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OPINIONS Sarah Thomas, the National Football League’s first female referee, may face controversy over her position. This writer’s opinion is that if we don’t hear anything more about Thomas, it will mean she’s doing her job well. | Read more on page 04.


For over 15 years, Drake has provided the adult residents of Des Moines with an opportunity to further their reading and writing abilities. Most of the students were not given adequate education growing up, making Drake their resource now. | Read more on page 05.

Even though the Women’s Tennis team watched their season come to an end against Wichita State on April 26, Men’s Tennis are set to enter the NCAA Tournament. They are currently 31st in the nation and their seed is yet to be announced. | Read more on page 07.


Faculty, staff disappointed and fearful, survey shows Morgan Gstalter News Editor @morgGstalt

Drake faculty, staff and administrators are disappointed with the “transparency,” “communication” and “efficiency” of university administration operations, according survey results reported by the Des Moines Register. The report of the survey findings was released to faculty and staff on March 6 via email from President David Maxwell. The survey found low morale amongst faculty and staff, leading to “suspicion, confusion, mistrust, hostility and fear” of the administration, according to one survey participant. Responses to open-ended questions found that faculty and staff felt as if long-term plans, transitions, leadership and financial budgets were not being thoroughly communicated, raising concern among survey participants. “We are struck by the degree to which many responses express fear, anxiety, distrust and a sense of discouragement alongside a sense of what great potential for the University and a genuine desire to contribute to a sense of shared purpose bound together by service to students,” the report by the Survey Analysis committee said. The survey was collecting data before the announcement that Earl “Marty” Martin will take over as the 13th president.

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2015-2016 Student Senate begins transition process Beth LeValley Staff Writer @bethlevalley Now that the Senate elections are over, many of the 2015-16 Senate members attended the meeting the week before Drake Relays to familiarize themselves with how the weekly meetings run. President Joey Gale took the time to go through and explain the processes that are now familiar with the current Senate. With that, Gale reiterated how important transitions are for the next year.

“Transitions are more or less what make you go from zero to 60,” Gale said. “It’s really what makes you effective.” Gale also explained his semester reports and meetings with the Board of Trustees. “In this report, I reached out to Demand a Better Drake and had them write a report and submit it to make sure the Board knows what’s going on with the student body,” Gale said. “It’s not just flowers and daisies.” Representatives from the Center for International Programs and Services updated the Senate on their international strategic plan, entitled “Drake Vision 2020.”

“I reached out to Demand a Better Drake and had them write a report and submit it to make sure the Board knows what’s going on with the student body. It’s not just flowers and daisies.” Joey Gale Student Body President

Student assistants Salwa Janjua and Emily Enquist who

work the Drake University International Center spoke and discussed the need for Drake’s campus to become more global. “We talk about globalization a lot, but it’s local. It’s on Drake’s campus, too,” Enquist said. The Senate then formed groups and filled out a survey that asked about Drake’s leadership, research and internationalization. When Enquist asked for comments about the survey, Gale mentioned that he could not think of anyone doing research in the fields that he put down. He realized that was an issue, and Enquist agreed. The survey will go directly

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to Christa Olson, director of the Center for International Programs and Services. A survey for the entire student body may be emailed in the future, but as of right now, the Center for International Programs and Services wanted to get a quick look at the student body and thought the Senate would be a good way to do so. The Senate also passed the motion to allocate the funds needed for the annual budget for the 2015-2016 school year. This motion will allow the Board of Student Communications to receive more fitting funds, Gale said.

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April 29, 2014


New York City mayor Bill de Blasio visits campus

Says country could be facing the worst income disparity problem since the Great Depression Timothy Webber Multimedia Editor @HelloTimWebber

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about income inequality in Cowles Library on Drake University’s campus earlier this month. Speaking to an audience of Des Moines community members and Drake students in the Reading Room, de Blasio outlined his vision and plan for reducing the income gap in the future. “It’s not that this is the first time we’ve ever faced this challenge,” de Blasio said. “It’s that the challenge is sharper, it is bigger than ever before, and it is different than we’ve ever seen before.” De Blasio’s speech was sponsored by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement and Drake’s Law, Politics and Society program. Former Sen. Tom Harkin personally invited de Blasio to Des Moines and introduced him to the audience. “I’m very high on this guy, Bill de Blasio.” Harkin said. “I’ve followed his career for a long time, and when I found that he was coming out to Omaha, I said, ‘Des Moines is really close by. You

can also come here.’” Harkin and de Blasio are both active progressive politicians – a connection that factored into Harkin’s invitation. “(De Blasio) is one of our great progressive leaders in America,” Harkin said. “A great thinker and also a great doer.” Economic reform has been a foundation of de Blasio’s time in office. De Blasio and Harkin spoke at length about the

“The 1920s were the last time we had an income disparity like today. The difference is this one is galloping forward.”

Bill de Blasio New York City mayor

mayor’s successful community programs, especially his pre-K for all initiative. In two years, the program has enrolled over 70,000 children who otherwise would not have received early education. “What he’s done there is nothing short of monumental,”

Harkin said. “It’s something I’ve advocated for for a long time.” De Blasio referenced the initiative as an example of the progressive policies he hopes to see employed throughout the country, which also include increasing minimum wage while indexing it to the cost of living and hiking taxes on the wealthy. Throughout his speech, de Blasio targeted Washington, expressing disappointment in their handling of income inequality. “We’re heading towards an iceberg,” de Blasio said. “We can see it, we can talk about it, it’s visible. And there’s literally nothing emanating from Washington that will change our course.” De Blasio referenced the Great Depression and warned that the end result could be worse if Washington doesn’t act to rectify income disparity. “The 1920s were the last time we had an income disparity like today,” de Blasio said. “The difference is this one is galloping forward. It is not being checked. It is not being addressed.” The continual shots at Washington fueled speculation among audience and media members that de Blasio was considering a presidential run. That speculation was ignited earlier in the month when de

Blasio refused to endorse Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. De Blasio had previously been a campaign manager for Clinton during her 2000 Senatorial campaign. De Blasio, in the second leg of

a Midwestern tour that included his stop in Omaha, did not explicitly mention the upcoming presidential election, although he did express interest in running for re-election as mayor.

FORMER SEN. TOM HARKIN (left) introduces New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke in Cowles Library at length regarding income disparity, the Great Depression and economic reforms. PHOTO COURTESY OF LONDON KOEHN.


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April 29, 2015


Humans of Drake Each week a staff photographer will be capturing moments around campus that involve a member of the Drake community. This week’s photographer is Joel Venzke.

JONATHAN LUETH “What are you doing on a beautiful day like today?” “I’m just kind of enjoying the day — it’s just a nice day out so I decided to just come out here and kill some time feeling the breeze.” “What’s your favorite thing about this time of the year?” “It’s really nice to see campus come back alive after a seemingly really long time of it being dark, dreary and nobody around. Just seeing that the grass is green now and actually seeing people out and around campus now is great. I love it. ”

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April 29, 2015


The brownie incident: Beware of Internet baking hacks

Usually I use this column to test out a recipe from the Internet or share ways to upgrade college classics. This week, though, I have a story to share. I went home last weekend. My friends decided to make brownies. So they went to the C-Store and picked up some mix. Naturally, the C-Store doesn’t carry vegetable oil or eggs, which are the only two ingredients you need. Off to a great start. They

asked if they could borrow my oil, and instead of walking to Walgreens, Googled what to substitute for eggs in brownies. The Internet told them to use extra oil instead of eggs. I bet you can see where this is going. After what must have been nearly a cup of oil, the brownies went in the oven to bake. When they were finished 50 minutes later, my friends were left with a boiling pan of brownie soup and a somewhat smelly dorm kitchen. The brownies didn’t bake and turned into chocolateflavored lava, and that’s not an exaggeration. They tried again later, using way less oil (but still no eggs). Same result. They blame the oven, but I think the absence of eggs is at fault. The Internet may be convinced that oil is an okay substitute, but in recipes where eggs are the

main ingredient responsible for the chemical reaction of baking, it simply won’t work. How do I know this? To be honest, I’ve tried to do this with mug cakes before, and twice have ended up with soupy, sad wastes of food. With extended cooking, they crystallize a little bit but keep bubbling. You can do 15 minutes in the microwave and it still won’t work (not that I’ve tried). To avoid this sadness, I suggest just buying eggs, even if you have to spend real money. Learn from our mistakes. Also, stop trusting everything you read on the Internet.

Shelby Jensen Staff Writer @ShelbyAnnJensen

BROWNIE MIX sold at the C-Store only requires three ingredients, but be careful when trying to substitute ingredients. PHOTO BY MORGAN GSTALTER


Is Autocorrect smart enough to know what we’re actually thinking? Smartphones might be dumbing down text messages, rather than helping A friend of mine recently texted me and said, in reference to the Drake Relays, that “There’s three to four other food races after that one.” This is a rather odd statement to read as it pops up in your text conversation. The important part, of course, is that he said “food races” instead of “good races.” This incorrect word was obviously thanks to Autocorrect, the automated service we all know and love. I chuckled, then asked if he was hungry, which, as it turned out, he was. Did his phone know what he really wanted to say? Was this a technological Freudian slip? Is that even a thing? Everyone has an opinion on

the great Sigmund Freud and his ideas. Most of these opinions are negative, but Freud was right about some things. The 19th century psychologist had some weird notions (like the idea that every boy at one time wanted to kill his father and marry his mother), but he was right about the importance of the subconscious. We think and do many things without realizing what we’re doing. Freud believed that slips of the tongue and what we saw in our dreams showed many of our deepest desires. This is only true to an extent. But where does Autocorrect come in? We use our phones all

day, every day. As we’ve all experienced, Autocorrect flubs happen regularly. We usually chuckle, then make use of our manual correct. In Freud’s dream interpretation, if someone dreamed about a baby, then it might point towards a desire to produce offspring. Interpretation of texting fails would be no different. Think about it. They’re called smart phones for a reason. Maybe they know what we want without us even knowing what we want. When my friend talked about “food races,” he meant, without realizing it, that he was hungry. Maybe when you were Autocorrected to say that your mechanic is a midget, instead of

amazing, you actually think he’s oddly short. Perhaps when you say you’re “going to sell your father’s organs,” instead of what you actually meant to say, which was “going to sell your father’s organ,” it’s possible that you actually have a seriously unresolved Oedipus complex. Maybe you were trying to tell your friend that you want to kill your father. OK, maybe not actually that last one. As we type, our phones are programmed to learn our favorite words and phrases. Maybe they’re also reading into our words, and seeing a lot more than we are. My only recommendation is simply to beware neck time you

text. Yes, that was misspelled on purpose. Don’t use Autocorrect.

Hudson Webber Staff Writer


First full-time female official to face challenges with NFL position

The next step in the fight for gender equality has come from an unlikely source: the National Football League. It may be hard to believe that the organization that many consider the epitome of masculinity, the organization that cashes in billions each year from people wanting to see grown men risk traumatic brain injuries, is a leader in the fight for women’s

rights. But the NFL affirmed that position earlier this month when it announced the hiring of its first full-time female official. Sarah Thomas has been an on-field official for years in the NCAA, and the NFL has decided that she is ready to take the next step. The NFL has a rigorous process for determining its officials. Any referee, regardless of gender, has to be at the top of their game to even be considered for a job in the big leagues. So the question surrounding Thomas’ hire isn’t whether she is ready for the NFL. It’s whether the NFL is ready for her. Thomas won’t be the first female referee in the four major North American sports. The NBA has had female refs in its rotation since 1997. In fact, Thomas isn’t the first

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female official to work an NFL game. Shannon Eastin was a replacement referee used by the NFL during the referee’s lockout in 2012. What makes Thomas special is that she is the first female official to make it through the NFL’s development program and the league is ready to stand by her as a permanent official. The road from here is not guaranteed to be easier for Thomas, however. No league garners more attention than the NFL. Its referees are regularly criticized despite making the correct call almost 100 percent of the time. Even the NBA, which has had female refs for almost 20 years now, still has issues with female refs being unfairly criticized due to their gender. Chris Paul, a prominent player

for the Los Angeles Clippers, criticized a female referee and suggested that the rigorous position “might not be for her.” He has further clarified his comments as being about a particular call that he was upset about and claims it had nothing to do with her gender. But the damage was done. No doubt many Clipper fans — and NBA fans — were groundlessly questioning the place of female referees in the game of basketball. That’s the stark reality of Thomas’ position. If she makes a costly mistake, a white-hot spotlight will shine on her. And there will be mistakes. No referee is perfect. In Thomas’ case, even a minor mistake could give her undue attention. There will probably be rape and death threats from that segment of the population that

is more monster than human. You can generally find them in YouTube comment sections. But Thomas will have the support of the NFL and the vast majority of its fans. Most of those fans don’t have a vocal online presence – that’s where the monsters live – but they’ll still stand up for Thomas. In a way, it’s best if we never hear about Sarah Thomas again. That means that she’s doing her job well, and the public has accepted Thomas, not as “that female official” but instead as just another zebra officiating the game of football.

Tim Webber Staff Writer @HelloTimWebber

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April 29, 2015


‘Law and Order’ hits the classroom in LPS department Morgan Muraski Staff Writer @little_muraski

In light of the recent series of race-related police brutality issues that have recently captured the nation’s attention, the concept of finding a way to talk about race and the law has become increasingly important outside of the arena of traditional news media. One place where discussions of race occur frequently is institutions of higher learning, such as Drake University. Drake’s campus possess a microcosm of people who embody elements of diversity related to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and any other number

of distinguishing markers. However, first-year Abigail Nelson said that conversations about these topics aren’t always productive in Drake’s social sphere. “ Students may be listening, and you can talk about it safely enough, but that’s not what it’s about,” Nelson said. “It’s about trying to understand other viewpoints and move beyond just listening.” Nelson developed her perspective on the issue largely due to a class she is taking this semester, which discusses restorative models of religious justice that inevitably tie to discussions of race. For the benefit of students like Nelson, topics such as race are not only being discussed in a social setting at Drake, but an academic one.

The Law, Politics and Society Department offers a course titled “Law and Order,” which, in part, seeks to educate students about how the law on the books impacts citizens differently based on elements of their identity. Professor William Garriott teaches the course, and said that it is broken down into something called “the four C’s,” which include studies of cops, courts, corrections and citizens, all of which are affected by racial relations within the justice system. Students who take the course are not only given in class instruction, but also participate in a variety of justice related fieldtrips that include visits to prisons and police ride alongs. First-year law, politics and society student Madeline Miller described her time with a


police officer as an eye opening experience. Miller said that the female officer indicated that she chose to follow or stop people based on elements of their person that were “sketchy.” Miller then took this idea and applied it to her academic definition of what is racist in the eyes of the law throughout the class. She also said that the experience not only opened her eyes to the world of racial profiling, but gave her a better understanding of the kind of stress police officers are under to make the right choices. “Stereotyping is both part of their job and something that they have to work against,” Miller said. “They have to make split second decisions and often have to rely on past experience.” Miller said her experiences were shared by the rest of her

classmates, all of who had different stories to tell about the way they saw the racist effect on the law. Garriott said that it is this kind of academic, social learning he hopes will continue in future semesters of the course. “Issues related to race are only starting to break through into public conscience,” Garriott said. “I want students to be exposed to a variety of voices and have a place to think critically about those things, and I also hope being able to give them those experiences enables them to think about these issues.” The Law, Politics and Society Department is offering one section of Law and Order this upcoming fall at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday taught by Professor Garriott.


Small but mighty: physics department Center brings opportunities challenges students, offers opportunitites Brandi Dye Staff Writer @14bad01 The physics program at Drake University is considered one of the hardest majors offered by many. The Bachelor of Science physics degree requires 50 credit hours of physics courses, such as Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics. To put it in perspective, the Bachelor of Science biology degree requires 32 credit hours of biology courses, both according to the Drake website. “The subject is just so hard,” Joel Venzke, a physics, mathematics and computer science triple major said. Venzke, a junior, is the president of the Drake chapter of the Society of Physics Students and the vice president of the math club, and is a part of two physics research teams. Studying physics requires a strong base of mathematics, Venzke said. Athanasios Petridis, the chair of the physics department, emphasizes the commitment it takes to pursue physics, “I make them think whether physics is the right thing to do.” Some physics students, like Venzke know what field they are interested in, and start doing research in the area.

Venzke is interested in computational physics and is doing research with Dr. Klaus Bartschat. There is no defined career path for physics majors. Some physics majors become doctors or lawyers or professors but those are by no means limits. “Since I’m minoring in music I’m hoping to find some interaction between those two,” first-year physics major Katie Huber said. Petridis feels that many people may not know what physics is about and fear it. Petridis hopes that the more people know about physics, the bigger Drake’s physics department will get. “I would like to increase the number of students by 20 percent,” Petridis said. The small size of Drake’s physics program was part of Huber’s attraction. “It’s small but still a really good program, Huber said. “It might be small but that’s advantageous.” First-year physics major, Matt Malmberg was attracted to Drake’s physics program because of their Three-Two dual degree program. Malmberg plans on being an engineer and Drake’s Three-Two degree program allows students to pursue all the requirements for a Drake degree while also preparing to study engineering at an

institution that has a physics program. After three years working on the Drake curriculum, students are qualified for professional studies in engineering at the Seaver Institute of Technology at Washington University. “Physics and engineering go hand in hand,” Malmberg said. Malmberg will graduate with a Washington University engineering degree and a Drake physics degree. “It’s hard as hell,” Malmberg said. “Using math to explain things, it’s a different way of thinking.” “You’re gonna do physics because you wanna do physics,” Venzke said. Petridis was in agreement. “You get to do something you like to do,” he said. Drake’s rigorous physics program is not for everyone, with fewer than 30 students. “When everybody else doesn’t have class you will have class,” Huber said. “You will spend twice as much time on physics than you will get credit for physics.” But those involved are passionate about what they study. Malmberg put it simply. “It’s hard but it’s worth it.”

Hannah Keisker Staff Writer @hkeisker

Frank, 67, learned the alphabet a year ago at Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center. “I figured if I ever got stopped for drinking, and they asked me to do the alphabet I would have to tell them, ‘Can’t do it,’” Frank said. The Adult Literacy Center was created in 1976 and helps adults learn to read, write and understand language. Anne Murr has been the coordinator for the center for 16 years. She said many students are pushed through the education system because schools don’t have the resources to help them, and they often grow up without the ability to read. “For a child who’s a struggling

“The goals that they have for themselves seem so reachable when they come in. Something that I’ve taken for granted.” Tricia Atterberg Administrative Assisstant, Arts and Sciences Office

reader, they need intensive one-to-one or small group instruction,” Murr said. “How many schools have the resources for that or the materials?” Frank, who asked that his last name not be used, dropped out of school in fifth grade because he was pushed through the system. When he was 12-years-old, he dug ditches for a plumbing company for $25 a week. He became a licensed plumber at 16 before he joined the military and fought in the Vietnam War. Frank had been going to literacy centers on and off for over 10 years, but each place made him uncomfortable. “I guess over the last 50 years I wanted to read. Everybody that I went to to help me wasn’t really there for me. They disrespected me in ways that I didn’t like,” Frank said. Frank’s tutor, Dick Gibson, is a retired reporter from the Wall Street Journal and the Des Moines Register. He said he was looking for a place to volunteer after he retired and his friend, a former teacher, told him about the center. Gibson said Frank has made remarkable progress and he’s determined to learn. Frank didn’t understand simple concepts because his brain is wired somewhat differently than other people, and the

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systems we use in schools don’t apply to him, he added. Like the majority of the students at the center, he suffers from a language-based learning disability. “He’s very bright, but he’s dyslexic and no one figured that out when he was in grade school or cared, so they didn’t know how to deal with him,” Gibson said. Gibson and Frank were paired up last year after Gibson went through a 2-day weekend tutor training. They share the same birthday, and Gibson said they are very compatible. Frank said Gibson is easy to work with. “He doesn’t make me feel like I’m embarrassed or I’m a dummy, and that’s how I felt over the years,” Frank said. Students are usually paired with one tutor and meet with them weekly over the span of three years. However, everyday life issues arise and sometimes the pairings don’t work. Tricia Atterberg is the administrative assistant for the arts and sciences office at Drake. She wanted to volunteer in literacy and trained at the Literacy Center after she saw an ad on Blueview. She went through training in October, but hasn’t had the best luck keeping students. Atterberg never met her first student, a young man who had trouble getting to the center because he would miss the bus or didn’t have enough money. Students provide goals they wish to accomplish at the center. One of Atterberg’s students worked in child-care at the YMCA. Her goal was to be able to read children’s books to the kids. “The goals that they have for themselves seem so reachable when they come in, and it’s sad. Something that I’ve taken for granted,” Atterberg said. There are 83 students and 75 tutors at the Literacy Center now. “Drake students learn about diversity of a totally different kind. This is diversity of learning opportunity,” Murr said. Murr said the first thing students gain before they acquire reading skills is confidence. Frank said his life has changed 100 percent after joining the Literacy Center. “It’s enjoyment now instead of feeling beaten up,” he added. I always said to myself, ‘Boy, can you imagine me with an education, what I’d be?’” Frank said. “But I’m happy where I’m at, I really am. I made it my way.”

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April 29, 2015


The other side of Relays: student charity work

SOPHOMORE Allison Richter, Relays co-chair, helped run the Annual DU Book Bash held on April 21. More than 200 books were donatedto the bash. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIM HENNEN & HANNAH MIKKALSON Jessica Lynk Copy Editor @jessmlynk

While some students spent their Drake Relays at Peggy’s tent or in the stadium watching worldclass runners, other students spent their time giving back to others. One event students gave their time at was the DU Blue Book Bash. The event, which started three years ago, started after the Relays Executive Board decided to do something different. “That year as a Relays’ Executive Board we were really focusing on bringing in different

aspects of Relays, not just focusing on the student side of things, but also bringing in the community and athletics,” Vice President of Student Activities Adam Graves said. From 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 21, kids from the community gathered in Upper Olmsted for a program to promote reading skills, which left them with a book. Students could donate any book, which were collected in bins around campus. Then, the books were traded in for children’s books. “When you give your textbook from last semester, you are giving a new book to a child,” junior Erin Andrus, co-chair of DU Blue Book Bash said. This year, the event involved

60 students from local elementary schools and after school clubs such as the Boys and Girls Club. Forty student volunteers and more than 200 books were donated to the bash. “I decided to volunteer because I work at the Boys and Girls Club and wanted to see my kids see campus,” junior Peggy Leisz said. This event is unique in the fact that it brings in children to Relays’ events, which is not normally the case. “I feel like Relays already includes the community, but I think this pulls it in a different way,” Relays co-chair Erin Griffin said. “Right now we are working with kids, and you might not see kids this little at the stadium watching the events because they might get bored.”

Another way students got involved in the community was with the Habitat for Humanity Build. Around 80 students met on April 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Old Main parking lot to build walls for houses around the community. “It is also a different way to bring in the community because the walls that were built are going to go to a home in Des Moines and in the Drake community,” Griffin said. “It is not like we built walls and they are going to go off to a different state. It is going to stay in Des Moines, so it is really personal to the Drake community.” Habitat for Humanity came to Griffin last fall with the idea of doing a build during Relays. The board almost decided to

only do the Habitat Build, but then continued the book bash because of funding that was given to the event. Griffin was nervous about taking on two charity events this year, with everything else happening over the week, but in the end they were both successful in her eyes. “At first, I was hesitant that this was going to be too much,” Griffin said. “Can people dedicate that much time during Relays? But now we are here and both events have had plenty of volunteers at them.” Those 150 student volunteers spent some of their Relays straying from traditional events and instead chose to give back to the Drake community.


Defense class aids values Jessica Lynk Copy Editor

On April 15, nine girls stood in line in front of Pomerantz Stage as Drake Taekwondo Instructor Jerel Krueger began to tell a story about a college class he took. In this class, female and male students both had to write the ways they would defend themselves against an attack on each side of a white board. “The girls’ side was obviously way longer,” Krueger said. Krueger wrote taekwondo on the board as one of the ways that he protects himself. A girl in Krueger’s class then asked him how that would help her. “Sixteen years ago I didn’t have an answer, but now I do,” Krueger said. “I am here to give you those tools for your toolbox.” Nine girls then began the selfdefense class, which was one part of Drake Greek Life Values Week hosted by Panhellenic Council. Other events included a sexual assault seminar, study tables and a screening of the documentary “The Hunting Grounds.” One of the main goals of the week was to bring more awareness to sexual assault. This seminar was a way of doing so. “I think it was just really great for the community, especially with all the sexual assault that is getting put on the Greek community, to say ‘hey, we are fighting back against this,’” said Jeorgie Smith, vice president of business management for the Panhellenic Council. Panhellenic Council partnered with the Drake Taekwondo club to put on the seminar in order to teach safety to the women of the Panhellenic community. “Knowing self-defense, especially in this neighborhood, makes me feel more comfortable at night knowing that I can take

care of myself,” Taekwondo club President Danielle McKay said. “Not that that doesn’t mean I don’t take precautions, but I am not as scared.” In order to make the women feel more comfortable, all of the moves that were taught were directly related to if someone tried to grab them. Most of the women had already taken a self-defense class before, but still found this one to be helpful. “I went to the Drake Public Safety one last year, but it is good to have a refresher and always remember to be on the look out and be safe,” sophomore Brenna Cox said. For others, this class helped out even more than previous classes. “I don’t think anything has ever stuck this well,” Smith said. “Being able to actually try it out with someone who can correct you when you are doing it wrong really gave me tools to use.” Although this was a special seminar, Taekwondo club meets every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church on University Ave. Practices are free and open to the public. The seminar, like one of the goals of Taekwondo club, aimed to help prepare girls for “unfriendly” situations, as Kruger stated. “It is not necessarily going to happen to everybody, but statistics show that it happens to quite a few women even just in their college careers, let alone their whole life,” McKay said. “Giving people these techniques gives them a lot of confidence to prepare themselves for that kind of situation, so they are not as scared.” Those nine girls left Olmsted Center on Wednesday with more confidence and techniques to take on situations they may encounter throughout their lives. They added more tools to their toolboxes.

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April 29, 2015

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MATT FROST AND RAVI PATEL celebrate a point in doubles as Ben Mullis and Ben Stride cheer them on from the sideline. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

The Bulldogs secured a seat in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with two wins over Illinois State and 59th ranked Wichita State in Saint Louis last week. This will be the fifth year in a row that the Men’s Tennis team will have a chance to play for the national championship in the NCAA Tournament. Their seed is yet to be announced, but they were ranked 31 in the nation as of April 28. They didn’t need to win the MVC tournament to earn that spot, but it was good for momentum, confidence and also for helping the team earn a better seed in the NCAA. Coming quickly out of the gates, the Bulldogs took the

doubles point against Illinois State on April 18, earning Drake an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Calum MacGeoch played in his first collegiate postseason match, and it seems his nerves got the best of him as he lost both sets 6-3. That would be the only Bulldog loss on the day, however, as his older teammates backed MacGeoch up. Alen Salibasic, the 34th best collegiate player in the nation, took down Illinois State’s Jakub Eisner 6-1, 6-1. Seniors Matt Frost and Ravi Patel contributed wins of their own, putting the Bulldogs up 4-1 to allow them to move onto the next round. Drake faced Wichita State on April 19 to decide who would be crowned as MVC Champion for the 2015 season. The outlook was bleak for Drake as the team dropped the doubles point in three close

matches. Seniors Ben Mullis and Salibasic came close to earning their team an early lead, but fell 8-7. The pressure now fell onto the singles matches, the Bulldogs needing to win four of six matches to take home the trophy yet again. The Shockers extended their lead as MacGeoch was again dominated on the fifth court, losing in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. Mullis brought the match back within one point, winning the first set in a 7-5 tiebreaker and following that up with a 6-3 second set. Frost tied the match up at two in three sets. He nearly finished off Wichita State senior Tomislav Gregurovic in the second set, but lost a tiebreaker. Frost had a much easier job in the third set after his opponent was hindered by an injury, controlling the court on the way to a 6-2 victory. Salibasic picked up his fifth win in six matches, facing off with Tin Ostojic, who defeated Salibasic April 3. Tied at six games in set one a tightly fought tiebreaker went to Ostojic 7-9, giving Salibasic an uphill battle to give Drake the upper hand. He did not waver, however, and persevered and took the final two sets 6-3, 6-4. Junior Ben Lott and Patel now had a chance to earn the match, and conference, victory, but each one of them had been pushed into a third set. After staying alive with a second set tiebreaker victory, Lott was unable to overcome the deficit and lost the match 6-3 in set three. After playing 30 total matches as a team in the past 16 days, the entire conference season came down to the number four court for the Bulldogs: Ravi Patel vs. Guillermo De Vilchez. Patel dropped the first set in a tightly contested 6-7 (5-7) tiebreaker, but it was nothing compared to what would come later on. Patel remained unshaken after starting from behind and won set two 6-3.


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Ahead in the second set five games to four, up 40-30 in game 10, De Vilchez had a chance to put Patel away and win the match, and the trophy, for the Shockers. Midway through the volley Patel kept an underhanded lob ball in by mere inches and De Vilchez would send his return two hits later out of bounds, pushing the game into a deuce, a deuce that Patel would win. Patel would then take the lead in game 11, now up 6-5 over his opponent. Game 12 was pushed to a deuce, De Vilchez needing a win in the game to stay alive and give his team a shot at the championship. In the deuce Patel called a ball out, but the referees overruled him, calling it in. This was the fourth time Patel had been overruled in the match, which means that he sacrifices the game. The Wichita State team was under the impression that the game penalty came after De Vilchez had won the game and began to celebrate, but the match was still at a deuce so the match was still on, going into a tiebreaker at 6-6. The tiebreaker went backand-forth, neither Patel nor De Vilchez leading by more than two throughout. The first player to reach seven would win the game, set, match, tournament and MVC Championship. Not to mention, Patel also could not risk being overruled again because if that happened for a fifth time he would be disqualified. Down 4-5, Patel won two consecutive points to put himself one away from victory. A hard serve forced De Vilchez’s return to go long, and Patel fell to his knees in victory, soon to be mobbed by his teammates on the court. The bracket for the NCAA Tournament is can be viewed at Check out the Times-Delphic next week for a preview of the team’s goals in the tournament, which begins on May 8.

LEA KOZULIC high-fives teammate Melania Jaglarz after one of the first matches of the season. Kozulic had the best overall record on the team this year at 28-5, playing mainly at the sixth position. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

For the second year in a row, the Women’s Tennis team came up just short of taking home the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Tournament, losing to Wichita State University in the final round on April 26. A 6-1 record against conference opponents left the Bulldogs in second place entering the tournament. Their only loss in the MVC during the regular season came against Wichita State, a team that has now gone undefeated in conference play nine years in a row. “I think we did a better job of playing [Wichita State] this week as we did last week,” freshman

Adrienne Jensen said. “We didn’t give them as much respect this week, which allowed us to play better.” Against the other six teams in the conference, however, the Bulldogs dominated. They gave up only three points in six matches, two against the University of Northern Iowa and one against the University of Evansville. The tournament kicked off on April 24 as the Bulldogs took on Missouri State in the first round. Junior Jordan Eggelston and freshman Tess Herder trounced their opponents in the doubles match 8-0. Freshman Summer Brills and senior Nell Boyd followed suit with an 8-3 win, sealing the first point of the tournament. Junior Lea Kozulic swept her doubles match in two sets. Herder was almost able to say the same,

dropping just one game in set one and sweeping the second set. Brills sealed the match, winning a tightly fought first set 6-4 and walking away with a second set sweep. The match against UNI was nearly identical. Kozulic continued her hot streak with her second 6-0, 6-0 win of the tournament, now 15-1 on the season. Johnson put the Bulldogs one point away from the championship match with a 6-1, 6-2 straight set victory of her own. Although every Bulldog led when the match came to an end, it was Jensen who would seal the deal. The final score was 6-4, 6-3, with Drake gaining even more momentum going into the championship match against MVC bully Wichita State. The Bulldogs fought hard in

doubles and nearly came away with the point, but Wichita State pulled away with 8-4 and 8-3 victories to start the championship match up one. “We were right there to get the doubles point. We could’ve got it. We just fell a little short. They just played a little better than we did,” Boyd said. Wichita State won three matches against Ante, Johnson and Boyd to take the championship in a sweep. “We played well. We competed our best,” Johnson said. “You’re not always going to come out on top, but I think we did our best.” “We fought so hard,” Boyd said. “No one was negative. No one played badly.” The championship was Boyd’s final match of her career, finishing with a four-year overall record of 101-54, the second most wins in school history for singles by just one match, after finishing 26-12 in the 2014-2015 season. However, she will be remembered for having the most career doubles and total combined wins in school history. “When I came from high school I didn’t expect to break any records,” Boyd said. “I wanted to do well of course, but I never was like, ‘Oh, I’m trying to break this record and this,’ you know?” Boyd will be the only Bulldog to graduate at the end of this year, with eight of the Bulldogs’ nine players returning for next season. However, she will be continuing as a student next year at Drake and will be helping out with the team as an assistant coach. “We’ll have a tough schedule again, but I think we can do great and I’m really excited to see what next year has to bring,” Jensen said.

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April 29, 2015


Softball struggles during Relays’ weekend, holds onto top spot in MVC Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer @shaus_6

A TEAM HUDDLE follows a win on a cold day on April 4. The Bulldogs are .500 on the road, but 10-3 at home this year. EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Softball team hit their biggest roadblock of the season to date, going 1-4 over the past week, losing to Iowa State, Northern Iowa and two games to Bradley over the weekend of Drake Relays. The Bulldogs record fell to 28-18 overall and 17-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The skid started Tuesday as Iowa State came into town looking for revenge after falling to the Bulldogs 6-3 in Ames on April 8. They achieved their goal, scoring five runs in an explosive first inning and two more in the second to put Drake in the rearview mirror. The Bulldogs would manage to score two runs as senior Hayley Nybo led the way at the plate, going 2-3 with a home run and a double, but Drake still fell 7-2. Nybo continued her climb up the Drake record books. She sits second in both homers and doubles for her career as her senior season winds down. Freshman Kailee Smith started the game in the circle and allowing all seven runs, but only three of which were earned as Drake committed a season-high four errors. Drake traveled to Cedar Falls the next day to take on the UNI Panthers in a rematch of the

doubleheader the week before, which the teams split. The Panthers won the rubber match in this clash, 3-2. A pitcher’s duel, the Bulldogs opened the scoring in the sixth inning on Nybo’s 32nd career home run. She is now just one short of the Drake record, a two run blast to make the score 2-0. But UNI stormed back, scoring one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to walk off against the Bulldogs. Freshman Nicole Newman started the game and cruised until the seventh inning rally chased her from the game. After loading the bases, she departed in favor of senior Rebekah Schmidt, who hit a batter to force in the tying run. The next batter hit a swinging bunt back at Schmidt whose throw went wide as the walk-off run scored. This was the Bulldog’s first losing streak since February. The Bulldogs then traveled to Bradley for a weekend three game series. After one game was rained out and postponed until Sunday, the Bulldogs and the Braves took the field for their first tussle of the weekend. Drake struggled early as Schmidt allowed two runs in both the first and third innings to fall behind 4-0. In the fifth, Nybo connected for a two-run double and Schmidt added a sacrifice fly to bring the game within one. They scored three more in the top of the seventh inning to give them a 6-4 lead, which held until the end of the game. Megan Sowa led the

way with three hits in four plate appearances and drove in the final run of the game. Schmidt also won her 17th game of the season. Sunday was a tight battle for both teams in both games. The first game at noon was a backand-forth affair that went into extra innings. Drake took a two run lead in the fourth inning behind RBI singles from Sowa and freshman Tasha Alexander, but Bradley chipped away with runs in the next two innings to tie it up and force extra innings. After getting set down in order, Drake allowed three consecutive singles to give Bradley the win, 3-2. Schmidt took the loss on the mound in relief of Newman. In game two, Drake struggled early as Bradley scored four runs in the third inning behind two doubles, a dropped third strike and a three-run homer. Drake did respond with three in the next inning behind singles from Alexander and Sarah Ryan to make it a one-run game. However, that was all the offense Drake could muster as Bradley took the game 4-3. Schmidt fell to 17-12 with both losses. The Bulldogs are set to take on Creighton in Omaha in a doubleheader today. The Bulldogs return to Ron Buel Field over the weekend for the final series of the regular season against Illinois State. The Bulldogs currently sit atop the conference by half a game over Missouri State.






DRAKE ATHLETES compete in the premier event of the Bulldog Track and Field season. 1. Erica Bestul is followed by teammate Taylor Scholl as they warm-up on the blue oval. 2. Reed Fischer started among the leaders, but went on to a ninth place finish in the 5000-meter. 3. Johnathan Osifuye-White leaps toward the sand in the triple jump. His best was 14.18m on the day. 4. Brogan Austin stands exhausted after his second place finish in the Men’s 10,000-meter. 5. Teammate George Webb also ran in the 10,000-meter, placing second in the same race. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DRAKE UNIVERSITY

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