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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

JOHN FENDER, the curator of ‘IDEAS AT WAR,’ will give a public lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday in room 336 of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Read more on timesdelphic.com on Thursday. PHOTO BY YING CHYI GOOI | PHOTO EDITOR

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FEATURES

OPINIONS Picking a school in Iowa left many friends to ask, “What’s there to do in Des Moines?” An upperclassmen gives advice on what Drake and its community has to offer first-years who have yet to explore Des Moines. Read more on page 6.

SPORTS

The most recent addition to Des Moines’ Court Ave, Restaurant on Court Avenue, brings a classic twist to dining with culinary cocktails and black and white movies. Read more on page 9.

The 2015 Drake Relays have been ranked as the sixth-best track and field competition in the world thus far this year. The website that compiled the rankings, all-athletics.com, also placed the Relays in third among events held in the U.S. and first in the world for spring of 2015. Read more on page 11.

CAMPUS NEWS

Sexual misconduct program to compel ‘avenue of change’ Jessica Lynk News Editor jessica.lynk@drake.edu @jessmlynk

“Seventy percent of students (affected by sexual misconduct) go to their peers before they come to an official person to report,” Drake’s Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion Alysa Mozak said. Because of this, Mozak has wanted to educated students about how to react if a peer confided in them about sexual misconduct. This mentality, combined with the 2014 mandate in the

Violence Against Women Act that requires all college students to be educated on the matter, pushed Drake University to require sexual & interpersonal misconduct educational program called Haven. Haven, a course about sexual and interpersonal violence prevention, is required for all students at Drake. Students are not allowed to register for spring classes until the curriculum is completed. This class is the first hard mandate that the university has put on any program. “The university is saying that “We think this is critical,’” Mozak said. “I hope that students see that the administration is backing my office up and really wants to

put forth efforts that are going to make people feel safer.” “There is that accountability trickle affect from faculty to administration to my office to students in need,” Mozak said. Although the program is meant to foster a better environment students affected by sexual misconduct, those who are survivors of sexual misconduct are not required to take the class. “Haven is just a small little dent of trying to create that culture of support,” Mozak said. Because a majority of students have not been affected by sexual misconduct, Mozak wants students to stress the significance of this issue through this survey. “Creating a healthy thriving safe community by letting

people be educated and be part of the pillar of prevention and dissemination of recourses to people that are there allies, their friends, their sisters and brothers was the lens I took,” Mozak said, “But sometimes using ‘Hey, this is also a part of the federal guidelines was a good hook-in.’” Even though students may not be personally affected by sexual misconduct, the course is aimed to provide resources for those who haven’t “You can still play onus to create an environment where people thrive and try to prevent it from happening,” Mozak said, “Haven is supposed to transform the culture so that people understand what are their

resources, their student rights and the procedures that the university provides for students who have been victimized.” Mozak believes Haven will guide students in the direction of understanding. “It is part of that environment that helps people feel like they have a voice,” Mozak said. “When they see the resources available that have always been available to students, but haven’t been adequately disseminated or documented, I think that this is going to create an avenue of change.” For logistical questions about the program, students should go to www.drake.edu/sim.

CAMPUS NEWS

Journalism professor to run on platform of education reform Lauren Velasco Staff Writer Lauren.velasco@drake.edu

“I see myself as wearing

two separate hats. These paths are parallel but are never crossing.”

Jennifer Glover Konforst Public Relations Assistant Professor

As a new election cycle kicks into full gear, Drake professor and alum Jennifer Glover Konfrst is beginning her political campaign to be District 43’s Representative in the Iowa House. Konfrst would represent the cities of Clive, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. Konfrst is also a professor in public relations and political advocacy. When it comes to having two different jobs, she knows how to keep them separate from one another. “I see myself as wearing two separate hats. These paths are parallel but are never crossing,” Konfrst said. Although Konfrst is a novice to the campaigning process,

she is familiar with policy and legislation. Aside from teaching political advocacy, Konfrst has also worked for the US Senate. Konfrst’s political background makes her no stranger to Iowa District 43 either. She has several ideas that she hopes to implement if she is elected. “I feel like this is a time when my skills in public service are needed to bring people together and not keep dividing them,” Konfrst said. One of Konfrst’s main focuses is on the public education system in Des Moines. The low funding for public education and mental health programs provides a challenging but necessary goal for Konfrst. “It is very important to me that public education and mental health programs are funded in Iowa because everyone deserves to be treated well by the state,” Konfrst said. Konfrst has an important

group of people helping her throughout her campaign. One notable volunteer is Drake PR alum Taylor Larson. “Before attending Drake, I had no background in politics. But by living in Des Moines, you just get immersed in the political atmosphere,” Larson said. Larson is currently a firstyear law student and hopes to someday work in policy and legislation. After graduating from Drake as an undergraduate in public relations she has always stayed close to Konfrst. “(Konfrst) would be a great representative. I know she is listening (to her district) and she would be a great person for the job,” Larson said. “She would do everything in her power to let people know what’s going on.” State Senator of Iowa Janet Peterson is also one of Konfrst’s supporters for the election process. She endorsed Konfrst’s campaign and will volunteer for

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her as well. Peterson has served in the Iowa Legislature for 15 years total, as a representative and as a senator. “I love it when I see great people make a decision to run for public office. That’s why I was thrilled to see my friend Jennifer Konfrst announce her run for the Iowa House,” Peterson said.“She’s smart and successful. She shares our Democratic values and she knows how to get things done,” Konfrst and her outside team of supporters and volunteers will work towards getting a primary election, which will take place in June of 2016, followed by the general election in November of 2016. In the meantime, Konfrst will continue to advocate her goals for District 43. “When I make changes, I want to make sure people are represented fairly and all voices are heard equally.”

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