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David Maxwell gave his last lecture as president of Drake University in Sheslow Auditorium last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE UNIVERSITY

Wednesday May 6, 2015

CAMPUS EVENTS Jessica Lynk Copy Editor @jessmlynk

Goodbye, Maxwell

At age 66, president David Maxwell’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with the entire Drake University football team and his two sons. “It was the hardest thing any of us have ever done in our lives, and I was three times as old as the other people doing it,” Maxwell said. This has come to be one of his memories of his time at Drake. “I’ll tell you standing there ... you felt like your head was touching the sky,” Maxwell said.

David Maxwell gives final lecture as president of Drake University

David Maxwell presents his last lecture as university president “It was probably the most spiritual moment of my entire life because whatever it is that you believe in whether it is Jesus or Muhammad or Buddha or quantum physics or anything in between, you were a lot closer to it. You were just touching the universe. I get goose bumps from just remembering it.” The story of Maxwell’s trip to Africa was part of his speech for The Last Lecture series. The lecture was a partnership between Student Senate, Mortar Board Honor Society and Delta Sigma Pi. In previous years, Delta Sigma Pi has done a last lecture, but this year took on new meaning because it actually was Maxwell’s last lecture. “We used to ask the question, “So if this was your last lecture, what would you say?’” Delta Sigma Pi president Russell Pang said. “It was pretty natural given that President Maxwell was going to retire in May, so that is how this idea came about to make it him

the speaker for the last lecture.” The speech, held in Sheslow Auditorium, was meant to allow Maxwell to open up to students “This is the time for students not only just to celebrate him, but allow students to see more in detail about who he is and what he has done for the university,” Pang said. Maxwell opened the night by joking about his 16 years at Drake and how this was wrapping up his career. “The ideal introduction for me would be David became president of Drake University in 1999 and he still is,” Maxwell said. “None of this is because I enjoy talking about myself because I really don’t but I want to leave you with two important thoughts because this is after all my last lecture.” Maxwell then chronologize his higher educational life, stressing the importance of mentors. One of those mentors being his father, Jimmy Maxwell, the famous trumpet player. “When I think about what I

learned from him, it was more about being a part of his life than what he actually said,”

“It’s the interactions with students and finding out who you are and who you want to be and being apart of this wonderful enterprise of helping you launch yourself into your dreams.” David Maxwell

12th Drake President

Maxwell said. “I grew up in that environment where two of the most important things in the world were music and books and that was just a huge influence.” Maxwell then told stories of his trips to Russia, one time with his father’s band. Instead of going to prom or graduation at the end of

his senior year, he went to Russia for seven weeks. “It was the first time an American Jazz band had been behind the iron curtain,” Maxwell said. “This was in 1962. It was a really unique, big deal. We were followed by media everywhere and we met Khrushchev. It was really a big deal.” The other was to write his dissertation, when he brought his wife, Maddy along. “The Soviet Union in 1970 was not a really terrific place to live, but we had an amazing experience, it was a life changing experience,” Maxwell said. After sharing how his life had been transformed by these experiences, he described to the crowd what his worries are and what he cares about. “The first list is probably going to be a little bit depressing, but it is not meant to be, it is meant to be a challenge to all those to do something about these things,” Maxwell said. Among the list were

environmental issues, factual issues, fundamentalism and intolerance. “We live in a world where assertion and belief seem to opiate the same currency as knowledge and fact. We are dying science. We are denying demonstrable, provable fact,” Maxwell said. The speech then transition to question and answers. First-year Dustin Eubanks asked the question of what Maxwell suggests students do to fix all of his concerns. “I like to ask the tough questions, especially to those who might be able to answer them,” Eubanks said. “In the same degree, he is a well-respected and well read man, so I wanted to hear his perspective, especially on concerns that a lot of people have. That is the best time to ask tough questions.”



Accusatory posters regarding sexual assault found on campus Grace Rogers Staff Writer @GracereportsSKC

Students at Drake University awoke to find a series of new posters spread across campus last Tuesday morning. While this is not an unusual occurrence, the strong message of these posters set them apart from others. They read, “Drake cares more about finding a new mascot than finding a rapist.” “I was definitely surprised to see them,” sophomore Anna Van Waardhuizen said. “The wording was very aggressive, and you usually don’t see that at Drake.” Many eyes turned to Demand a Better Drake, but the group denied responsibility for the posters. “I was the first to spot them on campus,” team member Rachel Dupree said. “So I contacted the rest of the team to see if anyone was responsible. Everyone said no, and I knew that people were immediately going to think that we did this. Immediately.” Sexual assault discussions

have increased on Drake’s campus this semester. The Demand a Better Drake team started circulating their petition and the Office of Civil Rights was recently on campus to investigate a sexual assault complaint. “We did get one message on the Demand A Better Drake page that said the person agreed with what we were trying to do, but not how we were trying to do it,” Dupree said. “And they mentioned the posters that were put up. So we felt the need to not only tell that person that the posters weren’t ours, but also put out a statement because a lot of people were confused.” The group posted a statement on their Facebook page that read in part, “(Trigger warning) We’ve heard from a few of you about the posters below and your concerns about triggering survivors of sexual violence with the language used. We absolutely recognize that very legitimate concern and our hearts are with those triggered today. Demand a Better Drake does recognize the importance of holding the administration accountable, but language such as this should and will not be used in the future.”

The statement also denied involvement in the posters and offered counseling resources for anyone who may have been triggered. “We also wanted to put out a statement giving a trigger warning because the person who originally messaged us said that her friend was triggered by the posters, which is very unfortunate,” Dupree said. “We referred her to counseling services on campus, so we felt the need to put that out there for everybody as a resource.” “I think that the sentiment behind the posters is a good one,” Van Waardhuizen said. “I definitely understand being upset at all of the publicity given to the announcement of a new mascot when there are bigger problems to solve. But I think the way these posters were presented turned a lot of people off.” Drake Public Safety was made aware of the posters and their strong wording, but is not investigating who put the posters up. Students who were triggered by these posters can find a list of counseling resources at www.

PORTERHOUSE, the former live mascot, was included on a poster near Goodwin-Kirk accusing Drake of “caring more” about finding his replacement than sexual assault perpetrators. PHOTO BY MORGAN GSTALTER | NEWS EDITOR

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May 06, 2015


Search for a new live mascot to replace Porterhouse

PORTERHOUSE, Drake’s former live mascot, passed away in December 2013. His former owner, Erin Bell, has been named the new live mascot coordinator to find his replacement. FILE PHOTO. Grace Rogers Staff Writer @GracereportsSKC

Drake University will soon have a new member leaving their paw prints on campus – literally. After a year without a slobbering symbol, Drake appointed Erin Bell as the new live mascot coordinator. Bell was the owner of Porterhouse, Drake’s last beloved live bulldog. “It’s been a long process to get to this point,” Bell said. “After Porterhouse passed away, we started talking to Sandy HatfieldClubb, the athletic director, a couple of months after he died. They were just exploring the

possibility of having a live mascot program and making that an ongoing thing at Drake. The more we talked, the more we came to the realization that Kevin and I would really like to do it again.” Almost a year later, the Bells will be getting another dog. They will feed, walk and play with the most popular pup on campus. “We’re all very open to different ways of obtaining the right dog,” Bell said. “It would be fantastic if it’s a rescue dog, obviously with our passion for that it would be amazing for us. And Drake supports that, but we’re also open to finding a reputable, good breeder that we trust as a possibility of getting a puppy as well. It just depends on how the pieces fall into place.” The Bells are focused on

finding a dog with the right temperament for the job. “It can be very stressful, so the dog needs to be laid back, approachable, entertaining and really extremely social,” Bell said. “We’ve got to be able to trust it and know that it’s not going to snap or get stressed out.” As with any new position, students had some concerns about appointing a live mascot coordinator. “I don’t know if Live Mascot Coordinator necessarily needs to be a position,” first-year Jordan McEntaffer said. “I’m worried about future funding because the statement said it would be donations going to the paid position, but then there was nothing else for after that. So I’m wondering how we’re going to

pay for it after those donations dry up.” While the statement from the university did not give specifics, it did say, “More details on fundraising, and on the process for the mascot search and introduction to the Drake community, will be revealed soon.” “Drake wanted to make it more formal or official by having it a paid position this time,” Bell said. “Which is great for us because with our son Carter, there’s no way we could do it voluntarily like we did with Porterhouse for five years, just because of the time commitment.” Even with concerns, McEntaffer is still excited for the new live mascot. “I think it’s a great idea to have

a live mascot,” McEntaffer said. “I’ve heard from people who were here before Porterhouse died, and they said he was just a morale booster.” “I’m a dog person, so having one that’s our school’s dog and he’s always there was very cool,” said senior Amanda Horvath. “I think it will be good to have a live mascot again.” As for the Bells, they’re as excited as the students. “As a student, I think it would be a cool thing to have a live mascot,” Bell said. “Especially a live mascot that you can interact with and know and see and pet. I’m very excited to do it again.”



Average faculty pay shows gender gap Brocal Cords perform continues in the 2013-2014 school year at Maxwell’s last lecture Morgan Gstalter News Editor @morgGstalt

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released data collected from the last school year, 2013-2014, regarding the average faculty pay. In the Feb. 18 issue of the Times-Delphic, the TD reported in “Are all professors created equal?” the results of the data from the 2012-2013 school year. That data concluded that there was a 12 percent gender pay gap between male and female full professors, 11 percent between

associate professors and four percent between assistant professors. Between 2012-2013, the average full female professor made $99,550 compared to the average $113,000 salary for male professors. That is a roughly 12 percent gender pay gap. Between 2013-2014, female salaries of full professors raised an average of $674 dollars for an average salary of $100,224. The average salary of full male professors was $113,094, raising an average of $94. Between 2012-2013, male associate professors made $78,600 compared to $70,100 for female associate professors. While the 2013-2014 female associate

2013-2014 average faculty pay by gender

professors received an average raise of $289, totaling $70,389, male associate professors actually received an average pay decrease of $858, declining from #$78,600 to $77,742. Assistant female professors received the largest pay raise during the 2013-2014 schoolyear. Their average salaries jumped from $63,500 to $68,166, which is an $4,666 increase. Assistant male professors only increased $2,823, from $66,000 from 20122013 to $68,823 from 2013-2014. The data did not include how many professors receive tenure. For full information regarding the gender pay gap, visit the 20122013 data on

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BROCAL CHORDS gave a surprise performance at President Maxwell’s last lecture in Sheslow Auditorium last week. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE UNIVERSITY. The Q&A also gave Maxwell a time to reflect on his accomplishments at Drake. “One of the most important things we did is that we took Drake from an institution that was really struggling for a variety of reasons and it turned it into a remarkable, vibrant institution that it is now,” Maxwell said. At the same time, Maxwell commented on his mistakes. One of those mentioned was the infamous D-plus campaign, a campaign from 2010 that targeted potential students by catching their attention with a large D-plus. “What we didn’t think about was two things: it really pissed of the faculty and our alums, who were not the target audience for this thing,” Maxwell said. “They didn’t think it was as wonderfully as ironic as the 18 year olds did.” The night ended with a surprise performance from the

Brocal Chords. Maxwell has always expressed his interest in joining the group, so they paid tribute to him. Overall, the night allowed for Maxwell to express his thoughts and his final memories. Although some of his favorites involved climbing Kilimanjaro, he also enjoyed what is most important to him: watching students transform. “The other memorable moments, I think for both Maddy and me, happened almost every day,” Maxwell said. “It’s the interactions with students and finding out who you are and who you want to be and being apart of this wonderful enterprise of helping you launch yourself into your dreams. That is another thing we are going to take away from this place is being apart of you and apart of your lives.”

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May 06, 2015


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May 06, 2015


Summer bucket list: 15 things to do during summer 2015 1. Swim in a natural body of water Find any natural body of water and take a swim to cool off. Taking a dip in the pool is great, but nothing compares to the experience of swimming in a lake or the ocean. 2. Go someplace new Whether it’s going to a theme park you’ve never been to before or just to the new boutique in your town, going someplace new is always refreshing. 3. Drive as far from the city lights as possible and try to see the Milky Way Living in the city, it’s easy to forget that stars actually do exist. Even if you have to take a long drive out to see the constellations, I promise it’s worth it. 4. Write a random, potentially deep book, have Professor McCrickerd read and comment on it. Once you get it back from her,

respond to all of her comments with, “I don’t understand what you’re trying to say,” and “I think you’re missing the author’s point.” 5. Successfully complete one Pinterest DIY project This may be easier said than done. 6. Unsuccessfully complete 10 Pinterest DIY projects in your attempt to successfully complete one This will definitely be significantly easier than the previous idea. 7. Read a book because you want to and don’t think critically about it. As college students, we often forget that reading for fun can actually be fun. Pick up the bestseller you’ve been dying to get your hands on and just read. No essays, no critical analysis, just good old-fashioned reading for fun.

8. Compete with your friends to see who can blow more bubbles while running through a field. Take videos. Yes, it sounds ridiculous. Yes, it will be tons of fun. Embrace your inner child and just have fun with this one. 9. Binge watch that TV show you’ve been wanting to watch all semester but didn’t have time for (even if you watched some of it anyway to procrastinate) Dying to see what all the hype is about on Netflix? Didn’t have time to watch 12 episodes a day during the semester? Use your free time to indulge in your next guilty pleasure. 10. Go on a roadtrip Grab a few friends and an overnight bag and go to the nearest campsite or cheap hotel. Even if you’re on a limited budget, going somewhere fun with friends can be the best memories you’ll

make all summer. 11. Start a blog Pick something you do every day (or something new you’re dying to try) and tell the Internet about it. Someone out there on the interwebs will be interested in what you have to say. 12. Choose your summer anthem and make a kick ass music video for it Remember those middle school webcam videos you used to make with your friends jamming to your favorite song? Make a better version of that with a cool music video. 13. Try to get famous on YouTube The music video from number 12 seems like a great place to start for this one. 14. Sneak into a pool While I can’t encourage you to break the law, this one might actually be pretty fun.

15. Go a full day without technology This one sounds pretty scary, but if you can make it through the whole day without using technology, I guarantee you’ll be proud of yourself for living fully in the real world for once.

Emily Tyler Staff Writer


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.

KYLEE BATEMAN First-year Advertising and Graphic Design “What are some of the best experiences you’ve had during your first year here?” “I’ve gotten to be a part of my residence hall’s executive council, so that was a new experience for me but it was really fun to learn how to plan programs and be a part of that community.”

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May 06, 2015


An affair to remember: Editor says goodbye to Times-Delphic Fishman reflects on growth and challenges through her years on staff

As I walked through Terminal B in Chicago’s O’Hare airport, anxious to get to my gate and desperately seeking another steeping hot coffee from Starbucks, my phone buzzed: another email.

But this time, it wasn’t a news update or sale reminder. It was an opportunity — an invitation from then-editor Lauren Horsch to join the TimesDelphic staff as a copy editor. From Day One, the newsroom has been my home and the staff my extended family. While a lot has changed since my first day on staff, my time at the Times-Delphic has only fueled my passion for storytelling. Friends, family and classmates keep mentioning how I must be relieved that my tenure as editorin-chief is coming to an end, but it’s a bittersweet moment. Through the years, I’ve covered breaking news, defended my commitment to free speech

and tackled heavy topics such as sexual violence. I’ve stayed in the newsroom until 4 a.m. — red-pen in hand — and I’ve pushed administration to wits end in an attempt to stay transparent. All of those sleepless nights have been for you, the readers. We were there when gunshots were fired by the Forest Ave. McDonald’s. We shared with you the harms of Yik Yak, and we’ve followed Drake’s leadership transition from President Maxwell to President-elect Martin. We’ve been there for you to keep you informed, and you’ve helped continue the Drake story by reading each edition or making

a difference on campus Our four-year time on campus is short, and once we leave, the university will continue to evolve. The people, the organizations and even the Times-Delphic are constantly changing. But my time at The TimesDelphic has helped me progress academically and intellectually as well. In these years I’ve learned to be a critical thinker, and to make smart, but quick judgment calls, in order to print on a deadline. And while it’s hard to characterize all that I have gained from this experience, I hope that I have returned the favor by leaving my own mark on the TD, no matter how small.

While difficult to let go, it is with great confidence that I move forward. The Times-Delphic has come a far way, but there is always room to grow. Running The Times-Delphic is challenging at times, but each week brings a new issue and another opportunity to conquer it.

Courtney Fishman Editor-In-Chief @courtneylf

TINDER DON’TS Trying to impress the ladies? Take notes on what not to do - swipe left on the things in these profiles. So I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed and feel like my life is falling apart (every finals season), I tend to make arguably bad choices. For example, my first finals period during my freshman year of college, I thought it would be a good time to start “Glee” and then watch every single episode available on Netflix. This particular finals season, I chose to download Tinder and start swiping. Here are a few of the more memorable profiles I saw. Guys, take note. If you want to score a girl with this dating app, I would recommend not doing any of the things included in these profiles.

Emily Tyler Staff Writer

This guy whose mom is down with the times. This was an example that I sent my brother on “what not to do.” Middle finger? Really? Not to mention the bio. Like really, what even is that?

This man calls it like it is, and what can I say? I like a direct man, especially one that knows how to quote 2 Chainz.

This guy who knows what life is about and embraces it.

Ah, the all to prevalent awkward photo showing the guy with another girl. I want to give him points for trying to crop, but I really just can’t.

Winner winner please don’t buy me dinner.

This classic is taking it to new levels.

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May 06, 2015


Media coverage of Baltimore lacks key information Radical protesting to gain media attention doesn’t serve purpose According to The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 96 percent of Americans are bracing themselves for a racially disturbed summer. This was further reinforced last Wednesday with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speech in New York. “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America in order to end the era of mass incarceration,” she said during the speech. Clinton proposed a requirement for police officers to be equipped with body cameras. Yet most remain dubious as to whether this will calm the chain reaction of social disorder that started following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown — a black man — by police officer Darren Wilson. The tension between black Americans and the police has been persistent throughout U.S. history, coming into the limelight since the 1900s. Miami and Los Angeles were subject to some of the earlier anger, sparked by the death of Arthur McDuffie (an African American who died from injuries caused by four white officers) and beating of Rodney King (who became nationally known following the incident). More than a decade later, Baltimore, Ferguson and New York, all cities that are entangled in a gigantic web of obvious parallels, have caused enough damage to plead a change in attitude as well as reform.

The scenes manifested in these cities are eerily similar. Yet, one writer argues that each moment is unique and each individual different. Walter Scott is not Michael Brown, and Michael Brown is not Freddie Gray. Albeit this truth, it is hard to ignore the underlying and recurring theme of the incidents and the moments in the aftermath. These moments have been destructive and violent with no conclusive, positive outcome. The moment remained a moment and never became a wider movement for change (which should be the goal of any protest). Some people argue that this is not an issue of racism, yet in all instances, it starts with the basic –appearance. We need to make a conscious effort to not judge based on physical appearances. As L.L. Cool J pointed out in the song “Accidental Racist,” “Just because my pants are saggin’, doesn’t mean I’m up to no good.” The virus of racially driven hatred started by the earlier generations needs to be crushed. It will definitely take a long time and change begins on a micro level. Some have argued that it is too late to change the fact that society inherently blames people of color. No one is born with racism or hatred and if it is not in us, it can be eradicated. On the other side of the issue,

some people fear discrimination against white people. However, as Harvard University professor Michael I. Norton studied and described in 2011 via polls, while many whether racism has decreased, white people have a view on racial discrimination far from reality. Most white people believe that anti-white discrimination is a bigger problem. “It seems to be the case that people take markers of progress differently,” Norton said in his research. “If you are searching around for evidence of continued racism, or you are searching for proof of evidence of a lack of racism, there are always ambiguous findings,” he said in his research. Another factor that adds fuel to such riots is the lack of understanding of the word ‘responsibility’ in and within communities. The mom who reprimanded her son for being involved in the Baltimore protests was praised. Was she right? Was the child prevented from showing solidarity and creating a movement? When answering, we have to keep in mind that at that moment, Baltimore was no longer asking for change and justice, it was violent. We do need protests to make our voices heard to leaders and advocate against injustice, but death and harm should not be a by-product. If Martin Luther King Jr. was successful in a past where

intolerance was worse, today, responsible protests can create a movement that will change society one bit at a time. Schools should teach from a young age the difference between responsible endeavors that bring positive change and irresponsible actions that are not as productive. Then there is the media. “The looters, the robbers, the chanters, the nonviolent protests, the sign-making ... all of it has value because it wouldn’t be international if it wasn’t for the looters,” said a resident of St. Louis. The media has a huge role to play and a responsibility towards its readers. The readers constitute society and society is any country’s core. Only society can help find the middle ground of peaceful protests and powerful actions. It has been done in the past and it can be done today. Rosa Parks didn’t throw a tantrum. She protested respectfully and the media captured it all. When and how has the message been distorted that people nowadays think that throwing rocks at the police is the only way to get the media’s attention? Is it the increasing political corruption or the misinformation spread by the media? We need to reform the media so that it can inform people of both the positive and negative. Regardless of skin color, each race has people who enjoy causing

trouble and unrest. However, assuming that every single member of a certain group is a potential threat can aggravate the illnesses that this nation is facing. Only with an honest and conscious effort to educate and dissolve the stereotypes and encourage transparency will it be possible to achieve a change in society and honor the words that young kids nationwide are taught.

Chamindi Wijesinghe Staff Writer


Photo of the Week As Joel Venzke’s time as photo editor comes to an end, he shares his favorite memories in this position and what he has gained from the experience.

JOEL VENZKE Photo Editor’s Farewell “It’s been fun covering different events and getting to know so many people in the Drake community as I covered events this year as photo editor. I look forward to continuing to shoot next year for the next photo editor. I took this photo while I was at the last softball game. I started messing around with prefocusing and was able to catch the softball in focus while both the catcher and pitcher were out of focus and it ended up looking really cool.”

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May 06, 2015


Women on 20 movement aims to change face of currency Organization wants to replace Jackson on $20 bill with female figure Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

Every single day, over one trillion dollars changes hands in the United States, the equivalent of over 50 billion $20 bills. One group is aiming to take advantage of this exchange of money and make a change with that in mind. Women On 20s is a non-profit organization that is advocating to replace the face of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with that of a prominent American woman. Under the slogan “A woman’s place is on money,” Women On 20s is aiming to give women the recognition that the group feels they have been denied. If this proposal were to be put in effect its direct changes would be minimal, as the only change would be the printing of one piece of American currency, but it could stand for something much more impactful across the country and across Drake University’s campus. “[The movement] shows that activism, grassroots activism, can really work. This wasn’t a huge corporation coming out with this idea, this was people deciding that they wanted to see a woman

on the $20 bill,” Grace Rogers, a sophomore and a member of Students Advocating Gender Equality said. “It shows that people can make a difference.” “The entire movement in itself shows that America is at least trying to move forward, or small pockets are trying to move forward, with the inclusion of women on our currency,” Hanna Howard, a sophomore, SAGE member and history major with a women and gender studies concentration said. Jennifer Perrine, women and gender studies professor at Drake. She is also an advocate for women’s rights and of the Women On 20s movement. “Having currency as a very powerful venue where we see those faces all the time and think of them as important figures even if we don’t know very much about them as individuals, so people might not know what Andrew Jackson’s policies were,” Perrine said. “But [people] still recognize those faces and see them as important and having weight.” The group’s decision to try to put a woman on the $20 bill was deliberate. The face of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, currently adorns the $20 bill, but many are perplexed by the choice to glorify such an infamous individual.

Jackson was notorious for human rights violations and was also, ironically, against the federal banking system. He is perhaps most remembered for what has become known as The Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was the forced migration of 16,000 Cherokee Indians from the

“(If it passes then) I think it shows that the administration is extrememly progressive. Maybe not extremely, but at least more forwardthinking than any other administration.” Grace Rogers Sophomore

southeastern United States to the Oklahoma territory in the mid 19th century. Not only was the Cherokee nation forced to give up their homes, but 25 percent of them also died along the 2,000 mile journey. Considering Jackson’s controversial policies, Wilma Mankiller, the first-ever female chief of the Cherokee nation, was

chosen as a finalist by Women On 20s to be placed on the bill. The other three finalists, are first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist Harriet Tubman and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Over 100 women were originally considered, but the field was narrowed down through online voting. “This list of women … encompasses everybody,” Rogers said. “Women with all sorts of accomplishments.” The movement has become more and more recognizable as its momentum has built, with over 250,000 votes being cast and its being covered by media outlets including The Huffington Post and Good Morning America. President Obama has also helped fuel the movement by saying he would at least consider signing a bill that would make the change. “To put (a woman), whether it’s Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman or Wilma Mankiller or Eleanor Roosevelt, on the $20 is a way to signify that women have an equal cultural worth to the men that are on the bills,” Perrine said. Once the vote is complete, the organization will propose a bill to Congress in the hopes of getting their choice of activist on the bill, the first time a woman would be on American currency. However, there are still

fears that the movement could be stopped, whether it through Congressional deadlock or opposition from the representative members of government. “If it fails, it means that nothing has changed basically,” Rogers said. “I think that Americans in general are resistant to change because new things kind of scare us.” And yet, there is still plenty of optimism from the movement’s proponents, confident that there could be a woman on the $20 bill someday in the near future. “(If it passes then) I think it shows that the administration is extremely progressive,” Howard said. “Maybe not extremely, but at least more forward-thinking than any other administration, Rogers said.” “Representation is really important and is also a sign that people are thinking more inclusively than exclusively.” This proposition will not render the current Andrew Jackson design unusable. If enacted the Jackson design will continue to be used, however the design would no longer be printed. To learn more about this initiative and vote for a finalist visit


Crew Scholar program promotes diversity and community on campus Jessica Lynk Copy Editor @jessmlynk

When walking around campus, most students can see that Drake University is predominately white. For the past five years, the black, non-Hispanic ethnicity of the incoming freshman class has never reached over 3.5 percent, according to the 2014 databook. “To put it frankly, Drake has a race problem,” Jennifer Harvey, associate professor of religion and co-director of a program called Crew Scholars said. After discovering that students of color at Drake were not retainied and also not graduating, faculty and administration decided to do something about it. This led to the creation of the

Crew Scholars program. The program, created two years ago, is designed to help combat the fact that Drake’s campus is not diverse. “The program is made to help [minority students] figure out how they want to deal with and navigate the white racial climate at Drake, which can be really hostile to students of color’s experience here,” Harvey said. In order to combat this hostile experience, 20 students from each class are admitted into the program meant to help guide students to graduation. Crew Scholars have weekly meetings, called Crew Connect, to learn more about academics, life at Drake and how to support each other on campus. “We do everything that most first-years go over to make them aware of all kinds of academic tools and introduce them to what

Drake has to offer,” Harvey said. “But we also spend time making them think about identifying what they need in terms of supporting themselves and thriving here, despite the racial climate.” For first-year Abby Parra, this is her favorite part of the program. “The Crew Connect sessions are the best because it gives us all a time to get together,” Parra said. “It is never a dull moment because someone has crazy stories or we get to meet someone new. When I have to miss those, it ruins my week because it is what I look forward to.” During these sessions, the students in the program are able to talk in a safe space about what they experience on a predominantly white campus in a safe space. “When something racist happens, which it unfortunately

happens every week in the residence halls or with a roommate, they have designed a space where they can safely vent around that, get support about that and talk to folks who have had other experiences similar to that so they don’t feel so isolated,” Harvey said. Another unique part of the program is that all of the students sign a pledge to graduate. For sophomore Taylor Corbin, this is a valuable competent. “We are all there to reach a common goal of graduating and we would do anything to support each other to reach that goal,” Corbin said. In order to facilitate a better campus, Crew Scholars not only works to support the students in the program, but also works to educate students, staff and facility on racial issues across campus. “It makes me an advocate to

bring more diversity [to Drake] and educate other people because a lot of people from Drake come from predominantly white areas, so they don’t know a lot about other cultures,” Parra said. The Crew Scholars program not only works to fix the predominately white campus, but also hopes to bring success to students who are members of a minority. “I hope that they will gain an actual experience of well-being here so that by the time they graduate they can say they thrived here and not just survived,” Harvey said. “I hope they come out feeling like Drake really invested in them and showed in a concrete way that it cares about them, even though they are underrepresented as students.”


Bryson Jennings brings his southern country roots to Des Moines Morgan Muraski Staff Writer @little_muraski

BRYAN JENNINGS will perform at Wooly’s tonight at 7 p.m. Jennings is a South Carolina native known for his single “Young Nights.” He has performed with and written for Florida Geogia Line. PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTINE FELSO

A brand new sound is coming to Des Moines tonight. At 7 p.m. on May 6, doors will open at Wooly’s in Des Moines East Village to feature the talents of up and coming country singer Bryson Jennings. The South Carolina native is known for working with big names, performing with and writing for Florida Georgia Line, Gloriana and more. After experiencing the country music scene with these groups, Jennings is now ready to be his own headliner, and said that getting into the world of music has led him to some important conclusions about stardom. “Once you walk into a room, everyone is equal,” Jennings said. “Everyone has things that they do better than others. You just have to be yourself and play to your strengths.” Jennings is indeed playing to his strengths, using real life stories and memories to create a blend of country and southern rock that he hopes will drum up

a new fan base around the Drake community. Impacted by his surroundings, Jennings implied that his songs are born from personal urge to create something that he would want to blast as an anthem. “I like music that, if I was on my turf, I’d want to turn it up,” Jennings said. With a single on iTunes titled “Young Nights” and an EP on the

way, Jennings’s said he is more than ready to rock his first ever show in Des Moines. “My shows are high energy and fun, we like to make it a party,” Jennings said. “We want people to put their drinks in the air and enjoy themselves.” Copies of Jennings’s EP will be for sale at his show at Wooly’s, although they are not yet available for purchase on iTunes.

# 08 | features

May 06, 2015


Associate Professor overcomes battle with breast cancer Facing the fight with strength and hope, Kash pushes forward Sarah Mondello Staff Writer @SarahNatale_

It was March 2014. Karla Kash was in her sixth year as Associate Professor of Theater at Drake University. She received tenure and was head of the B.F.A. Musical Theater Program. She divvied up her time between instructing Drake students and freelancing at theaters in the Des Moines community. She directed and choreographed musicals at Drake in addition to teaching performance-based classes. From directing, choreographing and even acting in community productions to providing instruction on acting, auditioning, directing, movement and musical theater history, her plate was full of fun things she loved to do. Then one weekend at the end of the month, Kash was in the shower when she discovered a lump in her breast. She contacted her doctor that Monday, went in for an appointment on Wednesday, received a biopsy by Friday and had results the following Monday. Kash, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She hadn’t even qualified for mammograms yet. They typically begin at age 50, or age 40 for women of high risk. Kash was terrified due to her family’s history of life-threatening illnesses. Her mother had breast cancer and died in August 2010 when it metastasized into her liver. One of her sisters has a rare skin disease, though it has been in remission for most of her life. That Wednesday, her sisters visited from Arizona. On the same day, Kash received a call from the provost informing her that she had won the Mentor of the Year Award to be presented at graduation. Kash was thrilled to receive such a positive message amidst the solemnity of her newfound situation. When it became time to discuss treatment options, Kash opted for the most aggressive route. She chose to have a double mastectomy (which removes all breast tissue) followed by breast

reconstruction, as opposed to lumpectomy (which only removes the tumor from the breast). Lumpectomies also involve radiation and have a higher recurrence rate, both of which swayed Kash’s decision. The mastectomy surgery took place at the end of April. Kash says it was very easy to recover from, and she was back to work a week later. She also was placed on a chemotherapy regimen with six rounds of chemotherapy, with one round every three weeks. She began a second round of chemotherapy every three weeks for a year, which will conclude this month. “This type of chemo is a really new, innovative type of chemo, and it knows to only attack the bad cells, so that’s why you don’t get sick — that’s why your hair grows back,” Kash said, sporting a cropped hairstyle in contrast to the bangs and shoulder-length locks she had possessed prior to treatment. According to Kash, steroids are given to patients who go through chemotherapy in order to combat the possibility of an allergic reaction to the cancer treatment. Kash soon discovered that she was having a rare reaction to the steroids when she was unable to sleep for 10 days. She was taken to the hospital and sedated. She slept for three days until her brain resumed healthy functioning. Recovery took a full week. “I actually was hallucinating,” Kash said. “It’s the scariest thing I think I’ve ever gone through in my life. It was way more terrifying than the cancer itself just because I thought I was losing my mind, which is what happens when you don’t sleep.” After the sleep deprivation incident, Kash was terrified for her second round of chemotherapy, which hospital staff administered without the steroid. They kept a close watch on her for allergic reactions. She is thankful that none occurred. In spite of the scary struggle with sleep, her biggest battle was yet to come. Kash opted for reconstruction surgery to complement the double mastectomy. She chose the newer

type over the traditional route, which fills implants in order to expand the chest. The newer type of reconstruction was innovative in that specialists took tissue from her abdomen and created breasts from it. The nine-hour procedure followed by three days in the hospital was Oct. 29, 2014. Kash still taught one theater class that fall, which was originally scheduled for one day a week. She doubled-up on Saturdays to ensure that the class would end before her breast reconstruction surgery.

“Surround yourself with positive people as much as you can. Know your limits. Know what you can’t handle and can handle. Be okay with trying to downsize your life, but also keep some things in your life as much as you can.” Karla Kash Associate Professor

Kash recalls that it was a very intense surgery. Afterward, she was in a lot of pain. She could barely move. She soon developed blood clots in her chest and leg — which left her hospitalized for another five days. “The whole month of November was a really hard month – spent most of it on the couch or in a hospital bed,” Kash said. More complications arose in December when she needed retouch for the reconstruction surgery. Thankfully, recovery was not as intense as the actual act of reconstruction. Kash has come back to Drake full time this semester and has recently started working out again, though not as intensely as she used to. “My life didn’t really change that much until I had the surgery,” Kash said, “but up until that point my life was pretty steady, the way it normally would be.” She had no major reaction to

the first chemotherapy set other than feeling a little lethargic for a day or two following each of the six rounds. Overall, she remained very active during treatment and even directed and choreographed two plays during that time. Her second set of chemotherapy continues today and will conclude this month. However, Kash will remain on Tamoxifen, a hormone blocker pill, for the next 10 years. She was diagnosed with triple positive estrogen-driven breast cancer, making Tamoxifen necessary to block the estrogen. Though she has no children and never intended to, taking this pill until her early 50s means that she no longer do so. “It’s basically like putting me in menopause before I go through menopause,” Kash said. “To know that it’s no longer an option is a little sad. It’s a weird dichotomy.” Dane Van Brocklin, a senior musical theater major from the Des Moines area, has known Kash since before he enrolled at Drake. They met at the Des Moines Playhouse where Kash directed “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She has subsequently directed him in productions in and outside Drake. Van Brocklin was in Acting III with her at the time she announced her diagnosis. Kash recalled that he was very upset at the news. “I’m pretty sure I got kind of teary-eyed and I freaked out a little bit,” Van Brocklin said, “I also thought to myself if anybody could take this on, I knew Karla had the guts to. I was concerned, but I also wanted to be strong.” Van Brocklin continued to work closely with Kash over the summer in the production of “Avenue Q,” which she was directing while receiving treatment. “She handled it fairly well,” Van Brocklin said. “While she was going through treatment she still seemed like her usual, perky self, but you could tell that she was a little fatigued.” He says she seemed more stressed than usual during this time, but notes that it was most likely a combination of the treatment and her stressful

lifestyle. “Karla is someone who likes to bite off more than she can chew sometimes and presents herself with a lot of challenges,” Van Brocklin said. “She’s a determined individual.” He felt relieved upon hearing the news that Kash is on the road to recovery. “Knowing that I’d leave Drake and not really see Karla much anymore after that,” Van Brocklin said, “I felt a lot better about it knowing that she is through the worst of it and that she’ll be fine at this point. I know she’ll be okay because she’s a fighter.” Kash says she stays strong through a positive mindset modeled to her through both her mother and sister. “My mother’s motto was always to live life,” Kash said. “She was completely positive up until the day she died. (My sister) could have easily been a lot sicker than she is, and I think part of the reason she’s been so healthy is because of her positive attitude. Those have been two incredible role models for me with dealing with a life-threatening illness.” Van Brocklin values his time spent working with Kash. “Karla Kash is a very strong personality with just as strong a heart,” Van Brocklin said. “I think that she has the best intentions for everyone, especially her students.” Van Brocklin is currently enrolled in Kash’s American Musical Theater History class. “I’m going to keep up with her, let her know what jobs I’m getting, ask her how she’s doing, ask her how Drake is,” Van Brocklin said. “And if I’m back in Iowa I’ll totally ask for dinner or coffee or something.” For women currently battling with breast cancer, Kash offers her words of wisdom as a survivor. “Surround yourself with positive people as much as you can,” Kash said. “I also think it’s important to stay as active as you can. Know your limits. Know what you can’t handle and can handle. Be okay with trying to downsize your life, but also keep some things in your life as much as you can.”


Picking up the bat again with the ‘Home Run Derby’ Wiffle ball derby in Helmick Commons hits home with students Ethan Fickau Staff Writer

Last Thursday, students stepped up to the plate to show off their batting skills and forget about their impending final exams for a while. Throughout the afternoon, people stood in the batter’s box in Helmick Commons armed with a big bat as they smashed wiffle balls over the orange home run fence. Each person tried to set the record and take home a trophy at the Pomerantz Student Union Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby. One participant, Gerald Tetzlaff, said that it reminded him of the old days of playing wiffle ball in his neighborhood. “Just like flying kites, it brings you back to your childhood playing wiffle ball,” said Tetzlaff. Tetzlaff said that the derby was a welcome break from a full day’s load of homework and the trophies were a big motivator to do well. Tetzlaff hopes to see a lot more wiffle ball activities next school year. “Maybe a week of wiffle ball activities. So not only a home run

derby, but one night there would be a game in the same spot with bases and teams. I will definitely bring more of my friends next time too.” First-year Emily Lambie also joined in on the fun and said she had a blast taking part in the competition. “It was a lot of fun. It was just a great atmosphere. I don’t think I stopped laughing the whole time I was there,” Lambie said. “It was fun coming in a dress and hitting the crap out of those wiffle balls. I definitely want there to be another derby. I want another chance to win a trophy because who doesn’t love trophies?” Lambie said that the only thing she would like to see improved is the event’s advertising. “The posters were good, but social media would help publicize it more,” Lambie said. “Talking to people in the dorms about it would help people know about it more.” Even though there were many students who came to hit home runs, others came out just to watch and enjoy the show. First-year Lainie Fickau said it was like being at a major league baseball game. “It was really cool,” Fickau said. It was great to see something so new at Drake. I think it was unique because it was all-inclusive.

It’s great because you have the competitive students who want to beat each other’s score and then you have those who want to sit in the sunshine and watch and that’s cool too. The event was designed to benefit both kinds of people.” Fickau laughed when she was asked if she would like to take some swings at the next derby. “If my arms haven’t fallen off (from rowing practice) then why not?” she said.

The event was co-organized by the Student Life Center and a couple of students. Associate Dean of Students Jerry Parker helped put the derby into full swing. Though he was unavailable for an interview, he was seen on Thursday pitching to some of the batters and, at one point, taking his own turn at the plate. With music blaring over some speakers and the sun shining bright over Helmick Commons,

most of the event’s participants were smiling nonstop all afternoon. At the end of the derby, first, second and third place winners were awarded trophies for most individual home runs and for pairs combined home runs. According to the participants and the observers, the event was a huge success and many are looking forward to next year’s home run derby.

WIFFLE BALL HOME RUN DERBY took place on Thursday, April 30 in Helmick Commons. The event was organized by SAB, SLC and a couple students with an idea. Many came to play and watch. PHOTO COURTESY OF ETHAN FICKAU

# 09 | features

May 06, 2015


The iconic coffee shop of Drake Dogtown: Mars Café

Maddy Gildersleeve Staff Writer @m_gildersleeve

Coffee is essential for any college student on any campus, but Drake University has a unique café that goes beyond serving caffeinated beverages and has become part of the campus culture. Locally owned and operated, Mars Café opened nine years ago on University Avenue down the street from Drake. In the fall of 2012, Mars Café changed ownership to its current owner, Justin Schoen. Drake students and community members frequent the café to study, catch up on work and socialize. Many students know Mars

Café as an opportunity to get off campus and study a bit. But some students go above and beyond, visiting Mars Café multiple times a week. “Mars is my favorite place to study,” Cara Regan, a junior studying public relations said. Regan became a regular in the café after this summer because she was living in Des Moines and it was close and easy. “Mars Café was a really cool mix of people because it was Drake students and a mix of community members,” Regan said, describing her first impression of the coffee shop. “Mars Café’s got everything you need, you can stock up here for eight hours and run off caffeine,” Shelby Van Slooten, junior public relations major and a recent manager at Mars Café said.

“I began working here to pay for my sorority, but at the time I was super into coffee because of the culture and I was super into the environment,” Van Slooten said. Van Slooten said her favorite part about working at Mars Café is “the amazing people that work here. The connections that I’ve made here are unreal.” But Mars Café is more than a study spot or a caffeine fix. Generally, Mars Café holds Drake events “a couple times a month, ranging from poetry slams or a fraternity renting us out for their makeshift formal,” Van Slooten said. Recently, Mars has begun working regularly with Drake’s Student Activities Board (SAB). “Mars tries to be really involved with Drake, we try to hold a lot of events for SAB,” Van Slooten said.

SAB “had two spoken word poets that came and performed at Mars Café last semester,” said Kayla Manning, a sophomore pre-pharmacy student and also one of the campus impact cochairs for SAB. “It was very, very successful we ended up having not enough chairs to seat everyone — Mars was pretty much packed,” she said. Van Slooten agreed with Manning. “The poetry slam was really cool and successful in many ways because the Drake students could interact with each other and the community,” Van Slooten said. SAB continues to work with the café. “They’re so great to work with and it’s free to be able to use that space and it’s really good for students to be able to get off campus even though it’s just

down the street,” Manning said. “Mars Café continues to work with SAB because of the success of the events — I think it’s just fun for students to get off campus and the staff is awesome and it allows people from the community to attend the event as well, not just Drake students,” Kennan Cammack, programming executive officer for SAB and junior elementary education major said. Cammack is a regular at Mars herself. “I go to Mars on a weekly basis, which is maybe one of the reasons I love it — maybe I’m a little biased,” Cammack said. As Van Slooten jokes in a statement that many Mars Café regulars and SAB attendees could probably attest to, “bad things don’t happen at Mars Café.”







MARS CAFÉ offers consumers a diverse menu ranging from coffee and tea to imported beer and wine. EVENTS take place a couple times a month such as student sponsored events or poetry slams. The atmosphere allows different types of organizations to host events in the space. PHOTOS BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

# 10 | sports

May 06, 2015



Men’s Tennis prepares for upcoming NCAA Tournament Beloved baseball player now managing former team

PRESSURE will fall on Bulldog seniors Alen Salibasic (Left) and Matt Frost (Right) as leaders in the NCAA Championship Tournament. They have experience in the postseason. Salibasic is 2-2 in his career and played in the win against TCU. Frost is 0-1, having joined Drake last season. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Adam Rogan Sports Editor @Adam_Rogan

Friday will mark the beginning of the 33rd ranked Drake Men’s Tennis team’s sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in nine years. They will face-off with the 32nd ranked University of Louisville in the first round. This match is just two days short of the two-year anniversary of Drake’s victory over Texas Christian University (TCU) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Bulldogs’ first win in the tournament ever. “I’m just really looking forward to going out there with the team,” said freshman Calum MacGeoch as he prepares to play in his first NCAA Tournament. “We’re just looking to add onto the great season that we’ve had and keep it going for as long as we can.”

A win against Louisville will give the Bulldogs 25 on the season, which will tie the record for most wins in program history. The record was set in 2013 with the win over TCU, who they have potential to face again in this year’s tournament. TCU is currently ranked as the sixth best team in the nation, but a rematch with them wouldn’t occur until the Elite Eight. The Bulldogs would need to beat fourth ranked University of Illinois in round two before even thinking about that. However, the team’s eyes are not focused on the possible record or the opponents ahead, but instead on the match at hand. “We’re looking to get past Louisville. That’s what we have to do first,” head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “If we can’t get past Louisville then nothing else matters. Our focus, 100 percent right now, is on Louisville.” With that focus comes

confidence in their abilities, especially considering the fact that the Bulldogs took down Louisville on their home court earlier this year, 5-2 on Jan. 18. However, the matchup set for Friday is vastly different than the previous one. Only two matchups remain the same, as Alen Salibasic will take on fifth ranked Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Ravi Patel will face Chris Simich for the second time this season. Every other player will go up against a new face, as lineups have shifted considerably over the course of 2015. “They’ll give us a little different look. We just need to make sure that we come out with the intensity that’s appropriate for the match,” Salibasic said. “Same school name, but it’s going to be completely different matchups across the board,” Kozlowski added. When it comes down to winning the match, the team

doesn’t plan on doing anything special. The Bulldogs have already played one of the best seasons they’ve ever had. The team sports a record of 24-6, is undefeated in conference play and is looking to continue that success in the NCAA Tournament. “We feel that all our players can step up and put us in positions to win,” Patel said. “We know that our team is good enough to win on all six courts and win the doubles point, so that’s key going into that match that we have confidence on all courts.” Regardless of whatever happens against Louisville, the season will be over before May is out. “It is just another match,” Patel said. “We have four seniors on this team and it could potentially be our last match so we are fighting our hearts out and we’re fighting for the younger guys to progress and make some Drake history in the process.”


Kyndal Clark to be missed as she departs Drake next year

KYNDAL CLARK sets up under the basket in her only game this season, a 78-83 loss to the University of South Dakota. Her scoring presence could be felt all over the court, opposing teams needing to track her position because of her ability to find and make open shots behind the arc. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Drake Women’s Basketball received a startling surprise when injured senior Kyndal Clark announced that she would not be returning to Drake next year. The guard, who was the Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in the 20132014 season, only played one game last season before injuring her knee. Clark had started every game for the three previous seasons, leading the Bulldogs in scoring during her sophomore and junior years, topping out at 19.3 points per game as a junior. She led the nation that season in three pointers per game with 3.6 as well. Her final game in a Drake uniform was a 17-point performance against South Dakota in the season-opener last fall. In her career Clark averaged

14.5 points per game over a course of 98 games. It was expected throughout the year that she would take a medical redshirt and come back for one final year, retaking a spot back in the starting lineup and being the final piece in what could be a championship roster. For the entire 2014-2015 season you could see her on the bench, looking on to recognize patterns offensively and defensively and to give feedback to the coaches, which would then be relayed to her teammates. While she has been a star on the court, she has perhaps shined even more off the court, being named to the Allstate Good Works Team this offseason for her work outside the lines. In the official release, Clark does not give a concrete reason for her decision not to continue as a part

of the team, but she leaves having been one of the top scorers in Bulldog history. Her final words to Drake University, as stated in the release, are “Thank you.” As a fan, this is sad to see. She was an exciting player who could take over games, like she did in 2014 against Northern Iowa when she scored a careerhigh 41 points. I had a chance to profile her earlier and she was extremely thankful to the fans for their support during her career, from the tough seasons early on to the run to the conference finals in 2014. As a journalist, both in print and in broadcasting, Clark’s departure leaves a hole in my broadcasts. You could always count on the crowd getting louder whenever they saw that she had an open look from the right wing.

Clark will graduate in May with a degree in Information Systems and will depart with memories created in every Women’s Basketball fan.

Some of my favorite memories of my father and I are from sitting on our stained red couch in our family room, watching the Milwaukee Brewers battle it out at Miller Park or County Stadium. Battle as they might, through most of my childhood those were usually losing fights, but the memories remain. My dad’s favorite baseball player for as long as I can remember is Craig Counsel. He would walk modestly into the batter’s box, bat held high over his head in a stance that could only be described as strange, and my dad would yell “Craig Counsel!” for pretty much no reason whatsoever. A career batting average of .255 with 42 home runs, he seemed to be nothing special as a hitter, but that didn’t prevent him from being loved by fans and teammates alike. The highlight of his 16-year career would be scoring the walkoff run in game seven of the 1997 World Series as a rookie for the Florida Marlins. He won a second World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He may not have scored the run, but was on-base when his team again won it all on a walk-off. I may have been only 6-yearsold at the time, but I remember watching that game. “Fireballer” Randy Johnson was a spectacle on the mound for the Diamondbacks and Counsel looking simply goofy in the batters box, even if his abnormal stance helped him get the hits his team needed. In 2004 Counsel came back to Milwaukee as a Brewer, growing up not far away from Brewtown, and has been a continual part of the organization since 2007 as a player for five years and part of the coaching staff ever since. The highlight of his Brewers career, although a little melancholy, would probably be the 45-at-bat hitting streak he had in 2011, his final season as a player. No, not 46 consecutive hits, 45 consecutive outs. He got out 45 times in a row. However, when he snapped that streak on August 5 on the road against Houston, a floating fly ball to right field that nearly fell into the glove of the outfielder, but didn’t. The Brewers’ dugout stood and cheered to honor the end of the rut, which had tied the record for longest hitless streak ever. They didn’t cheer as loud as my dad did though, yelling for me to “Get over here!” as he rewound the DVR to show me that glorious single. After the Brewers’ horrific start to the 2015 baseball season, 8-17 as the worst team in Major League Baseball, manager Ron Roenicke was fired. They called upon Counsel to step up, as he did many times in his career. He accepted, and the Brew Crew won their first game with him as a manager on May 4. 1-0. Craig is off to a good start. He won the World Series in his first season as a player, now let’s see what happens with him as a manager.

Michael Wendlandt

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# 11 | sports

May 06, 2015


Drake travels to Missouri for Tom Botts Invitational

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Over this past weekend, the Bulldogs traveled to the University of Missouri to compete in the Tom Botts Invitational. The team set several new personal records for individuals on the team and a new school record. “The team is performing way above where I thought they would be, which is cool so I’m thrilled.” head coach Natasha Brown said. “We’re in a good spot.” Among those athletes was

first-year Mary Young, who set a Drake record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.38 and won the event. She came back to the track later in the day to take second place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.20, which was a personal best for Young. “I think (Young’s) experience from Relays, being frustrated with her performance there carried over,” Brown said. “It was so exciting. She was just in it and fighting and racing and just being competitive all the way through the line. It was an amazing race.” “I feel really good. It feels like all my hard work has paid off,”

Young added. “I couldn’t even believe I ran that fast cause it didn’t really feel like it.” Her teammate, Virginia Hill, placed first in the same event with a time of 1:00.34. Along with Young and Hill, the Bulldogs had several other strong performances. In the 200-meters, Pierce Vincent and Steven Jordan took second and third respectively along with achieving personal bests. Vincent finished with a time of 21.32 and Jordan finished in 21.38. Jordan came back later in the afternoon to win the 400-meter with a time of 49.47. “We’re going more into our

speed training, so I’m expecting them to run fast, maybe not as fast as some of them did, but it’s always good when the team and athletes specifically can have personal bests,” hurdles coach LaRon Bennett said. In the field events, Sean Buczek led the team with a personal best of 48-1.75 to take fifth in the triple jump. In the distance competitions junior Emma Huston ran in the 1500 meters on Friday night, finishing with a personal best of 4:29.26. The Bulldogs will travel to Lincoln this week for the Nebraska Invitational on Friday.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight brings in the big bucks Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo is probably the most highly paid team athlete in the world, making approximately $20 million per year, not to mention the additional endorsements he receives. Nike alone doubles that for the international superstar. However, boxer Floyd Mayweather makes considerably more than his ‘footballer’ counterpart, and this was only aided by a certain “Fight of the Century” that took place on Saturday evening. In the most profitable boxing match ever, Mayweather protected his World Boxing Association Welterweight title in a 12-round unanimous decision and remained undefeated in his victory over Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. However, both Pacquiao and many fans of the sport questioned whether or not the match was called fairly and that Mayweather actually deserved to win the title belt (a


belt made with emeralds, worth $1 million on its own). The fight was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Mayweather lives, and was broadcast via Pay-Per-View (PPV) from HBO and Showtime at approximately $100 per television set. Regardless of the high price, over 2.2 million people paid to see the two men throw punches at one another for an hour. The traffic was so high that the PPV system glitched, causing millions of people to be unable to view the event and postponing the fight by nearly an hour. Those who were willing to pay $100 to view generated over $400 million in revenue for Showtime and HBO. That’s $185,000 per minute of fighting. To scale, purely the PPV sales would be enough to buy half of the teams in the National Hockey League. And although it wasn’t enough to buy any of the teams in Major League Baseball, the one

fight made more money than 28 of the 30 MLB teams did all of last season. Not to mention that some tickets to see the fight live were selling for over $40,000. However, these are the profits of major companies, which means that the athletes themselves actually must’ve made much less. Right? Wrong. Mayweather was guaranteed $41.5 million if he fought, which he clearly did, and earned an additional $40 million as a result of all the PPV revenue. Some believe that these predictions are too modest, and that both Mayweather and Pacquiao will each earn over $100 million for putting on the gloves on Saturday night when all is said and done. For comparison, Pac Man the boxer made half as much in an hour than Pac-Man the video game made in its first year on the market, the best-selling game of all time at that point.

Regardless of how filthy stinking rich the two boxers are now (not that they weren’t rich before), all I can say is that I would definitely be down for getting paid $185,000 to last one minute against Pac Man’s fists of fury. Average journalist’s starting yearly salary: About $40,000. What am I doing with my life?

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# 12 | sports

May 06, 2015


Top of the conference! Softball clinches No. 1 seed in MVC

AS THE SEASON comes to a close, the Bulldogs remain focused and ready for the postseason ahead. (Top-Left) Kailee Smith sprints towards third base in the hopes of scoring her first run of the year. (Top-Right) Kelsey Wright braces for the incoming pitch. (Middle-Left) Senior Sarah Ryan high-fives her teammates as she runs out onto Ron Buel Field for the final time as a player in her career. (Middle-Right) Rebekah Schmidt hurls another pitch as catcher Ashley Chambers sets up behind home plate. (Bottom) The team gathers a pep-talk on the field on Sunday. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

AS THE SEASON comes to a close, the Bulldogs are remaining focused and are ready for the postseason to come. 1. Kailee Smith sprints towards third base, hoping to move deeper into scoring position and score her first run of the season. 2. Kelsey Wright braces for an incoming pitch. 3. Senior Sarah Ryan high-fives her teammates as she runs out onto Ron Buel Field for the final time in her career. 4. Rebekah Schmidt hurls another pitch as catcher Ashley Chambers crouches behind home plate. 5. The team gathers for a pep talk on the field on Sunday. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Michael Wendlandt Staff Writer @shaus_6

For the first time since 1993, the Drake softball team can claim the title of Missouri Valley Conference champions. “It is such a great accomplishment,” senior pitcher Rebekah Schmidt said. “Anyone can win on any given day, so the fact that we were able to pull out the best record is really awesome.” The Bulldogs cemented their title on Saturday afternoon by sweeping a doubleheader against Illinois State. The Bulldogs took four of their six games the past week, sweeping Creighton and Illinois State in doubleheaders, while falling to Nebraska and then to Illinois State in the season finale. Drake held a slight lead on over Missouri State going into this final week and needed to win their remaining two series to win the conference, and they got job done.

The week started in Lincoln, Nebraska as the team traveled to take on the Cornhuskers. Against their Big Ten foe, the Bulldogs fell 7-2 as the defense struggled, committing two errors in a fiverun sixth inning. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs remained in Nebraska, but traveled to Omaha to take on former conference foe Creighton University. This time they got the job done, taking down the Bluejays twice. In game one the Bulldogs won a squeaker by a score of 1-0 behind a solo homer by Schmidt in the top of the seventh inning. Luckily for the Bulldogs, that was all the team needed as a result of freshman Nicole Newman’s pitching in the circles. Newman earned MVC Newcomer and Pitcher of the Week thanks to her career-high 17 strikeouts, the most strikeouts in a game by a Bulldog pitcher since 2011. “It’s a great feeling,” Newman said. “I couldn’t do it without my pitching coach or my catcher back there.”

The second game was also tight until the seventh inning when Drake broke out for four runs to win it 5-1. Nybo also hit her 34th home run, which set the all-time Drake record. Drake would clinch the conference title on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over the Redbirds. Game one was much like the first Creighton game as it ended 1-0. Schmidt was the star of the contest, going the distance on the mound while matching a career-high with 11 strikeouts and no walks. She also drove in the only run of the game, an RBI single that scored Nybo in the second inning. In Game two, Drake dominated Illinois State from start to finish, scoring six runs in the first inning on their way to a 9-0 victory. Schmidt also continued her breakout season at the plate with the big blow, a grand slam in the first inning. Freshman Kelsey Wright also added a solo home run later in the game while Newman struck out nine on the mound. With the title clinched, the team had one

more game to wrap up the regular season and to prepare for the conference tournament. On Sunday the regular season concluded as the Bulldogs fell 7-1 to Illinois State as Schmidt struggled in the fourth inning after dominating early on. Drake concludes the season at 32-20 overall and 19-8 in conference play. Nybo led the way at the plate this season with 37 RBIs and 11 home runs while hitting .333. Megan Sowa won the batting title with a .344 average. From the circle, it was Schmidt who led the way with 19 wins. Newman also picked up 13 wins

of her own while striking out 172 batters in only 129 innings. Newman led the team with an ERA of 1.89. Drake travels to Wichita to play in the conference tournament this weekend. The Bulldogs have a double bye as a result of their first place finish in the regular season. “Such great team dynamics and chemistry,” Schmidt said. “Definitely my best year, no matter what happens this weekend I will hands-down say it is my favorite year.” The Bulldogs will play their first game of the tournament on Friday at 12:04 p.m.

The Times-Delphic staff would like to express its sincerest thanks to the Bulldogs athletes, coaches, staff and fans who helped make the 2014-2015 year in sports so exciting and fun. We hope the Softball, Rowing, Track and Field, Golf and Tennis teams’ seasons are far from over and they will succeed in their upcoming games, matches and tournaments. Go Bulldogs!

The Times-Delphic (05.06.15)  

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

The Times-Delphic (05.06.15)  

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