think that is the wrong way to go about it,” Nordeen said. “I do not think they have anything to be mad at PiKapp for anyway.”

“Still I think that is definitely not the right form to take in trying to prevent sexual assault. I really hope that it is not a continued pattern.”


Jewett Hall EC resigns following dismissal of two residence life assistants Angela Ufheil Staff Writer @AngelaUfheil

On March 29, Jewett Hall’s entire Executive Council resigned from their positions to protest what they believe was a forced resignation of two Jewett staff members. Earlier that week, the EC had learned that a resident’s assistant (RA) and an assistant resident hall coordinator (ARHC) would

be leaving Jewett – and they did not understand why. The EC presented residence hall coordinator of Morehouse, Ross and Jewett with a letter of resignation. “I think everybody in the hall was really upset by the dismissal of (the RA) and (the ARHC),” former Jewett Hall Communications Chair Grace Rogers said. “The EC realized that the only way that a lot of the people in Jewett were going to continue feeling like a community was doing something.” It is unclear why the RA and

ARHC, who wished to remain anonymous, resigned their positions. The Jewett residents were never told that an RA and an ARHC would be leaving, and were given no information about who would be replacing them. The lack of information frustrated the former Jewett EC. “At the very least, you would think the office of residence life could send an email,” Rogers said, who first learned about the situation when she saw the ARHC moving boxes and asked why. “It’s just unacceptable to

JEWETT HALL, an upperclassmen residence hall, had its entire executive council resign last week following what they believe was the forced resignation of two Jewett Hall residence life staff members. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

see them moving out, and that’s when you figure out what is going on.” When asked about procedures for informing residents about changes is residence life staff, the Office of Residence life declined to comment to the Times-Delphic. Dustin Miller, the former president of the Jewett EC, said that he was the first to propose resigning. “I didn’t want to be president if [the ARHC] wasn’t going to be at our meetings anymore,” Miller said. “She was great to work with.” Miller said that the ARHC was an important member of Jewett Hall, who decorated the Jewett lobby for every season and greeted every resident by name when she worked the front desk. “I felt comfortable going to talk to her (the RA) about any of my problems,” Miller said. “She was there, she had her door open when she had free time.” Andrew Overton has lived in Jewett for two school years and said there was a positive difference in the environment this year. “Last year there wasn’t a whole lot of family sense of community,” Overton said. “Now, it’s a much more friendly place to live.” Overton does not feel angry that the Jewett EC resigned. “I thought it was really bold,” Overton said. “I thought it was cool that they were so supportive of [the ARHC] and [the RA] that they were willing to resign their positions.” The former Jewett EC took

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their protest a step further when they created a Facebook page called “The Jewett Justice League.” The page has 153 likes, and includes a letter Drake students can send to the office of Residence Life and Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari. “It basically just says ‘We’re upset with the system how it stands, and we would like increased transparency,’” Rogers said. “Part of the argument that we also make is that having this system where nobody knows, not even the RAs, what they can go on probation for, or what causes them to get fired or asked to resign, creates a culture of fear.” When asked about probation and firing processes for RAs, the Office of Residence Life declined to comment to the Times-Delphic. The former Jewett EC still plans on helping the hall, said Rogers. They will still collect recycling, and they are working with the Residence Hall Association to transfer remaining executive council funds to the Jewett Hall RAs. When asked about how the EC resignation will affect Jewett Hall, both residence life and the Residence Hall Association would not comment. Former Jewett EC members were also invited to a meeting on April 6 to voice their concerns to Director of Residence Life Lorissa Lieurance and Dean of Students Bakari.

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April 08, 2015


#DemandBetterDrake campaign reaches 500 signatures Petition demanding five changes regarding sexual assault policies Morgan Gstalter News Editor @morgGstalt

As of April 6, 500 signatures were reached on the Demand a Better Drake sexual assault awareness petition. The campaign, organized by a group of Drake students, launched last month as a method of articulating dissatisfaction with the administration regarding the handling of sexual assault accusations made against students. Demand a Better Drake is a petition that is making five demands to the administration. These include: 1) Making the Student Code of Conduct a student resource that is easily accessibly online. 2) Providing funding for the Office of Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion. 3) Require that public safety officers, mandatory reporters, the judiciary hearing panel, and Peer Mentor/ Academic Consultants (PMACs) receive training. 4) Provide a straightforward list of sanctions for offenders that are in order of severity with appropriate corresponding sanctions. 5) Create a disciplinary panel of staff, faculty and administration to handle investigations and disciplinary matters. Rachel Dupree, a junior international relations and public relations major, is one of the students working on the campaign. She said there were a lot of issues with current policies regarding survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault. “We are going to publicize our demands until we see results,” Dupree said. “We’re trying to be proactive, not reactive surrounding something horrible that happens that would spur a campaign,” Dupree said. “This was sort of spurred here by the rise of sexual assault prevention campaigns at other schools and we started taking a closer look at our policy, especially after the Columbia mattress carrying campaign and the investigation.”

The investigation she refers to is the Title IX investigation brought against Drake University by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding a complaint brought against the university’s handling of a sexual assault case in October. Demand a Better Drake member and junior Hanna Howard said, “We need to take action now, in conjunction with the investigation, to make sure errors in the handling of a sexual assault don’t happen again.” Drake is one of 106 colleges and universities also under investigation, which officially starts at Drake on April 13, according to a email sent out by President David Maxwell on April 2. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will be visiting campus next week to conduct an investigation and is holding office hours to meet with students to confidentially discuss the matter of sexual misconduct on campus. In the email, Maxwell discusses ways that Drake has adopted changes in partnership with the OCR but students working with Demand a Better Drake say that these changes are not sufficient enough. Maxwell sites the creation of the Office of Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion with Coordinator Alysa Mozak dedicated to assisting students who have experienced sexual assault. “The Office of Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion is not funded by the university,” Dupree said. “Alysa (Mozak) receives a salary but all of the training her office does is funded through money earned by the ticket sales for the Vagina Monologues and the silent auction proceeds and community funding.” This is why Demand a Better Drake is requesting the office is provided with funding for the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) and Violence Intervention Partner (VIP). “The policies are not very clear and they are very vague,” Dupree said of another demand. “Everything is very discombobulated.” “The policy is very hard to find because it is buried in the

code of conduct and we want it to be easily found on the Drake website for resources and contact information for help,” Howard said. One demand that both Dupree and Howard stressed was a straightforward list of sanctions for offenders of sexual assault, listed in order of severity. Currently, this is not specified in the Student Code of Conduct. “We need a clear-cut list of ‘If this happens, then this happens’ to discipline offenders,” Dupree said. “It needs to be straightforward and enforced.” All disciplinary procedures and sanctions would be deliberated and enforced by the proposed disciplinary panel of staff, faculty and administration. According to the Demand a Better Drake website, the current protocol is for Drake Public Safety (DPS) and the Dean of Students, Sentwali Bakari, to be the primary investigators regarding sexual assaults. Jerry Foxhoven, executive director of the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic, acts as the hearing officer. The last demand would require this panel, as well as DPS, mandatory reporters and PMACS to receive training in sexual assault response and bystander intervention. Demand a Better Drake hopes these five demands would streamline the process of how sexual assault cases are handled to protect survivors and properly discipline offenders. “We want people to know where to go,” Dupree said. “We want there to be a system in place that would be open to what the survivor wants to do. We want to ask them ‘what do you want to happen?’ after a sexual assault. If they want disciplinary actions taken against their attacker, then we want there to be a straightforward response from the university.” The campaign is also advocating on their Facebook page for the executive Senate candidates to support the petition and follow-through with commitments made during their respective campaigns. If you are interested in visiting with the OCR while they conduct their site visit, appointments must be made by contacting Laura Schwarz at 271-3133 or If you have questions about the upcoming site visit and review, please contact Venessa Macro, the university’s Title IX coordinator, at venessa.marco@ or 515-271-3962.

To sign the Demand a Better Drake petition or learn more about the campaign, visit or follow #DemandaBetterDrake.

#DemandaBetterDrake 1) Clear and accessible sexual assault policy Make the Student Cofe of Conduct a student resource, including relevant contact information for campus services. Make the code easy to find on the Drake University website

2) Fund the Office for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion Provide this office with funding for Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), Violence Intervention Partner (VIP), publicity, printing, as well as prevention campaigns. This office currently is not funded.

3) Prevention and awareness training for leaders Require that public safety officers, mandatory reporters, judiciary hearing panel, and Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants (PMAC) are trained in sexual assault response and bystander intervention.

4) Increased oversight in the disciplinary process All disciplinary procedures should be held by a panel of staff, faculty, and administration. Currently, public safety and the Dean of Students are the primary investigators with Jerry Foxhoven, Executive Director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic, acting as the hearing officer.

5) Straightforward sanctions for offenders Acts of misconduct must be listed in order of severity with appropriate corresponding sanctions. Currently this is not specified in the Student Code of Conduct.


Five students complete 34 mile walk to Iowa State

Group raises money for Mai Ayni Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia Morgan Gstalter News Editor @morgGstalt

Hopefully, Daniel Luke Hammer and his friends invested in some sturdy and comfortable shoes for their long journey on April 4. Hammer, a sophomore business management/ international business double major, organized friends and several of his Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers to walk from Drake University in Des Moines to Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. Five out of the original 16 participants made it to ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium between 12 and 12.5 hours after leaving from Drake’s Old Main building at 5:30 a.m. This lengthy endeavor stems, not from a new fitness craze, but as a fundraising event. Walk For The Horn hopes to raise $1,200 for unaccompanied minors in the Mai Ayni Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia. The donations will help fund a library that is currently being built in the camp.

The group walked the 34 miles to Ames, taking many water and rest breaks. A driver went back and forth along route checkpoints to ensure everyone’s safety and brought back students that could not longer participate. Sophomore graphic design/ magazines double major Michael Lopez, who is Hammer’s roommate, admitted to originally participating because he wanted to prove him wrong but ended up enjoying the experience. “I was originally invested because I designed the T-shirts,” Lopez said. “That’s how I got involved but I walked because it was all for a good cause and I wanted to go all the way with this.” Lopez wore the popular workout tool called a FitBit that calculated his physical movement that day. He burned over 5,000 calories and walked 77,642 steps. Hammer has participated in a Walk For The Horn event before, getting inspiration for the trek to Iowa State. “My previous Walk For The Horn event was from Lee’s Summit, Missouri to Olathe, Kansas and spanned 28 miles on foot,” Hammer said. “I nearly died but over $1,500 was raised.”

The United Nations Refugee Agency has identified the eastern region known as the “African horn” to be the heart of one of the largest humanitarian crises currently. Estimates suggest that between 1,300-1,700 displaced people, most often from Somalia, cross the border into Ethiopia daily. Years of drought and violent conflict have left millions on the horn without homes. Refugees walk miles to camps set up by humanitarian aid organizations. In the African climate, they often arrive dehydrated and malnourished. Children often get separated from their mothers during journeys to refugee camps, such as Mai Ayni Eritrean in Ethiopia, leaving aid workers with a overflow of unaccompanied minors in need of an education. Walk For The Horn’s aim is for college students and members of the Des Moines community to identify with displaced persons who make similar walks like these to seek refuge. “People participating in the walk pay $20 for entry and a T-shirt,” Hammer said. “The rest (of the money) is from donations.

FOUR STUDENTS of the five that completed the 34 mile walk from Drake to Iowa State University to fundraise for the production of a library at the Mai Ayni Eritrean refugee camp in Ethiopia. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL LOPEZ (left). Every little bit helps.” Donations can be made at walkforthehorn.

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April 08, 2015


PRSSA conference coming to Des Moines Public Relations team tells attendees to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ Thomas Scearce Staff Writer @ThomasScearce

Each year, numerous Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters from across the country spend countless hours filling out paperwork and conducting interviews in order to host a regional conference. Only 10 universities are selected. This year, Drake University was one of those 10. From April 10 - 12, Drake PRSSA will be host “Expect the Unexpected,” which is the theme of the conference. The $75 registration fee covers three full breakfasts, a

plated dinner and admission to see 15 speakers. The conference will be held at the Des Moines Renaissance Savery Hotel. The conference is aimed at highlighting some of the unexpected things that make Des Moines unique while also focusing on surprising parts of journalism and public relations. Senior public relations major Taylor Rookaird is one of the Regional Conference CoCoordinators for PRSSA and has been working alongside the planning team for the past few months. She is excited to see all of their hard work culminate this weekend. “We are really excited and proud to be able to bring this to Des Moines and Drake,” Rookaird


Senate proposes budget for 2015-2016

SAB budget over $160,000 Beth Levalley Staff Writer @bethlevalley

Student Senate’s proposed 2015-2016 annual budget included a total of $336,382 to allocate to 29 student organizations, six of which are new on campus. The Student Fees Allocation Committee (SFAC) was proud that they did not use any incremental budgeting, which is a gradual year-after-year increase in an organizations’ budget, said Treas. Kevin Maisto. They instead looked at each group’s budget and analyzed every item to make sure funds were being put to good use. In the annual budget presentation, Maisto stated that, “SFAC considered the Finance Priorities outlined in the Student

“One thing that helped us get through the 15 to 16 hours was just hearing students’ excitement about their organizations” Kevin Maisto Student Senate Treasurer

Handbook to provide value to the student body.” Maisto and SFAC said that they stayed as consistent as possible, which means the cuts made were similar throughout every organization. Transportation fees were one of the most common cuts. The Senate cannot fund for transportation, but organizations were encouraged to apply for onetime funding requests if they get desperate. The Senate also cut funding for speaking fees, attempting to keep the speakers’ budget the same for every event. SFAC enforced a new policy this year called the “snack rate.” If an organization puts on an event that requires food but not a full meal, such as cookies or brownies, there is a snack rate of $2 per person. Many organizations used this snack rate in their budgets with events that lasted a few hours rather than an entire night. The Student Activities Board had the largest budget at $165,400. The Student Senate had the second largest budget with $124,765. “While it’s unfortunate that we have to allocate our own

budget, we tried to be as fair and intentional as possible,” Maisto said. Treas. Maisto spoke highly of student organizations and humbly of SFAC’s efforts to create the annual budget. “One thing that helped us get through the 15 to 16 hours was just hearing students’ excitement about their organizations,” Maisto said. The Senate table also offered electoral candidates time to explain their platform for the 2015-2016 year. Although the Senate focused on the annual budget for most of the meeting, they also allocated one-time funding to the Drake Triathlon Club and Enactus. The Drake Triathlon Club will send two participants to the U.S. Triathlon Collegiate Nationals in Clemson, South Carolina. The team hopes to receive spots in the top-50 out of about 400 triathletes. The Senate allocated $901 to the Drake Triathlon Club for registration, transportation and lodging costs. Enactus, an entrepreneurial organization on Drake’s campus, is hosting “Life After Drake,” an event that features notable alumni. Ethan Turner spoke about collaboration with other campus organizations and assured Senate that this was not an effort of Enactus alone. “I want to make sure you know that this is not just through Enactus,” Turner said. “It’s just a by-product of our organization.” In the future, he hopes this becomes an annual event that coincides with the Drake Relays. This year, the speakers will be Eric Zobrowski, a Drake alumnus who is famous for writing on the television series “American Dad,” as well as other ABC and NBC productions. Most of the costs for this event have been covered, but the Senate allocated $346 for transportation costs associated with the event. Senators are working consistently through the end of the year and following Vice President Josh Duden’s advice from last week: pacing themselves and staying organized. Sen. Kerstin Donat was excited to announce that her efforts to incorporate international students into orientation and Welcome Weekend will start this summer, earlier than originally anticipated. Sen. Zachary Blevins and Sen. Krysta Thomason are also collaborating to potentially get more outdoor seating, which could include picnic tables and hammocks.

said. “Being selected just goes to show that we are really driven and at the top of our class. A lot of hard work and preparation has gone into this.” Kelly Tafoya, senior public relations major and fellow Regional Conference CoCoordinator, highlights the work the team did both when planning event and before the bid was submitted. “Prior to bringing it to campus, the biggest thing was submitting the bid. Taylor and I went through a lengthy bidding process with paperwork, interviews, postplans and traveling to D.C. once we did get the bid,” Tafoya said. “Once we finalized that, we focused on connecting with alumni and getting the right

speakers on campus.” Having well respected and high profile Drake alumni at the conference was an important feature to the executive team. “We are very excited to have many Drake alumni and such a great Drake representation at our conference,” Tafoya said. Speakers from Edelman/ Starbucks, John Deere, HBO and Walt Disney are just a few that round out the lineup. PRSSA sees this as a learning and professional opportunity that students can’t pass up. “Not only is this a great professional development opportunity, but students can expect a great learning opportunity from many Drake alumni,” Rookaird said. “They’ve

been in our shoes, they’ve taken classes in Meredith and have learned what we are now. It’s a great way to see where your Drake education can take you.” PRSSA Faculty Adviser Kelly Bruhn has worked closely with the chapter and praises them for their hard work. “I’m incredibly proud of our leadership team,” Bruhn said. “They’ve really taken this challenge head on, and they’ve done a really good job navigating a pretty difficult situation, so I really hope that students take advantage of this opportunity because it’s going to be a really great conference.” For more information, visit

# 04 | opinions

April 08, 2015


Indiana’s ‘freedom of religion’ bill causes controversy In recent news: Kansas is attempting to pass conceal and carry without a permit, Texas has banned AP American History for “lacking patriotism” and Indiana created a bill that gave organizations “freedom of religion.” It’s safe to say this country is going crazy. Now, as these are all in depth topics, I’m only going to discuss one: the newly passed Indiana law. So, what is it really saying? It’s saying that government cannot unduly interfere in religious beliefs, and in an all-encompassing statement (individuals, organizations and any others) legalized discrimination. Good job, Indiana. The backfire included several big names. Angie’s List halted all

plans for a $40 million expansion of headquarters in Indianapolis. The mayors of Seattle and San Francisco both banned cityfunded travel to Indiana. There have also been over 200,000 tweets negatively commenting on the issue. Now, while many recognize the idiocies of this law and are responding in anger, a few are determined to use it to their benefit. Exhibit A: The First Church of Cannabis, which was created the same day the law was signed. This is now the “fastest growing religion” in the U.S. The founder Bill Levin claims followers of the faith “all smoke religiously.” As smoking cannabis is a part of ritual, there is a possibility that this new religion, along with its sacraments, will

withstand any government interference. Indiana, in its desire to give businesses religious freedom, might have unwittingly legalized specified cannabis usage. (Marijuana is banned in Indiana for medical and recreational purposes). With the backfire on the law, Gov. Mike Pence signed a fix to the bill, which enacted sexual orientation protection, the first time this has been done in Indiana. Once again, this angered just about everyone, and I’m almost starting to feel a little bit bad for Mike Pence and recognizing why so little legislation is passed; everyone wants to get really angry. However, I respect his movement towards greater balance. The addition states businesses cannot

utilize the law in a judicial setting to deny “to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing” to any customers based on “race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service.” I still fully believe that this country is crazy and that government can get a little wacko. But, we are a country with many opinions and everyone wants a full set of rights, which is something everyone deserves. However, we need to recognize that no one has the right to impede the rights of others. Hopefully, Indiana learned something from all this commotion and the rest of the U.S. did, too. But, if all else failed,

there’s still The First Church of Cannabis, and lord knows this nation could use a little more chill.

Sarah Grossman Staff Writer @smg424


Dorm room delight: Nutella s’mores made with leftover Easter candy

The weather lately has been gorgeous. Am I the only one dreaming of summer, sunshine and s’mores? I’ve heard that you can make them in the microwave, but I usually dismiss the idea on principle. What’s the point of a s’more without a campfire to accompany it? Sadly, open flames are not allowed in the dorms, and I needed my marshmallow fix. So I took the plunge and decided to try microwaved Nutella s’mores. The recipe, if you can call it that, was crazy easy to follow. You just make a s’more, but instead of

chocolate, you use a little Nutella. And instead of a fire, you use a microwave. Nothing is simpler than that. Watching the marshmallow cook in the microwave was a tiny bit terrifying, as it puffed up enough to flip itself over. I was afraid it would explode. It didn’t, though, and the result was a thoroughly melted marshmallow. No crispy edges like you would get from a fire, but no oddly solid center either. The Nutella in this context tasted like chocolate, and I didn’t think it had any advantage over a normal chocolate bar. But it melted nicely in the microwave, so I had no reason to complain. Since it is Easter time, I decided to be adventurous and make one with a Peep as well. The Peep doubled in size in the microwave, which was entertaining. I wasn’t a fan of the candy shell, which got really chewy when it was warmed up. Some people might like that “caramelized” factor, but

I wasn’t impressed. The biggest benefit I saw to the Peep was that it resisted being smooshed. There was marshmallow in every bite. Okay, so this microwaved s’more can’t quite compare to the kind you roast over a fire. But if you’ve been craving one because they remind you of summer, or you have extra Peeps lying around, this is a pretty good option. Recipe: Marshmallows (or Peeps) Nutella Graham Crackers 1. Spread Nutella on half a graham cracker. 2. Add a marshmallow. 3. Microwave for 15-20 seconds. 4. Top with other half of graham cracker.

Shelby Jensen Staff Writer @shelbyannjensen

LEFTOVER PEEPS are the perfect alternative to traditional toasted marshmallows when making dorm smores. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHELBY JENSEN


Mall security measures should increase along with mall cop training The long hours continuously pacing the aisles of Spirit Halloween store would practically drive me insane. Those Friday and Saturday night shifts left me with so much open time, I found myself analyzing the simplest of things that most people wouldn’t even notice. But hey, I was 17-years old and any sort of income was valuable to me. The weeks surrounding Halloween would drive the store traffic up dramatically, leading to high sales but also increasing theft. Around these weeks my boss would contact the mall about bringing in one of the mall cops into the shop to keep a close watch. This led me to meeting a great guy by the name of Barry. Barry was assigned to our

store to keep watch. Along with Barry’s friendliness came some interesting physical attributes. Barry was probably 5’8” and close to 320lbs. The rare store patrols that he would take would leave his cheeks rosy and pockets of sweat in a variety of spots throughout his body. We all enjoyed Barry’s presence around the store, but all of us including Barry, knew that if somebody decided to steal a costume from the store there wasn’t a chance that they would be caught. That experience left me with a curiosity to pay attention to other mall’s cops. Maybe I have looked in the wrong places, but I couldn’t help but notice a trend of a majority of the mall cops containing these same physical attributes that Barry had.

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This left me with the ultimate question of: “Can these gentlemen really keep our malls secure?” Malls have become a sought out target for violent attacks. They have progressively become more common in the recent years. This past year we have seen several mall shootings including the incident in Columbia, Maryland that caught much public attention. With this being the case, our malls need top of the line security that can properly deal with violent situations like these. Now the arguments claiming that mall cops go through a hiring process and training is correct. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, qualifications for hiring are met with a high school diploma and 48 hours of training within the first 100 days of service. Are these qualifications

enough? I will agree that this training process should give these mall cops the skill set to deal with almost everyday shenanigans like arguments, pesty kids, shoplifting and the occasional fight. But shouldn’t we always have that what-if question in our mind? Like what-if an armed mentally unstable teenager comes walking into the mall with intent to harm people? Now obviously I’m not implying that heavier qualifications for a mall cop are going to allow them to completely handle these situations. What I’m saying is that they themselves, and everyone who attends shopping malls, deserve more of a chance towards safety if one of these devastating events breaks out. This position needs heavier qualifications and job training

because it is a job that involves the safety of the public.

Alex Prusa Staff Writer

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# 05 | opinions

April 08, 2015



Avoid offensive mental health ‘slang’ Jordan vs. LeBron settled Joking about disorders is never appropriate This past summer, I worked a retail job at my local mall. My manager, who was a sweet, upbeat and emotionally conscious young mom, took me by surprise one day. I had just clocked in and asked how the day had been so far. She replied, “Oh, it’s been slit-your-wrists slow today.” Slityour-wrists slow. In a world of excessive political correctness standards, how are casual phrases like this socially acceptable? Political correctness is not upheld in relation to mental disorders. Cutting jokes, like the comment from my manager, are widespread. The phrases, “I want to die,” and “I’m going to kill myself,” are heard too often in non-serious casual conversations. While I’m sure comments like these are not meant to be offensive, they show insensitivity to those who struggle on a day-today basis. The current standing definition of political correctness is as follows: “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Political correctness should be used to work toward stopping the marginalization of mental disorders. A mental disorder is a mental or behavioral pattern that impairs the ability to function in ordinary life. Mental disorders are grouped into five major categories: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, dementias

and eating disorders. Every mental disorder can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults experiences mental illnesses in a given year. One in 17 adults live with severe mental disorders like schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder. An estimated 6.7 percent of American adults live with major depression, a widespread mood disorder. Off-handed comments involving depression and bipolar disorders need to stop. Suicide takes the lives of 40,000 American every year, and many who attempt or commit suicide do not seek help. The problems these people deal with every day are neither funny nor casual. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Eighteen percent of American adults have an anxiety disorder. Jokes about being “OCD,” having PTSD, or having anxiety attacks need to end. These are extremely serious conditions. Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults live with schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder. Schizophrenia is one of the most serious mental disorders and highly impacts an individual’s ability to function in society. Calling someone a “schizo” is not funny. Up to 24 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. According to the

Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, one in 10 cases of anorexia nervosa leads to death. Eating disorders are not a joke. ADD and ADHD are also found in DSM. Adults who struggle with ADD and ADHD were often undiagnosed as children and will remain undiagnosed, preventing them from getting help. Saying, “I’m so ADD,” or “I’m so ADHD,” is very insensitive to those who truly struggle with these disorders. Speaking as someone who has a mood disorder and an anxiety disorder, off-handed comments about mental disorders hurt. While I know they are not direct toward me specifically, I cannot help but get defensive. I struggle every day with my disorders, and I shouldn’t have to correct people on their colloquial language towards disorders they may or may not understand. Slit-your-wrists slow. Really?

Jenny Krane Staff Writer


Rodriguez returns amid controversy Fans debate loyalties to Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez, more commonly known as A-Rod, one of the New York Yankees heaviest hitters, is coming back to the world of baseball. He was suspended the whole 2014 season after it was uncovered that he was receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a clinic in South Florida. Rodriguez received the longest suspension Major League Baseball (MLB) has ever handed down. This repeat offender is going to find it extremely difficult to get the fans and coaches back on his side due to his major break of the rules. Rodriguez has been caught doping before so when he was caught and suspended for a whole year many were happy, including myself. Baseball is all about who can hit hardest and run the fastest, naturally, not by taking illegal drugs. It is America’s favorite pastime, often being seen as the good sport where people follow the rules and Rodriguez broke the rules. His use of steroids has completely wrecked any credibility he may have had. His credibility was minimal though, because this was not the first time he has been caught doping. Along with having no credibility, he really can not be trusted. How would any coach trust that he would not take these drugs after he had no issues doing it before? The extensive investigation that ensued after he failed a drug test let the world know that he was a liar. He hadn’t just taken them a few times, but it was revealed that he got performance enhancing drugs regularly from a South Florida doctor. The doctor later testified that Rodriguez was on of his best customers.

With no credibility and no trust in him, he is not much more than a liability. New York Yankees management has come out and said they aren’t overly excited that he’s back. Rodriguez is only allowed back because he is in the midst of a 10 year, 275 million contract with the Yankees. He was suspended one year without pay, but he is still bound to the contract and the Yankees must honor this.

“Rodriguez can’t justifiably beat a legend’s record after he admitted he was cheating.”

This is good for him seeing that the Yankees still owe him $61 million for the last three years of his contract, but it puts Yankees management in a position they don’t want. Numerous reports have stated they don’t want him anymore, saying they will refuse to pay him homerun bonuses even if he achieves them. I completely see where they are coming from. Rodriguez has made it clear that he is going after Barry Bonds all time record of 742 homeruns in his career. At 39 years old and with three years left in his contract with the Yankees, Rodriguez is sitting at 654 homeruns. Many believe he should have some (or most) of those homeruns wiped off his record because they were achieved when he was taking performance enhancing drugs, which is not fair.

Rodriguez can’t justifiably beat a legend’s record after he admitted he was cheating. Rodriguez does have some support, though. Yankees fans are die-hard fans and they support their players no matter what. That’s why they are also considered one of the most-hated baseball teams. Many argue that he just happened to be one of the players who got caught and owned it. They argue that there are many other ball players in the MLB that dope just as much as he did and are still getting paid. The only difference is that these other players never got caught. I do not condone the use of performance enhancing drugs. If the league wants to show that they are trying to make it more fair by disciplining those who are caught using performance enhancing drugs they then need to show that one will be punished to the fullest extent. I strongly believe they need to take back the hits he got while it was proven that he was using because he achieved those while taking drugs prohibited by the MLB. Alex Rodriguez has cheated his way to the top and he needs to be further punished by taking away the hits he got while using

Elyse Wheaton Staff Writer

Every time you turn on ESPN or SportsCenter these days there seems to be an on-going debate about who the greatest NBA basketball player is. There are two names that are usually flip-flopping the top two spots. Michael Jordan, the legendary Chicago Bull Shooting Guard and LeBron James who is best known as having the ability to play every position on the court are the two players constantly debated over. LeBron James, who is still currently in his prime, is quite the NBA player and is considered one of the best players currently in the league. He started his career at the young age of 18 after being recruited for his skill directly from high school. However, Michael Jordan should always win in the discussion of Jordan vs. James. Players across all levels are often quoted saying “winning isn’t everything’’ but when it comes to being the greatest, it is the only thing. It is often noted that LeBron has won two NBA Titles and was also named the NBA Finals MVP of both of those teams. This is impressive but pales in comparison to Michael Jordan’s six NBA Titles where he had six NBA Finals MVP awards. Jordan also earned 10 scoring titles and won the Defensive player of the year award in 1988. LeBron, on the other hand, has never won a scoring title or been named Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA thus far. But enough about facts. Some say that numbers don’t lie but they also don’t tell the whole story so let’s just dive into career facts. When Jordan was drafted by the Bulls in 1984, he remained with his team until his retirement in 1998. Jordan, unlike LeBron who was originally drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers but after 7 years of not winning a title, LeBron decided he needed a better team to play on. So in 2010, he joined the Miami Heat in a three team trade that also allowed Chris Bosh, another very good basketball player, to go to the Miami Heat to join Dwayne Wade who had already proven he was skilled enough to win an NBA title. This was the forming of the “Big 3.” My point? LeBron knew the challenge would be too big for him in Cleveland so he went to a better team so lesspressure would be just on him to win an NBA Championships. How can yu even think to compare that to the likes of Jordan? Don’t get me wrong, Michael Jordan was a part of amazing teams and had he had good players on his teams, but those teams weren’t made amazing by

pure talent like some other teams have been. They simply refused to be mediocre and rose to the occasion to set up a dynasty. All this aside, the biggest fact that separates Michael Jordan and LeBron James is their NBA Finals Records. Jordan went an incredible six for six in the NBA Championship titles which is

“Players across all levels are often quoted saying ‘winning isn’t everything,’ but when it comes to being the greatest, it is the only thing .”

the highest percentage of any NBA players with at least three appearances. LeBron’s NBA Finals record? Two for five. Don’t get me wrong, LeBron James is a hell of a player and is one of the greatest NBA players but he simply is not Michael Jordan. Jordan was truly in love with the game and took any opportunity to compete in any sort of basketball including the dunk contest which LeBron has refused to partake in. Rather than thinking about Jordan vs. James we should think about it as Jordan THEN James. Jordan paved the way for NBA players. He changed the game from the business perspective of being the first NBA player to have his own brand of shoes. He also was determined to show his refusal to lose when it counted the most. But because of all the attention Jordan brought to basketball, the fan base currently is massive. People watching the games on televison today see LeBron jumping over people left and right simply forget that Jordan did it first.

Justin Duruji Staff Writer


Relays kickoff tonight Blitz Day event begins Relays Get ready for Blitz Day and the start of Relays. Blitz Day is the student kickoff event to the Drake Relays, a day to get everyone pumped and excited. The event will be held tonight (Wednesday, April 8) from 5-7 p.m. in Parents Hall. During the event, we will have many minute-to-win-it games, a social media trivia challenge and fun prizes and giveaways. There will also be lots of good food and performances by many different a cappella groups will perform. Drake Relays Director Brian Brown as well as a few students who have taken part in past Relays will be speaking at the event to explain their Road Trip to Relays. The Relays Host and Hostess will be announced, as well as

the overall Relays theme and the musical act will also be announced. You don’t want to miss out. Come to Parents Hall tonight.

Esther Lim Danielle Day

# 06 | opinions

April 08, 2015


Disparity of workplace attire seen in lacking women’s options We all know the scene from that one rom-com where that empowered female role model goes on a liberated and freeing shopping trip, powerwalking the mall court with bags filled with the latest fashion. I thought I would follow suit in preparation for an alternative spring break doing volunteering out east, but I wasn’t shopping for Dior or Gucci, I was looking for safety gear and equipment. Perusing the aisles of Walmart with my mother in tow I found everything from travel supplies, to first aid, a quality flashlight, and good work gloves. The gender-neutral eye protection and hearing protect was easy to find, and fairly inexpensive. All I needed now was a pair of steel, or composite, toed boots.

I took to the Internet to find the best bang for my college buck, and found that I was out of luck. Many sites only offered hiking boots, or slip on shoes with a composite toe. Red Wing Boots carried four appropriate women’s boots, compared to the 66 in the men’s boots. Timberland failed to even include a women’s section when you go to their site and search ‘composite toe,” and offering one appropriate boot in their “pro” line of shoes. This disparity in products designed for women’s safety has surprised and scared me. Not as a raving college feminist ready to burn bras, but as a person that understands that equal opportunity employments means nearly 60 percent of women age

16 and over participate in the workforce. What about the Rosie the Riveters of our embowered female working class? I reached out to a business that wished to remain anonymous, and they suggested that their women might just wear men’s boots, and that the genders are more so about “decoration.” A 2001 study by Wunderlich and Cavanagh called “Gender differences in adult foot shape” concluded that “female feet and legs are not simply scaled-down versions of male feet but rather differ in a number of shape characteristics, particularly at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe and the ball of the foot. These differences should be taken into account.” So the men’s boots might not

fit perfectly, what’s wrong with that? This little thing called the Occupational Safety & Health Administration under the United States Department of Labor happens to have a page called “Women in the Construction Workplace: Providing Equitable Safety and Health Protection.” It’s got some fun sections that say things like “Having inadequate or ill-fitting clothing, boots gloves, or safety equipment presents a safety hazard for any worker” and “When asked if they could easily find protective clothing to fit, 46 percent of women in the second NIOSH said “no” with respect to work shoes.” So here’s me putting my steel toed boot down on the lack of safety attire meant for women. As

members of the working class we deserve to have safe attire, and gender disparity shouldn’t impact safety.

Sarah Beth Coleman Staff Writer


Saving up to embrace your adventurous side well worth the money

Claudia Williams Staff Writer

After arriving back in Des Moines from a 3200-mile road trip with my sorority sisters, best friends and soul sisters, I realized something — it is really important to spend your money, time and energy on making memories. As a woman with a major shopping addiction, I tend to spend a majority of my paychecks on shoes. But last month, with spring break approaching, I stopped those major spending habits and starting saving – and I thank my stars I did so. Spending my money on an amazing spring break was the best decision I have made in a while. There is something exhilarating and life altering about traveling via road trips. Being able to see every star in the night sky while eating smores in New Mexico is something you can’t beat, I promise. Growing up, I wasn’t the adventurous friend. I would have rather finger-painted inside

for hours instead of playing in the front yard. But as I grew up, my need for adventure got bigger and I grew out of this stage. However, a part of me has always been reserved about getting too far out of my comfort zone. Things like public speaking, heights and spontaneous surprises get my heart racing like no other. I was even a little bit afraid of this trip at first. In the beginning, I thought to myself, how nice does going home and reading a good book sound instead? But I kept telling myself, “Do something everyday that scares you.” This motto is my New Years resolution and has allowed me to break out of my shell a lot these past few months. I am so thankful I talked myself into going on the spring break trip of a lifetime. There are some things in life you can never replace, like spending 52 plus hours in a car with three girls. We saw the Grand Canyon, got tattoos in Colorado, hitchhiked in Albuquerque, snuck on a houseboat in Arizona and watched the sunrise (among other things). These adventures are the ones I am going to tell my children some day. I am going to whip out my scrapbook filled with photos and souvenirs and tell them all about this trip — the one unforgettable one I went on my sophomore year of college. Looking back now, I pat myself on the back for my decision to tag along. I am so happy with myself that I chose to make these memories, instead of reading the newest Nicholas Sparks book with my Chihuahua by my side. I always ask myself, “What

if?” after trips like this. What if I hadn’t gone? What if this amazing trip had never happened? Well, then I wouldn’t have learned these 17 things: (funny tips and quirky life lessons to follow) 1.Falling asleep while driving on Route 66 is a bad idea – if you close your eyes for a second, you’ll miss something beautiful. 2.Old Vegas is cooler than New Vegas. 3.Watching the sun rise, though very tiring, is incredible. 4.Pull over whenever you see something cool on the side of the road – gorgeous views, vintage stores or ice cream shops – pull over and take it all in. 5.Take a lot of photos. Posed, candid, and even the ones you might not want your mom to see.

Pictures capture moments, and moments make memories. 6. Be spontaneous and try new things. 7. Captain Crunch donuts are better than chocolate ones. 8.The Grand Canyon is especially breathtaking at sunset. 9. Spending 52 hours in the same car as three girls can be detrimental to your friendship, but also extremely amazing. 10.Be safe and trust your instincts. 11. Waterslides are fun, even the forth and fifth times you go down. 12. Dance at concerts even if the music is bad. 13.Rarely eat at chain restaurants — always chose the fun diner with the neon sign over

Burger King. 14. Being youthful is the best thing we are given — use it all up. 15. Meet the locals — they know of some pretty cool places to check out. 16.Make a bucket list and do everything on it. 17. Write down everything you do in a journal so you never forget. While on this trip, I realized how important moments like these are to our youth. It is so important to be adventurous, take chances and do things that scare you, because those are the things that change your life. That gorgeous handbag at Nordstrom may seem like a necessity, but save your money, get in your car and go explore.

CLAUDIA WILLIAMS writes about her experiences roadtripping west over spring break PHOTO COURTESY OF CLAUDIA WILLIAMS


Humans of Drake Each week Humans of Drake will be capturing moments around campus that involve members of the Drake community. Check back each week to read more. How often do you meet to rehearse? Class meets three times a week and we schedule a sectional every week.

What song were you just playing? “From Glory to Glory” by Kevin Walczyk. And the interesting thing about this piece is that it is purposefully paired up with “The One Life Beautiful” by Julie

Giroux. So those two pieces together are supposed to serve a remembrance of Heather Ellen Cramer Rue. Who was tragically killed in a bicycling accident, by a drunk automobile driver.

Wind Symphony members include Kaily MacDonald, Mallory Rasky, Lucas Shapland, Grant Simmons, Blaise Rothwell and Christian Hayden. They rehearse once a week. PHOTOS BY EMILY LAMBIE

# 07 | features

April 08, 2015


YouTube video brings joy and laughter to students Molly Adamson Staff Writer

A student sits in his dorm room, stressed out beyond belief. He needs to destress, and he needs to do it now. So he logs onto YouTube, pulls up the Drake Question videos and has a good laugh at others’ stupidity instead of his own. And it feels good. Or at least, that’s what the purpose of Drake Questions is, says Ore Arogundade, creator of the humorous videos. Before moving to Des Moines to attend Drake University pursue a degree in broadcasting and participate on the university’s varsity basketball team, Argoundade emigrated from his home country of Nigeria to the United States. He is a first-year student, but he is already well

known around campus. The videos show Argoundade with other Drake students asking them what appears to be simple questions, such as “Who’s on the dollar bill?” and “How many stars are on the American flag?” As easy as these questions may seem, many of the people who are asked in the video get the answers wrong. Argoundade explained, “My partner Hunter Hoopes and I were watching this thing on YouTube called Questions and we thought why not remake the whole show and bring it to Drake and that’s how Drake Questions started.” Argoundade and Hoopes, a first-year marketing major, met because they live across the hall from each other in Morehouse. Hoopes said Argoundade would stop by his room repeatedly, and they became close friends instantly. “My job is to shoot and help

run the social media outlets. My favorite part is working alongside one of my best friends. We work off each other in a way that whenever we are together we always crack up laughing,” Hoopes said. Mitchell Klocke, one of the students in the second Drake Questions video, also spoke fondly of Argoundade. “I wanted to be a part of the video because I watched them film and edit the first edition of it, and I was insanely jealous. I thought that I could do so much better than the others. Plus, it’s always fun taking part in whatever shenanigans Ore is up to,” Klocke said. “Hunter and I first come up with questions that we think might be funny or stump people but at the same time be a easy question that everyone should know. The people who are in it are chosen at random and when I say random I mean going up to

them and asking if they would like to be in the video. I edit the videos using two softwaresAdobe Premiere and iMovie,” Argoundade said. Argoundade always enjoys making the videos, although he can point out some of his favorite parts. “My favorite moment of the whole show would definitely have to be the Drake security guard. He had one of the funniest responses. Drake student Briaimah Tayo Iawal was also funny when he answered the question ‘How many stars are on the American flag?’ with ‘24’ then preceded to change his answer to ‘14’,” he said. The Drake security guard Argoundade references was in the second video. Before being interviewed, he attempts to cover up his badge so as not to be recognized as Drake security, and then he proceeds to answer many of the questions wrong.

Plans for future Drake Question videos include a professor edition, a Des Moines streets edition and even the possibility of branching out to other universities, such as Iowa State University. While Argoundade may seem like he has everything perfectly under control, he is just another college student along with being a college athlete. “The hardest part is trying to get it done in the time I say I will put it out, especially trying to balance basketball and school work with this, its hard to stay on top of it,” he said. He seems to be doing a good job of it though, and he continues to make Drake students laugh during study breaks. Look for the next Drake Questions video coming out in the near future on Argoundade’s YouTube channel OA Productions.



Drake Greek life derails Next Course aims to raise awareness on typical college stereotypes college campuses about food-insecurity Maddy Gildersleeve Staff Writer madison @m_gildersleeve A study by the University of Maine found 55 percent of college students involved in clubs and organizations have experienced hazing and according to, 73 percent of students in sororities or fraternities experience at least one form of hazing behavior. But at Drake University the statistics do not apply. “There is a zero tolerance policy for all of Drake’s Greek life on hazing, sexual assault violence and alcohol incidents at any chapter function or involving underage students,” said junior Interfraternity Council Executive Vice President and music education major Xavier Quinn. Many Greek life communities across the country deal with issues involving hazing, sexual harassment and alcohol abuse. In an effort to eradicate these harmful behaviors, Drake is setting a new norm in their Greek community. According to the Drake Greek life website, there are nine fraternities, along with newly reestablished Phi Delta Theta, and five sororities on campus. Greek life’s zero tolerance policy applies to the entire community, which is around 30 percent of Drake’s undergraduate student population. “In the media you see a lot of things about sorority and fraternity life having bad situations with hazing, drinking getting out of hand or not being dedicated to school work,” said Claire Van Treeck sophomore accounting and finance double major and executive vice president on Panhellenic Council. These stereotypes are well known to incoming first-years on Drake’s campus. “I feel like fraternities [on campus] all haze but I haven’t heard anything,” said firstyear accounting major Solea Rodriguez. Rodriguez is not involved in Greek life. Rodriguez also observed that there seem to be stereotypes for each chapter on campus. “I feel like certain girls go to a certain house,” Rodriguez said. “I mean, yeah, cause that’s the one they get along with, but it’s a certain type of person.” Students who ended up joining Greek life had beliefs similar to Rodriguez. “I came in expecting dudes that drink, which is not something I wanted to be a part of,” said Joe Herba, first-year biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major and current member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Herba was expecting the typical media portrayal of Greek life but was surprised by what he discovered. “I found out the people in Greek life are actually the leaders on campus,” he said. Herba, like most students, was still worried about the unspoken stereotype of Greek street: hazing. “I was expecting to be hazed,” Herba said. “But we talk about a no hazing policy and Sigma Phi Epsilon takes it very seriously.” On the sorority side of it, the zero tolerance policy is equally enforced. “I have never been hazed and I have never seen anyone else be hazed,” Van Treeck said. Both Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council make an effort to enforce their zero tolerance policy and improve the reputation of Greek life across campus. As Executive Vice President of Panhellenic Council, Van Treeck is in charge of risk management and certain education policies. “In the most extreme case, if a chapter violated this rule [zero tolerance for hazing] the chapter could be kicked off campus or the member could be kicked out of the chapter,” VanTreeck said. “But to my knowledge we haven’t had any of these risky situations in recent history,” Van Treeck said. Van Treeck attributes this incident free history to the quality of people in the Greek community. “Hazing stems from wanting to control a group of people and show authority over them,” Van Treeck said. “At Drake we respect each other and have created a culture that values the individual member and doesn’t want to subject them to hazing.” Quinn, the executive vice president for the Interfraternity council, has seen a similar push in a positive direction. “I think that now Drake Greek life is very focused on values and there is a push to recruit based on our values as organizations to better both the men and women we are recruiting and organizations as a whole,” Quinn said. Quinn believes that Drake’s Greek life is a unique system, separate from the national stereotypes. “I don’t think Drake portrays or practices those stereotypes that are portrayed in the media,” Quinn said. Even with the remaining stigma surrounding Greek life nationally and locally on Drake’s campus, Drake Greek life does not align with these accusations. Instead, it’s focused on the chapters and their members.

Jessica Lynk Copy Editor @jessmlynk What started as a position in the office of Community Engagement and Service Learning has now sprouted into a campus organization. Junior environmental science major Laura Leben is one of eight Service-Learning ambassadors at Drake who was given the task to create a service-learning initiative that connects the Drake community to the Des Moines community. She completed this through Next Course Food Recovery Network. “I decided it would best fit the goals of making it sustainable by creating it as a student organization and giving it that integrity and have students responsible for doing the work,” Leben said. From this initiative came the student organization Next Course. Next Course is designed to take food leftover from catering, dinning halls and concession and distribute the leftover food to local shelters. Every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, volunteers meet to transport food from Drake to the shelters. First-year Sara Hillring got involved with Next Course after

taking a First-Year seminar on food recovery. Hillring has been interested in the food system since high school and felt this was

“It is not jist about filling people up that are hungry, but giving them the nutrients they need so that they can do more things and function properly. It all really goes hand in hand.” Sarah Hillring First-year student

a way to get involved. “The food system is interesting and I don’t really like how it is functioning now. I have always thought it would be a great thing to get involved in and potentially help change,” Hillring said. Hillring finds this program beneficial because it helps provide for those in need. “It is not just about filling people up that are hungry, but giving them the nutrients they need so that they can do more

things and function properly. It all really goes hand in hand,” Hillring said. One of the initiatives Next Course recently started is composting. They will be implementing a system for firstyears next year in order to add composting in Quad Creek Café. “We are specifically targeting first years and training them as part of summer orientation and then it will be a natural process,” Leben said. Next Course has partnered with clubs like DEAL and different fraternities and sororities on campus. “It has been really helpful to have a support system across the university,” Leben said. The program has helped the students involved see the impact they have on Des Moines. “Actually seeing that food has a profound impact on you to think ‘This would be in the garbage if it wasn’t for this program,’” Leben said. Next Course is partnering with Sodexo and the Boys and Girls Club on April 16 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Knapp Center. The program titled “Growing up: Food for Thought” will teach young children about eating healthy. Anyone looking to volunteer can contact laura. ​

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# 08 | features


Bringing video games and friends together to enjoy Molly Lamoureux Staff Writer molly. @mollyinblack

It’s 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night. You open the door to Velvet Coat, a women’s boutique, and make a sharp right turn. The faint smell of hoppy beer gets stronger as you descend a sticky cement staircase. Where are you? You reach the bottom of the stairs and are suddenly emerged in a … wait. Seriously, where are you? To your right, people are sitting at the bar nursing every shade of craft beer and talking about the latest Iowa State upset. Walk in a little further to find some guys immersed in an assembly line of bleeping and dinging arcade games. You turn around quickly as a game of giant Jenga crashes to the floor, and that’s when you see it — the huge “Up-Down” plastered on the wall. After its startup in October of 2013, Up-Down has become one of the most unique places to hang out in the area, receiving runner up for “the most hipster place in Des Moines” in a recent city-wide awards ceremony. This place has something for everybody. Up-Down takes pride in their eclectic collection of pinball machines, devoted teams for Monday night skee-

ball league and more than 40 classic videogames sandwiched in between Tetris and House of the Dead. And this is no Dave & Buster’s, so you won’t be getting ripped off. Up-Down uses a simple token system and each game only uses one token per play. Depending on the night, the bar also offers token specials — like two-for-one tokens on Wednesdays. Turning 35 (I mean 28) soon? Mention you’re the special birthday boy/ girl and they’ll shell out $10 of tokens as a gift. “We like to keep it affordable,” manager Eric Harvey said. Along with deals on tokens, the bar also offers free gaming options such as four-player Nintendo 64 on the big screen, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four. The three guys behind the idea are Sam Summers, Josh Ivey and Rafe Mateer. After visiting a club with some video games at Summers’ Vegas bachelor party in July 2013, the trio knew they had to bring a barcade to Des Moines. It wasn’t going to be a club, though. The guys had a different idea in mind. “The games are a huge part of what Up-Down is, but to me, it was more of this nostalgic vibe where people would (think), ‘Oh, these are the things that remind me of my childhood’,” Summers said. And yes, it is a barcade. UpDown is known for its classic videogames and its videogame-

inspired menu. If you’re into mixed drinks, grab a “Princess Peach” or a “Gamer Fuel.” If you’re more of a shots fan, their candy-infused vodka is a huge hit. If you’re feeling adventurous (and coordinated), stack up those sour-apple Jolly Rancher shots into a “shot ski” and down them

“During the week, we get

the gaming crowd. People just hanging out, playing games,” Harvey said. “On the weekend it’s packed wall-to-wall ... Everyone gets along great. We’re like one little happy family here.”

Eric Harvey Up-Down manager

with some friends. And if all of this stuff sounds too frilly, UpDown has over 20 craft beers on constant rotation. Whether you’re a Left Hand Stout guy or an IPA girl, they’ve got you covered. After you set the shot ski aside, you can head to the games. Or you can kick back and watch some classics. TVs hanging from the ceiling play rotations of classic ESPN, classic UFC fighting, Beavis and Butthead and countless movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. As if the TVs weren’t enough,

the decoration radiates nostalgia. “It brings you back to the ‘80s and ‘90s.” Harvey said. The walls are plastered with unique retro memorabilia wallpaper. Turn the corner by the Track and Field videogame to see Marty McFly sandwiched in between Space Invaders graphics and then make a 180 to make eye contact with a sexy John Stamos smirk circa his “Full House” era with Peewee Herman collaged beside him. “It’s a culmination of all of those things together that create a feeling that you have when you’re there,” Summers said. “(It’s) not so much an ‘Oh I’m going to play games,’ thing, it’s ‘I’m going because I like the vibe.’” You may be wondering what the crowd is like in such a niche place. “Anyone can really enjoy the atmosphere,” employee Malcolm Smith said. After six months of working week nights and weekends, Smith still has yet to see a “typical” crowd. “Wooly’s plays a huge part in (our crowd),” Smith said. “You can (bring) your Wooly’s ticket over and we’ll give you some free tokens.” (Summers, Ivey and Mateer also own Wooly’s — the bar/concert venue a few doors down.) Harvey agrees that Wooly’s is a huge contributor to Up-Down’s profit since it’s an underground bar in a part of town that isn’t known for being part of the party scene.

“During the week, we get the gaming crowd. People just hanging out, playing games,” Harvey said. “On the weekend it’s packed wall-to-wall.” Because the bar is open in the afternoon until 2 a.m. seven days a week, people can come in whenever it’s convenient for them and expect top notch drinks and service even during the busiest hours. For the most part, Up-Down is the place to go if you want to drink casually and play some video games. People don’t go there to get belligerently drunk and pass out on the floor. No matter the crowd or concert going on down the street, you can always count on Up-Down as a space to hang with friends or to spend six hours trying to beat your high score on Spiderman pinball. “Some of the bartenders (at Up-Down) have worked security at more hostile bars,” Smith said. “We have a lot of people with a lot of experience like that. But since we’re such a calm place, usually we don’t require security.” The bartenders and servers enjoy getting to know the regulars, too, which contributes to the comfortable and relaxed environment. “Everyone gets along great. We’re like one little happy family here,” Harvey said. Time to become part of the family.



Beautiful animals ready to walk the runway Earth jam raises awareness Jacob Bullington Staff Writer @JakeBullington

Bulldogs will literally be taking over the Knapp Center during Relays. Over 50 local bulldogs will compete later this month to be crowned as the most beautiful. The 36th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest is one of Drake University’s signature Relays traditions. Zoe Zuidema, a first-year broadcast news and rhetoric double major, is excited about attending and has been preparing for it. “I did look through a lot of pictures of Bulldogs,” Zuidema said. Even as a self-described cat person, Zuidema plans to show up and support what she describes as “the dog community.”

“College students love dogs. (They) go crazy when there’s a dog nearby, including myself,” Zuidema said. Zack Diestler, a junior actuarial science and finance double major, has a bulldog at home that will make the trip to Drake to compete this year. Sumo, the 50-pound 6-yearold canine, has a good chance of winning, according to Diestler. “I think he’s the most studly dog out there. He’s awesome,” Diestler said. The Beautiful Bulldog contest goes back three years for the Diestler family. “Ever since freshman year, (my mom) has applied for the competition. I’ve kind of laughed at her, ‘yeah right,’ Sumo’s not getting in this year’s contest. I thought it was more of a joke,” Diestler said. This year, however, was different. Sumo will be one of the contestants on the Knapp Center

floor, and will have plenty of fans in the audience rooting for him. According to Diestler, potential costumes for Sumo include a pirate, a wrestler outfit and a patriotic themed one. Having invited his fraternity to cheer on Sumo, Diestler hopes the extra effort will win Sumo the ‘Fan Favorite’ award. Looking ahead to Relays week, and the abundance of bulldogs, Zuidema said she is anticipating a huge community feeling on campus and in Des Moines. “I really like the community sense Drake has, and I’m excited mostly for seeing everyone come together in one place,” Zuidema said. “The energy will be huge, and everyone will be excited.” The contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m on April 19 in the Knapp Center.

BEAUTIFUL BULLDOG COMPETITION will be April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Knapp Center featuring over 50 dogs. FILE PHOTO

Molly Adamson Staff Writer

Good food, great music and Mother Earth came together this past Friday night at Earth Jam, a concert put on by the Drake Enviromental Action League (DEAL) for the fourth year. The event is usually held outside, but due to weather it was brought inside to the Pomerantz Stage. Peformers at the concert included Drake student Chris Fairbank, Paul Doffing, The Iua Projeckt featuring Drake alumni Aaron Ehrlich, Twins, Foxholes and Teen Daad. Along with the performers, who often had environmental messages of their own, DEAL provided education tools at the concert. Some members gathered up plastic bags that have been used on campus, to promote their goal of banning plastic bags in the C-store. DEAL members also discussed their other goals, such as making surrounding community companies plastic bottle free and freezing the use of fossil fuels. Their ultimate goal is to make Drake and the surrounding community more environmentally friendly. Kaitlin Lacek, a sophomore environmental science and entrepreneurial management double major, who is a member of DEAL, spoke about the group’s goals for the event. “It’s a way to bring people together to have fun, but also talk about the issues,” Lacek said. “It’s about not taking the environment for granted.” One of the performers, Fairbank, is a current Drake senior majoring in marketing. Fairbank is from Denver, and he started his music career by first becoming interested in the piano in the 3rd grade, then moving on to guitar and singing in high school. He even writes his own songs, and performed some new ones that will come out on his second album along with songs from his first. During his performance, Fairbank talked about where he gets inspiration for his songs,

especially when it came from being on campus. One song came to him while he was in the KFC/Taco Bell location near campus. Another idea came to him when people he knew were drinking alcohol in the Jewett Residence Hall. After saying this, he then advised, “Don’t drink in Jewett!” “I think the Earth is important,” Fairbank said. “By bringing music as a medium, we were able to bring awareness of the issues at this year’s Earth Jam.” Ehrlich, another musician who performed at Earth Jam, also attended Drake. He graduated last spring, with degrees in computer science and music. He came back this year with his band The Iua Projeckt, in which he plays the guitar. Ehrlich became a part of this band when the singer Victor Araya contacted him through the Musicians Union. Ehrlich and Araya were the founders of the band, and they soon got other members to join them. Araya​is originally from Nigeria, but he moved here two years ago in order to provide his daughter with a better life. The band performs African music reminiscent of Araya​’s home. The band was interacting with the crowd and seemed confident about their performance, but Ehrlich admitted that this was their first live performance. “It was a blast. We didn’t expect the crowd to be so excited. It was electrifying,” Ehrlich said. “The whole purpose was to have fun. Our goal was to put a smile on people’s face and spread happiness.” The Iua Projeckt and the other performers achieved that goal, with attendants jumping and dancing around the entire night. There was even a guy in a banana costume helping others get excited and dancing. The event wasn’t just about music though. Students got the opportunity to learn about DEAL, the environment, and ways they could help keep Mother Earth safe and clean. DEAL members deemed it very successful.

# 09 | features

April 08, 2015


Childhood dream transforms into lifelong career goal Giuliana Lamantia Staff Writer @g_lamantia

By the afternoon, Jeff Fleming has already spoken to London about an art exhibition he wants to do in 2016, written the introduction for a lecture and had a brainstorming meeting downtown with the Iowa Arts Counsel. Fleming has yet to meet with a lawyer later in the afternoon. He plans to top the day off with a director’s dinner that night to thank patrons of the Des Moines Art Center. “You wouldn’t even know the time if emails didn’t exist,” Fleming laughed. “You spend a great deal of time on the computer and time on the phone communicating.” Being the executive director of the Des Moines Art Center, Fleming never has a typical day. Primarily, he reaches out to patrons, artists, staff, community members, government officials

and more to build relationships. Which brings him full circle because to Fleming, life is about building relationships. Having an immense passion for art since childhood, it was never a question to Fleming that he would pursue it. Albeit the “starving artist” notion, he received support for his dreams and now gets to do what he loves everyday. It was his communication and connections that got him there, which now drive his entire career. “I didn’t think about getting a job or how am I going to live,” Fleming said. “It’s just something you had to do. You follow your passions, which I think we all should follow our passions. If you do and provide those opportunities for luck, good things can happen.” Fleming began his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From there, he moved on to East Carolina University where he received his BFA and then Pratt Institute in New York City for his MFA in painting and art history. After he graduated and moved

on to Pratt, Fleming swears his entire career began with one phone call. “I called someone I didn’t know, I said ‘I’m moving to New York, I need a job can you help me,’” Fleming said. “I got a job at the Met. Someone else read my resume. I didn’t have any skills — I still don’t — but the next person looked at my resume and said, ‘Oh my God,’ you worked at the Met,” Fleming said. “I didn’t do anything important but I worked at the Met. One thing led to another. My whole career is based upon one phone call.” Fleming originally planned on teaching, however his job in the fundraising office at the Metropolitan Opera House changed his interests. From learning how to develop connections with others and to raise money through those connections, he was inspired to pursue art administration. Throughout his career, Fleming has held many positions. He worked at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston South Carolina, the Smithsonian

in Washington D.C. and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, before moving to Des Moines where he has worked at the Art Center for 15 years. “The overriding goal wasn’t I want to be a director, it’s I want to do great work,” Fleming said. “Then you just sort of follow the path that life leads you.” Following life’s path in terms of his goals meant creating relationships and connections as he had at the Met. To Fleming, not only is art a collaboration, but life itself. “I would say in any field whether it’s art or business or politics or anything, it’s about building relationships with people because that’s how things get done,” Fleming said. “Develop your list and work very diligently to develop those relationships because that is going to position you for the next step.” When it comes to his current role at the Art Center, Fleming uses his refined communication skills to collaborate with staff on a daily basis.

“We have so much in common that all of our ideas seem to match our interests and the things we do at the museum,” senior curator Gilbert Vicario said, who works closely with Fleming to plan exhibitions at the museum. “There always seems to be a common connection between what we want to do, so it makes working with him really great.” Fleming’s personable qualities throughout his career and life shine through in his artistic interests. Some of the most interesting forms of art to him are the ones that provide personal experience,or the items that have been touched by human hands. “Although I work in the modern and contemporary world, I also have a great affinity towards historical objects,” Fleming said. “For example, utilitarian ceramics. Like early Chinese ceramics or Vietnamese ceramics, or even day-to-day objects. Those that have lived a life, not necessarily had been placed on a shelf and just looked at, but those that we have touched and used. I’m vey interested in that


World Backup Day brings tech help to students across college campuses As technology gets larger, backup storage needs to increase as well Morgan Muraski Staff Writer @little_muraski Although it may seem contradictory, sometimes backing up is the best way to move forward. March 31 was the fifth anniversary of an independent, online initiative known as World Backup Day. The goal of this public project is to raise awareness among computer owners about the importance of storing their documents, pictures and other important files in an additional location other than the hard drive of their computer or laptop. Sponsored by technology websites and computer equipment manufacturers alike, World Backup Day is a cause that is becoming increasingly important in the new age of

technology, especially where large amounts of it are concentrated. One type of place that computer technology seems to be everywhere is the college campus, and Drake University is no exception. From students out in Helmick Commons to the quiet reaches of Cowles Library, everyone seems to be hooked up and plugged into their devices. But where there are a lot of computers, there are also a lot of computer problems. First-year Olivia Berry discovered first hand how catastrophic the results can be when a computer decides to go on the fritz or crash altogether. “The situation is so stressful,” Berry said. “You lose everything. I lost two years of my life. That’s my history right there.” Now, not every situation has to rival Berry’s. The goal of World Backup Day is to prepare people for the day their technology fails them, whether they be students,

staff or faculty. Associate Professor of Computer Science Michael Rieck said that, in order to be able to

“In this day and age, everything is about computer. 10 years ago you wouldn’t see a classroom of kids with laptops. Now, some classes are only provided online. You need to know the tools that you’re using.” Matt Haydon Technology Support Specialist

solve the problems they are faced with, students should make sure that they are familiar with the


The annual kick off to Relays! Come enjoy some be food, games, musical entertainment, free giveaways, and the chance to win prizes! Also be there for the announcement of the Host and Hostess, Relays theme and the Relays Band.

APRIL 11 | RUN | 7:30 PM

One of the many fun and exciting kickoff events is “Light Up the Night,” a glow in the dark 3k run around campus. We will be giving away free glow sticks that you can wear while you run! Make sure to wear bright colors!


One of the biggest traditions on Drake’s Campus! Organizations will gather at the painted street to paint their own interpretation of this year’s relays theme! Join the fun at 4:00pm on April 17.


Habitat for Humanity and SAB are working together this year to hold a Panel Build across the street from Old Main on Saturday. You will get the great opportunity to build the walls for future homes. Come put a hard hat on and kick off your Relays!

APRIL 19 | PANCAKES | 10 AM - 12 PM

Come enjoy some flipping flap jacks outside of Olmsted. From 10am-Noon Chris Cakes will be serving up some of the finest flap jacks around! Don’t miss out of free pancakes to finish the weekend before relays off right!

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technology that they have at their disposal. “In a simple sense, computer science is now general information,” Rieck said. “People who want to be knowledgeable and be plugged into their environment and community should know how computers work.” There is a lesson for students in World Backup Day, even if they don’t actually participate. Not only is it important for students to be educated in regard to their devices, but it is also crucial to know where to get help in times of technology trouble. On Drake’s campus, the dedicated members of Drake Technology Services are standing by in the basement of Carnegie Hall. Technology Support Specialist Matt Haydon said that, while advances in computer technology are making total crashes less

frequent, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong with a device. In order to prevent a total loss of information, Haydon gave a simple piece of advice. “Have an external hard drive that you plug in every so often and then you have two forms of redundancy to protect your computer,” Haydon said. Haydon also had a strong opinion about the underlying meaning of events such as World Backup Day, and said that their importance cannot be overlooked in Drake’s classrooms. “In this day and age, everything is about computers,” Haydon said. “10 years ago you wouldn’t see a classroom of kids with laptops. Now, some classes are only provided online. You need to know the tools that you’re using.”


Come check out Helmick Commons where there will activities, delicious food and chances to win prizes. Be sure to check out a 70 foot monster slide, caricature artists, a cake walk with Scratch Cupcakes to win and a dunk tank where you’ll be able to dunk your favorite faculty or staff member.

APRIL 21 | BOOK BLAST | 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come celebrate Drake’s 3rd Annual Book Bash event. Do you enjoy working with kids? Volunteer with SAB and enjoy an afternoon working with kids, reading books, and munching on yummy snacks!


SAB will be busing students down to Court Ave to watch athletes pole vault on Court Ave. Join SAB and Athletics for an evening that will surely make you jump for joy! The first bus takes off at 4:15 and will continue making round trips from Drake to Court Ave until 7:30pm.


Remember the Buried Life from MTV? Two of their members will be impacting Drake during Relays week! Join us in Olin 101 to listen to their inspiring stories.


SAB’s biggest concert of the year will take place, April 23rd at 9:00pm. Come enjoy great music and great company. The band will be announced at the Blitz Day event on April 8th!

# 10 | sports

April 8, 2015


Men’s Tennis remains undefeated in conference play

MATT FROST AND BAYO PHILLIPS extend for the ball in their matches against Green Bay on March 29. (Right) Matt Frost is 13-8 in his final year as a Bulldog, while (Left) Bayo Phillips posts a record of 8-6 in his first. Phillips’s play has contibuted to the combined record of 32-18 for Drake’s freshmen this season, along with Calum MacGeoch, Ben Stride and Ben Wood. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_rogan

In what was set to be the most competitive match of the Missouri Valley Conference season, the 31st ranked Drake Men’s Tennis team topped the Wichita State Shockers 5-2 on Friday while facing a hostile crowd. “The Wichita match is always important for us,” head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “They’ve been our biggest

conference rival.” Despite dropping the doubles point and 39th ranked Alen Salibasic losing his match, the Bulldogs were still able to snap a 20-game home winning streak for the Shockers. “The boys did a really well after losing the doubles point to come back and take care of singles pretty convincingly,” senior Matt Frost said. Drake is now 21-6 this season and 2-0 in conference play with their toughest opponent out of the way, as Wichita was ranked 52nd in the nation entering the match.

Down 1-0 after losing the doubles point, the Bulldogs stepped up their game, winning the first five singles matches, all of them in two matches. Freshmen Ben Mullis and Calum MacGeoch each escaped with 7-5 wins in the first set and won commandingly in the following set to take the victories. Frost was pushed into a tiebreaker in his first set, but was able to come away with a two set win, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. His win also sealed the victory, putting Drake up 4-1. Salibasic faced off with 54th ranked junior Tin Ostojic at the


Two sweeps in Illinois extended the Bulldogs’ win streak to five, improving the Women’s Tennis team to 17-4 on the season and 3-0 in conference play, still locked in a battle with Wichita State University for the top spot in the Missouri Valley Conference. “In the MVC we always have to play with a chip on our shoulders and we always stay motivated to do our best,” Lea Kozulic said. “Every single person wants to do their job and the results show our work.” Traveling to Normal, Illinois to face Illinois State University on Friday, Drake dominated the Redbirds and earned a 7-0 victory. The Bulldogs won every match by at least four games in the doubles point, and the singles

third upset of the season, having lost to the University of Denver on Feb. 21 and to the University of Minnesota on March 8, each match ending 3-4. “We need to make sure that our effort and our intensity is there,” senior Ben Lott said. “If we keep bringing the intensity the other guys will follow.” The Bulldogs will finish their regular season on Saturday when they travel to Carbondale, Illinois to take on Southern Illinois in the hopes of their fifth straight undefeated season against the MVC.


Drake wins every set in two MVC matches Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_rogan

first spot, two of the highest ranked players in the MVC this season. “In singles honestly we truly feel like we’re a stronger team in singles in that we can go out and win on each court, and we almost did,” Kozlowski said. After dropping the first set 3-6, Salibasic pushed the game into an extra set by coming back in set two, 4-6. A tightly fought third match ended up falling to the Shockers, 7-5, giving them the second point of the day, but Drake still walked away with the win. This win helped Drake avoid a

matches followed suit. The closest set came between Drake junior Mariel Ante and Illinois State’s Kadi Ilves on the first court, the first set ending with a score of Ante: 6 and Ilves: 4. Ante swept Ilves in the second set 6-0, the final match of the day, to complete the sweep for the Bulldogs. Drake kept their momentum rolling as they took on Bradley University the next day, even though the match proved to be a little more evenly matched. Head coach Sadhaf Pervez stuck with the same lineup as she did the day before, and it was just as successful as the Bulldogs picked up another doubles point sweep before a slew of Drake two set victories came in the singles competitions. Both Maddie Johnson and Kozulic were taken into a 12th game in their second set, but got away with two set victories to help give Drake another win. “We’ve had a pretty good year

so far in conference so we all just played with confidence,” Kozulic said. “I think we’ve worked really hard in the past couple weeks,” Johnson added. “I think it’s kind of building up the wins and building up the confidence.” Ante also picked up a 6-3, 6-1 on the first court, improving her win percentage to back over .500 for the first time since March 25. The Bulldogs didn’t drop a single set this weekend, a strong showing as conference play heats up. Drake is now ready to finish their season at home, facing off with Southern Illinois University on Friday and Evansville University the following day. They will play two more home matches the next weekend, including one against reigning conference champions Wichita State. The MVC Tournament begins week after, the winner of which will earn a birth in the NCAA Tournament.

HEAD COACH SADHAF PERVEZ gets into the game as junior Mariel Ante and freshman Adrienne Jensen celebrate a point in their doubles match on March 8 in their win against the University of Wyoming. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

Columnist makes 20 predictions for the 2015 MLB season The Cardinals shut out the Cubs three to zero on Sunday. And what does this mean? It means that, with Opening Night in the books, it’s finally official: Baseball is back. With that being said, this will be one of the more competitve years in recent memory, as the parity amongst the teams in Major League Baseball has opened up the league for any team to come and take the World Series crown from the San Francisco Giants. It is now time for 20 of my predictions for the season, from awards in the National and American Leagues to champions to big trades and to some odd instances. 1. The Dodgers will win the NL West by at least seven games over the Padres, while the Giants will finish under .500. 2. St. Louis will continue to hold onto the NL Central Crown, but Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Chicago will all be within five games. 3. The Nationals will clinch the NL East in early September, cruising to the crown. 4. The Wild Cards in the NL will be Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. 5. The the Baltimore Orioles will win AL East by with just a few games to spare. 6. The White Sox will win the AL Central as the Tigers come crashing to earth with injuries. 7. The Angels win the AL West over the Mariners in a one game playoff. 8. The Mariners will play the Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card game. 9. Clayton Kershaw will win his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award. 10. The AL Cy Young Winner is Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. 11. Mike Trout repeats as AL MVP and cements his place as the best player alive. 12. Giancarlo Stanton wins the NL MVP behind a league leading 49 home runs for Miami.

13. The Rookies of the year will be the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Tajuan Walker of the Mariners. 14. Cole Hamels will be traded from Philadelphia to the Cardinals mid-season for a bevy of prospects and second baseman Kolten Wong. 15. Six Brewers will hit 20 home runs, but none more than 35. 16. Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals gets traded to the Orioles mid-season for a series of top prospects. 17. Boston will lose more games than they win and Pablo Sandoval won’t play 100 games. 18. At least one “Face of the Franchise” will be suspended for an on-field incident. My money is on Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez. 19. The Orioles will defeat the Nationals in six games to win the World Series. 20. Baseball will still be awesome and the summer will be marked with news from around the diamond. So there you have it, my 20 predictions for the season, and with that comes the joy that marks the return of my favorite sport. As James Earl Jones said in Field of Dreams, “The one constant through all the years has been baseball.” Summer isn’t the same without it.

Michael Wendlandt

Staff Writer @shaus_6

# 11 | sports

April 8, 2015


Spring Season provides experience for young Men’s Soccer athletes

MEN’S SOCCER ended the 2014 season with a record of 5-11-3, while finishing 3-3 in conference play. Five freshmen were redshirted during those games, retaining a year of eligibility. This was done in the hopes of making the Bulldogs more experienced and competive in the seasons to come. Those players will be facing some of their first collegiate matches this spring. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_rogan

The spring season has kicked off for the Drake Men’s Soccer team, acting as a preseason for next year. Teams are only allowed to play matches on five different dates in spring, but Drake will play a total of seven matches this semester, as they have two doubleheaders planned. These games allow teams to face off with other schools, see how well they match up and give them the chance to practice different strategies ingame without being penalized for mistakes. “Spring is great because it’s a time to improve the team, but improve the guys individually. Whereas in the fall sometimes you’re just surviving game to game,” head coach Sean Holmes said. “It’s better for teaching.” Inexperienced players reap the greatest benefit from these games, as they are able to play some much-needed minutes on the field. “Especially for the younger guys, it’s just getting experience under their belt and getting confidence. Everyone is just improving in terms of their decision-making. I think that’s the biggest thing, when you’re transitioning into the college game,” said sophomore forward Ben LeMay. “Guys are making good steps, good strides … and

just playing as a team rather than individuals.” Junior Alec Bartlett, a defender, also touched on this topic, mentioning how difficult it can be to adapt to the varied, faster and more physical styles of play at the collegiate level. “Definitely coming from high school to college, it’s a different game,” Bartlett said. “Especially for the younger guys, anytime they get to play with older players, different competition, it

just helps them acclimate to the game.” Bartlett expanded on this topic, saying that the spring season is not only good for individual development, but also for the players to come together and learn how to play together as a team. “The spring season is vital for us,” Bartlett said. “We transition from people leaving and graduating into more of a cohesion of what we’re going

to look like next year. … Any time you get to play with your teammates it helps.” The Bulldogs started the spring season at 3-0 with wins over Truman State University, Grand View University and Graceland University. However, their competition should toughen tonight and on April 18, as the Bulldogs take on Upper Iowa University and a Big 10 powerhouse: the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Still, if Drake is unable to continue their win streak Holmes believes that these games are still quality learning experiences. “Sometimes it’s good to lose. Sometimes it’s good to fail. It’s a good chance to improve and to learn from your mistakes,” Holmes said. Although losing can be a good learning experience for the Bulldogs, they still plan to attack the field every night and give their opponents a run for their money.

MIDFIELDER ALEX TROESTER delivers a pass through defenders against the University of Illinois at Chicago on Sept. 8 this past season. Troester had one goal and three assists as a junior, playing in every game, and will be one of the leaders on the field in the 2015 season as a senior. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR


An assessment of Drake Track and Field’s performance expanded Track and Field article from last week was missing some vital information An article that ran in last week’s issue of the Times Delphic raised some red flags amongst the Drake University athletic community, particularly the track and field team. The article, “Track and Field team hindered by recruitment woes,” discussed what appeared to be the struggles that Drake’s team has faced this year in competitions. However, these ‘struggles’ are more superficial than they are real. In team track and field competitions, coming home with the most points and getting the win is not often the main goal. The original article points out the fact that both the men’s and women’s track teams have only won one competition apiece this season, which is misleading. Although this is a true statement, it is misleading. The real tests for track and field teams

come in the conference meets, when every team is at their full strength. Conference meets are an opportunity for the Bulldogs to show all they’ve got. The reason that Drake is rarely at 100 percent capacity and doesn’t come home with the wins is due to the team’s lack of depth. Drake has a smaller roster than other teams in the conference, as highlighted in last week’s article. They can’t have every athlete at every meet, and it also makes injuries even more destructive. Much of the reason for this is the fact that the track and field team only has 10 scholarships for men and 14 for women, which less than the maximum for a Division I school on either side. Money seems to be a hindrance for Drake, as it is for many private institutions, especially when they have to face up against more wellfunded public schools.

Regardless, the Bulldogs have been strong competitors in the Missouri Valley Conference and can put up good numbers — winning numbers — in a number of events. Juniors Robert McCann and Ryan Cook each hold the second best scores in the 3000-meter run and high jump, respectively, in the 2014-2015 Indoor Track Season, which is now coming to a close as the weather heats up in the Midwest. Drake is doing even better outdoors this season, even if Iowa weather has made practicing outside difficult. Senior Steven Jordan, the current MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, has the best 200-meter time in the conference at 21.91 seconds. He is also third best in the conference at the 400-meter. In addition to Jordan,

sophomore Kendall Owens has the second best 100-meter time, followed by fellow Bulldog Vincent Pierce, whose best time is just .01 seconds behind Owens. Their teammate Kai Asberry also has the second best time in the 400-meter Intermediate Hurdles. The women’s side of the track is just as strong, as freshman Mary Young has the best time in the conference in the 100-meter high hurdles. Jaclyn Aremka is also at the top of the MVC with 5’ 7.25” in the high jump. Their teammate Kayla Bell also has the second best distance in the Valley in both the long jump and the triple jump. Clearly, Drake Track and Field has the talent to compete in this conference, as these are just a few of the stellar athletes on the team. The Outdoor MVC Championship is coming up in

mid-May as the Bulldogs will have another chance to face-off with their conference opponents, and at full-strength, ready to prove themselves against the rest of the MVC.

Adam Rogan

Sports Editor @Adam_rogan

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April 8, 2015


Softball sweeps Loyola, pitching holds true for the white and blue 1




THE BULLDOGS’ winning streak is now at four games, and they have won 11 of their last 13 games. 1. Standing tall, freshman Kelsey Wright prepares to step into the batter’s box. 2. Kaitlyn Finneran takes a big swing, batting 2-7 in the series with two runs and two RBIs. 3. The team celebrates another win. 4. Catcher Ashlie Chambers jogs off of the diamond. EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer @shaus_6

Drake maintained their lead in the Missouri Valley Conference this weekend by sweeping an energetic Loyola University team in a three game series. Pitcher Rebekah Schmidt, who started two of the three games and also drove in four runs throughout the series, paced the Bulldogs on the way to their three conference wins. The sweep moves the Bulldogs to 20-12 overall and are 8-2 in conference play. Drake is now 4-0 against Loyola this season. “It feels great to get the sweep and finish the whole weekend,” said infielder Laura Brewer on Saturday. “We didn’t do that the last few weeks.” Drake started off game one on Friday afternoon with a bang, beating the Ramblers 11-3 behind 11 hits and 11 walks. Schmidt drove in two runs despite only registering one official at-bat, a careful eye earning her three walks in the game. Joining the RBI parade at two was second baseman Kelsey Wright, pitcher Kailee Smith and third baseman Kathryn Finneran. Schmidt pitched a complete game, only allowing four hits while striking out seven Ramblers in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game of the day was a little closer, as Drake had to fight back from a 1-0 deficit. It took until the fifth inning for the bats to get going, but left fielder Megan Sowa got things started with a single, one of her three hits in the game. Brewer

followed that up with a ringing double to score Sowa. Brewer then traded places with right fielder Hayley Nybo on a double to put Drake up 2-1. Freshman pitcher Nicole Newman took the mound and held it throughout the whole game, allowing four hits while striking out eight. Those eight strikeouts give her 83 on the year, leading the MVC in strikeouts per game. “We’ve played really well. It’s amazing how every game can change,” Schmidt said. “It was fun to have timely hits like we did.” On Saturday the Bulldogs pulled off the sweep, taking down the Ramblers 4-1 behind another timely offensive performance from Schmidt and her teammates. Again, it took until the fifth for scoring to commence, but after falling behind 1-0 it was Drake’s turn to respond. Brewer put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a bases loaded single to score the first run. Two batters later, with one out, Schmidt made contact and tapped the ball just in front of home plate. The catcher scooped up the ball and tagged out Schmidt as Sowa crossed home plate. Some confusion on the play led to the Ramblers thinking they had made the third out and held the Bulldogs to just one run in the inning, but there were still just two outs and Wright was able to score amid Loyola’s celebration. Upset about the inning not being over, Loyola head coach Jeff Tylka stormed out of the dugout to argue with the umpire, but got a little too heated and was tossed out of the game. The ejection came much to the delight of the home fans, cheering as

Tylka was forced to leave the field. Schmidt was pulled at the end of the inning as Drake was on top 3-1, Newman hoping to seal the game in the final two innings. One run, four hits and two walks were given up by Schmidt, but she still managed to strike out three batters in five innings of work. In the sixth, Newman closed

the game and threw two shutout innings, surrendered just two hits and struck out one batter on the way to her first career save. Schmidt picked up the win, her 11th win of the season. “Bekah did a good job and being able to come and close it out feels great,” Newman said after the game. Drake Softball will be

busy in the next week, having faced Nebraska yesterday in a doubleheader against the University of NebraskaLincoln and will play Iowa State University tonight. They will face Southern Illinois University in a conference series this weekend on the road, before returning home for a doubleheader against Northern Iowa on April 14.

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