THE TIMES-DELPHIC The weekly student newspaper of Drake University
Vol. 135 | No. 6 | Wed., Oct. 07, 2015 timesdelphic.com
OPINIONS Daraprim, a medication given to treat HIV/AIDS and other infections and diseases, will be going up in price, with the profits to be used for research. The high price of this medicine will leave medical facilities unable to stock Daraprim. A student weighs in. Read more on page 4.
Wooly’s, a music venue in Des Moines’ East Village near Zombie Burger and Raygun, emerged onto the music scene in 2012 and has built an impressive repertoire of local and big-name artists. Offering relatively low ticket prices and an intimate space, the venue can hold hundreds of audience members. Read more on page 7.
The Bulldogs nearly upset reigning MVC champion Illinois State on Friday, but dropped three straight sets to lose 1-3. They stepped their game up the next day, winning three straight do-or-die sets to defeat Indiana State. Read more on page 10.
‘Low crime means no crime’
Snapshot of campus crime still invokes precaution in students
2 3 RAPE incidents in 2014
2 Hate Crimes based on sexual
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campus Safe Ride bus…general safety, alcohol awareness, healthy relationships and violence reduction all go into making the campus a safe place,” Law said. Law suggests that the normal precautions students would take if they were walking at night in a city should be applied on a college campus too. “You’ll find that colleges and universities compared to the larger community are incredibly safe. But, that doesn’t mean that they are without crime,” said Law. In addition to the statistics, a new federal requirement under the Clery Act added the Violence Against Women Act to the report. The crimes listed under the VAWA in this report are domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, but is important to note that it covers crimes regardless of gender. In 2014, there was one reported case of domestic violence and two instances of stalking. “(VAWA) is a very important component because those types of things occur on campus, and we want people to know what resources, policies and procedures affect them in that regard,” said Niederhauser. “It didn’t really change in terms of what we’re doing, but it’s changed how we publicize how we’re doing things.” According to Law, this type of data had been reported in previous reports, but was recategorized under VAWA due to the Clery Act’s new mandate. “We have a community of people on the campus who want to look out for one another, who want people to be successful, but it doesn’t mean at times some negative thing creeps into the environment,” said Law.
2012 — 2014
The annual report on campus crime was released last Wednesday by Drake University’s Department of Public Safety, giving students comprehensive and quantifiable data on crime both on and off Drake’s campus. “I think (the report) gives people an idea of what’s happening so they can take reasonable precautions and reasonable steps to provide for their own safety,” said Director of Public Safety Scott Law. “I think that in conjunction with the timely warnings and Bulldog Alerts, (it) gives people a good idea of what their concerns should be,” Law said. The release of this information to the students, faculty and staff is federally mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Policy Act, along with a section of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Officials in the Department of Public Safety view the release of this report a positive step for the department to take. “The real benefit of the Clery Act is to give our present faculty, staff and students an accurate picture of what’s going on in this community, as well as giving prospective faculty, staff and students what it’s like here,” Law said. Brett Niederhauser, the Crime Prevention and Clery Reporting Specialist said that the report can “provide transparency in how (DPS) is doing things so that not only are we abiding by federal
law, but also that we can get that information and resources out to everyone.” The report’s numbers from 2014 yielded some lower crime rates, particularly the alcohol offenses on campus. From 2012 to 2014, ‘disciplinary action’ related to oncampus alcohol consumption has been in a continuous downward trend, dipping from 199 in 2012 to just 109 in 2014. “I usually look at the Clery report as a snapshot in time. We would hope in looking at the three year trend…that it’s reflective of our population and that our students are being more responsible in how they’re handling alcohol on the campus,” said Law. Other notable statistics include two hate crimes related to separate sexual orientation bias reported between 2012 and 2014. One of the most discussed crimes that campuses across the country have been dealing with is sexual assault. In terminology used by the report, the category of sexual assault is subdivided into rape, fondling, and sex offenses — either forcible or non-forcible. More rapes involving Drake students were recorded as having taken place in on-campus housing rather than outside of Drake’s campus boundaries during the last three calendar years, according to the report. “Sometimes people get caught in ‘low crime means no crime,’ or ‘I’m in college and don’t have to worry about anything,’” said Law. “We have a lot of educational things and a lot of safety programs in place for our students. Downloading apps like the Drake Guardian, utilizing things like our
Arsons on campus
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Liquor Law Violations On Campus
2012 203 — 2014 123
26 Burglaries On Campus 2012 – 2014
source: Drake University 2015 Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Reports
Sexual assault program opens consent conversation Jessica Lynk News Editor email@example.com @jessmlynk
When juniors Claire Van Treeck and Xavier Quinn became Executive Vice Presidents of Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council respectively last semester, they decided to make sexual assault prevention a part of their role. “We work every semester to educate new members and
current members on scholarship, alcohol awareness and hazing prevention. Sexual assault is what we decided to focus on this year,” Van Treeck said. The councils found this focus imperative to the Greek community. “(Sexual assault programming) is something we thought was really important, as almost 35 percent of the student body is Greek,” Van Treeck said. “We thought that with such a large population we should really try and lead the conversation on campus regarding sexual assault.
We were looking for way to have this conversation.” Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council decided to lead this conversation by bringing Mike Domitrz to campus to present his program, titled “Can I Kiss You?” The program is aimed to inform college campuses about consent, bystander intervention, and how to help sexual assault survivors. Domitrz’s interactive program opened with a scenario of people at a party. He continued the rest of the program by walking
through different scenarios that people may encounter. One of the points Domitrz z brought up was the excuses people use as bystanders. One was that is none of students’ businesses and the other was that students do not want to block their friends. For Domitrz, these aren’t excuses. “It is in your DNA to naturally care about other human beings,” Domitrz said. “Human beings do not fear confrontation if they believe it is worth it. Each person is worth protecting.” Domitrz also encouraged
students to call these “hookups” sexual assault instead. “Call it what it is and people are going to change,” Domitrz said. “When you call it what it is no one ever denies they are not responsible.” The responsibility that Domitrz stressed was one of the reason that Panhellenic council not only wanted to focus on sexual assault, but brought in Domitrz. “Our mission exists until there are no more sexual assaults on campuses,” Van Treeck said. “We should be the ones to stand up and make the change.”
MIKE DOMITRZ, a speaker on sexual assault and consent, involved students in his interactive show called ‘Can I Kiss You?’ last Thursday in Meredith . PHOTOS BY ALICIA KANG| STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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