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April 20, 2015

THE TIMES-DELPHIC 2015 Relays Edition

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Have you heard the song “Ocean Avenue” by the punk/alternative band Yellowcard? Staff Writer Giuliana Lamantia talked with one of the band members this past week. They discussed the band’s current tour and what fans can expects from their ‘new sound.’ | Features Page 4.

It’s happened to everyone. Developing romantic feelings for a friend can be awkward and nervewracking but one writer says that you shouldn’t hide how you feel. Crushes are for high school. Be honest with them, and in the end, it may just work out in your favor. | Opinions Page 7.

For 80 years, the local Peggy’s Tavern has served as a place for Drake students and alumni to make memories as part of the Drake experience. Peggy’s has changed throughout the years but remains a important stable in the minds of many students and alumni. | Speed Page 4.

For the first time in Drake Relays history a Paralympic race will be hosted in Drake Stadium. Like most events at the Relays, the Paralympic race will feature some of the best athletes in the world, including blind runner David Brown and dual-leg amputee Marko Cheseto. | Sports Page 1.


Administrative resignations spark mixed reactions Jones and Newsom’s departures begin transition to new presidential cabinet Courtney Fishman Editor-in-Chief

Two members of Drake’s presidential Cabinet have announced their resignation in the coming months amid the transition from current President David Maxwell to President-elect Earl Martin. According to an email sent by Maxwell to faculty and staff on April 10, Provost Deneese Jones will step down from her position on May 31and Vice President and Treasurer Deborah Newsom will follow suit a month later on June 30. Students, however, did not receive an email until April 14, which Maxwell said was an oversight. Students, staff and faculty have reacted differently about the two resignations. Some are surprised and saddened by Jones’ and Newsom’s departures while others are looking forward to a changing campus atmosphere. “Some of those students, at least the ones that I’ve encountered, expressed sadness,” Sentwali Bakari, dean of students, said. “She [Jones] was such a mentor for them, that they didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye, all of a sudden it’s just like ‘vanished,’ and that’s disappointing to the student.” For senior Mark Reiter, Jones assumed the role as a mentor figure in his life, which prompted him to take action. Reiter and junior Jacqui Branch chose to celebrate Jones’ impact on Drake by writing chalk messages on the sidewalk to Old Main. “We felt like there needed to be more than just a Facebook post about this in

the student services page — that there needed to be more dialogue than that,” Reiter said. “The idea came from Jacqui Branch and I just talking about these feelings that we were having and how to express them, and we thought it was a

“I think the recent departures and the interim folks have just created a set of challenges. I think that’s going to require a collective effort as we move forward and I feel confident that it will happen. ” Sentwali Bakari Dean of Students

pretty good way to write positive things about Dr. Dee, things that she was and is, to remind those administrators walking into the building who she was and what she did for this campus.” Maxwell acknowledged the chalk messages, saying that they were “heartfelt and elegant,” but he continued to remain positive about the transitions facing Drake, especially regarding the interim leadership. “When I became president in 1999, 16 years ago, there was one member of the president’s Cabinet who was not interim,” Maxwell said. “I think we have to see that as big of a contribution as any person makes to the institution that ultimately the institution itself is bigger than any single person.”

Faculty Senate President David Wright acknowledged necessary changes in the administration and, like Maxwell, is confident in the University’s future. “I believe in my role as Faculty Senate president that it’s important to make sure Drake is operating the best way it can,” Wright said. “Cabinet had become dysfunctional and things weren’t getting done, so I’m not entirely surprised that there has been a change in the cabinet.” Similarly, Bakari remains optimistic about the changes, but feels it will take some time to adjust. “I think the recent departures and the interim folks have just created a set of challenges,” Barkari said. “I think that’s going to require a collective effort as we move forward, and I feel confident that that will happen. I feel confident that President Marty is going to come in and move the university forward and be able to address those challenges.” Interim replacements for both positions have been announced. Beginning June 1, Joseph Lenz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as interim provost for the 201516 academic year. Venessa Macro and Teresa Krejci, associate vice presidents of administration and finance, respectively, will provide leadership for Newsom’s position. Jones and Newsom have worked at Drake since 2012. A national search for Jones’ replacement will begin in July once president-elect Martin arrives at Drake. Cherié Moen, Jones’ administrative assistant, had only kind words to say about her boss. “I would like to say that it has been a wonderful experience working for and with Dr. Dee,” Moen said. “She has been a true leadership role model.”

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OLD MAIN’S SIDEWALK was chalked by students with kind words for Provost Dee Jones, who will resign her position on May 31. PHOTO BY SARAH FULTON | RELAYS EDITOR Additional reporting by Timothy Webber


Student Senate approves additional $30,000 for 3OH!3 concert Sarah Fulton Relays Editor

Student Senate, in a closed session, allocated $30,000 to bring a band to campus for the Relays Concert after the annual event lost sponsorship of Court Avenue businesses. To pursue a bigger name band for the Relays concert, the Student Activities Board (SAB) requested and received the money from the Quasi Endowment Fund.

The fund, which began in 2005, is created through excess student activity fees that are placed in an interestbearing endowment. Now, the fund has accumulated roughly $200,000. Court Avenue pulled their sponsorship because “they were not feeling the full benefit” since a large number of attendees are underage and cannot go to the downtown bars, said Adams Graves, student senate vice president of student activities and SAB president. “They felt that they were not getting enough money for the amount that they were paying, so they chose not to host it anymore,” Graves said.

SAB also planned to hire 3OH!3, a larger and more expensive act than in past years. The organization’s remaining funds were insufficient to hire the band and accommodate the lost sponsorship. The combination of events caused SAB to move the concert on-campus to the Drake Plaza, adjacent to the stadium, and request funds from the Quasi Endowment Fund. On March 26, Senate approved the $30,000 funding request during a closed session, in order to keep the band name a secret until Blitz Day on April 8. However, some felt a negative precedent was set surrounding the Quasi

Fund usage and the relationship between Student Senate and SAB. “When we drew the numbers out SAB wanted to bring a pretty substantial band and didn’t have the funds to do so,” Student Senate President Joey Gale. “We created a motion to spend from the Quasi because we thought that would be the most responsible avenue to do that.” The closed session vote was unanimous among Senators in attendance. Student Senate treasurer Kevin Maisto was absent from the vote, but he was frustrated the motion was not brought through him or his committee, the Student Finance Allocation Committee (SFAC). He said the allotment of money

is “extremely unsustainable.” “I understand their rationale,” Maisto said. “They wanted a good band with a big name and to not have budget restrictions around it. However, my primary concern regarding it was that there was not any student oversight over it.” Student organizations are required to present to SFAC before requesting one-time funding from Student Senate. However, since the Quasi Endowment Fund request came from Graves, the Student Senate Vice President of Student Activities and SAB President position, he was able to bring the motion directly to Senate.

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

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