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The Times-Delphic Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Volume 138, No. 12


Drake paints it black Forum confronting racism on campus preceded by whitesupremacist robocall

Marie Nalan Contributing Writer marie.nalan@drake.edu

A known white-supremacist organization dropped robotic voice messages on the phones of Drake students, which interrupted an already emotionally-charged #paintitblack forum between a hundred Drake students, faculty and administration Monday night. Shedding tears and resisting panic, students in attendance comforted one another as discussions ensued about campus climate, and Drake President Marty Martin approved a student proposal to paint Painted Street black in support of students of color. The discussion in the Reading Room of Cowles Library on Monday night was originally scheduled to discuss the #paintitblack movement. The tone of the room shifted when students received a hate-filled robocall— an automated message made by a text-to-speech software, usually used by groups that want to remain anonymous by voice—from Road to Power, an Idaho-based whitesupremacist organization. What followed was an emotionallycharged meeting that discussed the #paintitblack movement, safety for students of color and future plans for students, faculty and administration to project unity and strength. “They are using this information to divide us,” said Martin, in a statement to those gathered in the room. “We could’ve let that basically terrorist-type incident stop our communication, our conversation,” said Erin Lain, Provost of Equity and Inclusion. “But we didn’t. It was a really good sharing of ideas. It was a sharing of emotion, which I think is so critical in times like these.” The meeting was organized by the #paintitblack student activists on campus. #Paintitblack began after a first-year Drake student had a note slipped under his door that threatened racial violence last Thursday. This incident, combined with many alleged reported and unreported harassment and microaggressions against students of color led student activists to flood social media with #thisisdrake posts sharing their stories. A plan to sheathe Painted Street with black paint was proposed and unanimously adopted by the Drake student senate. Activists hope to have a more pressing conversation about race on Drake’s campus. Student activists also emphasized that this is not only a response to the racist note, but to wider problems with Drake’s campus climate such as many incidents students felt were not taken as seriously by white students, faculty and administration. The forum began at 7 p.m. Monday night in the Reading Room of Cowles Library. Students, faculty and more attended. Notable administrative figures in attendance included Martin, Provost Sue Mattison, Public Safety Director

Scott Law, Lain, and Dean of Students Jerry Parker. Also in attendance was David Golder, the chair of the Board of Trustees. Allies among faculty were also well-represented. The forum, largely mediated by Vice President of Student Life Bakari Caldwell, began and proceeded as expected for about 10 minutes. People in the room were introduced, and a conversation began about campus climate. President Martin and some other administration left the room and returned with news of the robocall. Drake Public Safety as well as Information Technology Services collaborated to trace the source of the robocall to the white supremacist group out of Idaho called The Road to Power. The organization made headlined in recent weeks with similarly racialized robocalls during the Mollie Tibbetts investigation, Law said after the meeting. “They called dozens of phone numbers on campus and left a

white supremacist, hateful message on those answering machines,” Law said. “My understanding is that the fact we were having this meeting tonight had made some national press, so we’re assuming the group saw that and decided it was some sort of opportunity to disrupt the meeting or disrupt the students who were involved in this meeting.” At the time of President Martin’s statement during the meeting, the source of the call was still unknown, and administration was on high alert for student safety. Upon his announcement of the robocall’s release, tears were shed around the room, and students visibly held and supported each other through the rest of the meeting. “When we got word that there was this robocall to campus with this horrible, hateful message, it was devastating, because the reason we were here tonight was to talk about how we could move forward, and this was just a blow,” said Provost Sue Mattison. In response to this robocall, organizers spoke even more passionately. Activists and administration decided the meeting should go on now more than ever. Student Mariah Crawford spoke to those gathered. “Don’t let ignorance take over your emotions,” Crawford said. Crawford asked her fellow student activists to stay focused and see the robocall as only more of a reason for the university to appear united in the face of hate. “We are so much bigger than

this,” said Lain. “It is incredibly sad and painful, but our response is always to stand up.” Activists in the room grappled with the news of the robocall as they continued their meeting. One of the key objectives was to ask administration about the proposal to paint over Painted Street with black paint. One key moment occurred when Maleigha Williams, senior and president of the Coalition of Black Students, asked the higher-ups in administration directly if students could take up their brushes. Martin stood up and agreed passionately which incited loud and enthusiastic applause around the room. Martin spoke openly on his reservations about the proposal. He said Painted Street represents a space of unity between diverse student organizations, and that he originally feared that painting over it would look more like division than unity. But he said that he strongly supports painting over Painted Street to show solidarity with the oppressed and present a unified front against hate. “I would ask that we get as many of our students as we can out there on Painted Street, armed with a paintbrush, to take their own opportunity to put black over that space,” Martin said. “It is not a statement of division. It is a statement of ‘we are all in this together.’ Every single one of us belong here. Every single one of you are valued members of this community and are essential to it.” A few students in the room expressed thanks to administration

MALEIGHA WILLIAMS, (above) president of the Coalition of Black Students, requested from administration specifically an answer to the #paintitblack movement plea—can students paint Painted Street black? Junior Ayana Anderson (below) addressed President Marty Martin towards the end of the forum on Monday night. PHOTOS BY LÓRIEN MACENULTY | EDITORIN-CHIEF

for their listening ears during this time. After the immediate issue of Painted Street resolved, a larger discussion could take place, including topics like the hiring of faculty of color and protocol with offensive behavior made by tenured faculty. Administration and faculty said they were interested in continuing this long-term discussion. “I think the meeting was very productive, because in the beginning of our meeting, we had something that was definitely correlated to what happened,” Crawford said. “So a lot of emotions were in the room. It made it more vivid. It made it more realistic. A lot of people can see a note and say, ‘oh, it’s just a note,’ but when it’s actually happening in the room when we’re all organized together for the issue, it made it really powerful.” “I am proud of the students for coming together,” Mattison said. “I can’t imagine the fright that they feel. We will do everything we can to help move forward.” Lórien MacEnulty contributed to the reporting of this story.

02 | News

Nov. 14, 2018

News Hillel coordinates Holocaust education week

HALL OF NAMES is a memorial for the Jewish people killed in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem, the museum where the Hall of Names is housed, is in Jerusalem, Israel. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA Katie Carlton Contributing Writer katie.carlton@drake.edu

Drake Hillel offered educational programming this past week about the Holocaust as part of the organization’s annual Holocaust Education Week. The week followed recent acts of anti-Semitism, including the anti-Semitic posters in the Drake Neighborhood and the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting. Drake Hillel President Rebecca Perl said that the purpose of Holocaust Education Week is multifaceted. She said that there is a personal element for her because her grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and he emphasized the importance of Holocaust education later in his life. She said that there has been a decrease in student knowledge about the Holocaust as well as a high number of hate crimes against Jewish people. “Doing education like this, especially in light of multiple anti-Semitic attacks within our community and the world, is still incredibly important,” Perl said. “With most Holocaust survivors passing away, it’s harder and harder to get a live testimony of what happened in the Holocaust, and false information continues to be spread and not combatted.” Perl said that on the surface

she feels that the campus climate is welcoming to Jewish students, though she hears other students that say otherwise. The programming for Holocaust Education Week included a photo exhibit in the Olmsted breezeway, a genocide survivors panel, a screening of Schindler’s List and a speaker from the Holocaust Museum in DC. “Months of planning went into Holocaust Education Week,” Perl said. “For all of the events except for Thursday’s speaker, Hillel was the only organization involved. For Thursday’s speaker, we worked with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The Principal Center for Global Citizenship, The Jewish Federation and a few other groups.” Perl said that is also important for her to say thank you to Tony Tyler and Dean Parker for helping to set up the Olmsted display on Monday night. Delia Koolick, a member of Hillel, attended all of the events for Holocaust Education week. “I enjoyed the panel the most because it showed that genocides are still happening and the lasting effect it has on people,” Koolick said. Koolick said that she thought the Olmsted Breezeway Display was very important because the pictures were intense, but that it made it feel more real in a sense. “A lot of people believe that

anti-Semitism ended after World War II, but that obviously isn’t true,” Koolick said, “I think it is important to see what hate rhetoric that was displayed then did to that society and how that could impact present day society.” Koolick said that the main

thing that she took away from the week is that learning about antiSemitism is important, not just for Jewish people but for everyone. Perl said that the main takeaway she would like for students is to act against hate. “In the face of hate, be ready

and willing to do something.” Perl said. “Do not stand idly by while someone faces hate or discrimination. It’s up to us to make the world a better place. It’s up to us to say, ‘no, we won’t stand for this.’ Don’t just sit there. Act.”

HILLEL MEMBERS with Eric Schmaltz (center back) from the United States Holocaust Memorial. The event took place in Sussman, where Hillel hosted a panel to discuss the lasting effect of genocide. PHOTO COURTESY OF HILLEL

Organization on campus combats food waste Kristen Tollas Contributing Writer kristen.tollas@drake.edu

Student organizations on Drake University’s campus are working toward solutions to reduce food waste. In 2014, students and faculty started a food recovery program on Drake’s campus called Next Course after noticing excess amounts of unused food at both Hubbell Dining Hall and Quad Creek Café. Partnering with Sodexo, Next Course sends volunteers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to take untouched food to five partner agencies who supply the food to those in need. “It makes sense to me,” said Catie Mullen, the service learning ambassador for Next Course. “It just makes sense to take food that would be thrown away and give it to people who need it.” Next Course meets at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday in the Pomerantz Conference Room or in the lower Olmsted conference rooms. The organization has approximately 14 members. Without the help of volunteers, including non-members, Next Course would not be able to deliver food to their partner agencies. Approximately 25 to 120 pounds of excess food are delivered during each recovery, which prevents food waste from ending up in landfills. “I like the environmental aspect, too,” Mullen said. “Because putting food in a landfill is not

good. It’s one of those things that creates methane, which is a really terrible greenhouse gas.” In addition to reducing food waste at Hubbell, Next Course is partnering with Drake Environmental Action League and Sodexo to implement a composting program at Quad. “So much is compostable, such as the silverware, straws, the boats and the paper boxes,” said Gabriella LeFevre, the co-president of DEAL. “Trying to get the students to see what is happening, that shift is really, really challenging.” DEAL focuses on small changes like recycling something instead of throwing it away, LeFevre said. The organization meets at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Medbury Hall 115. Originally created in the 1990s, the club has approximately 20 active members. “Some really cool things have come out of DEAL in the past,” LeFevre said. “DEAL members are the ones who spearheaded applying for the grant that got the Sprout Garden on campus, which was really cool.” In 2013, members of DEAL noticed the need for fresh food alternatives in the Des Moines community and began Sprout, the Des Moines Urban Youth Learning Garden. “[They] just saw a need in the community for access to fresh and healthy produce because Drake is not technically a food desert but the neighborhood surrounding it has very few options for food,” Laura Harris, the service learning

ambassador for the Sprout Garden, said. “A lot of people rely on gas stations for their primary grocery store. There are so many limited options.” Located east of the Knapp Center on 25th and Forest, the Sprout Garden provides free access to produce to the Des Moines community. Drake student volunteers water, weed and harvest the garden daily. The Free Little Pantry, right outside the Sprout garden, allows members of the community to freely take what they need. Almost 1.6 billion tons of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year, according to the Boston Consulting Group website. According to Move for Hunger, wasted food that ends up in landfills releases excess amounts of methane. Many urban and impoverished areas, including parts of Des Moines, are classified as food deserts, or areas with limited access to fresh and healthy food, according to the American Nutrition Association. In the past, Next Course, DEAL and the Sprout Garden have collaborated on multiple environmental projects. “So many social movements have started on college campuses,” LeFevre said. “I think this is a really valuable space where we can draw attention to ourselves and make people aware of things that aren’t right in the world.”

Nov. 14, 2018

03 | Features

Features Philadelphia poet slams racism on campuses

DAVE G, a Philadelphia-based spoken word artist, performed pieces about different issues, ranging from racial identity to his past relationships. He also commented on the racist note incident that happened at Drake last week. PHOTO BY PHONG LY | FEATURES EDITOR Cameron Bolton Staff Writer cameron.bolton@drake.edu @CameronBolton

Dave G, a Philadelphia-based spoken word poet, performer and entertainer, brought his act to Mars Café on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., which was also his first time in Iowa. There, the students of Drake University had a chance to hear him recite his poetry while drinking a free cup of coffee. The event was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) of Drake. “As a board we collaborate on issues we want to talk about and then sometimes students will bring forth suggestions,” said Sophia Weber, who served as the Campus Impact chair on SAB alongside Phong Ly. “We try to bring in speakers who we think best represent current social and political issues and stuff like that.” Their job was to bring forth speakers and events that would challenge the thoughts and ideas of the student body. Before Dave G went on stage that night, a group of student openers shared their own poetry and perspectives. The students came from both Drake University and Lincoln High School. They performed poems with a wide variety of

subjects. Ranging from our current government to social media to bisexuality to sexual harassment. “I do very personal poems, I’m not one of those poets that can just be like ‘nature’ or ‘trees,’” said Daniela Silva, a sophomore at Drake who has only recently started performing slam poetry again after doing so often in high school. “ I talk about politics a lot, because politics especially in this current climate in our country feels very personal to me.” Dave G attempted to give the audience a snapshot of who he is; however, since one can’t learn everything about a person in 60 minutes, as Dave G admitted, he tried to cover a broad spectrum of topics. “I feel like the majority of that is my racial identity, so I do race poems,” Dave G said. “I am a romantic, I’m a cancer, so I talk about, you know, my exes and my relationships. Then I also talk about religion, like Christianity, because that was how I was raised and I feel like those three things give people a strong look at who I am.” Dave G performing his racial identity related poems happened to coincide with a race-related incident that happened on campus. Someone slipped a note with racial slurs under a student’s door

DANIELA SILVA, a sophomore at Drake, presented a piece about her dad’s struggle as an immigrant. Her work focuses on politics and personal stories. PHOTO BY PHONG LY | FEATURES EDITOR

on campus. This was something that Dave G discussed in one of his poems. Though Dave G said he didn’t feel like he was qualified to comment on it, Dave G did mention that incidents like that are not rare. According to Dave G. such incidents have happened at his alma mater, Penn State, where there would be protests and marches often.

“But the only thing that I can really say is that we need to protect our black and brown students, because they are under violence by other students and it is the university’s job to make sure they’re safe,” Dave G said. While the performance was also plagued by a few technical difficulties, Weber said she thought the night was a success.

“I think that Dave G is amazing,” Weber said. “Our student openers were awesome and we had a really awesome turnout. It was just a really good event overall, a little bit of technical difficulties, but other than that smooth sailing.” DISCLAIMER : Features editor Phong Ly, whose is a part of SAB was covered in the story, but did not contribute to the reporting.

Pizza Night connects students with alumni Kim Bates Staff Writer kim.bates@drake.edu @KimBates

Drake Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Central Iowa Regional Alumni Board (CIRAB) worked together to create Bulldogs Off the Clock on Nov. 7 . This was an opportunity for current Drake University students and Drake University Alumni to come

together and connect. This event occurred at Papa Keno’s on University Avenue, near Drake University. From 6 to 8 p.m. students and alumni were able to connect over free pizza, drinks and a raffle. Each attendee was able to wear a sticker labeled “Proud Alum” or “Future Alum.” People had the option to take it a step further and customize their name tags or stick label with colored stickers that represent majors.

“We were trying to find a way to make it comfortable for students to connect with alumni, so we had the idea for the event a couple years ago,” Lauren Kennon said. “Then I said ‘Let’s make it something close to Drake students and support a local business’... We just wanted a way for students and alumni to socialize without all the pressure that comes with official networking.” Kennon will become the SAA

PAPA KENO’S was the destination of a get-together between Drake students and Drake alumni. The event was hosted by Drake Student Alumni Association . PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ALUMNI RELATIONS

president beginning in December. She is a junior at Drake University studying Neuroscience and High Education. Many different people and two organizations went into making this happen. Mari Moroz, Student Engagement Chair on CIRAB, works with the SAA when it comes to their Alumni programs. When the SAA wants to involve Alumni in the area, SAA reaches out to Moroz to connect with Drake alumni. Annelise Tarnowski, president of CIRAB, oversaw and “energized” the people who helped put together the event. Tarnowski is a Drake Alumni that graduated in 2015 with a major in Radio and TV Producing and Sociology. “I loved every conversation and the students are awesome... [students] all make our degrees more valuable each day by excelling and trying new things, so it’s always really enriching for Alumni to speak with students,” Tarnowski said. Ashley Blazek, a member

of SAA and a senior at Drake University studying Public Relations major with a Music minor. She said that the Alumni Connections team put in alot of work to make the event happen. “They reached out to Papa Keno’s and did all of the promotion and coordination with the alumni,” Blazek said. First-year Max Slater is also an employee at Papa Kenos. He saw the entire event unfold. “It [the event] helps me realize the community that Drake is, and it incorporates the University Avenue, which I would like to see more, ” said Slater. “It turned out really well, way more people that we thought showed up.” Slater called the event “a great community get together” . He said he was happy to see a lot of his peers at the event. Blazek said she was pleased with the turnout of the event “I’m so proud of Lauren and the team,” Blazek said. “I’m very thankful for the hospitality from the Papa Keno’s staff. ”

04 | Features

Nov. 14, 2018


Puppies overrun Des Moines A Heinz 57 hosted a dog run and walk charity event

Ashley Delarm Staff Writer ashley.delarm@drake.edu @AshleyDelarm


Over the weekend, A Heinz 57 put on a dog run and walk, catering to dog lovers. Dogs and their owners showed up to Fleet Feet, a running shop in downtown Des Moines, at 8 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 10. Starting at Fleet Feet, runs of one, three or five miles were available. Runners could bring their own dogs, or interact with shelter dogs that were brought in the hopes of being adopted and bringing attention to the organizations behind the event. A Heinz 57 is a non-profit animal welfare organization that provides transport and foster care for second chance companion animals, located in De Soto, Iowa. Founded in 2008, their mission is to save homeless animals, provide rescue transports, offer in-home training, and educate the public on

the issues of pet overpopulation, responsible pet ownership and puppy mills. Dogs in need of adoption made appearances at the run and secured a few adoptions in the process. This month’s run was unique in that it also featured a book signing. Catherine Fitzpatrick and her bulldog Daisy made an appearance, promoting her new children’s book, Bridget Rules the Day. The book features the tricks played between a dog and a cat. All the book proceeds from the day will go to A Heinz 57, in order to support their work. “Fleet Feet does a monthly run, and the author of the book participates in the monthly runs, so she piggy backed off that for her book, and also thought of benefiting us as well,” Jessica Verwers, event director at A Heinz 57 said. This event promoted the adoption of dogs from the shelter and also provided information on

dog care. Angie and her four-and-a-halfmonth-old dog Radar attended the event as a step in training. “My dog likes to be around other dogs, and he needs more practice socializing,” Angie said. Participants were encouraged to bring with them either a monetary donation or something off of the shelters wish list for the dogs in attendance. Many from all over Des Moines contributed to the cause. Fleet Feet has several different events every month to promote health and well-being. One of these is doing a monthly run. Through the Fleet Feet Des Moines and the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport Facebook pages, news of running events and chances to make a difference within the animal rescue are updated frequently. New events and chances to get involved with both organizations are available every month as well.


Carson Reichardt Online Content Manager carson.reichardt@drake.edu @carsonjsr1998

A committed distance runner, Drake senior Johnny Felsenthal spent five months preparing to run in the Chicago Marathon. While he had previously participated in five-kilometer and 10-kilometer races, the marathon was a daunting 26.2 miles. Felsenthal’s interest in participating in the race stemmed from multiple sources, and he said one was simply for the gratification of pushing his own limits. “The cool thing about running

The cool thing about running is that you can only blame yourself if you don’t finish a race.

is you can only blame yourself if you don’t finish a race,” he said. “Every single goal is something that you manifest yourself. No one else is telling you to do it; it’s all internal. There’s a tangible victory when you cross the finish line.” The Chicago native completed his first marathon in his hometown, completely surrounded by a sea of people. During the Chicago Marathon, the race’s route hosted 1.4 million spectators, who watched the 45,000 runners. The latter category were described both as “a group of bulls” by Felsenthal—a testament to the intensity shown by everyone involved. “Everyone out there is just as crazy as you are, so you kind of blend in,” he said. “It’s just a bunch of lunatics running 26 miles, and you know, it’s really encouraging, actually. I’d rather have all these

people yelling at me, calling me a lunatic than to have no one there at all.” Aside from the sense of community, another of Felsenthal’s reasons for participating was far more personal. He was running for a cause. A law professor at Drake named Jim Albert operated a foundation aimed to help provide education to underprivileged students in the country of Belize. Felsenthal had worked with Albert in the past to raise money for this foundation, and he saw the Chicago Marathon as an attempt to further that goal. “I decided that I’m not just going to limit what I can do for the kids in Belize to just working with my fraternity,” Felsenthal said. “I want to make a difference on my own. So Jim set up an outlet for me to raise money using the Chicago marathon. I asked everyone I knew if they could sponsor me for one dollar a mile, which would be a 26 dollar and 20 cent donation per person.” With this system in place, the runner managed to raise $2,300 for his cause. This was enough money to send 11 children to school for a year. While this amount could be attributed to the dedication of the runner, he saw it differently. “It wasn’t me, really because all I did was take advantage of an opportunity,” Felsenthal said. “It was my friends and family who really supported me through it. I think a lot of times, here at Drake, it’s easy to look the other way and not really be conscious of how fortunate we are. I know I, for sure, was that way until I met Jim, and Jim kind of exposed me to some of the troubles the other people in the world are going through. I was naive, and ignorance is bliss. Because of that, I felt the need. I had an opportunity, and I ran with it.” Felsenthal’s runs aren’t entirely over, though. After finishing the Chicago Marathon with a time of 3 hours and 54 minutes, he immediately set his sights further. The qualifying time for the Boston Marathon is 3 hours and 5 minutes, and Felsenthal intends to earn a spot.

FLEET FEET, a sporting store in downtown Des Moines, hosted a dog run and walk for dog lovers and owners this Sunday with the help of A Heinz 57, a non-profit animal welfare organization. The event also featured of a book signing of the children book “Bridget Rules the Day” by Catherine Fitzpatrick. PHOTO COURTESY OF A HEINZ 57.

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05 | Sports

Sports Men’s basketball starts out season with two dominating wins Drake Lohse Staff Writer drake.lohse@drake.edu

There’s a transfer from Iowa State, a point guard from UAB, the twins from Indiana and a brand new coaching staff. It isn’t just the team. Add in renovations to the lighting and sound system, beer and a fresh floor, and there is just something different about the air in the Knapp Center. These changes began in March of 2018, when Darian DeVries signed on to be the new head coach of the Bulldogs. Behind him, three assistants—Larry Blunt, Marty Richter and Matt Woodley—all in their first year at Drake. Then came the transfers. Perhaps the most talked about is the trio from Division 1 factory Florida Southwestern. Freshman guard D.J. Wilkins was a 2016 McDonald’s All-American Honoree. Joining him are the twins, juniors Tremell and Anthony Murphy, who averaged 16.7 and 10.4 points per game, respectively, at Florida Southwestern. From there, the list of Drake’s incoming transfers includes senior guard Nick Norton, sophomore guard Roman Penn and senior guard Brady Ellingson. Drake also

It’s just a different system. We’re trying to play faster, more athletic. From a culture standpoint, I have to say, it’s just a different atmosphere.

MEMBERS OF THE DRAKE men’s basketball team walk across half-court during the Drake-Buena Vista game. LEFT TO RIGHT: guard Nick Norton, forward Nick McGlynn, guard Anthony Murphy, guard D.J. Wilkins and guard Brady Ellingson. Drake beat Buena Vista 98-52 at home. PHOTO BY DRAKE LOHSE | STAFF WRITER

welcomes the arrival of two, big first-years—the 6-foot-8-inch Matt Gray from Orange, Australia, and the seven-footer Liam Robbins from Davenport, Iowa. Drake basketball has perhaps never had two players like the Murphy twins. With their length and physicality, they’re able to stretch the floor in ways that open up the Drake offense and solidify its defense. That lines up with what first year Head Coach Darian DeVries said he hopes develops into a consistent style of play for his new team. “I know so many people come into their first head-coaching position and tell everyone, ‘oh, we’re going to play fast,’ but that is truly what we will do,” DeVries said. “Attacking in transition and

getting to where we want to go quickly and efficiently is going to be our staple and what we want Drake basketball to be known for.” Drake lived up to that promise in an exhibition game against Coe College Sunday night—a 98-58 blowout that saw transfer guard Nick Norton scoring 19 points and delivering six assists. From there, it was on to Thursday night, where the hometown Drake crowd would get the chance to view their team in action for the first time this season. The Bulldogs came out strong early on in the game. Drake jumped out to 16-1 lead, starting with an aggressive move down-low for an easy layup by Tramell Murphy. Just a few possessions later, D.J. Wilkins would bury a deep three, and on the next possession, Liam

Robbins would just miss the bunny, only for Anthony Murphy to clean it up with a put-back slam, just feet from the Drake student section. Drake emerged from the locker room for the start of the second half with a 49-27 lead. From there, it was nothing but Bulldogs. Senior Nick Norton dazzled the audience in the third quarter by dishing a no-look pass to Anthony Murphy, who spun and delivered it to his brother Tramell, who put it through for the layup. Nick Norton was again the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, with 17 points, shooting 3-for-4 from three. As a team, Drake would finish the game with a 56 percent fieldgoal percentage, and 40 percent from beyond the arch. Fans got to see that fast-paced

offense in action, and that offense led to a 98-52 blowout win over the Buena Vista Beavers. “It’s just a different system,” said Nick McGlynn, senior forward. “We’re trying to play faster, more athletic. From a cultural stand point, I have to say, it’s just a different atmosphere. We have a lot of new players, a lot of new coaches, but even with that we have this rapport with one another. Overall, I have to say we’ve all grown closer as a unit, and to have that happen in one summer is something that’s new for all of us, and I think that’s translated on the court and I think it will continue to translate to the court.” The Bulldogs pack up and head West for return to action on Nov. 13 for a matchup with the Buffalo of Colorado.

Drake football shuts down Marist’s hopes of finishing No. 1 in PFL Drake Lohse Staff Writer drake.lohse@drake.edu

The Drake football team entered Saturday’s game against Marist College with a record of 5-3. With Marist in position to take home the conference title, and Drake competing for second place in the Pioneer Football League, the game was a defensive showdown. With a stadium full of incoming recruits, Drake was up against a challenge on their last home game of the season, a challenge not like many they’ve faced all year. “Marist plays a different defense then we’ve seen all year,” said fifth-

year quarterback Grant Kraemer. “They had a good game plan and played very solid the whole game. They were physical and matched our physicality. They were playing for the conference championship, and you can tell they were gonna leave it all on the field.” Kraemer’s accurate description of the game was present throughout most of Saturday’s game. For the first three quarters of action, both Drake and Marist were locked in a stalemate. The first half saw promising drives from both teams sputter out, partially due to the rigid defense displayed on both sides. “The defense was amazing today,” said junior defensive back

Will Warner. “They bailed out the offense so many times and really put us in a great position to win that game.” They ended the third quarter with the same score they had entered it with: 3-3. Early in the fourth, the defensive demons from Des Moines lived up to their 2018 namesake, holding off Marist on an impressive goalline stand. The jubilation didn’t last. Just a drive later, Marist quarterback Austin Day found receiver Jutson Christian in the back of the Drake end zone for the first touchdown of the game. On the resulting Drake drive, Grant Kraemer hit Steve Doran on a long ball to tie the game right back

up. Marist received the kickoff and attempt it’s own scoring drive, but it was cut short early when Iowa native Will Warner picked off Marist’s Austin Day, returning it deep into Marist territory. It would be his second pick of the game. Marist’s defense held Drake on the end zone on the ensuing drive, and Drake came away with a field goal. Austin Day and the Marist Red Foxes got one last shot at a win. Heaving desperate passes in attempt to breach Drake territory with the clock winding down, Day threw his third interception. Once again, it was Will Warner who made the play, picking off Day and returning it to midfield before kneeing and all but sealing the

Drake win. “[Those three picks] meant a lot, mainly that it put us in positions to win the game. I kinda got lucky being in the right spot but it’s a full team effort on all three,” Warner said. “Our d-line and backers rush the quarterback and give him no time, and the rest of the dbs lock down the rest of the receivers to make him make a bad choice. Really could’ve been any of us out there. It was really special winning our last home game for the people graduating. They’re the leaders of this team and have mentored and pushed the rest of us to be the best we can be, guys like Sean Lynch, Austin Dismond, Terry Wallen, Jabari Butler and all of the fifthyears. They mean so much to me and the rest of our team!” With the win on Saturday, Drake’s football record against Marist improves to 7-0. They hit the road to face off against Morehead State next Saturday, with hopes of closing out the season with a record of 7-3.

How the rest of the PFL is doing: Team 1. 2. 3. 4.

DRAKE FIFTH-YEAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Tyler Terveer sits in his three-point stance at the beginning of a play against San Diego on Nov. 3. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

San Dieg0 Drake Marist Stetson

Conf. Ovr. 7-0 8-2 5-2 6-3 5-2 5-5 5-2 7-2

5. Dayton



6. Butler



7. Davidson



8. Morehead St. 2-5


9. Valparaiso



10. Jacksonville 1-6


06 | Sports

Nov. 14, 2018

Sports Drake Men’s soccer falls to Loyola in MVC semi-final game

DRAKE VS. VALPARAISO during the first game of the Missouri Valley Conference playoffs. Drake won the game 2-1 in double-overtime and went on to play Loyola in the semi-final game, where they fell 0-1 in double-overtime. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS Erin O’Boyle Staff Writer erin.oboyle@drake.edu @erin_oboyle1

After securing their spot in the MVC tournament, the Bulldogs traveled to Evansville, Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Bulldogs faced off against Valparaiso, whom they just lost to 5 days before during regular season play. However, the Bulldogs weren’t going to let that loss affect their play on Wednesday. “Our team was confident going into the Valpo game despite the tough loss on the weekend,” said senior forward Steven Enna. “We

knew we needed to be aggressive and make them uncomfortable when playing.” The Bulldogs started off strong with a goal from Leroy Enzugusi in the fourth minute. Lucas Bartlett assisted Enzugusi with the goal by shooting a cross into the box that the Valpo goalie couldn’t wrangle, thus allowing Enzugusi to head the ball into the goal for the first point of the game. In the 37th minute of play, Valpo tied up the game 1-1 with a goal from Tyler Curylo. The second quarter was quiet for both teams which led to a score of 1-1 at the end of regular timed play. The first overtime was just as quiet as the second quarter with

neither team being able to score. However, in the second overtime at the 105th minute, Steven Enna scored the game winning goal for the Bulldogs that allowed them to continue on in the MVC tournament. The Bulldogs win against Valparaiso meant that they would face No. 2 Loyola in the semi-finals on Nov. 9. On Friday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m., the Bulldogs and the Loyola Braves faced off in Evansville, Indiana to see who would make it to the finals of the MVC tournament. The match was a defensive battle for both teams. The first real attempt on the goal for Drake came in the 13th minute from a corner kick

from Cole Poppen that was headed by Steven Enna. The Rambler’s defense, however, was quick to neutralize the threat. The other close call came again from Enna who headed the ball toward the goal in the 23rd minute, but was saved by Rambler’s goal keeper Josh Lagudah. In the 38th minute, Ryan Johnston shot, but was stopped by the MVC defensive player of the year, Grant Stoneman. Johnston and Enna both went on to have shots on the goal in the second half, but were again unsuccessful in securing a goal for Drake. At the end of regular play, with the score 0-0, the Bulldogs and the

Ramblers entered overtime play. Poppen, Enzugusi and Antonio Sanchez all had shots in the first overtime period, but all were saved. In the second overtime period at the 108th minute mark, Loyola’s Aidan Megally kicked the winning goal to end the Bulldog’s season. “Overall the season was great and I’m super proud of our boys,” Enna said. “Every season will have ups and downs, and though we struggled in conference play, but we made some pretty great memories knocking off some highly-ranked teams. It’s been a pleasure to play with these guys and I cannot wait to see what they do in the years to come. Go Bulldogs!”

Senior night hits Drake volleyball

Hannah Cohen Staff Writer hannah.cohen@drake.edu @seamammals

Drake volleyball took on Southern Illinois (MVC 1-14) and Missouri State (MVC 9-7) this past weekend to add one win and one loss to their conference record, giving them an average of .400 with six wins and 10 losses. In their first match of the weekend on Friday, the Bulldogs took away a 3-0 shutout. “It was good for us to get some momentum back,” Cathryn Cheek, outside hitter, said. “It was great getting a win and taking a sweep, getting back into our rhythm.” Cheek, Emily Plock, opposite hitter, Elle Tubbs and Natalie Fry, middle blockers, led the team getting over 10 points each adding to a combined total of 53 points. All percents of team attacks per set were over 60 percent to give them an advantage over the Salukis. “[Teamwork] is something that we really stress, especially this year,” said Grace Schofield, outside hitter, said. “We know that we are good individual players, but that doesn’t really matter when we’re out on the court it takes all of us working together to get that.” Missouri State took the first set in a close score of 25-22. The bears maintained the lead for the majority of the set, leaving Drake trailing closely behind in a heated set. “I think we have been really trying to push hard in the middle of the sets,” Cheek said. “We really focus on coming out strong because Missouri State’s coming out strong. They sided out faster than we did, which, in the end hurt us.” The second set proved more difficult for Drake with Missouri State taking it 25-19. Despite Drake’s effort, the Bears kept the lead throughout the whole set and the Bulldogs only tied it up once. “It’s definitely frustrating, but we have to go back to the same mindset every point,” Schofield said. “[We still have to focus and]

work to get a pass, work to get a set, work to get a swing and a cover. If we keep doing those little things, then we know the outcomes will change eventually.” In the third, both teams stepped it up with increased points and the Bulldogs attack percentage increased by .2 while the Bear’s declined by .1; however, their overall percentage remained higher than Drake (.252-.192). This set was consistently close and a backto-back rally exchange per each team. “We really couldn’t get anything going,” Schofield said. “We needed more offense from our middles and our right sides and we weren’t able to get that whether it was due to our passes or us not getting them the ball enough. We just needed everybody to step up a little bit more.” Drake captured the third set 25-23 to keep the Bulldogs alive. They kept the lead for most of this set, only letting Missouri State take the lead twice, leaving them to try and catch up. Even though the Bears kept their higher team attack percentage by six points, the Bulldogs won this set with Cheek, Schofield and Tubbs, Drake’s top three scorers of the match. “In the third set it’s go time,” Cheek said. “It’s now or never. In the first two sets, if you lose you still have a chance. But with the third set, if you don’t take it, you don’t have any chance to go further.” Starting the fourth set off strong, the Bulldogs got the first two points. The first 10 points were another constant battle for the lead between both teams until Missouri State got a 14-10 point lead. Drake lost this set by 10 with a score of 15-25. “I think we did a pretty good job of responding by coming back and making it close to the very end,” Cheek said. After the match, Drake honored its three seniors Cheek, Schofield and Sara Jensen, setter, by giving them flowers and having their families come onto the court with some words from Coach

McBroom. According to their teammates, they all three played a vital part needed this season in Drake volleyball. “Sara is so selfless and Grace and Cat are such great leaders,” Plock said. “[Grace’s] personality has changed Drake volleyball to what it is today and Cat has a similar personality, so them coming together brought us here and hopefully we can keep their attitude going.” The Bulldogs head on the road this week to face Indiana State (MVC 3-13) and Evansville (MVC 3-13) this coming Friday and Saturday. These two upcoming games or a Bradley loss could represent whether or not Drake

MEMBERS OF THE DRAKE VOLLEYBALL TEAM first-year Caitlyn Smith (left) and Sophomore Natalie Fry (middle) go up to block a Missouri State hit. PHOTO BY HANNAH COHEN | GRAPHICS EDITOR

makes the conference tournament. “We have to win our next two games,” Schofield said on Saturday. “Depending on the outcome of that, there still may be a chance to get to

the tournament. Even if there’s not, we’re still treating every game like it’s our last. We just want to go in, work hard and have fun together.”








Nov. 14, 2018

07 | Commentary


#Paintitblack Student urges drake to stop the silence

Students express their concerns and opinions about the racist actions that have been happening on Drake’s campus at a forum on Monday night. PHOTO BY Lórien MacEnulty | EDITOR IN CHIEF Stacey Berry Contributing Writer stacey.berry@drake.edu @stacyberry

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” — Pierre Berton Drake University has continued to disappoint me. From faculty to students, racial remarks and hate crimes have been too common since I started coming here as a freshman in 2015. I came into college prepared for what a private white institution had to offer me. I’ve always had to deal with being ‘black in a white space,’ so coming to college, I unfortunately

was ready for the worst to come. I didn’t meet many other people of color on campus until being here for months into my first year, and when I did they told me where to hang out at, what people to be friends with, and what professors and students to avoid. While you also may have had this conversation with your friends, this discussion was had with me simply because I am a black woman. I am not welcome at certain places on this campus, men at this school have fetishized me because they want to get with a black woman, and professors and students alike will not even apologize to me or other students of color because they see nothing wrong with their ignorant remarks. “Damn you’re cute. I mean I

Letter to the editor: staff offer support Dear Drake Community, We write in response to the incident of racial hate that took place on campus earlier this week. As we are now all aware an African American first-year student received a threatening letter underneath the door of his residence hall room. The letter used vile and derogatory racist language. Drake’s students of color have taken proactive steps and impressive action to communicate their needs for support at this time. They have communicated with each other, with their faculty, with their peers, and with Student Senate specifically. Most of the students doing this painful, time- consuming difficult, and necessary collaboration are from the Coalition of Black Students, Crew Scholars, African Students Association, Flight, and La Fuerza Latina. In the course of these dialogues it has become clear that students of color know what they need and want. The majority of their white peers have also chosen to stand with them and are advocating for the actions students of color have requested. (Alumni have also begun to weigh in in support of these students in both private and public ways.) We, the undersigned, choose to stand with them. Many institutional responses

and changes are needed (and taking place) at Drake in regard to issues of equity and inclusion. When it comes to hate and intimidation that takes place among students, it is crucial if or when students of color choose to take leadership roles to help transform student culture, we support them institutionally. This commitment is especially important given that we often ask students, after racist incidents transpire, to tell us what they need from us. This is one of those moments. Thursday evening, students of color identified a powerful way for the campus to respond to last week’s incident of hate. They took their idea for a deep and public expression of anti-racist commitment on the part of Drake University to Student Senate (as of this writing, Student Senate voted unanimously in support of a resolution to paint the Painted Street black). We understand that senior administration is in dialogue with student leaders about this resolution. Whatever the outcomes of the discussion, we the faculty and staff signatories of this letter declare that we stand fully behind whatever students of color say they need. Sincerely, Dr. Godfried Asante Dr. Jennifer Harvey Dr. Melisa Klimaszewski

usually don’t like the dark ones, but there’s something about you.” When as a freshman, white students in my dorm shared their favorite ‘black jokes’ with me, because they thought I was one of the ‘nice ones’. This is just some of #mytimeatdrake, and these aren’t even the worst of my stories. This isn’t even as sick as some of the other stories I have heard from other students of color. Freedom of speech does not include hate speech. Freedom of expression does not mean oppression of others. You as a white person are not allowed to tell a student of color that they should not be upset about your or someone else’s ignorant remarks. I used to tell myself that comments like these are just what it means to be black in America, I would try to let

them roll off of my back, to keep going and not try to speak up about the things I have gone through and experienced here at Drake University, but not anymore. I will no longer be content in my suffering to please others. I will no longer not speak up because I am afraid that I will lose friends if I bring up racial issues. I will talk about it, bring up the uncomfortable topics, because something needs to change. Drake University prides itself on being inclusive, yet a student received a note calling them a porch monkey. In 2018. When you read this, I want you to look up the note that the black student received, it is being shared online, and read it aloud. Hear the words, and your uncomfortable and sad feeling is a fraction of what so many Drake students feel everyday.

Now while many of you will think, “but I would never send a note like that to someone,” if you saw that person slip that note under that students door, would you stop them? Would you advocate for that black student to gain justice? I don’t just mean posting on social media about it, but will you actively create change on this campus? Will you show up to #paintitblack? If you said yes to any of these questions, you better stand with us to end racial intolerance, and be an active ally, and paint painted street black. This is not just a Drake issue, but racial intolerance and being silent when those you know are being mistreated is an American issue, so lets be better than the rest of the US, lets actively create a safe campus.

A letter from the editors: why we painted the website Dear Times-Delphic readers, The Times-Delphic, as a publication, stands against racism, acts of bigotry and any form of hatred or violence towards students of Drake University. Journalism is about telling the stories of others: therefore, we encourage all people of color and minorities to speak up and allow their voices to be heard. The Times-Delphic supports

you. Progress and transformative change comes from brave, intelligent people speaking up against injustice. Year after year, our publication has reported on hatred and racist events occurring on campus. The efforts of Drake students to bring awareness to these issues is a positive step towards an inclusive future. We stand with our principles to accurately report on

the human experience of students at Drake. We will continue to strive in encouraging various voices to be heard; however, we will not give hateful speech a platform to speak on. Sincerely, The Times-Delphic Editorial Board

08 | Commentary

Nov. 14, 2018

Commentary Midterms exhibit conflicting results Jacob Reynolds Staff Writer jacob.reynolds@drake.edu @jacobreynolds

After this past midterm election, I could say I was confused. I guess that would be a proper way to describe the results, as well. Democrats gained close to 30 seats in the House of Representatives, but Republicans gained seats in the Senate. Floridians voted to give ex-felons voting rights but voted for candidates more likely to be against rights of former felons. Missourians voted for a tax on medical marijuana and to increase the minimum wage, but voted for people against these policies. One of the more confusing results happened right here in Iowa. While Democrats won three of the four U.S. congressional districts in the state (including electing its first two female representatives), the governor and Congressional District 4 races showed how deep a divide there is. Admittedly, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds won the gubernatorial race by a relatively slim margin over Fred Hubbell, especially when considering how much her predecessor, Terry Branstad, won four years ago. It’s surprising that such a conservative candidate won in a Democratic-leaning election in the state. On the other hand, the reelection of Steve King, the whitenationalist-but-won’t-explicitlysay-he-is congressman, is more frustrating than it is surprising. In a column last year, I stated how little I think of the Confederate flag, and King displays the flag proudly on his desk in Washington, D.C. This, along with the racist drivel he spouts out regularly, should have proved he should not be a politician who’s been re-elected as many

times as he has. But this election was closer for King than it has been in the past. Hopefully the backlash towards King comes out in more force for the 2020 election to kick him out and to help Iowa’s national reputation in the meantime. The other big news was the fact that there were so many firsts in the election. For the first time, congressional and gubernatorial female candidates in Iowa won; an openly gay candidate won a governorship (in Colorado); two black Muslim women made it to Congress; and more than 100 women are in the House of Representatives. While these are all good things, it shows how much work our country has to do. This is the first time people with these identities are being elected for the first time. Secondly, as the House has 435 members, more than 100 women is still slightly less than 25 percent. As women make up more than 50 percent of the population, there is still a lot of work to do in the future to make this number more even. Looking ahead to 2020, I think there are a few Democratic candidates that could reasonably be assumed to make a run pretty soon. Personally, I could see Texas Senate candidate and new progressive sweetheart Beto O’Rourke make a run after nearly besting Ted Cruz in the deep-red state. I could also see Bernie Sanders taking another shot at the presidential nomination after winning his Senate election. I think it’s reasonable to assume more progressive candidates will try to run, such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. It will be interesting to see how this next election cycle plays out, but I think this midterm shows there is a definite anti-Trump wind blowing around, especially in more purple states like Iowa.

US drone program maintains questionable ethics Haashir Lakhani Contributing Writer haashir.lakhani@drake.edu @haashirlakhani

The development and perpetual use of the US drone program may be one of the most enduring aspects of President Obama’s legacy. Drone strikes have become a mainstay in the U.S. military strategy abroad and has come under much scrutiny. Proponents of drone strikes will assert that using drone strikes keeps American troops out of harm’s way and are efficient and accurate weapons for taking out security risks. However, there are many legal and ethical questions surrounding the decision-making behind drone strikes and how targets are selected. One of the biggest issues with drone strikes is that there is very little oversight on how targets are selected. The little that we do know about the process gives the image of a few people in a room deciding on targets based on what some would consider underwhelming

intelligence. A perfect example of this is a category of drone strikes known as “signature strikes.” Signature strikes are called this because they are carried out due to the target meeting certain characteristics, or a “signature.” These characteristics can be as mundane as age, height, gender, etc., and can be enough to target an individual with a drone strike even when there is no real proof that they are an enemy combatant. Reports have even shown that anyone that cannot be proved by the military or CIA to be a non-combatant is put into the category of “enemy killed in action”; essentially creating a guilty until proven innocent framework. This kind of ambiguity surrounding targets of drone strikes is deeply disturbing as it makes it difficult to really know how many civilians are killed by U.S. drone strikes. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. government’s numbers on civilian casualties from drone strikes vary drastically from those coming out of non-governmental organizations. In addition to the questions


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surrounding the legal and ethical aspects of drone strikes, questions linger over their efficiency as foreign policy tools. Drone strikes are typically used as a part of the United States’ so-called War on Terror, which is a problematic campaign that deserves a discussion of its own. Nonetheless, one of the most often used arguments in support of drone strikes is that it helps the U.S. to effectively target and eliminate terrorist threats. However, proof for this claim is nonexistent and one could even make the argument that drone strikes increase terrorism. As shown earlier, drone strikes kill many civilians. These people leave family and friends behind who are often in extremely vulnerable and desperate situations, which leads to more people joining terrorist organizations. In this way, drone strikes only serve to perpetuate cycles of violence in places in the world where American military expansionism has already had devastating effects. Drone strikes have become such a normalized part of our

military and national security strategy that it can be difficult to step back and question them. However, the morality and legality of drone strikes is something that we need to question. We see now that the apparatus constructed for the use of drone strikes under President Obama has been left to

President Trump, and so far, the consequences have been even more deadly. The lack of accountability found within the drone program and the devastating effects that it has in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia is something that should concern all of us as responsible global citizens.

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