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Wednesday Oct. 14, 2015

Meet Griff GRIFF, the new live mascot, made his first appearance of the year in Helmick Commons on Thursday. Students, staff and media gathered for the reveal. PHOTO BY VALARIE MEYER | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER


New live mascot follows in the paws of Porterhouse

Lauren Velasco Staff Writer

Drake students, faculty and staff gathered last Thursday morning in Helmick Commons for remarks from President Marty Martin and the highly-anticipated unveiling of Drake’s new live mascot, Griff. Griff is a three-year-old retired champion show dog that now has the responsibility of attending Drake’s athletic events and representing the Bulldog family. “This is such a tremendous day for our campus,” Student Body President Kevin Maisto said. “It’s a day that we welcome a canine that embodies everything it means to be a bulldog. It’s a furry face to the university and it’s an ambassador to Des Moines.” Many still remember Drake’s

last live mascot, Porterhouse, as a friendly, vivacious dog. After serving as Drake’s live mascot for five years, Porterhouse passed away in January of 2014. “Back in 2009, (Porterhouse) united us, and showed us that we are all one family. He had a really big impact on the university and the greater community, and it’s time for Griff to continue that,” said owner and live mascot director Erin Bell . Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb spoke on the history of Griff’s name. In the early 1900s, John L. Griffith served as the athletic director, the head football coach and the track coach. In the first 25 years of Drake’s history, there was many different mascots, but Griffith had two bulldogs that he would bring to practices. They inspired the change to our current mascot. The live mascot program is

“You’d be happy to hear that this program is fully sponsored by donors and doesn’t come from our operating budget.” Marty Martin President

funded by donors who support athletics and many events. President Earl “Marty” Martin reassured students that none of their tuition money went towards finding Griff. “You’d be happy to hear that this program is fully sponsored by donors and doesn’t come from our operating budget,” Martin said. Along with donors, Bon-APatreat and the Oaks Veterinary Clinic tend to Griff’s every need

as well as keep him healthy and ready to represent Drake at athletic events and community activities. “He’s a retired champion show dog, and his family graciously gave him to us because they were ready to find him a forever home. And there’s no better life than this, with so many people loving him,” Bell said. When Griff arrived and was escorted out of a car to the stage, the crowd of students and faculty who had been eagerly awaiting the reveal were far from disappointed. “Griff was just so stately and regal. It seemed like that dog just hopped out of the car and knew,” first-year Jacob McKay said. First-year-student Craig Nielsen, who has never been at Drake when there was a live mascot, had a positive reaction to Griff’s appearance, as well. “I had high expectations

for the new live mascot, and Griff definitely exceeded those expectations,” Nielsen said. Many people, including President Martin, feel that the bulldog embodies what every Drake student should be like. “Bulldogs are tenacious, eager, exceedingly friendly, welcoming to all and they’re willing to go to the extra mile,” President Martin said. A large crowd stayed after the ceremony to take pictures with Griff and some even had their pictures posted on Griff’s Twitter page. “This bulldog is going to be called upon to bask in the lime light and most certainly be the subject of countless selfies,” President Martin said. Griff has already made several appearances on campus, including the Homecoming football game.


‘72 students are not 25 percent of Drake’

Drake choir denied allocation for international tour Beth LeValley Staff Writer @bethlevalley Student Senate did not pass a motion to allocate $15,000 to Drake Choir for their international tour in Europe. Senate as a whole could not agree as to whether the motion violated the student life handbook because students receive credit for Drake Choir during the school year. The sheer sum of the money, which is 25 percent of Student Senate’s one-time funding budget for the year, also made senators hesitant. Drake Choir fundraises money in order to take all 72 students on this trip. The $15,000 proposed to Senate is only 4 percent of the $350,000 total budget that will

be fundraised. Dustin Eubanks, a representative from Drake Choir, had several points as to why Senate should allocate this money. “(Drake’s Mission Statement) talks about meaningful personal lives. Well, we’re talking about encounters in a completely different country, with completely different people,” Eubanks said. “I don’t see how that doesn’t individually affect people on this tour and enhance their ability to learn.” Eubanks also spoke of the promotional effects that the tour will have for Drake University as a whole. “This will put the Drake name on the world map in the best way possible — through music,” Eubanks said. Sen. Sanders said that while she agrees this tour will enhance the experiences of 72 students

and stays true to Drake’s Mission Statement, senators are there to advocate for the student body, not for Drake as a whole. Sen. Kane took a more pratical outlook: “This is 25 percent of our total budget for the entire year. And frankly, 72 students are not 25 percent of Drake.” After over an hour of discussion, the Senate decided to put the motion to a vote rather than amending any part of it. Two senators voted yes to the motion, and 16 voted no. With about 20 Drake Choir members in attendance, the group left disheartened. President Maisto encouraged the Drake Choir to continue working with Senate to find other sources of funding. Senate, however, passed two one-time funding requests, one for the Drake Tennis Club to go to Iowa State Tennis Invitational

in Ames, Iowa, and the other for the Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International to cover transportation costs for a threeday trip in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference is tailored

to Christians in health care and will provide networking and professional events to over 2,500 people.


STUDENT SENATE denied choir their request for one-time funding for a European tour. The request was denied due to the fact that it did not apply to much of the student body. PHOTO BY ALICIA KANG | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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