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Wednesday Faculty Senate Meeting 3:30-5 p.m. Cowles Library, Room 201 Drake Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30-9 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium

Thursday Art Exhibition, Everyday Abstraction: Contemporary Abstract Painting 12-8 p.m. Anderson Gallery

Friday Dog Days of Finals 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pomerantz Stage D+ Improv performance 4:30 p.m. Pomerantz Stage Drake Bands Presents 7:30-9:30 p.m. Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center

Saturday Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota 2:05 p.m. Knapp Center Christmas Madrigal Dinner 7-10 p.m. Olmsted Center, Parents Hall Drake University Honor Band Festival Concert 5-7 p.m. Harmon Fine Arts Center, Performing Arts Hall

Sunday Art Exhibition: Everyday Abstraction: Comtemporary Abstract Painting 12-4 p.m. Anderson Gallery

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Features From Florida to Iowa, Marina Verlengia joins Student Life staff PAGE 6

Sports Women’s Basketball picks up three wins at the UTSA classic PAGE 7

PI KAPPA ALPHA’S Delta Omicron chapter is currently under investigation for a themed party held before Thanksgiving break. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR Sarah Grossman

way. It was an open option to dress up if you wanted to.” However, there is speculation that an insinuated theme of Pilgrims and Indians existed and that women were encouraged to wear risqué costumes. Hannah Bruneman, a junior magazines major, believes the incident was out of PIKE’s hands, unless they had encouraged students to act in such a way. “I don’t think it’s the fraternity’s fault,” Bruneman said. “I think they just threw a party. That is, unless the fraternity said come dressed as a slutty Indian.” The fraternity is currently under investigation, which will wrap up before the end of fall semester. Due to this, Kerry Jordan, director of Greek life, declined an interview, but released the following statement via email. “Because this event is still being investigated by the University it is not appropriate for me to comment on this situation,” Jordan said. “As a

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On the weekend of Nov. 21 ­ Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) held a Thanksgiving themed party that created controversy around campus. Last Tuesday Drake President David Maxwell sent an email explaining that Drake holds firm to the University’s “Statement of Principles.” This reaffirmation came after Maxwell received notice regarding PIKE’s party. This party had a theme that was open to interpretation said PIKE’s president, Clint Cowan. “Our party theme was Thanksgiving and from there, some members in the house dressed up and others did not,” Cowan said. “I was actually sober at the event, and from what I saw, two females showed up in Native American outfits, and we did not by any means condone this or tell anyone to show up dressed in a certain

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community we respect all people and do not condone any situation that would make any person feel offended or disrespected in any way.” Todd Evans, a electronic media professor, also heard about the controversially themed party. “The term I heard was ‘sexy American Indian,’” Evans said. “And that’s what caused me to kind of go, ‘Hmm, what is going here? I thought we had gotten past that.’” The controversial nature of the event caused Drake students, staff and faculty to question what actually occurred. “You know, did this really happen, because that is what I’m hearing,” Evans said. “It doesn’t seem very progressive.” Other students agree on the importance of being culturally aware. “I think we need to be more sensitive about what we are wearing,” Bruneman said. “That topic comes up a lot especially

around Halloween,” Bruneman said. “They need to be more sensitive and conscious about picking an outfit. It’s something as a Drake community we need to become more aware of.” Adam Graves, vice president of health and safety for the Gamma Tau chapter of Theta Chi, understands this issue as fraternities face challenges with their party themes. “I wouldn’t blame the holder of the event,” Graves said. “But they have some responsibility of the theme. I would be more conscious of your event and its theme.” Cowan said PIKE holds firm that its actions did not directly impact the costume decisions of the individuals. “In no way was this party meant to hurt anybody,” Cowan said. “It never had any malicious intent. It was a misunderstanding of what the theme was, Thanksgiving, and the costume choices were up to the individuals.”

Students respond to turmoil in Ferguson decision Grace Rogers

Staff Writer grace.rogers@drake.edu

On Aug. 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Differing accounts of what occurred that night circulated, and a grand jury was called to decide whether or not to indict Wilson for the shooting. On Nov. 24, the grand jury decided there would be no indictment. There has been unrest throughout the country following the announcement, and Drake students have expressed their concern. “I don’t think anybody that has been following the situation in Ferguson is terribly surprised,” said Josh Mascharka, a junior rhetoric and the study of culture and society double major. “It sort of just exemplifies how we have a failed legal system. You have dozens of witnesses that watch a cop shoot an unarmed black kid, and the legal system refuses to even indict, when actually getting an indictment happens in almost every single case.” Mascharka’s disbelief continued over the lack of indictment. “You have to have barely any evidence to indict somebody,” Mascharka said. “It’s just, ‘is there enough evidence to take this to trial?’ Considering the amount of evidence there was, there’s no way that they don’t have enough evidence to go to trial. It’s sort of absurd.”

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Other people wish to continue the conversation around Drake. “I’ve had lots of conversations with students about what’s going on in Ferguson, mostly with students who are multi-racial or black,” said Tony Tyler, Director of Olmsted Center Operations. “We talked about what’s going on and justice in America and its interaction with people of color. I think everyone — whether white, black, Latino, multiracial, whatever — can be thinking of issues of race in America and justice, and how far we have and haven’t progressed.” Mascharka traveled to Ferguson to protest, he was arrested in Ferguson for disturbing the peace by the Saint Louis County Police Department. Mascharka also started a march on Drake’s campus

after the announcement. “That night, we got together about 15 people and marched through Drake’s campus and down University (Ave.) through the street to about 24 street and then we came back,” Mascharka said. “But other than that, Drake hasn’t done anything. The purpose of the march was mostly to get out frustration, but also to stand in solidarity with other communities that were having marches that same night.” To Mascharka, it is important that Drake illustrates its involvement. “(We marched) to show that there’s at least a small contingent at Drake that stands against systemic abuse of power,” Mascharka said. Becca Cohen is a sophomore marketing and finance double major. She is from St. Louis, which

is the county Ferguson is located in. “Ferguson has definitely affected just the atmosphere of St. Louis,” Cohen said. “I think it’s definitely bringing light to the issues of race and how racial issues still exist today. I think it’s bringing light to the amount of power police officers have and providing different sides to the argument.” Mascharka encourages students to express concern and take action. “I think that becoming more involved doesn’t necessarily mean that you go to Ferguson or anything like that,” Mascharka said. “It means that you start a similar thing in your own city that stands against police violence and stands against systemic abuse of power and racism.”

PROTESTORS marching in Ferguson after Darren Wilson was not indicted. PHOTO COURTESTY OF JOSH MASCHARKA

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