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THE 104TH DRAKE RELAYS has been enhanced and improved from years past, especially due to the several London Olympics rematches, which will take place on Friday night at Hy-Vee Night at the Relays. file photo

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Relays security a top priority ELIZABETH ROBINSON | Relays Editor | In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, security at this week’s Drake Relays is of utmost importance. On April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 170. The magnitude of this tragedy and the large-scale event held this week at Drake causes some to speculate about the security procedures in place for the 104th Relays. According to an official statement by Drake athletics, “The university coordinates extensive security plans with local, regional and national law enforcement agencies for all major campus events, including the Relays.” The statement also acknowledges that the “tragic events at the Boston Marathon” are a component of Drake’s ongoing security discussions. Although safety at the Drake Relays is a prime concern, Ian Wells, a junior on the Drake men’s track and field team, said he doesn’t think there is an increased risk involved as a result of last week’s bombing. “Boston was more of a marathon, out in the open, on the streets. It was obviously more susceptible to that type of thing

happening,” Wells said. “But Relays is a closed event. You have to buy a ticket to get into the stadium. They check your bags as you go in. So, it’s still a possibility, but I’d definitely say it’s a lot less of a chance that that would be happening.” Wells, who will compete in the 4x400meter relay, said although security has not been discussed among the track and field team and its coaches, he is sure that it is on people’s minds and has been discussed at one point or another. Each year, Drake Security, the Des Moines Police Department and an outside security source, which Drake athletics declined to name, are employed to ensure the event stays safe. “One of the things that I just want to reiterate is that every year, there is an emergency plan. Every year, there is great coordination between all of the entities, not just Drake, but certainly the city,” Relays Director Brian Brown said in a press conference last Tuesday. “So, we feel very confident that we will continue to present an event that is safe. There’s nothing more important than that.” In the event that an emergency would arise, public safety procedures from past

occurrences, such as the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, offer guidance on how to handle a dangerous incident. Evacuation plans, bomb squads and overall forward thinking are essential to prevent a large-scale incident, as demonstrated by the actions taken at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. This year, Drake Relays is bigger than in years past, largely due to Hy-Vee’s sponsorship and the London Olympics rematches set to take place. Twenty-two London Olympic medalists from around the world will compete on the blue oval this Friday night in a special Hy-Vee Night at the Relays. The enhancements for this year’s Relays may be even more of a reason to increase security, said Drake junior Sarah Reckling, who is still not overly worried about the safety of the event. “Well, it’s a bigger event, so I think everyone will be really strict on the rules this year,” Reckling said. “But, I guess I’m not really concerned. I mean, just because it happened in Boston doesn’t mean it’s going to happen everywhere. So, I think it’ll be fine.”

Setting the pace for scholarship, competition BAILEY BERG | News Editor |

CARTWRIGHT HALL is currently undergoing construction in order to complete up-to-date renovations. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

Major renovations to Cartwright underway LARISSA WURM | Staff Writer |

One of the largest grocery store chains in the Midwest will serve as the presenting sponsor for the Drake Relays. With the HyVee partnership, the 104th running of the Relays will be bigger than ever before. Carolyn Hill, assistant director of Drake Relays operations, said the sponsorship enables the university to do things it hasn’t been able to do before. “It would have been out of our budget,” Hill said. “This allowed us to take the Relays up another notch in terms of competition.” The Hy-Vee sponsorship not only paid for the print, television and radio advertisements for Relays, but also paid for the prize money offered in the elite athlete events, including what is being called the London Games Rematch. In the rematch, several Olympians from the 2012 Summer Olympics will either defend their titles or vie for the top place. However, not all of the competitions are limited to the confines of Drake Stadium or even to professional athletes. Hy-Vee will also sponsor the Road Races. In years past, the Road Races included both an 8-kilometer and a half marathon race. This year, Drake University worked to make the races more accessible by turning the 8-kilometer into a 6-kilometer walk/run and adding a 10-kilometer run.

“We thought we could broaden the group of people who might enter this way,” Hill said. The Road Races were also moved from Saturday to Sunday this year. “Honestly, I wish it was Saturday instead,” junior Sarah Birkholz said, who participated in the eight-kilometer race last year, and will be doing the half marathon this year. “I enjoyed the schedule of it last year.” Hill said holding the Road Races on Saturday wasn’t really conducive to how they wanted Relays to finish. “We wanted to have the opportunity to finish at the stadium, which we could only do on Sunday,” Hill said. “On Saturday there are events starting at 8 a.m. and going all day. Sunday gave us more options and allowed us to have a band. It’s going to be more of a festival atmosphere.” Darin Hirl, Hy-Vee’s director of event marketing, said the move to Sunday also presents an opportunity for people at any skill level to get involved in Relays. “Each participant will finish on the blue oval, an opportunity that has normally been reserved for competing athletes,” Hirl said. On April 15, the last day participants could pre-register, more than 4,000 individuals were registered for the three races. That

Campus Calendar MONDAY Comedian, Streeter Seidell 8–9 p.m. Olmsted Pomerantz Stage

TUESDAY DU Blue Book Bash 3:30–5 p.m. Upper Olmsted

WEDNESDAY Relays Carnival 4–7 p.m. Helmick Commons

THURSDAY Distance Track Events 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Drake Stadium

FRIDAY Track & Field Events 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m. Drake Stadium Hy-Vee Night at the Relays 5:45–9:30 p.m. Drake Stadium Court Avenue Celebration and Concert 7–11 p.m. Downtown on Court Ave Drake Opera Theatre presents “Our Town” 7:30–9:30 p.m. Sheslow Auditorium

SATURDAY Track & Field Events 8:20 a.m.–5 p.m. Drake Stadium Relays Step Show 7 p.m. Parents Hall Pancake Breakfast 11:30 p.m.–2 a.m. Helmick Commons


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Cartwright Hall is currently undergoing some renovations to bring the Drake University Law School building more up-to-date. The first phase of the renovations began in February. It included a remodeling of the basement — which was originally storage space — to make a classroom, as well as creating a larger common area on the second level. The deck, which was originally used for smoking when the building was built, is going to be turned into a large, year-round common area meant to combine the two adjacent common areas.

“There are multiple purposes (for the renovations),” Allan Vestal, dean of Drake University Law School, said, “But the one especially targeted in phase one is the classrooms because when the building was built, students didn’t use laptops in class and teaching methods were different. There tended to be much more lecturing in classes and as much discussion. So the classrooms were laid out in a way which people taught 30 years ago. We basically wanted to make the classroom environment a better one.






The Drake Neighborhood is constantly seeking ways to improve and progress. Although crime can be a hindrance to improvement, the area has made significant steps forward...................PAGE A4

Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it was proclaimed that “all men are created equal.” Is today’s society really treating everyone with equality?.........PAGE B4

Students seek ways to gain professional experience and make themselves more hireable. But unpaid internships take advantage of the skills and work that interns can provide.................PAGE C4

Last summer, Title IX celebrated its 40th birthday. The rights granted to women by Title IX have impacted women, specifically Drake women, both as athletes and as administrators.......PAGE D4

Drake graduates have gone on to be successful and to portray Des Moines as one of the best cities for young professionals. Bulldog alums share their success stories as young professionals..........PAGE E4




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Service learning blooms with community garden KENZIE KRAMER | Staff Writer | Starting this summer, Drake students will see a little more green on campus with the addition of a community garden. The garden, which is the product of grant money requested by a former environmental science capstone class, will be situated on the corner of 25th Street and Forest Avenue across from Drake’s Knapp Center and next to Forest Laundry and Cleaners. From the start, the garden has been a widely student-led initiative. After a capstone class secured funding, two student positions, sophomores Emily Wilkins and Madi Johansen, were hired to plan and implement the space as service-learning ambassadors. Emily Wilkins, an environmental science and policy double major, focuses mostly on the development side of the garden by securing donations and working with the designer on the layout of the space. Students can expect to see fresh produce along with other plants. “The garden will have a couple of raised beds as well as a classroom area,” Wilkins said. The classroom area of the garden will be used as an educational space for students involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs summer program to teach them about the science in gardening. Madi Johansen, an environmental policy major, is working to set up the educational programs in the garden. Currently, the environmental science capstone class is working on lesson plans about photosynthesis, nutrients and re-

A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN will open on the corner of 25th Street and Forest Avenue this summer as part of a student-led initiative. The garden includes a classroom that the Boys & Girls Clubs summer program will use as a learning area. image courtesy of seth gray cycling for the students. Johansen hopes this will help them become more environmentally aware. “Kids around the Drake neighborhood don’t have very many opportunities to go out into nature,” Johansen said. “I think that could cause a lot of environmental issues in the future.” The children who are involved in these programs will also be allowed to take some of the crops

from the garden back to their homes. Johansen and Wilkins foresee the possibility of more opportunities for Drake students in the garden as well as classes in Des Moines schools. “It would be great if environmental science classes could come out to the garden for class,” Johansen said. Both students are also working

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on other ways that Drake students could benefit from the garden. Due to the risk of vandalism, the garden will remain locked at all times and can be accessed only by those who are involved with the garden. Wilkins sees the garden as a possible place for students to relax on warm days. “One thing we’re hoping to do is open the garden up for students to study in during certain times,”


Preparing for chaos Businesses brace for Relays rush JENNA MUSHRO | Staff Writer | Every year, Drake neighborhood businesses work diligently for months in preparation for the crowd that Drake Relays brings. This year marks the 104th Relays, and the buzz is that having Hy-Vee as a new sponsor will bring a crowd unlike any other year. With Relays already attracting fans and athletes from all over the world, Drake neighborhood businesses are eager to see how this will affect their sales and customer rates. In 2012, the attendance at Drake Relays reached 14,504 people, the largest since 2006. “There will be no comparison. With Hy-Vee on board this year, I expect this year’s crowd to be even bigger,” Bob LaFratte, co-owner of Peggy’s Tavern on Forest Avenue, said. Peggy’s extends its space by setting up a 40-by-60 foot tent in its back parking lot. Peggy’s prepares by hiring extra staff and police officers for the weekend. “It’s one big party at Peggy’s, but my main concern is to keep everyone safe. That’s our number one priority,” LaFratte said. With Relays taking place during the last weekend in April, spring weather brings a challenge for many of the local businesses. Inventory and the amount of staff needed are hard to predict. Outdoor rain gear for overcast afternoons or T-shirts for sunny days disappear quickly with fans checking the weather forecast before arriving at the stadium. “It’s always a gamble. If you want a certain shirt, you better come early,” LaFratte said. The University Bookstore, also lo-

that same amount of bottled water costs about $1,400.

cated on Forest Avenue, sets up a separate tent in the stadium parking lot to cater its business to fans in addition to alumni. Despite the unpredictable weather, both businesses agree that Relays is the single busiest weekend of the year in terms of sales and customers. “That weekend it can be packed from wall-to-wall,” Katie Welz, University Bookstore manager, said. Welz has been the Drake Bookstore manager for over 20 years and loves the atmosphere Relays brings. “My favorite part about Relays is definitely the people. You pick up on the energy, which you don’t see at many other campuses,” Welz said. “It is uniquely Drake.” LaFratte describes the importance of Relays sales at Peggy’s, the Drake neighborhood bar that has been open since 1935. “It helps carry us through the year, since in the summer months we don’t have as much business,” LaFratte said. “But it all depends on the weather that weekend in April.” So is Relays weekend Black Friday for these businesses? Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is often seen as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Businesses at this time see their profits sharply increase, or are “in the black.” Welz explains that sales dramatically increase, but the atmosphere is very different. “It is very much a Black Friday feel, with a twist,” she said. “It’s not as much a buying frenzy, but more a fun, eventdriven weekend with a lot of traditions.”


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Wilkins said. If all goes as scheduled, the garden should be set up with the beds and fences ready to go at the end of May. Groups and those looking to volunteer can contact Mandi McReynolds, Drake’s service-learning coordinator via email at mandi.mcreynolds@

JETHRO’S serves more than 2,500 people over the four days of Relays. Its profits go up 20-to-30 percent.


HOLIDAY INN sells out of its 52 rooms all three nights of Relays. It makes $3,000 more than it usually does.


THE DRAKE BOOKSTORE does more than 2,700 transactions over Relays weekend.



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‘Critical violations’ at Hubbell TAYLOR SOULE | Sports Editor |

Hubbell Dining Hall at Drake University, considered a high-risk food establishment, has violated at least one critical state health code in the past six health inspections, dating back to 2007. Though the violations are considered critical and pose a threat to health if ignored, Hubbell employees corrected all violations during the last inspection. Any violation can pose a danger to diners, but Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Public Information (DIA) Officer and Drake alumnus David Werning said he sees similar violations across high-risk establishments. High-risk establishments are those that serve large amounts of food to large numbers of people daily. Hubbell serves 2,000 to 3,000 meals per day. In the most recent surprise inspection by the DIA on Oct. 10, Hubbell violated hot and cold hold, hand washing and food contact surfaces policies. DIA inspector Addison Boughton observed tomatoes and pasta at inadequate temperatures and an employee who neglected to wash hands when changing gloves. The inspector noted two food contact surfaces violations in a dirty table-mounted can opener and improperly stored spatulas. “These (violations) are critical, yes,” Werning said. “The definition of a critical violation is one that if left uncorrected could potentially cause illness. It’s not necessarily an imminent danger type of situation. If it was an imminent danger, yeah, we would have shut them down. Hot holding, cold holding are probably a couple of the most common violations we see across the state in any restaurant.” Nonetheless, some students are concerned about Hubbell’s safety. First-year Rachael Kreski said she has noticed numerous health hazards at Hubbell, such as food stuck to the tables and even the ceiling. “I mean, if I’d have to rate it on a one to 10 basis, I’d say maybe

like a six or a seven. Clean would be one,” Kreski said. Since Oct. 10, Hubbell has changed several procedures to prevent the same violations in future inspections. Hubbell now ices the cold hold, which contains the tomatoes, onions and lettuce for burgers, to keep the temperature below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. At the pasta bar, Hubbell now cooks pasta in two-inch vats of water instead of four-inch vats to maintain temperature standards for hot foods. To enforce proper hand washing, Hubbell holds a daily “huddle” where employees review an aspect of food safety. Though the mini-sessions reinforce Hubbell’s annual large-group training, Drake Sodexo Director of Operations Mindy Murphy said the management provides informal, individual training throughout each day. “If you notice someone not washing their hands, our management, at that point, will step in and make sure that they understand and have a good comprehension of when they need to and just reinforce it on a daily basis,” Murphy said. That daily prevention plays a key role at Hubbell, where employees often come and go. Murphy said the training process starts over every year, as new employees cycle in and as returning employees refresh safety knowledge. Though Hubbell has taken measures to prevent the same violations in future inspections, it has struggled to prevent those violations in the past. Hubbell has violated food temperature codes in the last four inspections, dating to March 2009. Hubbell Manager Vince Lovan said the busy nature of Hubbell operations prevents constant temperature checks. “When we have high demand, when we have a rush, sometimes, when you open the warmer, like they (DIA) refer to the pasta, the warmer gets cooled down fast,”

Lovan said. When violations occur, though, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) program gives Hubbell two hours from the inspector’s notice to correct any issues. Originally developed by Pillsbury for NASA, HACCP allows Sodexo to monitor food from production to serving to storage. Drake contracts Sodexo to supply the food at Hubbell. Under HACCP, all Hubbell employees have access to temperature and time logs and monitor the food every 30-40 minutes. Though the program regulates Hubbell’s food safety system, Lovan said employees can’t monitor every aspect of the food all the time, particularly at meal times. Murphy echoed Lovan about Hubbell’s challenging rush periods. “This type of food service establishment is such a challenge,” Murphy said. “It’s both one of the things I love and hate about it, in that there’s just so much going on at any given meal period that it’s one of those things that we can be as thorough as possible, but if we don’t check every single item each and every time, we’re probably going to miss something.” Though Hubbell has missed critical temperature and time codes consistently over the past four years, Werning, the DIA official, expressed his hope for improvement in the next inspection. “Hopefully, he (Lovan) will see to it that the temperatures are maintained and remind the employees of the importance of proper hygiene and make sure that food contact surfaces are all wiped down, sanitized,” Werning said. “These are relatively minor adjustments that need to be made.” From a student perspective, though, the food safety lapses at Hubbell are hardly minor. Sophomore Ekta Haria, who manages the Drake Student Services Facebook page for Student Senate, said students have expressed concerns about Hubbell’s

food safety procedures. She said students are concerned that employees neglect to change gloves between handling vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Grimy tables are another concern Haria often hears about. First-year Ashley Dhainin said the tables’ cleanness varies from meal period to meal period. “Around lunch time, the tables generally aren’t wiped off, but then, for dinner, they try harder to wipe of tables,” Dhainin said. Though students have ex-

pressed alarm about Hubbell’s food safety, Werning said the October 2012 inspection reveals no imminent threats to diner health. “These are relatively minor and are relatively easy to fix, but the consequence of not fixing them could be very significant, but the fact that they were fixed on site at the time of our inspection is good,” Werning said. “Like I said, these are probably the most common violations we find in any restaurant, so I would not hesitate eating at Hubbell.”

number almost doubles the 2,200 total runners from last year. Hill said on race day she’s hoping to see 5,000 walkers and runners participate. University President David Maxwell said he thinks it’s important that Drake students participate in the Road Races for a variety of reasons. “For one, the entry fee, depending on which race, goes to support a local non-profit in the community,” Maxwell said. “It’s an opportunity to do something philanthropic.” Funds from the 6-kilometer course will benefit Character Count in Iowa, and those from the 10-kilometer race will go toward the Healthiest State Initiative. Maxwell also said participating in one of the races would be a great way for the Drake population to show its appreciation for the sponsorship. “Their (Hy-Vee’s) sponsorship has allowed us to do some great things, and has attracted world class athletes, which is tremendously appreciated,”

Maxwell said. In an email to the student body on April 8, Maxwell urged Drake students to participate in the races and presented them with a challenge. For each current Drake student who completes one of the three courses, the Maxwells will donate $1 to the Drake general scholarship fund. “If you all (students) rise to the challenge, that could result in thousands of dollars in additional money for scholarships next year,” Maxwell said in the email. Maxwell, his wife Maddy and their dog Gus will be doing the 6-kilometer race. There will be music along the courses, which begin and end at the Drake Stadium, a free technical T-shirt and gear bag at packet pick-up and a medal to all finishers. Post-race, there will be a party with food, live music featuring singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson and the first-ever Drake Relays closing ceremonies. “It’s going to be fun,” Maxwell said. “It’ll be a great way to end a terrific week.”

“The second major reason is this building has never had enough space for the kinds of informal interactions between faculty members and students, and among students, where a lot of the learning takes place,” Vestal said. “One of the things we wanted was to change a common area that sometimes people used into a large common area that everyone would use, to get that learning space.” After the spring semester is completed, Cartwright Hall’s second floor is going to be redone, inserting two 45-seat cluster classrooms, a 40-seat courtroom classroom, one 20-seat seminar room, a central gallery and a common area. The project is being funded by a number of different people — some private donors, some current law students. “The Student Bar Association funded a renovation of the downstairs lounge space, which is now the Porterhouse Lounge,” Vestal said. “I find the student

donors impressive because some of them won’t directly benefit from (the lounge).” Kermit Sutton, a 1974 Drake Law School grad and Drake Board of Trustees member, was one of the big donors. “My wife and I were pleased to donate to the law school,” Sutton said. “We have a great affection for the school and wanted to a make a leadership contribution to the institution.” Planning for these renovations has been going on for roughly four years. “We had two firms come in, one from New York and one local, and start planning and figuring out what we need and what the finished product should look like,” Vestal said. One of the changes will be “cluster classrooms,” which will include tables for each set of students, and chairs that will allow the students to swivel around for discussions in student groups. The concept came from the same firm who recently renovated

Harvard University’s classrooms. “One of the difficulties was trying to anticipate future changes,” Vestal said. “We want what’s right for the current generation, but also for 10, 20, 30 years from now.” The new lounge area will also be receiving new furniture. The furniture that is currently in the hall will still be used and spread throughout areas in the hall, including a small common area in the renovated basement. The construction for phase one is expected to be complete in time for the fall 2013 semester. The second phase is adding a new wing to the north side of the hall, and the third phase will be redoing the first floor of the building — but when those projects will start is still unclear. The law building has not been renovated to this extent since it was built in the 1970s.


THE TIMES-DELPHIC The student newspaper for Drake University since 1884 ELIZABETH ROBINSON, Relays Editor

RACHEL WEEKS, Relays Design Editor

TAYLOR SIEDLIK, Assistant Relays Editor

LAUREN HORSCH, Editor-in-Chief

SARAH SAGER, Managing Editor

JILL VAN WYKE, Faculty Advisor BAILEY BERG, News Editor TAYLOR SOULE, Sports Editor LUKE NANKIVELL, Photo Editor KELLY TAFOYA, Features/Op-Ed Editor ALEX DANDY, Copy Editor

KATELYN PHILIPP, Multimedia Editor HANNA BARTHOLIC, Design Editor BRIANNA SHAWHAN, Features Designer COURTNEY FISHMAN, Copy Editor JOEY GALE, Ads Manager ERIC BAKER, Business Manager


SODEXO EMPLOYEES prepare food for a students at Quad Creek Cafe in Hubbell Dining Hall on campus. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR

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Neighborhood faces challenges, changes, a LAUREN HORSCH | Editor-in-Chief | The Drake community is more than just a university. It encompasses the area from Interstate 235 to Franklin Avenue, and 42nd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Between those bounds lies a historic district, a business district and, of course, an academic district. The Drake neighborhood is one of the most densely populated and culturally diverse areas in Des Moines. The community has faced economic, commercial and cultural challenges but still maintains a robust attitude and an important role in the metro area. Lingering effects from crime plague the neighborhood despite efforts and changing attitudes. The Drake neighborhood has faced many obstacles en route to a cultural, social and commercial overhaul in recent years. In the last 20 years, the neighborhood has faced an economic slump, a national housing downturn and persistent poverty. Despite challenges, the neighborhood boasts a lively business district and a diverse, friendly culture. “The Drake today is not the Drake of 15 or 20 years ago,” Drake Neighborhood Association President Deric Gourd said. The area is a work in progress, though, as residents try to

TAYLOR SOULE | Sports Editor |

preserve local history and repel big businesses in favor of locally owned shops and restaurants. Gourd said the diverse, supportive population drives the neighborhood’s signature resilience. “We have some difficulties, of course, some struggles, but we’ve still had quite a lot of success recently,” Gourd said. “We’re seeing crime continuing to go down across the neighborhood. We’ve seen quite a turnaround.” The growth of local commerce reveals that turnaround. Businesses cycle in and out of the area, but the neighborhood consistently draws owners who prefer the people to the pay. Though many franchises have taken over small business districts, the Drake neighborhood has seen the opposite as locally owned businesses like Mars Café, Jethro’s, Gazali’s and The Varsity Theatre thrive. Drake students play a role in local businesses’ success, too, both when they buy locally and even when they go to class. In the fall of 2012, a group of Drake students in the “Methods of Social Research” class teamed with the Drake Neighborhood Association to survey area businesses. The survey asked local business owners how the neighborhood could best support them.

Sophomore Domenic Lamberti, who administered the surveys as part of the class, said neighborhood business owners were eager to participate in the students’ research. “They were very receptive to Drake students,” Lamberti said. “Basically, if we were able to go to a business and there was someone there, they responded to us, were really cool to us and were willing to work with us.” As local commerce thrives, diversity thrives in the area as well. A blend of people from an array of backgrounds calls the neighborhood home. “In every level you look at, whether it be education, classes, whether it be income, whether it be business, everything, we’re a very diverse, very large, very concentrated neighborhood,” Gourd said. Obstacles accompany that large, dense population, though. Gourd said the Drake neighborhood has high numbers of college dropouts and high levels of poverty. Despite economic, educational and class divisions, the neighborhood sustains a friendly, cooperative culture, especially between residents and Drake students. Gourd said while residents in other college towns resent students, Drake students and locals

have a bond. “It’s great how everybody walks everywhere, and we get along together and you don’t have any resentment of the residents or the students,” Gourd said. “You have everybody enjoying each other.” That mutual enjoyment fosters a safe, active Drake neighborhood culture. “Drake today is a vibrant, living place where people can walk,” Gourd said. “They can walk to work, walk to the store, walk to

The Drake today is not the Drake of 15 or 20 years ago.

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Drake Neighborhood Association President where they want to go and feel perfectly safe and happy and comfortable. It’s an area with a lot to offer as far as entertainment, activities, restaurants. The Drake neighborhood is more than I think most people realize it is.” But, a day doesn’t go by where Drake University students don’t hear the sirens of emergency vehicles blaring from the streets. They’ve become accustomed to the Bulldog Alerts telling them an incident has occurred near cam-

pus. They’ve become accustomed to emails from Drake Security announcing a situation has arisen, and been taken care of. Yet, most students haven’t grown accustomed to knowing what happens in the neighborhood. Gourd knows this all too well. “It’s pretty easy to find a bad story about something that happened in the Drake neighborhood, just because we have so many people here,” he said. The Drake neighborhood catches a lot of flak for crime-related issues. On March 29, the Des Moines Register published a report saying the Drake neighborhood was the scene of multiple shootings over one week. The report cited shootings on the 1500 block of 16th Street, the 1200 block of 15th Place, the 1500 block of 22nd Street, the 1200 block of 13th Street, the 1100 block of 14th Street and the 1700 block of 10th Street. Only one of those locations, 1500 block of 22nd Street, is located in the Drake neighborhood. “There was a recent series ... about crime in the Drake neighborhood, and in fact, it focused on events that weren’t even in the Drake Neighborhood because it’s much easier to say, ‘Bad things happen in the Drake neighborhood’ if it has a reputation from 25



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and crime years back,” Gourd said. In the past, the neighborhood had been known for a shooting that happened at the Drake Diner in November of 1992. A shooting that resulted in two murders. A shooting that shook the neighborhood. Since then, the association has worked to combat crime in the area. “Neighborhood security is one of those things we have to keep on top of, I think, with a large neighborhood like this,” Gourd said. Drake junior Erin McHenry spent her first semester this year studying abroad in Austria. Upon her return, she moved into a house on the east side of campus with four other girls. While McHenry was abroad, her roommates were robbed at gunpoint on their front porch. McHenry said her mother was worried for her safety abroad, but with her roommates having just been robbed, she thought it was a good time for her to study abroad. “I was worried (to return),” McHenry said. “It didn’t help that the second night here the alarm went off.” After the armed robbery, her roommates decided to put a security system in the house as a precaution. McHenry said the alarm makes her feel safer at home, but it’s the outside environment that makes her cautious.

With her various on-campus involvements, McHenry finds herself on campus late at night, and not always with someone to walk home with her. She said walking home at night could be a scary situation, especially alone. McHenry said crime wasn’t a big factor in choosing her house. “We also just kind of thought that all of Drake is unsafe,” McHenry said. “I love the place and our neighbors are great, but for me the fear is not worth the other parts of it.” She and her roommates thought about looking for a new place to live, but they couldn’t find one, so they’re staying in their current location. Luckily, the security system provides a certain sense of protection that lets her stay in her home. “We see a turnover with 25 percent of our neighborhood every year. Students come in, students come out,” Gourd said. “We have a big population of people who come to the neighborhood, not because they’re students but because of the other apartments we have, so it’s one of those things that as soon as you get on top of it, as soon as you think you’re safe, all the good people and new people move in, and you kind of have to start it all over again.”

In 2009, Drake University gained representation on the Des Moines City Council. A Drake law student, Halley Griess, was elected to the Des Moines City Council to represent Ward 1, which consists of neighborhoods surrounding Drake, primarily to the northwest side of Des Moines. Griess moved to the Drake area when he enrolled as a first-year accounting major. While at Drake, he worked in the Business School offices, was a resident assistant and served as the president of Campus Fellowship. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Griess enrolled in the Drake Law School. While at the law school, he was the managing editor of the Drake Journal of Agriculture Law. In Griess’ third year of law school, he ran for City Council as the youngest ever council member in the City of Des Moines. “I ran because I did not like some of the decisions being made and felt that if I wanted to critique the process, I should be willing to be a part of the process as well,” Griess said. He ran in a close election against 20-year veteran councilman Tom Vlassis, a retired pharmacist and fellow Drake alumni. “Most of the things the City Council is involved with is probably missed by most students until it affects them directly,” Griess said. Unbeknownst to many Drake students, the City Council makes lots of decisions that affect them. Some may be rather basic decisions such as snow ordinances

but others such as the creation of West Village “took a lot of teamwork, both from the City and from Drake,” Griess said. The City Council is working on lots of new developments in the Drake area. “We are excited about some potential developments taking place adjacent to campus, including a new complex being considered at 32nd (Street) and Forest (Avenue),” Griess said. It also just introduced a new neighborhood plan focusing on housing, “ ... including maintaining the history and upgrading the housing stock in the area,” Griess said. The Drake community is also represented by the Drake Neighborhood Association,led by President Deric Gourd. The association, along with Griess, are working for improvements in the area. It is working in partnership with the City’s Neighborhood Development Division and has developed a plan outlining goals for the community. Students wanting to get involved in the city council can see all of its meetings and agendas on its website The city council also has a YouTube channel to connect with the public. Greiss offers a piece of advice to Drake students: “I would encourage people to get involved in their community, whether it be in their residence hall, in the Drake community at large or even at the city government level.”


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Law requires violation reports ERIN McHENRY | Staff Writer |

Drake University Security is now called for every alcohol-related incident on campus. In the past, security reported every incident, but until this fall, reports were given to security after the occurrence. “It’s for statistical reasons,” Drake Security Captain Mitzie Lootens said. According to the Clery Act, colleges and universities are required to report all on-campus crimes, which includes underage drinking incidents. Changing the way incidents are reported will help increase accuracy and create a more efficient database of information. “We’ve always collected Clery statistics,” Lootens said. “This is just a better way for the university to collect statistics in one main security hub.” In 1991, the U.S. legislature passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy

and Campus Crime Statistics Act — commonly known as the Clery Act. The Act was named after Jeanne Clery, a woman who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University dorm room by another student in 1986. Her family created the Clery Center for Security on Campus, which wrote the bill, and champions to make the public more aware of crimes that occur on college campuses. “Underage drinking is illegal, so when students violate the law, security wants to make sure they have 100 percent Clery reporting,” Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari said. “Drake Security is not going to conduct any investigation, they just report. All they do is document it, try to get the student help and once they’re done, they’re out of it.” Drake Security partners with the Office of Residence Life and other departments on campus to

streamline this flow of information. The policy is strictly information-based — Security does not establish punishments or take further action unless a student’s well-being is threatened, or students fail to cooperate. Bakari and Residence Life take over at that point. On the first offense, students incur a $100 fine, which increases to $150 on the second offense and $250 on the third. In addition, students’ parents are notified of the incidents, and additional sanctions may be imposed. “It’s done in a sense that we hope it’s a deterrent, that students don’t want to pay a fine and if they don’t want to pay the fine, they don’t drink alcohol,” Bakari said. At this point, Drake Security receives the same amount of information as before, but the process has become much more efficient.

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MEMBERS OF THE DRAKE COMMUNITY celebrate Malaysian Night, an event hosted by the Drake Malaysian Student Association. Drake is home to many multi-cultural organizations, including the Chinese Student Association, the South Asian Student Association and the International Student Association, to name a few. jeremy leong | staff photographer

International students’ journeys to Drake ERIN HASSANZADEH | Staff Writer | Leslie Mamoorian travels from Des Moines to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, every year. It’s a 9,227.7-mile journey. She arrives at schools in the southeast Asian country lugging stacks of pamphlets and pictures of bulldogs wearing capes and crowns. She hauls pictures of college students covered from head to toe in splattered paint. Mamoorian’s job resembles the craft of an artist or a storyteller. “What we’re trying to do is help students envision Drake University without ever setting foot on campus,” Mamoorian said, who has been recruiting students in Malaysia for over 25 years. “Many students cannot visit Drake, so they hang their hats on you as an individual to describe campus, rather than being able to come here to judge it himself or herself,” she said. Mamoorian’s job as an international admissions counselor is to attract students from the largest cities across the globe to Iowa. Drake was founded in 1881 and welcomed international students to its campus within five years. These students were primarily from China, Japan, Armenia and Iran. The international student population at Drake has shifted. Of the 283 international students recorded in the fall, 127 were from Malaysia. China had the second largest concentration, totaling 52 students. Students from 50 countries are currently represented at Drake. “I have no doubt that our actuarial science program is the top recruiting tool for international students,” Mamoorian said. Approximately 95 percent of the Malaysian student population at Drake is studying actuarial science. “When I researched schools, Drake’s actuarial science program was one of the top in the states and because I was pursuing that degree,

I wanted to come here,” Jeremy Leong, a senior actuarial science and finance double major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said. “Plus, the recommendation from my hometown friend who attended Drake really made it my top choice.” Drake’s partnership with international schools and strong relationship with international alumni helps to sustain a steady international enrollment. “One of the most important things in recruiting students is having alumni students who have been very happy here and have told other potential students,” Mamoorian said. “If they didn’t have good experiences, we wouldn’t be experiencing this success today.” Drake works with institutions abroad to approve classes and credits to make it easy for students to transfer their classes to Drake. The most popular situation is for students from Malaysia to complete two years of actuarial science at a Malaysian college and then transfer to Drake to finish their degree. Mamoorian and two other international admissions counselors work with students until they step off the plane. The Drake International Office then takes over. “It’s not like loading up the car and driving to Drake,” Mamoorian said. “When students step off the plane after a 36-hour journey, they’re really discombobulated. I think one of the most valuable things that Drake does is to pick students up from the airport.” Carlyn Marron is the assistant director of the international office. “When students get here, they want a lot of hands-on help. They want someone to help set up their cell phone plans or someone to take them shopping for bedding,” Marron said. Because of cost and the sometimes 40-hour travel time, Leong did not visit campus before

deciding to attend Drake. “I was expecting campus to be larger. Des Moines is small, peaceful and quiet compared to my hectic lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur,” Leong said. Joclyn Ong is a senior actuarial science student from Penang, Malaysia. “I come from a really, really small place. My school was the size of Olmsted (Center). When I first came to Drake I thought, ‘Wow, this is big,’” Ong said. Something that is hard to combat is the distance from families, friends and their native culture. Both Ong and Leong have not been home since arriving in Des Moines in the fall of 2011. “Skype is your best friend when it comes to long distance communication with family and friends,” Leong said. “I Skype them once a week to stay updated on what is happening back at home.” While both Ong and Leong cite missing their families and traditional Malaysian foods, they plan to apply for permanent jobs in the United States after graduation. “There are more opportunities here than back home, and that’s why we came to school here. I would like to stay here to work,” Ong said. There are opportunities for international students to work in America post-graduation. The Curricular Practical Training program allows international students to work in the United States for a year in their area of study. The government-sponsored STEM program allows student work visas to be extended an additional 16 months if students are working in a science, technology, engineering or math-related position. On average, two graduating students each year stay permanently in the United States. “I would prefer to stay, but if I go home, I have Malaysian food and my family,” Leong said.



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STUDENT SENATE Next year’s executive officers AUSTIN CANNON | Staff Writer |

STUDENT SENATE EXECUTIVE OFFICERS JOEY GALE, NATALIE LARSON AND DAVID KARAZ pose in Cowles Library. The trio already has plans to improve Drake. morgan dezenski | staff photographer This past March, Drake University students elected their Student Senate executive officers for the 2013-14 academic school year. David Karaz was elected student body president, Joseph Gale as vice president of student life and Natalie Larson as vice president of student activities. Karaz, a junior from Fargo, N.D., and current vice president of student life, has served on Senate since he was elected as the inaugural first-year senator. His past three years of experience played a large part in his decision to run for president. “I felt I had an experience that I could use to help the campus that perhaps nobody else has had before, and I was hoping that (with) the past three years of things I’ve done at Drake, I could culminate all those experiences,” Karaz said. Karaz ran unopposed this year, winning 92 percent of the vote, which was both a blessing and disappointing. “It did make it easier, but it was unfortunate that (there) weren’t more people running,” Karaz said. As for his time in office, Karaz is aiming for a more organized campus. He wants to simplify some of Drake’s resources, including the use of student identification cards and campus email. “There’s a good clutter on Drake’s campus, but if it’s organized, it won’t be a clutter. It’ll just be a good, large amount of things,” Karaz said. Joseph Gale, current senator-


at-large and Senate technology liaison, had a much more difficult path toward winning the vice president of student life election. Gale was initially disqualified from his race with write-in candidate Joshua Duden for violating campaign rules. He was reinstated by the Election Commission in the final hours of the race. In an election without much competition, Gale soon found himself as the focus on campus. “It definitely, I guess, upped the stress level. … Going into it, you want it to be as easy as possible,” Gale said. “You want to be able to do everything as best you can with the least amount of stress. “I’m glad that happened, in a sense, because I really found out a lot about who I am and how I work under stress and what exactly an election is, and it really drove home the reason why I was running,” Gale said. Gale, a Plymouth, Minn., native, won with 61 percent of the vote. His main goal is to involve students as much as possible in Senate’s operations, like creating a new way to interact with students. “My idea was to create a video blog,” Gale said. “You can just let it play, and you don’t have to physically read it.” Gale also wants to address the endowment fund that was granted to Drake and how students would like to see it used. Natalie Larson, a sophomore from Burlington, Iowa, was elected as the vice president of student

activities for the 2013-14 school year. Along with the vice president position, Larson will also chair Drake’s Student Activities Board. Larson began her involvement with SAB during the second semester of her first year while on the Relays executive board. From there, she became even more involved. “I applied for the Homecoming co-chair position, so I had the opportunity to plan Homecoming for the 2012 year, and I’m the current Relays co-chair for this spring,” Larson said. Larson, the current Senate organizational council chair, began her Senate career when she joined Senate’s first-year interest committee. After attending Senate meetings throughout her first year, she was elected as a senatorat-large. As the vice president of student activities, Larson wants to expand programing and collaborate with other student organizations to reach as many students as possible. After assisting in the planning of homecoming and Relays, Larson is looking forward to playing a different role. “I absolutely love programing and campus activities so I think just being able to have a different perspective of it,” Larson said. “Just being able to help the rest of the board plan their events and kind of come up with more new, innovative ideas and continuing that experience.”

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Change for public affairs EMMA WILSON | Staff Writer | Student Senate Vice President David Karaz and Public Affairs Officer Sia Ekonomou proposed a previous notice bylaw amendment on Thursday night to expand the position of public affairs officer to two positions: public relations liaison and graphic design officer. “I feel like I didn’t really know all of what the position entailed when I entered this year,” Ekonomou said. “I feel like if we had a public relations position and a graphic design person, they would be able to get a lot more done for Senate and would be able to handle everything better.” Ekonomou said she felt announcements would be respected more by the student body if they came from the public relations liaison rather than the public affairs officer. Student Senate will vote on the motion next week. In addition, the club formerly known as La Fuerza Latina was approved to change its name to El Ritmo Latino. This change was inspired by a desire to change the club’s image and welcome students who are not of Latino or Hispanic descent. In Spanish, La Fuerza Latina means “Latin force,” and the club thinks the new name El Ritmo,

which means “the rhythm,” will encourage a greater variety of students to join. The motion was passed by acclimation. Enactus, formerly known as SIFE, requested one-time funding to attend the Enactus National Competition. “The national competition is a great way for us to interact with other people involved in Enactus,” Sen. James Ley, a member of Enactus, said. The motion was passed by acclimation. The Tae Kwon-Do Club requested an equipment funding allocation for new sparring equipment. Sparring equipment is used in competitions and to teach selfdefense skills. The club requested enough money to pay for eight sets of sparring equipment. The motion was passed by acclimation. In senator reports, Sen. Josh Schoenblatt confirmed that there will be puppies on campus during finals week to give students a break and to motivate them.

Funding debate AUSTIN CANNON | Staff Writer | Drake University Student Senate had one major task to attend to April 12: passing the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The issue was tabled at the beginning of the meeting. A largerthan-normal amount of proxies were seated around the table, covering for absent senators. Student Body Treasurer Michael Riebel expressed that concern as he re-introduced the motion. “I think we’ve got through some of the questions and reasoning behind SFAC’s (Student Fees Allocation Committee) decisions ... but I do see a lot of proxies as far as votes are concerned (for) some other senators,” Riebel said. After the motion was tabled, Senate moved on to new business, and a few of the previously absent senators trickled in. Once all the new business had been attended to, the motion was then reconsidered and passed unanimously. The 2013-14 budget will supply 22 approved annually-funded organizations with ample compensation. The Board of Student Communications receives 27 percent of the Student Fees Allocation, and no more than 63 percent will be budgeted to other organizations seeking funding. Senate also deliberated whether or not to allocate funding for “DUH Magazine” for the 2013-14 year. The magazine was approved as a campus organization in November. It was then placed under the purview of the BSC. The issue at hand is that if “DUH” is funded exclusively by the BSC, it would take away funding from other campus publications, such as The Times-Delphic and the Drake Broadcasting System. Senate would match the BSC’s allocated funding of $3,150 for one year, until the magazine could secure long-term funding from the BSC. Sen. Steven Slade introduced the proposal, citing that the funding would be reconsidered for the 2014-15 year. “This would be a one-year Band-Aid,” Slade said. “For the following year, the 14-15 year, that

could be changed.” Sen. Zachary Keller voiced the majority opinion that the BSC should decide how much funding it wants to allocate towards “DUH” before approaching Senate. “I feel that the BSC should decide on how much it should allocate towards ‘DUH,’ based on its finances this year before we decide to match any funds,” Keller said. Riebel also noted that the BSC had other avenues of funding its publications. “With their reserve, I think that is the perfect reason for them to dip into that,” Riebel said. The motion to match the BSC’s funding failed, receiving only three supporting votes. Senate also took a step towards utilizing the Quasi Endowment funds by forming a special Ad Hoc committee to investigate possible uses. Sens. Emily Grimm, Joshua Schoenblatt, Keller, Joey Gale, Ekta Haria and Vice President of Student Life David Karaz will serve on the committee, with Keller as its chair. While no immediate plans are in place for the Quasi Endowment, this committee will explore different options and ideas for the endowment. The committee will discuss the different ideas and present them to Senate before the end of the semester, laying the foundation for the next session. In other business, the Drake Ultimate Club was approved for funding to cover costs for its sectional and regional tournaments. The Coalition of Black Students was also approved for funding for the Drake Relays Step Show on April 27. SFAC also delegated funds to the Des Moines Youth Learning Garden to serve as an educational tool for young students.



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OPINIONS The Times-Delphic Relays Edition | Section B

Zombie takeover TAD UNRUH | Staff Writer | The smell of dead, decaying flesh hovers over Helmick Commons, heaviest under the lonely shade of the Olmsted Center tree on an exceedingly hot Iowa afternoon. Hordes of the undead wander aimlessly at the whims of their brainhungry innards, looking for the next feast. Crashed and abandoned cars block Forest Avenue. Paul Revere’s hasn’t served breadsticks in nearly 36 hours as the virus spreads across the whole of Des Moines. It’s Saturday morning, as you slept off a rough Thursday night the entire previous day between fits of Netflix-watching. You aren’t armed. All you have is your pair of True Religion jeans, a freshly ripped North Face jacket, torn on a door handle as

you escaped Stalnaker Hall from your newly zombified roommate who had been gnawing on your R.A.’s legs moments before, and a toothbrush that in the moment “seemed like a great weapon at the time.” Oh, you Boy Scout you, always prepared. But what do you do now? You’ve emerged groggily from your hut to see the world tearing itself apart. A real-life zombie apocalypse has happened. What was once a campus full of lively students is now a barren wasteland of the undead. People you once knew are now putrid, mindless and hungry. “The Walking Dead” are all around, but halfcrazed Deputy Rick Grimes isn’t coming to save you. You are the key to your own survival.


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Women were recently granted the opportunity to fight in combat. Women should be proud of this fact, not to prove themselves to men, but to prove their ability and success to themselves.

Equality is a topic that has been frequently discussed and has been controversial in today’s society. But equality is not something new. It is a belief, concept and idea that is woven into America’s history.

Soon-to-be-graduating seniors have their adult futures right around the corner. But maybe the best option isn’t to head straight into a full-time job, but rather to take some time for travel.

A pilot episode is the true vision of any show. Viewers see where the show begins and decide, then and there, their initial opinion on the show. Take a look at what makes a successful pilot episode.

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White smoke, new Pope SARAH FULTON | Columnist Watching as the white smoke rose announcing the selection of the new pope, I was underwhelmed by the moment. As a Christian, but not a Catholic, I thought that Pope Francis I was just another old conservative guy to lead the Catholic Church. However, since beginning his duties, he has changed my mind. On the Thursday before Easter, Pope Francis observed the tradition of washing people’s feet, an act meant to mimic when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The washing of feet represents servitude in the Christian


Church, and Pope Francis served with his own twist. Before Pope Francis exclusively washed the feet of men, he washed the feet of two women. It signified that Pope Francis was recognizing the importance of women in the church. He was breaking with tradition and saying that women are important too — they also deserved to be served. The Vatican released a statement on April 5 that Pope Francis would seek to end the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued the church. According to Fox News, he intends to do this by creating measures to protect minors and help prosecute the perpetrators. Previous to Pope Francis’ placement, sex scandals were all I heard about the Catholic Church. By announcing that he is going to take decisive action to prevent sexual abuse, he won my confidence. It shows that he is not going to ignore the tough issues or deal with them behind closed doors. The most impressive part about Pope Francis is the com-

plete humility he has shown since becoming pope. Instead of living in the large papal apartments, he chose to live in the smaller guesthouse. During the official ceremony to confirm him as pope, he chose not to glorify himself, but to honor the previous pope. He gives off the impression of someone who is overwhelmingly humble. There are approximately 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, according to BBC News. As their leader, it is wonderful to see Pope Francis use his position to promote understanding, servant-hood and humility, which are core values of the Christian Church. I hope he becomes a signal of the changing ways of Christianity. He made a nonCatholic believe in the power of the pope.

Fulton is a first-year news/Internet major and can be reached at

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OLIVIA O'HEA | Columnist The era of women waiting restlessly at home for their sweetheart to return from war has come to a close. Gone are the days spent planting victory gardens and rationing food supplies. As we say goodbye to Rosie the Riveter, we welcome in a new icon: G.I. Jane. In January, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, granted women the chance to fight in combat for the first time in United States history. However, this decision has created a long list of new military standards and criteria. Despite legal restrictions, women have been on the front lines for years. During the Civil War, some women dressed as men to fight while others served as nurses and aids in battle zones. In World War II, women from all nations served the military; in Britain and Germany, many worked in anti-aircraft units. A recent New York Times article reported that women have been serving in combat roles for years, particularly in their roles as aircraft pilots. This recogni-

tion of service not only provides women with more opportunities, but also allows women to further advance their military careers. So have we finally shattered the brass ceiling? It all hinges on the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868, mandates equal protection under the law. Provoked by the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the 14th Amendment was designed to protect the rights of citizens (specifically minorities) from unjust exclusion under the law (specifically the Black Codes after the abolition of slavery). Many politicians commended Panetta for upholding the 14th Amendment by allowing women to serve in ground combat roles like artillery, armor and infantry. However, other politicians and veterans felt the unequal physical fitness standards violated the 14th Amendment by not holding men and women to equal standards. A recent op-ed by Billy Birdzell in “TIME” magazine explained that the different standards originated from the assumption that women would never perform the same roles as men. “Bottom Line: Equality should mean equality,” wrote Birdzell, a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer. The Pentagon reports that fitness standards have been closely examined to make sure they are both logical and fair. Women must run two miles in 15:36 minutes, and they receive top marks for doing 42 push-ups while men must complete their 2-mile run in 13:36 minutes and the men’s

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push-up number is 71. Top military officers are also analyzing different combat training scenarios (like hiking several miles with a large backpack of supplies) to make sure both genders can benefit from the activity. Have women truly shattered the brass ceiling? Immediate responses to the new measure give us some indication of public opinion. “The military does not have the luxury of discounting the nearly 11 percent of its forces who are women,” Birdzell wrote in his “TIME” op-ed. Many politicians and veterans repeated this praise. Allowing women to serve in combat offers the opportunity to advance even higher throughout the military ranks. Furthermore, studies reported by The Huffington Post show that women and men experience similar stress levels in combat, making them equally competent to handle high-pressure situations. As predicted, the controversial proposition received negative backlash from conservatives and high-ranking military officials. “Obama putting women in combat is part of an intentional plan on his part to feminize and weaken the U.S. military,” tweeted American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer. The Wall Street Journal ran an equally disparaging piece written by Marine infantryman Ryan Smith. “It is humiliating enough to relieve yourself in front of your male comrades; one can only imagine the humiliation of being forced to relieve yourself in front of the opposite sex,” Smith wrote on the norms of combat. So the brass ceiling may still be intact. However, it’s slowly cracking. With time these socalled “norms of combat” will adjust, particularly as women embrace the opportunity and succeed in their duties. “Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition,” Timothy Leary said. Not only is this one of my favorite quotes, it also summarizes my opinion towards women in combat. Women should hold themselves to the highest standards, regardless of men. They should strive to excel in combat not because “a man did it,” but because they know that they can do it, and succeed.

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A letter to Bloomberg

O'Hea is a first-year law, politics and society and journalism major and can be reached at

I, first and foremost, would like to thank you for your tireless effort to protect the citizens of New York City from asymmetrical threats that lurk in supermarkets all across the United States. If only all mayors — nay, all leaders in this great country — took such measures to protect his or her subjects — I mean constituents — from the vile and monstrous enemy known as pop, soda or cola, depending on your area of residence. “Everybody across this country should do it,” you once said. Truer words have never been spoken. With child obesity becoming an increasing problem across this nation, Americans need protection provided by fearless men and women such as you. We simply are not smart enough to make decisions about our own health and certainly do not possess adequate defenses against the big, bad corporations that are systematically ruining our health. Additionally, parents can no longer, well, parent. We need you, Mayor Bloomberg, to guide us to the light. I have just a few recommendations, if you would be so kind to grant a mere plebe such as myself a few minutes of your time. Take this in for a moment: If you think regulating the size of sodas a restaurant, movie theater, pushcart and sports arena can sell is important, you need to take a look at the ridiculously enticing offers Little Caesars puts on its menu. I know it isn’t top-of-the-line New York pizza, but, my goodness, is it addicting. Sure, a 16 oz. Mountain Dew draws me in like a smooth Barry White track, but it pales in comparison to a greasy, cheesy pizza with an odd Italian dude on the box. There isn’t a shot in hell that I have the grit to say no to a Hot-N-Ready pizza when it is only $5. And, as if to spit in the face of every weakwilled American, Little Caesars is now selling deep-dish pizza for only $8. So, I ask myself, who can save us from this? Only one man: you. You, Mayor Bloomberg, can say no for all of us. Run for president and, as Mitt Romney made promises about what he would do on “Day One,” on the first day in office get rid of the Hot-NReady assault on my BMI. Next: Bunch-A-Crunch. You know, the little bunches of Crunch bars that are so heavenly I finish them before the previews even start. I’ll be sitting there in the theater, answering a trivia question about which star got his break-through role in “The Fast and the Furious” (Paul Walker, of course), when I realize I’ve gotten to the bottom of the box of candy. If only you were there with me I could have some control. Certainly, it’d be ideal if you were quite literally in the theater with me, but I understand you have your limits. Since that simply isn’t feasible, perhaps you could be with me in law. I want, rather I need, you to tell me stop consuming this delicious candy. Disregard the happiness stuffing my face full of chocolate brings me. It isn’t good for my health and without you I can’t hold back. I could write recommendations for days but I don’t want to take up too much of your time. What I’m saying, in essence, is I appreciate your full-throttled effort to limit New Yorkers’ choices in life. Because, after all, without you they can’t take care of themselves. The same goes for me and all Americans. Freedom of choice is bad for my health. Levine is a junior politics major and can be reached at



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Girls and guys can be ‘just friends’ Movies falsely portray romance between friends as inevitable

TWO STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE O'hea's opinion that the possibility of being just friends with a girl or guy friend is possible despite contradictions from our Hollywood story lines. Movies such as “When Harry Met Sally” portray the usual female-male relationship beginning as platonic and moving toward a more personal one. ashley thompson | staff photographer

OLIVIA O'HEA | Columnist If I only had 24 hours to write a romantic comedy, here’s how it would go: A guy and a girl meet in second grade, probably in some endearing way like sharing a bus seat or being on the same soccer team. They become best friends, go to prom together and even attend the same college. One character (the girl, because it’s always the girl in these situations) finds a boyfriend, falls in love and gets engaged. On her wedding day, the boy realizes he was secretly in love with her

since age 8, interrupts the wedding in some grand manner and declares his love. She realizes she actually loves him and they live happily ever after. Throw in Channing Tatum, a great headliner song (“My Heart Will Go On,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”) and a sassy but lovable supporting character and call me a multimillion-dollar Hollywood writer. If Hollywood teaches us anything, it’s that men and women cannot, in any circumstances, remain “just friends.” Ross and Rachel, Forrest and Jenny, Johnny and June: different means to the same end. The ultimate friends-turnedlovers movie, “When Harry Met Sally,” grossed roughly $92 million on this plot line alone. Harry and Sally meet on a cross-country road trip to New York, where they become instant friends and experience the trials and tribulations of post-graduate life together. Of course, the audience knows

Harry and Sally will end up together. Why else would we suffer through 96 minutes of Billy Crystal’s whining? The key is, Harry and Sally don’t realize until the last 15 to 20 minutes that they were actually destined to be together. “What I’m saying, and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form, is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way,” Harry said to Sally at the beginning of the movie. The rest of the film follows this conjecture — men and women cannot, and should not, be friends because there is always an underlying sexual tension. Most movies capitalize on this model — the protagonists become friends for the first hour or so, and then transition to more than friends in the final, penultimate minutes of the film. Have you ever seen a romantic comedy where the characters meet, develop a friend-

ship and remain just friends? Of course you haven’t, because that’s boring and realistic and a sad reminder of our own pitiful, single lives. Unfortunately, life is not like the movies. If it was, I’d be president of the United States, and Ryan Gosling would be my goofy but adorable husband and we would go on adventures all the time. While Harry, and movies in general, would lead us to believe that guys and girls can’t be friends without having sex and/ or falling in love, real life is much less complex and much more monotonous. I can say without a doubt that I have plenty of “guy friends” with whom I have no sexual interest. I’m also quite certain they have no sexual interest in me, and yet we’re still friends. True friendships form on common interests, shared senses of humor and trust in the other person, and these are the

friendships that last. Attraction to another person is not a great way to start a friendship, and it doesn’t create a strong platonic relationship. There are so many things I admire and value in my friendships with the opposite sex. In fact, my hometown best friend is a guy, and a really cool one at that. That’s not to say I’ve ever been attracted to him, just as I’m not attracted to every guy friend I have. While it’s true that the best relationships form out of friendships, not every friendship forms into a relationship. The Rosses and Rachels of the world are the exception, not the rule. O’Hea is a first-year law, politics and society and journalism major and can be reached at


Old-fashioned courtships non-existent LASARA BOLES | Columnist Perfectly scripted romantic movies and novels would have us believe that love begins with a sacred first date, sealed with a magical kiss and the noble boy will always get the virtuous girl, just like he has for centuries. These stories feed our nonsensical desire to believe in “soul mates” and “love at first sight.” The sacredness of the first date is nonexistent because the first date itself is nonexistent in reality. Real relationships are blurry, without clear beginnings and ends. Our fascination with adorably matched movie stars may be out of touch with reality, but this is why we love them. Real life is a succession of interactions with pets, cars, family, nature, phones, etc., and isn’t interesting to anyone who isn’t us. Real-life dating is messy and unconventional, yet we crave love stories because they imply the possibility of order and a happy ending to our unpredictable, entropy-bound universe. At their core, movies are ad-

vertisements with more extensive plots, designed to make us feel good enough that we want to watch the next one and bad enough to create dissatisfaction within us. Dissatisfied citizens are an essential component in a consumerist nation. What we watch encourages us to believe if we didn’t get flowers on our anniversary, we must be unlovable because movies place value on the anniversary the first date creates. We are unable to reconcile what we see on screen and what we see in our relationships. This is a valuable myth to the makers of heartshaped boxes of chocolates and sentimental cards. We pay for these manufactured sentiments because we agree to romanticize the first date. So, where did the first date go? Old-fashioned courtships of earlier centuries followed a different path than they do on today’s college campuses. Parties, text messaging, Facebook-stalking, hook-ups and the occasional lasting relationship have replaced long, exclusive courtships and hand-holding. We don’t need lengthy courtships anymore to discover what a potential mate believes or looks like in a bikini. We can see all that on Facebook. Just as the invention of the automobile created a space for courting boys and girls to be alone, social media allows us to connect to more people than ever before, substituting face-to-face inter-

actions with cyber-connections and creating non-conventional meeting places. Can the “location” of a first date be in cyberspace at the corner of Facebook and Tumblr? Perhaps Hallmark could investigate the marketability of an “I knew it was love from the moment I saw your profile pic” greeting card. For better or worse, technology is changing the way we do everything, including dating. Though I’m initially inclined to condemn fellow student’s dating behavior — shunning exclusive partners, doing whatever with whomever — I can’t honestly dismiss them as or virtueless when they are upholding a version of the same anti-firstdate attitude I have. In their own way, they’re screwing the system that dictates what a relationship must look like. More power to them. If 30 years after college, you are still going strong with your college sweetheart, it is more likely a product of compromise, respect for each other and shared values than a perfect first date. No one truly understands the sacredness of the first date until hindsight reveals a lasting relationship. By that time, the actual date of the first date is forgotten, making your love less like a movie and more real.

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“The object of the call was to spend time with the woman of interest as well as her family, especially her mother.”

THE DATING ERA rating & dating “One dated in order to rate among one’s peers. To achieve the goal of ‘rating,’ one would date as many members of the opposite sex as possible as long as those individuals were believed to enhance one’s popularity rather than detract from it.”

THE DATING ERA going steady “College girls who reveled in the number of dates they went on with a variety of partners in the 1920s and 1930s were replaced by college girls hoping to be ‘pinned’ to one fraternity man or hoping to be engaged soon to their soldier fighting overseas ... Men who wanted to be‘big men on campus’ during the rating and dating era now longed to settle down.”

THE HOOK-UP ERA “Parties represented more than just a social outing; they became the setting for potential sexual encounters ... In addition to sexual possibilities, parties were a place to find a potential romantic partner and begin a new relationship.” from “hooking up” by kathleen a. bogle



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JULY 4, 1776

AUG. 18, 1920

The Declaration of Independence is signed, proclaiming, “all men are created equal .”

Women gain the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution.

AUG. 28, 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

FEB. 3, 1870

The 15th Amendment of the Constitution is ratified, giving African-Americans the right to vote.

NOV. 7, 1916

A Republican from Montana, Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman elected to Congress.

JULY 2, 1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending de jure segregation.


BEN LEVINE | Columnist One would be hard pressed to find somebody whom is not for equality. Of course, there are certainly outliers: some people are simply bigoted and don’t want to see others be treated as equal. I’m not trying to diminish that fact, but I do believe that, generally, people support equality among all individuals. The problem then, is not whether or not people in America are for equality but rather how they define equality. One of the most productive talks I have had on this issue was in Dr. Joanna Mosser’s “Concepts in Politics” course in which we analyzed the various ways that

one can define equality. My aim here is not to push a certain concept of equality but rather shed light upon the totally legitimate and honest differences people have when defining the much evoked term of equality. Take, for instance, the libertarian position on equality: Everyone is equal when each individual is left alone to be able to live his or her own life as he or she wishes so long as he or she does not infringe on the rights of other individuals to do the same. Individuals are equal when they are free to operate in the marketplace, free to speak their minds. Equality is simply being treated equally by the law and the law is meant to be used rather sparingly. It is meant to protect the individual from infringement but not impose much on the individual. But, also, to the libertarian — at least generally speaking — equality is actually quite unnatural. Nobody is equal in the sense that one is never identical to the other. A difference in opportunity and outcome will be noticeable in the libertarian

society but this is, for all intents and purposes, natural. I’m good at many things but I am equally as bad at other things. Certainly, this seems quite simple on the

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surface. However, upon further scrutiny there are problems with the definition. At what point does one begin to infringe on the rights of another individual? Drawing that line is difficult and making laws to carry out such a philosophy is equally as difficult. Additionally, the libertarian perspective does not advocate state intervention in order to establish equality of results. This is

rather contentious but, at least from my experience, it is not what troubles individuals about libertarianism the most. Instead, it is the fact that the libertarian argues for such a hands-off approach by the government that equality of opportunity is seemingly jeopardized. How could one argue that somebody in relative poverty has the same opportunities in life as a wealthy, upper-class citizen? This has led many to believe in a safety net, welfare or some sort of government program to ensure that equality of opportunity is intact. It is supposed to bring everyone to a level playing field and ensure that nobody is starting out with a serious disadvantage. Of course, it is never perfect. Nevertheless, these programs at least make an effort to ensure the equality of opportunity, some may argue. There are other arguments to be made, such as the construction of a system that produces equality of results as mentioned briefly above. Perhaps this would take form in an equal income re-

gardless of the type of work one does. Everyone would earn the same wage no matter what his or her occupation is. All of these concepts of equality have their merits. What I believe is most important, though, is understanding that the difference we have when it comes to equality is not that people do not want it but that people define it in varying terms. This is frustrating and I definitely have a hard time understanding certain people’s definition of equality. I take issue with the practicality and morality of certain conceptions but I nevertheless recognize that they are typically genuine. If we all recognized these differences as genuine it might make policy debates — and classroom discussions — less hostile. Levine is a junior politics major and can be reached at


CAITLIN O'DONNELL | Columnist Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night. Because the biggest insult for a guy is to be called a “pussy,” a “little bitch” or a “girl.” From here on out, being called a “pussy” is an effing badge of honor. Because last month, my politics professor asked the class if women should have equal representation in the Supreme Court, and only three out of 42 people raised their hands. Because rape jokes are still a thing. Because despite being equally broke college kids, guys are still expected to pay for dates, drinks and flowers.

Because as a legit student group, Campus Fellowship does not allow women to lead anything involving men. Look, I know Eve was dumb about the whole apple and snake thing, but I think we can agree having a vagina does not directly impact your ability to lead a college organization. Because it’s assumed that if you are nice to a girl, she owes you sex — therefore, if she turns you down, she’s a bitch who’s put you in the “friend zone.” Sorry, bro, women are not machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out. Because only 29 percent of American women identify as feminist, and in the words of author Caitlin Moran, “What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Did all that good shit get on your nerves? Or were you just drunk at the time of the survey?” Because when people hear the term feminist, they honestly think of women burning bras. Dude, have you ever bought a bra? No one would burn them because they’re freaking

expensive. Because Rush Limbaugh. Because we now have a record number of women in the Senate … which is a measly 20 out of 100. Congrats, USA, we’ve gone up to 78th place for women’s political

Because a girl was roofied last semester at a local campus bar, and I heard someone say they think she should have been more careful.

Caitlin O’Donnell Drake senior

representation, still below China, Rwanda and Iraq. Because recently I had a discussion with a couple of wellmeaning Drake University guys, and they literally could not fathom how catcalling a woman walking down University Avenue is creepy and sexist. Could. Not. Fathom. Because on average, the tenured male professors at Drake make more than the tenured female professors. Because more people on cam-

pus complain about chalked statistics regarding sexual assault than complain about the existence of sexual assault. Priorities? Have them. Because 138 House Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. All 138 felt it shouldn’t provide support for Native women, LGBT people or immigrant women. I’m kind of confused by this, because I thought LGBT people and women of color were also human beings. Weird, right? Because a girl was roofied last semester at a local campus bar, and I heard someone say they think she should have been more careful. Being drugged is her fault, not the fault of the person who put drugs in her drink? Because Chris Brown beat Rihanna so badly she was hospitalized, yet he still has fans and bestselling songs and a tattoo of an abused woman on his neck. Because out of 7 billion people on the planet, more than 1 billion women will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Women and girls have their clitorises cut out, acid thrown on them and broken bottles shoved up them as an act of war. Every second of every day. Every corner of the Earth.

Because the other day, another friend of mine told me she was raped, and I can no longer count on both my hands the number of friends who have told me they’ve been sexually assaulted. Words can’t express how scared I am that I’m getting used to this. Because a brief survey of reality will tell you that we do not live in a world that values all people equally and that sucks in real, very scary ways. Because you know we live in a sexist world when an awesome thing with the name “feminism” has a weird connotation. Because if I have kids someday, I want my son to be able to have emotions and play dress up, and I want my daughter to climb trees and care more about what’s in her head than what’s on it. Because I don’t want her to carry keys between her fingers at night to protect herself. Because feminism is for everybody, and this is your official invitation. O’Donnell is a senior secondary education major and can be reached at



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JUNE 28, 1969

The Stonewall Riots, a series of Gay Rights demonstrations, break out in Greenwich Village.

JAN. 29, 2009

President Obama signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

NOV. 4, 2008

JUNE 12,1967

JUNE 23,1972

Interracial marriage is legalized.

Title IX is signed.

Barack Obama is elected first AfricanAmerican elected as president.

APRIL 3, 2009

Same-sex marriage is legalized in Iowa.


CAITLIN O'DONNELL | Columnist Scouting is powerful. I know people mostly see scouting as selling Girl Scout cookies and kids going hiking, but it is so much more than that. I’ve been a Girl Scout all my life, and this summer, when I worked abroad at a Girl Scout and Guide World Center, the biggest lesson I learned was this: The guiding and scouting movement is amazingly influential, and it is teaching youth from every part of the globe about making the world a better place. Several of the wonderful men

I (and probably you) know were Boy Scouts as kids. Of these Scouts, many of them got their Eagle Scout awards, most of them have sick fire-building skills and almost all of them are shining examples of what Boy Scouts say they believe, which is “that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.” Do you know what’s not a shining example of building a great society? Homophobia. Teaching the youth of America to exclude and bully others based on their sexual orientation is actually the exact opposite of making the world a better place. It’s weird, too, because 100 percent of the former and current Boy Scouts who I know and like believe that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, are worthwhile. Most of these friends of mine are pretty embarrassed that their organization, which is capable of so many awesome things, is acting instead like some racist coun-

try club. This past summer at the international Guiding and Scouting centers, I met Scouts of many ethnicities, classes, genders, ages and sexual orientations who played together, lived to-

Teaching kids outdoor skills is worthless if you aren’t also teaching them character, integrity and compassion.

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gether and learned together. This is what a great society looks like, and that kind of community is exactly what scouting is all about. Come on, Boy Scouts of America. What, are you scared that teaching a gay 10-year-old how to build fires will make your

camping trips just too fabulous? Calm down and please pretend you actually care about the youth you’re claiming to support. I say pretend because if you really, truly believed in empowering young boys to make the world a better place, we wouldn’t be having this debate here in 2013. The decision not to exclude LGBTQ youth and leaders should have been made a long, long time ago. At this point, the Boy Scouts of America are quickly losing sponsors and public support for adhering to their anti-gay policies. Proponents of continuing outdated homophobia in the Boy Scouts claim that as a private organization, they may do as they choose to maintain their “values.” Great, but do you really want to stick with the same arguments Boy Scouts used in 1913 to keep African-American boys out of their troops? If people are concerned about the moral erosion of America, or whatever, they

have every right to teach their sons to be bullies on their own time, but please don’t pretend this is part of scouting. Teaching kids outdoor skills is worthless if you aren’t also teaching them character, integrity and compassion. I refuse to believe that Boy Scouts of America is only capable of teaching boys to become stoic, closed-minded outdoorsmen, and it’s time that Boy Scouts as an organization grows to encompass what I believe is one of the better points of its law: a Scout is kind. Girl Scouts embody this by being inclusive and inspiring change to actually make the world a better place. We can’t wait for the Boy Scouts to come join this campfire circle. O’Donnell is a senior secondary education major and can be reached at


SELCHIA CAIN | Columnist Every year, to prepare for Drake University’s oldest tradition, the painted street is whitewashed. Erasing the artwork, but never the memories from the years past. As Drake students, making memories on the painted street is just as important as creating the memory of graduation. But memorable moments on the painted street are not solely limited to the Drake Relays’ tradition. The sidewalk paved with art is also closely connected to Drake’s awkward racial atmosphere. Last year, it was the scene of an incident that disrupted the racial climate of our campus. For those who don’t remem-

ber, or those who weren’t here, I’ll briefly recap what happened. One night, a group of AfricanAmerican students was walking down the painted street after attending a performance at the Fine Arts Center. Out of the blue, “Get off our campus. We don’t want you on our campus. We don’t like (expletive),” was shouted at them from a Jewett Hall window. The rest of the details on what was said never truly came to light. Nor were the people who shouted those remarks ever identified. But, nevertheless, this obviously sparked a racial upset among the African-American students. We refused to allow the incident on painted street that night to go unaddressed. In late March, President Maxwell drafted a campus wide email encouraging us to sign a petition as a call to action to end the “presence of racism on our campus.” The word racism, for some odd reason, seems to make peoples’ palms sweat or cause frowns or arguments of disbelief, as if the talk of racism has become a taboo topic since the end of Jim Crow laws during

the 1960s. Many students on Drake’s campus were eager to combat the petition, agreeing that this was an isolated incident. They challenged that this was “part of a broader campus culture that pretends racism no longer exists.”

This is about everyone who doesn’t identify as being a part of the 89 percent. Drake doesn’t just have black issues, we have a diversity issue.

Selchia Cain Drake sophomore

But I am the three percent who attends Drake, an 89 percent non-minority campus. I am the black Bulldog. And I’m here to tell you that yes — Drake suffers from a diversity deficit that easily fosters room for racism to grow. And guess what? The petition was a wonderful attempt to create a campus "kumbaya," but still nothing has changed.

Since then, the racial issues on our campus have simply been swept under the rug, only leaving behind these awkward particles in the atmosphere creating subtle racism. Please don’t misunderstand me, this isn’t about the three percent that makes the AfricanAmerican population on campus. This is about everyone who doesn’t identify as being a part of the 89 percent. Drake doesn’t just have black issues, we have a diversity issue. A few things have changed on the administrative side in hopes of understanding how Drake can better support diverse minorities. The Office of Admissions is scouting to create an authentic pool of future Bulldogs. The Provost Office is conducting a study on the retention rates of Latino and African-American students. But changing the racial atmosphere on campus has to be a grassroots effort starting with the student body. Students still only seem to be interested in embracing diversity when it’s convenient. Attending programs that dazzle

them with food and entertainment. But students rarely show an interest when serious conversations are being had about the white privilege that plagues our campus. True change will only come from students who want to change their racial mentalities. With students who want to explore what little diversity Drake has to offer and who aren’t afraid to have those uncomfortable conversations. It is almost politically correct to sign a petition to support a cause. Creating programs to encourage multicultural understanding sounds good. The embedded “responsible global citizenship” in our mission statement is great, but we as a campus community need to truly change Drake’s racial climate. We have to understand that diversity is a party that everyone is invited to, but inclusion is a party that everyone enjoys. Cain is a sophomore public relations and magazines major and can be reached at



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A GROUP OF PAINT-SPLATTERED STUDENTS poses after a fun afternoon of Drake Relays' annual street painting tradition. Street Painting happens on one of the more stressful days of Relays. file photo

MEGHAN PRICE | Columnist First, let me start this by saying my views are not a representation of any of the organizations I am in, but ones that I have myself as an individual Drake University student. Being involved on campus can have many perks including meeting new people, being engaged on- and off-campus with students, faculty and staff and making a difference somehow. The Adams Leadership Convocation, previously known as Leaders and Luminaries Student Leadership Awards Ceremony, allows individuals and organizations to be recognized for all of the great things they do throughout the school year. Being nominated for an award, whether personally or through an organization, is an honor in itself. Attending the ceremony is something I encourage everyone to do in his or

her Drake career at least once, whether participating or not. The problem is that street painting is the same day. I am sure you are reading this and thinking how this isn’t a problem, and it is possible to do both on the same day. As the president of a small organization, I am the representative of the organization at Convocation and am the delegator for tasks such as street painting. I see this as a problem. Many individuals in my organization are very involved in other organizations and are nominated for awards, too. Can I expect them to put our square above others or to skip out on part of the Convocation for our square? The answer is simple, no. Street painting isn’t just street painting from the schedules I have seen. You have background painting, sketching and then the actual painting. Or rather paint throwing and dumping. Confession: I have yet to participate in street painting. Now you are probably thinking that something has to be wrong with me not to participate. But is there really something wrong if I would rather spend the day celebrating the great things people and organizations have done this past year instead of throwing paint on people? I think not.

Yes, street painting and the Convocation are not actually at the same time, but times do overlap and are cutting it close. I shouldn’t have to cut short my time at the reception to make it to street painting, and I shouldn’t have to worry about being at both or whether or not the square is ready for painting. Yeah, as president I could just delegate this stuff out, but as I said before, that isn’t fair to the other members. Sure, this does seem a little crazy and ridiculous, but I am fine with that. I do plan to participate in street painting during my senior year, whether I go for fun or go to help an organization I am part of. Adams Leadership Convocation comes first for me, though. After spending time nominating students and programs and filling out award information, I want to go and see who receives the awards. To me, that is what April 19, or whatever date it falls on that year, is about: validation for what students do, not getting covered in paint as tradition.

Price is a junior elementary education major and can be reached at

They are at every restaurant, grocery store and in many foods that would surprise you. Tree nuts. They are a simple food that many people enjoy, but for those with a tree nut allergy, something as simple as eating at a restaurant can be difficult. In recent years, awareness of peanut allergies has gone up significantly as so many children are now affected by the allergy. Because of this, restaurants and other food-related places are cautious about how they use and handle peanuts. Meanwhile, the opposite seems to have happened with tree nuts. They are everywhere, and it can be difficult for those with an allergy to find food since nuts like almonds are found in almost everything. There needs to be just as much caution and awareness to tree nut allergies as there is for peanuts. Many think that being cautious about peanuts is enough. According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, 1.8 million Americans are affected with tree nut allergies while reports that about 4 million Americans suffer from peanut allergies. To some, it makes sense to be cautious about peanuts and not tree nuts. It makes sense that society, and especially schools, is cautious about peanut allergies since such a large population now has the allergy, but the same precautionary measures need to be taken with other allergies, too.

As a young student going to school when extensive peanut allergy rules began to emerge, I realized that tree nut allergies are typically ignored. However, when it came to peanuts, children were not even allowed to bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Many schools across the U.S. do not allow peanuts inside their buildings, yet other allergenic foods are still allowed. I have experienced situations where a teacher has sat at his or her desk and munched on a bag of almonds and then touched everything in the classroom. But when a student accidentally brought peanuts to school without realizing it, the very same teacher made him or her throw the whole lunch away. I understand the importance of taking precautionary measures, but sometimes, children need to be taught how to properly avoid their allergen instead of making the entire school put extra effort into keeping a small percentage of its students safe. It is very easy to teach a child how to avoid his or her allergen, and an easy solution for schools is to properly mark when there is a particular allergen in its food and then offer an alternative option that is just as enjoyable as the original. As a child, there is nothing more disappointing than having to eat fruit for dessert because the cake or brownies have nuts. It is very easy to avoid tree nuts with all of the warnings, but there needs to be equal awareness about how many people are affected by the allergy. Schools and restaurants need to understand that being over-cautious about one allergy does not mean that they are taking care of the problem all together.

McClintic is a sophomore public relations and marketing major and can be reached at


Entering the real-world can wait

Fulbright scholar advises to travel now instead of later

AMELIA PIECUCH | Columnist For every senior, the main topic of conversation is post graduation plans. Nowadays, most of my conversations begin with, “What are you doing after graduation?” Although this question is expected, these are still terrifying words that seem to be on repeat this semester. There is a lot of pressure for graduates to get a “real job,” a job that includes benefits and vacation days. Portraying options like traveling or teaching English to appear as only suitable back up plans. Yet, I say no thanks to corporate America … at least for now, and here’s why: First, the best time to travel is when you are young. Follow the advice of my favorite travel junky, Anthony Bourdain: “If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel, as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them, wherever you go.”

We have our whole lives to sit behind a computer, in a cubical, working a 9-to-5 job, and not know what season it is outside. What other time in our lives will we have no children, no major responsibilities and the liberty to take large chunks of time off? There’s no better time to see the world than now. Second, there are the many obvious and wonderful benefits of going abroad. The amazing food. The beautiful scenery. The wonders of the world. Experiencing new cultures. And seeing new things. The world is such a big place, and we take up such a small part. Traveling helps you understand where you fit in the big picture. Third, there are various career benefits. Experience abroad shows employers that you are adaptable, conscious of global issues, aware of the bigger picture, willing to take risks and able to be put in tough situations. Spending a year abroad doesn’t have to mean some crazy “Eurotrip.” It could mean teaching English, doing volunteer work, doing research or even jobs or internships in another country. There are unlimited options for students and recent graduates all over the world and in every field imaginable. It all depends on where you want to go and what you want to be doing. What better way is there to gain

experience? Lastly, do not let money be what deters you from going abroad. The biggest misconception about traveling is that it is always expensive. Obviously, some places are naturally more expensive than others, but if you plan right, your money can go a long way. And, unknown to most is that there are many programs and scholarships out there for people to go abroad. Peace Corps, Fulbright and the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) are all programs that pay for recent graduates to go abroad to work, travel, teach or do research. If travel peaks your interest, then there is always a way. Next year, I will be doing research in Chile thanks to the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. I couldn’t be more excited about my next step, and I believe it will prepare me just as well as sitting in a cubicle.

Piecuch is a senior international relations and environmental policy major and can be reached at

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Three clues to an awesome pilot

TAD UNRUH | Columnist Television in its basic nature is built for consecutive viewing — drawing in the viewer to the franchise and inventing a fresh way to tell a story, concurrently. But most importantly, it must retain viewers. Deciding what television show is the best is a daunting task. Or for the premise of this article, deciding what the best pilot episode in television history is. Sam Shanahan, who with the extensive television watching he’s done over the years (nearly 100 shows), looked across the kitchen table at me, uttering, “Obviously, I can only base on what I have seen, I wasn't there for the first 'I Love Lucy,' I've heard good things, though.” I’ve narrowed it down between three categories that can identify great TV pilots. 1. They must establish what the show is

going to do. 2. The ability to hook a person into watching it, by any means. And 3. The complexities of writing a pilot, what it is and what formula it is supposed to follow. In my research, I obviously had my own biases regarding TV shows, but it was important to ask the three people I trust most with my television viewing, apprenticeship and overall outside knowledge of the subject. Their names are Sam Shanahan, Lucas McMillan and P.J. Upton. The three pilot episodes the four of us all overlapped ideas on were in order “Lost,” “Breaking Bad” and “Arrested Development.” First, it is important to understand the context in which pilots are viewed. Shanahan specifically stated, “My thought on a pilot is then that, it can only be considered good compared to the show that it sets up, hopefully everything perfectly.” Each of the three of these shows does this extremely well. The “Lost” pilot had the biggest budget, that's for sure, and it showed. It established the premise of the show immediately, and was really well made. “You want to hook people with something very cinematic at the beginning,” McMillan said. Setting up the show by putting in

story framework of the characters, the formula and where plot details will form is the most important. Without these, nothing will be collectively understood about the show. Secondly, the hook, line and sinker must be thrown into the water, leaving clever or tasty enough bait for them to bite, and not let go. “Lost” threw everyone into the fray of a plane crash. “Everyone on the beach has a fresh start, no one knows anything about the others. It’s an interesting character sweep, where you start learning more about them later,” Upton said. “With ‘Lost,’ it is a completely blank slate, and that completely hooks you in.” “Arrested Development” as a sitcom must develop its characters to nail down a plot first. Which is much more difficult in sitcoms because the characters have to be extremely apparent immediately. For Shanahan, his excited moment came in the first minute of “Arrested Development.” Even as it comes through trials and tribulations, “The very first line of 'Arrested Development' looks at (the main character and the narrator says) ‘Why is he smiling? Because he's decided he’s never going to speak to these people again.’ So in my mind, I

am going, ‘What the hell is wrong with these people? I want to watch more of this.’” But he says if there are problems with pilots in general, it comes with the territory. “It’s a pilot. It's going to struggle. There definitely have to be high moments. There has to be something about it that makes you say, ‘I really want to see what happens with it.’” Even “Breaking Bad” starts with something to jolt the heart, but “it starts with Bryan Cranston in his underwear driving this meth RV down a dirt road with two dead guys sliding around in the back. It’s a powerful hook. It is a great way to start it,” McMillan said. “The show got so much deeper and so much smarter after that but it started with that cheap thrill. You have to start with a cheap thrill to hook people sometimes.” Lastly, making a pilot it is the first thing you do. As a writer, artist or any person in any creative field, it is hard to break out, meaning you are constantly writing and rewriting your work. “It’s the same with anything, music, TV movies, definitely. The first thing you make is always going to be better than the second thing you make. Because you have your whole life to make your first album, six months to

make your second. TV pilots are that way,” McMillan said. As a producer/writer/director, with the pilot, everything has to go right. Getting the right reviews, setting up the show correctly and everything in general must work. In most circumstances, a lot is out of the hands of those who are involved once it airs. Overall, many factors must decide if your show catches on or not. Staying power is shown to spectacular ideals in “Lost,” “Arrested Development” and “Breaking Bad.” Sticking around for the next episode is the most important part. If you continue to build off of that initial punch in the stomach with an adrenaline needle and have a purpose with it, then viewers will continue to appreciate the show. My stand for the best pilot of all time lies with the J.J. Abrams directed “Lost,” $12 million for the budget, two hour movie feel to it, and indelible sequences within character, it begins one of the most ambitious television shows nearly ever. Unruh is a senior radio and sociology major and can be reached at

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Summer blockbusters STEPHANIE KOCER | Columnist

Long-anticipated films to hit theaters

Summer is the best time to work on the tan you’ve been missing since school started and to catch some killer blockbusters. Luckily for us, this year’s selection of movies promises to bring lots of action and laughs. Here is a list of the top 10 flicks to check out this summer:

8. “Despicable Me 2” Release date: July 3 Who doesn’t love those minions? This time Gru is back with his daughters and yes, the minions. In this sequel, Gru has been asked by the Anti-Villain League to take care of a new supervillain played by Al Pacino (I know, I laughed at that too).

The first one was pretty good, but the second one was pretty bad. Maybe third time’s a charm? Either way we get to see the adorable Robert Downey Jr., as genius Tony Stark, battle some bad guys that have taken over his life, and we may find out if the man makes the suit or if the suit makes the man.

Christopher Nolan likes to take superhero franchises that have been done one too many times, do them once more and make them cool again. This time he’s re-imagining Superman from the very beginning with an all-star cast including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Henry Cavill as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian. This one’s sure to be the summer’s top earner.

10. “Iron Man 3” Release date: May 3

9. “Star Trek Into Darkness” Release date: May 17 You probably can’t go wrong with J.J. Abrams. This time, the Enterprise crew discovers a force that has attacked Starfleet and has created major problems on Earth. Captain Kirk leads a dangerous manhunt to find the force behind it all.

7. “Man of Steel” Release date: June 14

6. “This is the End” Release date: June 14 OK, this one is probably going to be beyond stupid, but come on James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and a bunch of other hilarious dudes along with some random celebrities, including Emma Watson, playing themselves and bro-ing it out at the end of the world. Sounds pretty funny to me.

5. “Monsters University” Release date: June 21 Pixar is taking us back in time to see how Mike and Sulley became friends. In this prequel, however, the college versions of themselves, majoring in scaring, don’t always see eye-to-eye. I’m interested to see how Pixar works out monster frat parties.

4. “The Heat” Release date: June 28 Whoever cast Sandra Bullock alongside Melissa McCarthy was a genius. Bullock plays the uptight, rule-loving FBI agent while McCarthy is the plays–byher-own-rules detective. They have to learn to work together to take down a Russian mobster. I can’t wait. 3. “The Hangover Part III” Release date: May 24 The first one was hilarious, the second was just downright scary and I don’t even want to know what the final film in the franchise will bring. Apparently, this time the guys don’t end up losing anyone after a dangerously drunken night. Instead, they take a road trip back to Vegas where it all began. Mr. Chow is back, and a new bad guy played by John Goodman is sure to bring some good laughs.

2. “The Internship” Release date: June 7 Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are middle-aged salesmen that have been pushed out of their jobs because of everything going digital. They then take internships at Google and have to try to outsmart young, digitallyminded college kids so the company will hire them. This film will be funny and timely.

1. “The Great Gatsby” Release date: May 10 I feel like we have been waiting for this movie to come out for way too long. I can’t think of anything more perfect than Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. It’s directed by Baz Luhrmann who also directed “Moulin Rouge,” so it’s going to be a visual spectacle. I can’t wait to see the 1920s on the big screen with DiCaprio in what is sure to be his best role yet. Kocer is a sophomore magazines and English major and can be reached at

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Zombie preparation plan ZOMBIES » PAGE 1 Notice: “Get the heck out of dodge!” If you’re a Drake student who hasn’t been recently zombified, you missed the ensuing panic while you were dozing away and lacking social media due to lost computer and cellphone chargers. Campus tore itself apart, and the likely events happened: C-Store raiding, the likes of which even the most flex dollar hoarding students unleashed during finals week have ever seen. Mass theft and consumption of all available campus bar alcohol to combat soberness in the light of the doomed campus. All the people you share a bathroom with and are annoyed by on a regular basis have become the only people to live with, unless you find better settling grounds. Here are four places that are best suited to live out a zombie apocalypse in. 1. Go west, young man, shopping center ho. If you have a car, go as far west as you possibly can on Interstate 235 and Interstate 80. If you can reach Valley West Mall, that is sufficient. Jordan Creek Town Center represents the best Alamo for your one-stop-shop zombie apocalypse needs. From P.F. Chang’s to Trader Joe’s, you have the ability to eat delicious food for nearly a year to wait out the carnage. Inside Jordan Creek is ideal as well. It is a humongous building full of supplies that with a little work can become an impenetrable fortress. 2. Scheel’s Sporting Goods within Jordan Creek is an Alamo within an Alamo. Holing up here is the most essential as it has many great bang-for-your-buck items. Because it has two exits, it isn’t entirely viable to get out of, but for the amount of weaponry, food, gear and space, it is entirely viable. A. It provides weaponry (zombie repellent shotguns, Daryl Dixonapproved crossbows and zombie traps). B. Outdoor gear (boots and footwear, warm and cold clothes, canoes — what the hell do I need a canoe for?)

C. Non-perishable food (Clif bars and trail mix for extended trips outside of the Jordan Creek fortress). D. Sports equipment for armor and recreation to keep everyone fit.

E. Your favorite sports team’s jersey for a quick apocalypse inflation-adjusted fivefinger discount. 3. Adventureland Amusement Park: See movie Zombieland. Actors/Actresses Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody

Harrelson and Bill Murray may or may not be included. If you really want to live, I would not trust Adventureland. If you want to have the coolest reallife zombie battle of all time, look for Twinkies and have an epic story no one will ever remember and is lost to history, this is your place.

4. Downtown Des Moines Skywalk System: If you’re alone, and the apocalypse is making you lonely you can go downtown. If these aren’t “28 Days Later” rage virus zombies, the interconnected web of skywalks in the downtown financial sector is perfect for escaping the impending doom on the streets. While the food and the weaponry isn’t ideal, the skywalks allow for innumerable space to live. You will have to go out on expeditions to get different types of food, weaponry, medicine and other things. Overall, it may be dangerous depending on what time of day the original virus hit, because it could be empty after everyone left work, or it is completely infested with rotting corporate zombies. Oh well, your choice.

5. Fort Dodge: Army bases are ideal for zombie apocalypses. It has an infinite numbers of supplies, weaponry and in-house doctors. It already has built-in defenses as well. The soldiers can teach you how to shoot, use weapons properly and become a zombie-killing machine. Here is where it gets tricky though. Who ever wants to drive to Fort Dodge, or even knows where it is? At this point, a GPS is going to be spotty, and let’s face it, none of us as college students have ever read a road map. But if you do make it to Fort Dodge, you will have a built-in support hierarchy of power, and barring any maniacal, tyrannical general a la “Dr. Strangelove,” you should be fine. For the record, if any of this does happen, do not take any of this advice. You could be putting yourself in extreme danger of a bad case of “zombie attack-itis.” If one would take my advice, it would be going to Jordan Creek for practicality, or Adventureland because what cooler way to die than running around a doomed theme park, or having a funhouse shootout with other humans fighting to take over the theme park. Take your pick. It’s your apocalypse. Unruh is a senior radio and sociology major and can be reached at






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Raids cost bars more than students SARAH FULTON | Staff Writer | A police officer storms toward a bar and students scramble to the back door. It is a sprint to hit the street and disappear into the night. This is a bar raid. Sgt. Jason Halifax, public information officer for the Des Moines Police Department, said police officers realize that people are going to run. “Certainly, if officers walk in the front door, it is a possibility for kids to run out the back,” Halifax said. “That is not a new tactic.” Compliance checks can occur in several ways, Halifax said. One involves a scheduled sitting where police send in an underage person, with an officer watching and have them attempt to buy alcohol. Other checks are prompted by complaints called in to police by people in neighborhoods surrounding a bar or from another bar patron. Many are done at the officers’ discretion, Halifax said. “Any officer at any time can go into the bar and do a check,” Halifax said. “Some bars, if we are having more

trouble with them, will get a checked more often.” Students can also cause checks Halifax said. “If a kid is outside the bar and he is stupid drunk and says that he was drinking inside, we will go inside and we start I.D.-ing people inside the bar,” he said. Halifax said that the police are more concerned with the bar than the students. “If they are sloppy, out-of-control drunk, they may go to jail for detoxification,” Halifax said. “If we are in the bar, the citation will go to the bar, but not the kids.” The police try to be understanding, Halifax said. “That is the nature of college students. I was in college once. I see the urge to want to drink,” Halifax said. The punishment for underage drinking varies because “intoxication is a gray area,” Halifax said. If a minor is charged, it is a simple misdemeanor, like underage

consumption of alcohol. The consequences for bars are more serious. General manager of the University Library Cafe Tyler Uetz said that for a first-time incident, the bar receives a $500 fine and possible two-week liquor license suspension. Peggy’s co-owner, Bob Lafratte, also worries about consequences. “It is very stressful,” Lafratte said. “It has to do with fines, closing the establishment and losing sales.” Serving minors can prevent a bar from successfully renewing its license. “If twice a month, we go into a bar, and we always find underage kids, then if that bar comes up for renewal our guy(s) go to the meeting and the (City Council) can suspend their licenses,” Halifax said. Apart from legal consequences, Lafratte said that stings affect business. “We do not have problems with the police. We realize they are doing their jobs,” Lafratte said. “We also realize that we do not even want police in the parking lot doing paper work because

it makes patrons nervous.” His other patrons are part of the reason that Lafratte does not want underage drinkers. He said he wants the older students and alumni to enjoy themselves. “We want the juniors and seniors,” Lafratte said. “We do not want the trouble.” Uetz said serving minors affects the bar’s ability to draw customers. “I think the biggest impact is if you get a reputation for serving minors, you can drive away a good portion of business that does not want to be around immature drinkers,” Uetz said. While Halifax said stings occur evenly during the year, Uetz said early in the year is the heaviest time for underage drinking. “The first couple of weeks, we had some people who tried but we gave bonuses to our employees for confiscating and spotting fake I.D.s,” Uetz said. “It sent a pretty clear message that we were not going to tolerate that.”

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Two Harding Middle School teachers redefine the classroom through “Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme,” a program that encourages minority students to break racial and social barriers.

As more students seek internships to gain professional experience, more are working as interns without pay. Despite no compensation, unpaid interns often work as many hours as paid interns.

Hashtags extend from the Internet into academics, as more professors require students to tweet regularly and fuel class discussions beyond scheduled meetings. Tweets even play a factor in grading.

Today, more women study and volunteer abroad than men. Though their quest for hands-on professional experience promises learning opportunities, risks sometimes accompany service abroad.

Voluntourism, or service trips abroad, is increasing in popularity, especially at Drake where classes are offered with such opportunities. But are these kinds of voluntourism trips filled with corruption?


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Youth program breaks barriers

Local students overcome racial, social tensions through hip-hop ASHTON WEIS | Staff Writer | Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins, two Harding Middle School teachers, created a community of expression and openness in their classroom. These two teachers are leading the charge in deconstructing minority issues surrounding education in Des Moines, and they aren’t doing it alone. Parents, administrators, outside community members and the students have teamed up to bridge the gap between minorities and education. Take a step into Rollins’ classroom, where Lang and Rollins co-teach “Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme,” and instantly notice the difference of their room compared to the traditional, desksfacing-front classroom. Here, the students’ desks face one another. Groups of four create student microcosms and open the lines between the students. The students in the room don’t profess their opinions to the teachers to be graded — instead they use the other students to express their thoughts and ideas. The two teachers also have other responsibilities at Harding. Lang teaches speech and drama while Rollins is a civics and literacy teacher. “Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme,” one of five programs that Lang and Rollins are responsible for,

teaches a group of eighth graders how to express themselves outside of their racial identities. “Movement 515,” “Minorities on the Move,” “Share the Mic” and “Urban Leadership 101” are the other four programs under their jurisdiction. All four classes teach youth in Des Moines how to deconstruct racial barriers and express themselves in positive ways. “Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme” has these same goals, but doesn’t stop there. “We refer to it as a hybrid between literacy and history objectives,” Rollins said. “And so, we try to fuse those two ideas, as far as subject matter goes, but then we do that through a hiphop lens. Everything we investigate, English-wise and historywise, we always do it through hip-hop culture.” The group of students enrolled are specifically invited to the class, based on a number of components. One such component is a “minority” status. Most of the students in the class are either a racial minority or a gender minority. Lang and Rollins acknowledge that they are approaching their students with potentially explosive topics. “We’re very candid with our students. We don’t hold our

tongue, we don’t hold back,” Rollins said. “We’re very vulnerable in front of our students. We’re very honest and open. We talk about our mistakes and our own paths, and then at the same token, we also talk about our white privilege, and how we grew up in pretty high, upper-middle class homes and didn’t really have a lot of problems. And we’re not afraid to tell our kids that they’re going to have a much more difficult time as a result of that.” In addition to dealing with their students openly and candidly, they are learning about each other. “They realize that they’re not really that much different from each other,” Lang said. This program has contributed to the overall change in atmosphere at Harding. Although there is not any quantifiable data at this point, the teachers and administrators have noticed a huge shift in behavior. Three years ago, the school underwent a reconstruction of the ways they dealt with student behavior in conjunction with creating this class. Jake Troja, the vice principal of Harding, said the behavioral reconstruction and “Hip-Hop: Rhetoric & Rhyme” go hand-in-hand. “It’s another tool that we have to help our students become bet-


ter people,” Troja explained. Troja takes part in the other programs Lang and Rollins have created. Including the overall changes at Harding, Lang and Rollins are noticing increased engagement with their students’ parents. “This year, parents come to us for conferences,” Lang said. “They call us; they love what’s happening. They want to know their kids can stay involved in our programming, because we genuinely love these kids. We build some relationships with them and part of that is building strong relationships with their parents, to get them to trust us..” Parents are deeply impressed with the ways that Lang and Rollins are teaching their kids to express themselves. Judy Miller, whose son Davonte is taking the class, noticed a positive change in her son. “I think the class has helped him express himself differently. Through this class I’ve learned a little bit more about my son that he obviously kept from me,” Miller said. “I didn’t know he had issues with his dad being gone and things like that. This class and poetry has helped him let that out and express it.” Chandra Nelson, whose daughter Chyanne is also taking the class, couldn’t agree more

with Miller. “She’s able to express herself a lot better, without arguing with me. She just has a major positive emotional outlook. She was one way one day and started going to this class and came back completely different,” Nelson said. While the class functions as an incentive and has increased both the literacy and attendance at Harding, Rollins was initially discouraged about the eighth graders' transition to high school. “We’ve found that kids are very successful when they’re with us, and then when they transition to high school, they’re falling off. I initially took that data as a negative,” Rollins said. Rollins and Lang were approached by the school district, which acknowledged that it didn’t have the mechanisms in place to continue to support the students who needed it. This led to the creation of “Urban Leadership 101,” a class for freshmen through seniors. The class, co-taught by Lang and Rollins, will focus on community ties and recognizing all of the options for students after high school.

Around the Midwest, new programs and ideas are being implemented to help empower inner-city students to become better individuals. EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH TRAVEL



After acknowledging that inner-city youth in Chicago may never be able to leave their communities, let alone the country, founder Jessica Mann gave serious consideration to starting this program. Urban teens focus on worldly, current issues and become developed global leaders given the skills to positively affect their experiences at home and abroad. Each year, a different country and global theme is focused on to better gain an understanding and tolerance of diverse groups of people.

Founder John Parsons realized that within Omaha, students who drop out or are expelled have little to no chance of developing the citizenship, in more ways than one, necessary to have a positive impact on the communities they live in. Today’s enrollment of around 40 students are provided with a school that offers personalized education, a moral code and tools for self-sufficiency.

Located near the south side of Indianapolis, K.I.D.S. focuses on equipping inner-city youth to meet, know and show Christ in their lives to show their true potential and skills. With the potential to be with children for up to twelve years of their lives, this program can positively impact the children’s development and provide a lasting impact that will remain with them forever.


Local theatre venues thrive

Number of season ticket holders reaches record high Theatre in Des Moines is flourishing. From show selections to ticket sales, everything is going uphill. Last year, Des Moines Performing Arts had a record breaking 12,097 season ticket holders. With an average attendance of 329,000 people, 378 performances between its 10 venues and an economic impact of $31 million to the area, Des Moines Performing Arts is growing at an impressive rate. Now it is aiming to do even better. Next year it will feature Broadway favorites “Wicked” and “Phantom of the Opera” along with the Tony winners “Once” and the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.” “The community has been incredibly supportive, generous and enthusiastic to Des Moines Performing Arts through the years. That’s why we are dedicated to bringing world-class entertainment and shows, as well as a variety of arts programs that are economically accessible to families, schools and other organizations,” Cindy Hughes Anliker, communications manager, said. It appears that Des Moines as a whole has fallen in love with the arts. This January, the Drake Theatre Department put on a production of “Chicago.” The show was put together during J-term and performed for three nights at the end of the semester. On the opening night, Thursday, tickets were available for reservation,

but Friday and Saturday night were sold out. Students were forced to wait for last minute cancellations in hopes of getting into the popular show. The department has gotten even bigger recently with its performance of “Carmina Burana” with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. This cantata combines the singing

Des Moines is very supportive of the arts in general, and the playhouse specifically. We anticipate this will continue.

Lee Ann Bakros Des Moines Community Playhouse

power of all Drake choirs — totaling almost 300 people. This does not address the other theatre companies in Des Moines, which are prospering as well. These companies include Stage West, the Des Moines Social Club and the Des Moines Community Playhouse. “Des Moines is very supportive of the arts in general, and the playhouse specifically. We anticipate this will continue,” Lee Ann Bakros, marketing and public relations director of the Des Moines Community

Playhouse, said. After 95 years in Des Moines, the Community Playhouse has expanded to include a space for children’s theatre. The Playhouse works with 1,400 volunteers each year, and puts on 11 shows a season. It has a steady audience with over 55,000 people attending its shows along with the largest education department of any community theater in the country. The Des Moines Social Club too has had a successful year. Currently based in the Kirkwood Building, the non-profit organization is moving to a historic firehouse. This new space has been renovated and restored and will allow the theater to expand. “We’ve had a growing attendance,” Matt McIver, artistic director of the Des Moines Social Club and its theatre company, said. “We want to continue that growth.” By moving to the new firehouse, the Social Club will have more space, more seating and more opportunities. “We’re experimental,” McIver said when describing their shows. The company hosts around four productions a year with a small core group of actors and many others from the Des Moines community. While McIver admitted that it can be difficult to get good advertising in Des Moines, he added that the people here seem to be growing to love theatre.

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Teaching to engage work ‘in the field’

Keith Summerville takes the classroom outdoors for students DREW KAUFMAN | Staff Writer | For someone who said he’d rather spend 90 percent of his time outside, Keith Summerville spends a large portion of his day indoors. This time spent indoors must be used efficiently to complete the work his many positions at Drake University require. Summerville is an associate professor of biology and environmental science, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and president of Faculty Senate at Drake. Through his professional life, Summerville brings a willingness to listen and teach to his positions. In the classroom, Summerville, who is often referred to as Keith by students, uses unique methods to help students learn. “I am very committed to spending as little time in the classroom as possible and more time in the field,” Summerville said. “Students are going to learn a hell of a lot more from doing things with me than listening to me prattle on about some topic.” When students head out into the field with Summerville, they aren’t going just as students in his mind. “I fundamentally view my students as collaborators in the scientific process,” Summerville said. “It’s all too easy to say professor, student and bifurcate the relationship in a really unproductive way.” Summerville’s style works for junior Mariam Vahdat, an environmental science and environmental policy double major. “Keith’s classes are challenging, but I don’t think I’ve gotten as much from any other class,” Vahdat said. “He’s able to phrase things in a way that students can really understand.” In the entomology course she took with Summerville, Vahdat created a museum-quality bug collection by going out into the

KEITH SUMMERVILLE (right in baseball cap) AND STUDENTS examine specimens “in the field” during one of his classes. While being a professor, he also juggles roles across Drake’s campus. He is the president of Faculty Senate. photo courtesy of drake marketing and communications field and capturing the insects. Being in the field enables students to understand global concepts on a local level, she said. Vahdat, a Mason City, Iowa native, is also one of Summerville’s academic advisees. She has built a strong relationship with him, which means she goes in for anything from academic advice to venting on a bad day. “He’s invested in what we’re going to do in the future,” Vahdat said. “It feels like he’s willing to do what he can to make sure we succeed in the areas we want to succeed in.” Summerville also brought a willingness to listen into his work as president of Faculty Senate. Faculty Senate recently received attention because of the decision to implement a plus-minus grading system. Prior to that vote, Summerville worked to get input from everyone who would be affected, including in surveys and open forums. “My role was to try to shape a

process that included the fairest, fullest vetting of the issue that we could do,” Summerville said. The vetting included a full faculty vote, the only one Summerville recalls occurring in his 10 years at the university. Gathering feedback led to changes in the proposal to address concerns of those involved. “The decision to delay (implementation until 2016) is a direct consequence of their (students) vocal feedback about it being fundamentally unfair,” Summerville said. “In that regard, I think their voices were heard.” Dorothy Pisarski, associate professor of advertising and the faculty senator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, thought Summerville was successful in listening to feedback and communicating details about the grading proposal as the discussion changed her mind. “When I first heard it (the proposal), I was opposed … I thought it would be very difficult in cre-

ative classes,” Pisarski said. “After discussion and clarification, I realized this wasn’t a mandate, simply an option for faculty, I said I’m good with that.” Summerville also acted as a mentor for Pisarski when she joined Faculty Senate this year. Pisarski said Summerville helped her voice opinions in the meetings. Debra DeLaet, professor of politics and international relations and chair of the department of politics and international relations, is the incoming Faculty Senate president. She has been working with Summerville to transition into her new role. “Keith has done an excellent job of planning for a smooth transition. He encouraged my attendance at the January Board of Trustees retreat which helped orient me regarding an important part of the Faculty Senate president's role,” DeLaet said via email. “We meet regularly to discuss the nature of the position

and how I might prepare for what I hope will be a successful year.” Summerville engages in strong communication in his role as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He oversees the administration of the college, which means he’s frequently receiving reports on the various aspects of the college. “I’m sort of an on-call assistant to whatever the dean needs accomplished,” Summerville said. To complete all of the work required for his positions, Summerville works efficiently. He developed strong multitasking skills. “I don’t screw around a lot when I’m here,” he said. As far as his future, Summerville is looking forward to attending more Phish concerts this summer. He’s already been to 36 and is hoping to make 37 and 38 this summer.


Shopping at thrift stores allows unique experiences

HAYLEIGH SYENS | Staff Writer | It seems that Macklemore’s hit song “Thirft Shop” is on the radio every five minutes. While some may think of this as just a catchy tune, others, including Drake University students, actually live the life of a thrifter. First-year classical guitar and creative writing major Ian “Fritz” Wolfe estimated that 80 percent of his wardrobe is from various thrift shops, many from around the Des Moines area. “My favorite thrift shop of all time is the Goodwill in Urbandale,” Wolfe said. “That place has always been true to me. They’re always stocked up with really nice stuff.” He started thrifting after his older brother started, and hasn’t stopped. Wolfe is responsible for buying his own clothes, and has found it easier to shop at thrift stores. “You can spend $3 on a Tshirt as opposed to $20 on a Tshirt and to me, that just seems so much more convenient. You just have to look a little harder,” Wolfe said, adding his main thrifting strategy is to look for interesting colors and patterns. First-year secondary education and English major Jordan Toschak said to be successful, you have to go into a thrift store with the right frame of mind. “You just can’t look for anything specific,” Toschak said. “If you go and you’re looking for a green dress, you’re not going to find it. You have to go and look through all the crazy, ridiculous stuff and see what you get.” Toschak learned the art of thrifting from her mother. Her favorite local thrift shop is the Des Moines Salvation Army. According to Toschak, there is a certain

etiquette that comes with thrifting. “One time we went thrifting and (my friend) broke the cardinal rule of thrifting, which is talking about how much money you have in your pocket, because then you just look entitled,” Toschak said. “Just have fun while you’re shopping, but don’t be insulting to other people.” Wolfe said people sometimes forget to treat thrift shops, and the people who shop for more than costumes for theme parties, respectfully. “Personally, I love going to the thrift stores and finding all this stuff, but some people will go there and buy just a bunch of wacky stuff. That’s just kind of degrading to me. It doesn’t make it seem as appealing anymore,” Wolfe said. On top of being respectful in a thrift shop, Wolfe said that there are a few more qualities a thrifter must possess in order to be successful while shopping. “You’ve got to have patience, you’ve got to have integrity and you’ve got to have a good set of eyes,” Wolfe said. “On your way to the thrift store, you’ve just got to have the mindset that you’re going to find something awesome.” For shoppers who want prime choice of the latest thrift store merchandise, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa President Marlyn McKeen said clothing is rotated off the sales floor every four weeks. In between donation and hitting the sales floor, clothing goes through a quality check. “Once we have received the clothing donation, it is inspected for quality, no stains, tears, but-

tons missing or excessive wear. The good items are then hung on hangers and then put out on racks in the store,” McKeen said. She encouraged students to shop at Goodwill, emphasizing that any purchases made help to support Goodwill training programs in the community. So for students on a budget or simply looking for unique pieces, give shopping at thrift stores a try. Just remember to be patient and respectful, and then let the thrifting begin.

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Working 9 to 5 without the pay ERIN HASSANZADEH | Staff Writer | While interning for “Elle” last summer, Katherine Dewitt arrived early, rarely took lunch breaks and worked about 70 hours per week. “I was continuously exhausted because of the work. None of the interns had desks, so we stood during usually 12-hour days,” Dewitt, a 2012 Drake University graduate, said. “I would carry around heavy garment bags of couture coats and haul trunks of clothes to photo shoots.” While working in New York City, she didn’t make a cent. Dewitt had four roommates and her mother helped pay rent. When she was able to take a lunch break, she ate half and saved half for dinner. Then there is Shiv Morjaria, who will not have to worry about saving cash this summer as an actuarial science intern in New York City for Towers Watson, a professional services company. The interview process for Morjaria’s internship was like a courtship. He was first flown to New York for his interview. “They paid for my flights, hotels and expenses,” Morjaria, a Drake junior, said. “They had a car service drive me to all of my interviews, too. It was actually really cool.” Morjaria, like Dewitt, will lead the life of a summer intern but his days will look a little different. Morjaria will be making $27 an hour working 40-hour weeks. He expects to work up

to 60 hours per week, meaning plenty of overtime pay. Morjaria will also receive a living stipend of $450 per week. “That should cover rent and a meal plan at the NYU dorms,” 21-year-old Morjaria of Mombasa, Kenya, said. “I definitely expect to go out on the weekends, catch a few Broadway shows and go clubbing to see what life in the city is like.” These opportunities are not unusual for Morjaria, who is pursuing four majors: actuarial science, information systems, finance and math. He is leaving behind his Des Moines internship from last summer where he made $17.50 per hour. Internships are viewed as commonplace today for college students. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 55 percent of the 2012 graduating class had an internship or co-op experience. For those who take on unpaid internships, questions linger about what is fair, ethical or legal. The consensus from Iowa universities is that internships, paid or unpaid, are increasing. Universities are not required to track internships held by their students, but they say the trends with internships are dictated by the economy and job market. Annette Watson, career development manager for the college of business and public administration, said companies are bouncing back from

the recession. “When the economy was bad there was a rise in unpaid or no interns at all. In the last 12 months internship opportunities have grown overall,” Watson said. The U.S. Department of Labor lays out six guidelines employers must follow when employing non-paid individuals. Importantly, employers must treat the internship like an educational experience, not a cheap chance to

When the economy was bad, there was a rise in unpaid or no interns at all. In the last 12 months internship opportunities have grown overall.

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replace regular employees. “I think some further clarification from the law is needed regarding non-paid internships,” Jim Seyfer, career adviser for the University of Iowa, said. “It’s difficult for us to enforce ... guidelines. If an employer doesn’t treat students fairly, the market will correct that.” Neglecting these guidelines has recently landed major companies in court. Last year, former intern Xuedan Wang sued her employer, “Harper’s Bazaar,”

for minimum wage violations. She claimed to be working between 40 to 55 hours per week as a magazines fashion intern for free. Dewitt did not sympathize with Wang. “Honestly, she’s kind of ruined the ‘internship experience’ at magazines for us. A lot of companies aren’t even hiring interns any more because it’s being frowned upon,” Dewitt said. So which industries are paying and which are not? “It’s just guesswork really,” Seyfer said. “The programs that have the highest rate of unpaid internships would be communications studies and journalism. We would say business and engineering have the highest rate of paid internships.” While some students are willing to take an unpaid internship to gain experience, network or to earn college credit, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) studies show that internship compensation matters beyond a summer paycheck. According to the NACE 2011 Student Survey, the class of 2011 graduates who took part in a paid internship were more likely to get a job offer, have a job in hand by the time they graduated and receive a higher starting salary offer than their peers who had an unpaid internship or no internship. Morjaria is one of seven interns competing for six full-time

positions at Towers and Watson this summer. “The expectation is that you stay on full-time unless you really mess up,” Morjaria said. “They’ve extended internal promotion to interns.” For Dewitt, her summer in New York did not translate into a full-time position when she graduated in December. “Basically, editors say they will help you find a job, but the truth is no one is hiring on the editorial side of magazines,” Dewitt said. “I created very strong, good relationships with all of my editors in my previous internships, and they’ve all told me they wish they could help or that they will try.” From business to communications, there is an undisputed value in having internship experience outside of college coursework. “I think my degree is somewhat important, but when interviewing, employers are most interested in hearing about my past internships,” Dewitt said. “No one has ever asked me about my degree, what my classes were like or what projects I worked on in school.” So what is next for the internship industry? “We think it will continue to fluctuate with the market,” Seyfer said. “It depends on the industry, but mainly it will fluctuate with the economy.”










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The Intern Diaries LAUREN EHRLER

Senior majoring in broadcast news


ABC News, Iowa Public Television, KCCI and the TelegraphHerald. Currently interning at the Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation.


“I was working for a newspaper and they were covering the homecomings of these two soldiers. Both of them were coming home because they were injured. One of them had lost a leg and he had a prosthetic and could walk. He had family that came and greeted him and he was really excited to be home. So they put on this whole shebang with motorcycles and everything. Then the second guy who came out had joined the army a year ago and was paralyzed from the chest down. It was so sad because you could tell he didn’t want all this pomp and circumstance in coming home. It was sad to cover that because, as a reporter, you know he doesn’t want to talk to you, and you don’t want to bother him. Covering anything like that is never fun.”


Senior majoring in marketing and management


Red Frog Events, Best Buy, Langsha Group and BKM Properties


“Sometimes we would take breaks during the day and one of the gentlemen in our office would come over. We’d do squats or jumping jacks. That was a good thing to take our minds off whatever we were doing. It was funny to look around and see everyone doing some air-squats or jumping jacks to get the blood flowing again.”


Senior majoring in magazine journalism, international relations and entrepreneurship


GQ Magazine, Meredith Corporation Special Interest Media. Currently interning at Living the Country Life Magazine.


“There was one day at GQ when they asked me to interview Hunter Parrish of ‘Weeds.’ I love that show, so I was psyched. I got on the phone with him and threw on my headphones that had a little recording device in them. In my excitement/nervousness/ absolute terror, I put them on wrong and the mic was on the wrong ear. I didn’t get any of the interview recorded. This was my first week there. It was horrible, but I kept my cool, and I didn’t get fired. All of the editors told me that it was something that happened to everyone once and then they learned that painful lesson. They had someone else re-interview him, and crazy enough, the recorder broke while the other writer was doing that story. So the story never happened. It was one of those weird, oncein-a-lifetime ‘this really, really sucks’ moments.”


Senior majoring in actuarial science and finance


Hunter Benefits Consulting Group, CME Group, USG Corporation and Aetna


“At one of our meetings (at Aetna), the Chief Underwriting Officer had us participate in an activity where we had to match clues to our fellow teammates. There, I learned that my boss was a ‘master’ balloon animal maker. We all laughed, but then the CUO pulled out balloons and asked him to prove it. Unfortunately, he forgot the air pump and spent the rest of the meeting attempting to blow up the balloon.”


Senior majoring in graphic design and magazine journalism


Iowa Sports Spotlight and Meredith Corporation


“While I was in my first department at Meredith, the crafts group, I got to attend a lot of photo-shoots in the studio, which was really fun. My favorite memory is when I was asked to model for a magazine, ‘Make it Yourself.’ Basically, they were just looking for models they didn't have to pay, so since I was an intern, I fit the bill. We went to an off-campus location where I modeled a scarf and a ring. They brought a bunch of clothes for me to try on, which I was then able to keep afterwards as my compensation. Someone did my makeup but they didn't really mess with my hair. The photographer was really nice and friendly, making the shoot less awkward. The art director chose what I wore and which photos were later used in the magazine. I ended up appearing on a full-page and a smaller picture. I’ve been pictured in about three to four different magazines. Although they’re not big names, it’s still fun to be able to say, ‘Hey, that’s me!’”


Graduated in December with a degree in law, politics & society and sociology


Iowa Legal Aid, Iowa Department of Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights and Fundación Crecer. Currently interning at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Washington, D.C.


“When I was interning at Iowa Legal Aid, I was in charge of helping walk-in Spanish speakers with applications for services. Sometimes, people would come in and they would just barely make too much money to meet our income qualifications, and I would have to turn them away. That was always really hard for me.”



Junior majoring in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology

Senior majoring in business administration, marketing and management


Drake CBPA, World’s Largest Wholesale Market, the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, The Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago and the Des Moines Symphony. Currently interning at Meredith Corporation.


“There was one weekend with the GPMF that we held our concert in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. This space holds about 1,500 people, significantly fewer than our average attendance, and one night, tickets were oversold. Of course, I was manned at the door that evening, and when I had to turn away patrons who had their season tickets, they were not very happy. Although (my manager) was floating around, he had bigger issues to solve, so I had to stress the importance of being a member and how this one weekend had been advertised as having special attendance policies. Everything worked out. We did have to turn away a number of people, but it was a great lesson in patience and problem solving!”


Bakundu Cameroon and Bamenda Cameroon


“A young mother came into the hospital with a child visibly sick with malaria. The child was maybe two years old, and so weak she couldn’t even lift her head off her mother’s chest. The conjunctivae of her eyes where almost white, and her extremities were very cold. These are both clear signs of anemia, which is a common symptom of malaria in children. The child needed a blood transfusion to survive, but her mother did not have the money. The mother pleaded with me and the other two interns who were from the Netherlands to help by giving her the money. The staff insisted that we did not, because it would be opening Pandora’s box and then the hospital would be full of patients looking for free medical care. We had to turn the mother away with the knowledge that her child would likely die.”



Senior majoring in graphic design and English


World Food Prize


“The office is in the Ruan Center building, the really tall rectangular brown one on the Des Moines skyline. It got very windy one day and the building started to slide back and forth like a Jenga tower. Of course, it is designed to wobble a bit, but architectural justifications were not about to calm my nerves at the time. I could feel the building sway and hear it creak a bit. I was a bit terrified and so were the other interns. The rest of the staff wasn’t too surprised. I think it happens from time to time.”

Senior majoring in radio and TV broadcasting


ABC News, BBC News, ESPN and Fox Sports Kansas City


“During airings of SportsCenter, I was asked to playback highlights of athletes, games and packages. At first it was terrifying because if I made a mistake, literally millions of people would see that. Well, I did make a mistake as there was an unclear director cue, but who is the crew going to believe? The director or an intern? It was a scary moment, but someone leaned in and whispered, ‘Don’t freak out, it’s just television.’”

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Ratings with a grain of salt

Classes engage on Twitter If you’re at all active on Twitter (and follow a number of Drake students), more than likely, your newsfeed fills up with tweets with hashtags such as #DrakeSocial, #J66 and #J70. Drake professors utilize social media platforms to get students more involved and engaged in their classes. “I’ve used a hashtag for four of my classes at Drake,” Abby Bedore, senior public relations major, said. “Most recently, I’ve used #DrakeSocial for my social media strategies class. “It’s partially for our assignment, which is posting a social media related link with that hashtag twice a week, but using a hashtag allows the class to track what links other students are posting so we can find articles related to what we learn in class,” Bedore said. “I think the hashtag has the potential to really enhance what we learn in class.” “The purpose of using the hashtags in class is to introduce the students to a new way of getting information,” Kayla Day, sophomore politics and public relations major, said. “I personally like using hashtags in class because I’m getting graded to tweet, which I’m always doing anyways.” “I think it’s also a good way for people not in the class to still follow what we’re doing and learn from it, too,” Bedore said. School trips and seminars, such as the magazine department’s recent trip to New York, used a hashtag as well, along with the J-term seminar that was in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration. “When we went to D.C., the class used #DrakeinDC whenever we posted on Twitter or Instagram so that alumni, students and our families could see what we were up to,” Bedore said. “It was a good way to see what other students were talking about, too. It’s fun to see a classmate’s photos or perspective on the experience.” “It’s a chance for me to make sure students are engaging in the news throughout the semester,” Lori Blachford, a journalism professor who uses hashtags for her J66 class, “Media Responsibility,” said. “We can also use it

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STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS use Twitter to keep the classroom conversation going outside of class hours. luke nankivell | photo editor to follow special events together as a group.” “The big payoff for me is to talk to students individually about how effective their tweets are because it is going to be expected wherever they work,” Blachford said. While it does encourage students to be more involved with the news and engaging with others on Twitter, tweet requirements can be a lot for students.

The purpose of using the hashtags in class is to introduce the students to a new way of getting information.

Kayla Day

Drake sophomore

“Sometimes if more than one class is demanding hashtags, students may feel like that’s all they do,” Blachford said. “I think other classes should utilize hashtags because it’s a different way to get students involved and using a medium that most people are already using on a daily basis,” Day said. One student doesn’t find tweeting for class as easy as other students may. “My grade should not be dependent on my ability to properly use Twitter,” Randy Kane, sopho-

more public relations major, said. “I should be tested and graded on my actual writing of papers and not what I post online.” “It’s frustrating that my class grade should be based on use of social media, especially when it’s not a social media class,” Kane said. “It’s not difficult for anybody really,” Blachford said. “It’s all about whether they will sign in or not. They have the option to discontinue once they are out of that class. It doesn’t matter where you stand on Twitter, it’s a place where news is being broken. It’s your chance to be engaged.” “It’s just like any other assignment, if they don’t tweet, it’s to their own detriment,” Blachford said. “They have to understand what these social media platforms are.” Blachford does issue a warning with tweeting for classes. “One year, early on, the lesson was proved in that I warned the students that if I followed them, I would see all their tweets,” Blachford said. “During one class, I called up Twitter lists to show people what was coming up. When I called up the class lists, I see ‘And that’s where the excitement ends. #boredboredbored.’ So, I see all the tweets. I see your drunken tweets, tweeting during class tweets, skipping during class tweets.”

With class registration just ending, students across the Drake University campus are on the lookout for tips on which classes to take. Many turn to online resources, namely the popular This website provides reviews of professors from other students. A reviewer ranks a professor’s class from one to five in four different categories: easiness, helpfulness, clarity and rater interest. Students also have the option of nominating their professor as “hot,” indicated by a chili pepper on the professor’s page. A comments section is also provided to leave any advice or warnings. With 480 Drake professors catalogued, it’s not surprising that the total number of faculty reviews extends into the thousands. Drake also boasts a 3.72/5 professor average, as well as a 3.8/5 as an overall campus rating, which is a newer feature to the website. Another novelty is the “Professors Strike Back” section: professors are now allowed to respond to the reviews. So far, no professors at Drake have taken the opportunity. Professors at Drake have a wide spectrum of views about the site. Some professors check their ratings each semester, others purposefully avoid the website. Radostina Purvanova, assistant professor of management and international business, visited the site once, then resolved never to do so again. “It’s not useful for two reasons,” Purvanova said. “One, with social media, you have to keep in mind the bias a person may have. Two, the school provides confidential professor evaluations. Online, there’s no privacy, everything is publicly available.” Not all of Drake’s professors feel this strongly. Some have never been curious enough to visit their page, or were unaware of the site to begin with. Most, however, agree that the concept seems less effective than the formal end-of-term class evaluations. Each emphasizes that professors actually do take written evaluations into

account, despite some students’ skepticism. Additionally, most recommend that students take the ratings with a grain of salt. Michael Rothmayer, associate professor of theatre arts, didn’t condemn students using the site, but didn’t condone it either. “Forewarned is forearmed, but it’s extremely subjective,” Rothmayer said. “The type of person that is going to leave a review obviously feels very strongly, whether it’s good or bad.” Likewise, Geoffrey Bartlett, assistant professor of accounting, cautions students on the use of the site, especially in pursuit of a slack class. “I think it mostly harms students if they are taking a class from a certain professor because they think it will be an ‘easy A,’” Bartlett said. “An ‘easy A’ may help the student in the short-run, but it will end up harming them long-term.” While most have visited the site, few students at Drake have based the decision to take a course on ratemyprofessor. com reviews, and fewer still have left a rating. Shay Miller, a junior education major, left a positive review. “I had a really good professor. I just felt like he should be commended,” Miller said. Some are also suspicious of the reliability of the website. “It depends on the number of reviews. You have to look at it like a bell curve and think about which extreme is being represented. If there’s a good number, that’s easier to see, it’s more helpful,” Kathryn Kriss, a sophomore biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major, said. So, if most professors don’t take the site seriously, has it ever been used for tenure decision? “Absolutely never,” Janet McMahill, dean of the school of education, said. “We would never use results in a tenure decision because of its flaws and the existence of our own system that we carefully follow. Students know that they can speak confidentially with department chairpersons and deans about situations they believe to be serious.”


Lavaliering enhances Greek romance LARISSA WURM | Staff Writer |

Lavaliering: to some, this word may have no meaning. For those in the Greek community, however, it is a symbol of true commitment. “Lavaliering is the act of making a greater commitment to a significant other,” Brittan Williams, director of fraternity and sorority life at Drake University, said. “You are opening your Greek membership up to another person. It’s the promise of a long term commitment to someone else.” “Lavaliering is a way for the fraternity man to show how much he values his relationship,” Student Body President Amanda Laurent said. “It also allows the woman to wear his fraternity letters.” Laurent was recently lavaliered by her significant other, David Karaz. “I was very surprised and happy when David (Karaz) lavaliered me,” Laurent said. “We both knew how much we cared for each other, but it was a step to show each other and the Greek community how much we value our relationship and where we see it going in the future.” “You are showing another person how special they are to you. You are making the promise of a long-term commitment,” Williams said.

There is a process for lavaliering for both fraternities and sororities. “Lavaliering is a Greek tradition where a fraternity man, places his significant other ahead of his chapter. It is also known as a pre-engagement of marriage,” Laurent said. “Within the sorority sphere, when a member is going to be lavaliered, a candlepassing ceremony is performed where the whole house gathers in a circle and passes around a lit candle. The first time the candle is passed around means a ‘pinning,’ which is not a common practice within Drake’s Greek Life. The second time around the circle is for lavaliering and, if it makes it around a third time, it means engagement.” “In Pi Kappa Phi, you first have to make a personal decision,” Josh Schoenblatt, a sophomore politics major, said. “If you know that your significant other is a person that you want to spend the rest of your life, and you’re in your later years of college, preferably past your junior year, then you can go and talk to our chaplain who will host the ceremony. After the chaplain and the lavalierer decide on a date and time for the ceremony, the lavalierer goes and purchases a lavalier necklace for their

significant other. “Finally, the time comes for the ceremony and tears of joy, and at the very end of the ceremony, the men of Pi Kappa Phi will go and sing our Rose Song to the newly lettered member of our brotherhood,” Schoenblatt said. “Lavaliering has a major impact on the Greek community,” Schoenblatt said. “We all value our letters and put them on a pedestal. We spend countless hours our first year learning about the importance of our letters and then constantly keep careful watch over our actions to keep the meaning of our letters pure. To choose to give another person your letters is not only a strong commitment of your belief in them, but it tells that person that you believe them to be your true love.” “Personally, I really like traditions, and I love that Drake embraces this Greek tradition,” Laurent said. “When looking to past people that have been lavaliered, I do realize that some couples didn’t stay together despite going through this Greek commitment. I think it is up to the couple to understand how meaningful this commitment is to one another.” “It’s a very emotional ceremony for both sides, and the

A GROUP OF DELTA GAMMA sorority members react to a lavaliering ceremony on its lawn. luke nankivell | photo editor feelings of excitement and joy are felt by both sides,” Schoenblatt said. “Because the letters are so important to a Greek member, lavaliering is not a decision that is taken lightly.” “Lavaliering is a definite pro to the Greek community,” Laurent said. “It has the ability to show how Greek life fosters last-

ing and personal relationships well beyond college. It also allows the Greek community to enact traditions that every chapter can take a part in and understand its meaning.”



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Coming home results in brief culture-shock


LILLIAN SCHROCK | Staff Writer |



Study abroad has more than tripled over the past two decades by students enrolled in U.S. higher education.

270,604 Top Ten U.S. students studied abroad for credit during the 2009-2010 academic year, a 3.9% increase from the previous.

Countries 1. United Kingdom 2. Italy 3. Spain 4. France


students studied in China during the 2009-2010 academic year, a 27% increase from the decade before.

5. China 6. Australia 7. Germany 8. Mexico 9. Ireland 10. Costa Rica

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Lindsay Peters, 22, had always planned on attending medical school. That is, until she left her home in Rockford, Ill., for Costa Rica as a junior in high school. “One week changed everything,” Peters, now a senior international relations, history and Spanish triple major at Drake University, said. “I really did get the travel bug.” Peters realized while interacting with native Spanish speakers and living with her host family in Costa Rica that she wanted to learn from people in different cultures and form strong international relationships. Since attending Drake, Peters has spent a summer in Egypt, a semester in Granada, Spain and a summer in Tunisia. “It (going abroad) has made me a lifetime advocate for encouraging people to get out of their comfort zones and experience places in the world through firsthand experience,” Peters said. She is one of 307 Drake students who studied abroad from fall 2010 to spring 2011. Drake shares a larger initiative among universities pushing global engagement, as 273,996 American students went abroad during the 2010-11 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Jen Hogan, associate director of international programs and services and education abroad at Drake, said students are more freethinking when they get away from the influences of other people. “It’s that space between what is familiar and what is unknown that people figure out who they are,” Hogan said. While in Tunisia, Peters spoke with students whom were involved in the Arab Spring riots, the revolution that began in 2010. “The United States media portrayed the riots as being violent, but I learned that a majority of the protests were scheduled and peaceful,” Peters said. “I never would have known that if I hadn’t been there personally.” Now, Peters uses every chance she has, whether in class or during casual conversation, to share her newfound knowledge of Arab culture. “My biggest goal is to break down the stereotypes that people in the United States have about the Middle East and North Africa,” Peters said. Most American students who study abroad experience a degree of reverse culture shock upon their re-entry into

the United States. These effects are intense and mentally exhausting but short lasting, Hogan said. “The student has grown and changed,” Hogan said. “They have a hard time figuring how to get back into the rhythm of things that are so familiar, but feel so different.” It’s the long lasting effects, Hogan said, that impact students positively. “The fascination diminishes unless the student can do something at home to maintain a connection with the culture,” she said. “It’s how well you can articulate your study abroad experience that will allow it to stay with you.” When Drake student Kevin Riley returned from a four month study abroad experience in Cannes, France, he realized his priorities had changed. Riley changed his field of study from finance to international business. “I like talking to people from different societies,” Riley said, who took an international business class while studying at the Collège International de Cannes. “I find it interesting the way they do business.” Riley will take his knowledge of international business into an increasingly globalized economy. “Virtually every large corporation has a global strategy,” David Skidmore, professor of politics and international relations at Drake, said. “They need students who are comfortable working in a globalized environment.” The United States is not the only country encouraging global engagement for students. According to the Institute of International Education, 764,495 international students enrolled in U.S. colleges in 2011. Drake student Erin McHenry, 21, said living with an Austrian host family and celebrating holidays like St. Nicholas Day, during which St. Nicholas puts candy in children’s shoes, enriched her life. “It was cool to see what it was like for a child, a teenager and an adult to live in a different culture,” McHenry said. She lived with the Stadler family while in Salzburg — Margaretha, Rudolf and their four children, Maria-Sophia, 16; Elena, 14; Raphael, 11 and Felicia, 7. McHenry said she’s less quick to judge others now that she has lived as part of a different culture. “Just because it wouldn’t work for me doesn’t mean it’s wrong,” she said. “I know how different someone else’s life can be.”


Breaking the glass ceiling while abroad KAYLI KUNKEL | Staff Writer |

Shortly after arriving in the gritty town of Migori, Kenya, a Medics to Africa physician warned Hannah Reichert and her fellow female interns about knowing their limits. Over a few beers at the hotel bar, they were told the story of former students who fainted during surgery, fell in a puddle of blood and “were never quite the same.” The interns were warned that the Migorian hospital would undoubtedly be like nothing they’ve experienced in the United States, and were told to “mentally prepare.” Welcome, ladies, to Kenya. Rewind. Reichert knew she wanted a hands-on patient care opportunity abroad to accompany her pre-med track at Drake University and open her eyes to a new cultural experience. After some diligent Internet searching, Reichert arrived at Medics to Africa, a program based out of Mombasa, Kenya. The summer before her senior year of college, Reichert was matched with a program specific to her interests, packed her bags carefully and was off to study abroad for five weeks. She could never have imagined what physical and emotional challenges faced her down the red dirt roads to the Migori hospital where she was stationed to delve into the developing world of rural healthcare.


Reichert grew close to her fellow interns on her excursion with the Medics to Africa program, which was not difficult, considering all the interns were women. This trend is not unfamiliar. It is, in fact, growing nationwide. According to recent research, twice as many women as men are studying abroad during college years, even in male-dominated science fields. The trend continues outside of college: today, 66 percent of Peace Corps volunteers are female compared to 34 percent male. These numbers have flipped since the 1950s. Why is wanderlust tipping the scale towards women? Jen Hogan, study abroad coordinator at Drake, attributes the gender divide to an increasing sense of individualism in women of American society. “Women are more independent today,” Hogan said. “They have a better sense of cultural issues and connectedness, and are willing to separate from the herd.” And the facts don’t lie: America’s go-get-‘em women are disproportionately filling study and volunteer roles abroad. But while American women are making great strides towards global and cultural understanding, the risks run ram-

pant. News broadcasts teem with stories of travels gone awry — Natalee Holloway, the young American student who vanished during a trip to Aruba in 2005, was a media sensation and even has a Wikipedia page — but such stories don’t dent the drives of strong-willed women wanting to travel. The question is: Should they?


Before setting off to Kenya, Reichert decided to record her travel experiences in a blog called “I Dream of Africa.” The blog followed her journey closely, documenting the joys and new experiences, but also the large amount of physical and mental hardships. On May 24, 2012, Reichert reflected on her first sweltering walk to the St. Joseph M. Hospital in rural Kenya. Immediately, she was thrown headfirst into hands-on experiences with gory, nauseating wounds tended to in unkempt conditions and an atmosphere of infectious diseases. Reichert spent time accompanying surgical procedures — in the “Main Theater,” as the surgical room was called — well past her medical school training back at Drake. She wore scrubs of uncertain sterility and rain boots “to stay dry from blood, not rain.”

She witnessed bones breaking within her hands, heinously unkempt wounds and crude injuries — most notably, a man attacked with an arrowhead that extended through his face — and the disturbing disposal center called the “Placenta Pit” outside in the dirt. Reichert wrote about the hindrances of the “unbearable” hospital odors that only grew more intense with the wicked heat of the day. Sanitation was a con-

stant issue. Despite relatively safe accommodations, she fought mice, mosquitoes and other insects, power outages and, occasionally, food that caused stomach problems. Perhaps the apex of Reichert’s poor environment was her contraction of malaria after leaving that she later recovered from. Though she fought — and succeeded — to adjust to the entirely different world, physical wellbeing was a relentless concern.

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Volunteering abroad brings positives KATHLEEN TUNINK | Staff Writer | Drake University students are doing more than sleeping, watching Netflix and catching up with family over holiday breaks. For some, these breaks are an opportunity to give back and help communities abroad through voluntourism. Voluntourism is a new trend in tourism that combines volunteer service and customary aspects of travel. Some non-profit organizations offer service projects abroad, and universities have started developing trips for students to volunteer abroad. Project Abroad and Go Abroad are two of the largest online organizations that connect volunteers to service projects around the world. First-year education major Haley Janssen has been volunteering in Honduras since she was 12 years old. While traveling there, she became heavily involved with a local orphanage, Proniño, where she volunteers semiannually. “I have conversations with the boys to form relationships with them,” Janssen said. “The boys need love and someone to spend time with them.” Drake’s mission statement highlights the importance of service learning, and voluntourism is an extension of that mission. Drake offers travel seminars to Belize over J-term and to Uganda in May. These trips provide students an opportunity to simultaneously explore a new culture and serve the local communities. First-year education major Molly Rockefeller participated in the “alternative spring break” offered by Drake in which students traveled to Belize. Rockefeller said she enjoyed the opportu-

nity to work in a classroom by “helping struggling students and teaching a lesson on commas” while having the chance to tour the city and go zip-lining. The rise in voluntourism reaps benefits for the communities receiving the aid. Service groups bring awareness to issues the local community faces, money is funded to financially support citizens in need and man-power to build schools and homes. In fact, some societies are so dependent on voluntourism that the homeless and orphan shelters thrive only through volunteer aid and donations. The increase in aid has also resulted in an increase in corruption. In Cambodia, orphanages are kept in horrible conditions to create an emotional response from volunteers to donate money. The directors then keep the profits and continue to keep the orphanages in below-standards conditions. The entire goal of these directors is to make money, not provide the children with a home and education. One orphanage that Project Abroad sends volunteers to, Children’s Umbrella Centre Organization, has a variety of operational issues. There is open sewage in the courtyard. The children attend school only a few hours a day, and volunteers are allowed to take children off-site without even completing a background check. The sex trade industry in Cambodia is a high risk for children, and some orphanages do not prohibit strangers from taking children away for a day without any assurance as to where they are going. Janssen said she is also aware of problematic volunteer trips abroad.

FIRST-YEAR HALEY JANSSEN has been going on volunteer trips since she was 12. “Government-run orphanages cannot accept donations directly because there is a risk employees will take it home,” Janssen said. “At one orphanage, volunteers donated electric fans to keep the children cool and two days later, they were all gone.” Regardless of the issues that arise from voluntourism, it can still benefit the local communities and the volunteers themselves. If you are interested in participating in a voluntourism program, Janssen suggested going with a larger group. “I would highly recommend going with a team at first if service work is right for you,” Janssen said. Learn more about volunteer opportunities abroad through Project Abroad at goabroad. com/volunteer-abroad and Go Abroad at


Hubbell Dining Hall. Olmsted Cafe. Cowles Reading Room. These staples of the Drake University campus are introduced to prospective students during campus tours and are then frequented by them throughout the next four to six years. But what about those lesser-known campus picks?

HARVEY INGHAM STUDY SPACE This newly renovated area for pharmacy and health sciences students provides the perfect place to quietly study away from distractions. Plush seats allow comfortable sitting for hours while pouring over the latest biology chapter, and white boards are available for student use to solve difficult organic chemistry problems.


JANSSEN has been involved with an orphanage in Honduras where she volunteers semiannually. courtesy of haley janssen

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UPPER CARNEGIE The perfect oasis for all graphic design students, Upper Carnegie provides everything necessary for their success. Two computer labs equipped with the most up-to-date software are available at their disposal, as well as a letterpress studio. Be on the lookout, however, for any ink that may stain hands during the long hours spent here.

MEREDITH BASEMENT Don’t let its dungeon-like appearance fool you. Student-produced broadcasts like the radio station, 94.1 The Dog, and Drake Broadcasting System take place here. Checkout for any sort of video camera or microphone necessary for that big JMC 059 project can be found down here as well, if you can brave it.


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FAC BASEMENT Commonly known as “The Maze” on campus, the basement of FAC typically doesn’t garner too much attention. Theatre students would beg to differ. A scene shop, costume shop and black box theater offer a variety of outlets to improve their performance. Plus, it’s the only floor you can walk end to end in the building, something all students should try at least once.

GREENHOUSE Drake has a greenhouse? Unfortunately, the greenhouse on campus isn’t used for herbology lessons like at Hogwarts. Containing plants from around the world, the greenhouse provides students the opportunity to breed and produce a variety of plants. Every plant is useful in one shape or form, a theme of the greenhouse as a whole.


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the rate of change in a certain direction, with respect to time. ELIZABETH ROBINSON | Relays Editor |

Life moves at a speed that seems to grow faster and faster. It is always changing. Things either get better or they get worse. They never stay the same. Regardless of the direction or speed at which it takes place, life is always changing. Communities change. The Drake University campus and neighborhood continually seek ways to progress and improve the surrounding area. But is local crime a hindrance to changing for the better? Efforts to reduce crime have been constant, continue to develop the neighborhood and improve the general perception of the area. Attitudes change. Opinions are voiced, and

personal views are stated. As a result, people are influenced, and outlooks have the potential to be altered. The actions that accompany attitudes have the ability to foster change for better or for worse. The equality movement has changed and progressed throughout generations, from the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed all men equal, to the recent marriage equality debates. Responsibilities change. The progressions from high school to college and from college into the real world bring excitement, challenges and uncertainties. Whether the “real world” means traveling abroad or landing an internship that

may lead to a dream job, the direction in which life will take you is unknown and ever-changing. Competitors change. From backyard training, to competing at the Blue Oval, to winning a gold medal at the Olympics, the competition is continuous and constantly evolves. Records are broken, more opportunities are granted, coaches come and go and the level of competition increases. Yet the passion and drive to accomplish the next goal and to become the next champion is ongoing. Students change. A look back into the past reveals differences in the layout of campus, differences in Greek life and differences in work

ethic. Drake students of today are of the highest caliber, and the forward-moving attitudes of current students and alumni have brought success not only to the individuals themselves, but to the Drake and greater Des Moines communities as well. Life is always changing. It moves at a speed that is often difficult to keep up with, and sometimes the direction in which life takes you is unexpected. But the velocity will not decrease. Life will not slow down, and things will not stop changing. So make the change a positive one. Learn from what has happened, move forward and let the velocity of life take you where it will.

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Greek life at Drake has changed in countless ways over the years. Current Drake students and their older family members share and compare their experiences within Drake’s Greek life system.

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The Times-Delphic had a big impact on pop culture back in the day. A TimesDelphic article about the supposed death of Beatle Paul McCartney sparked the onset of a national rumor.

Drake Compliments, a student-run Facebook page, publicly compliments students on their positive qualities. Students speak out and share their opinions on the popular site.

Following World War II, many Drake students began getting married and starting families. To cope with the population growth on campus, a trailer park known as “Pregnant Acres” was created in 1946.


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Redefining Drake’s Greek letters over the years RACHEL WEEKS | Relays Design Editor |

GREEK LIFE AT DRAKE HAS CHANGED in countless ways throughout the decades, as seen by Kappa Kappa Gamma's membership photos. ashley thompson | staff designer BRAEDEN STANLEY sophomore Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep), 2011

KEVIN RILEY junior Theta Chi (TC), 2010

PEGGY LEISZ first-year Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta), 2012

HANNAH RISINGER sophomore Alpha Phi (Phi), 2011

BLAKE MILLER junior Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep), 2010

Describe your Greek life experience. I think it’s been outstanding, I honestly don’t think that I would be where I am today without it. I think that it has been an incredibly valuable part of my experience at Drake. It’s really been a good experience for me. I love how seriously our chapter takes our philanthropy for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I love how much everybody rallies around that and tries to raise as much money as possible.

Describe your Greek life experience. It’s been a lot of fun. I couldn’t imagine going to Drake without being in Greek life. I don’t know what I’d do. I don’t know what people do without Greek life. Because you’re basically with all your friends. You have something in common. You know everybody. What did you think about Greek life before you came to Drake? I knew I wanted to join a house, because I saw that my dad and mom went through. They made good friends who they still talk to. My dad told me to find a group of guys that I could just hang out and have a beer with, so that’s what I was looking for. It’s just a good way to meet people.

Describe your Greek life experience. It's been a blast so far. With service and scholarship requirements, I feel that Greek life has motivated me to work harder for my academics and has also made me a better citizen. I love that we give back and have fun no matter what we are doing. I don't know what I would do without my sisters because they help me be the best version of myself. What did you think about Greek life before you came to Drake? My mom always told me that Greek life was a great way to make friends, that you meet girls going through the recruitment, even if you don't join the same house. My mom's best friend, to this day, joined Kappa Kappa Gamma while she joined Theta. They taught me that Greek life at Drake is a community where we can support each other and build lasting relationships, no matter which house you belong to.

Describe your Greek life experience. It’s been everything I hoped it would be and more. My fondest memory since joining Alpha Phi was during our annual philanthropy, Fast Phi't week. We raised money for women’s cardiac care, helped to unite Greek life and had a blast doing it. That made me realize that I was a part of something bigger than myself. It’s rare that an organization can offer so much to its members. What did you think about Greek life before you came to Drake? I had heard stories about Greek life at Drake since I understood what college was. I decided at a young age that I wanted to attend Drake and go through recruitment. My mom always told me about the beautiful, big yellow house. She even drove me past it a couple times when we visited Des Moines. Stories about living in the house got me excited to join a sorority.

Describe your Greek life experience. Fun yet disappointing. It's frustrating going to a school like Drake, where everyone has a hard time befriending people from other houses. I would rather see a system where everyone is encouraged to have fun together. But I don't regret joining Greek life and will look back on my time in Sig Ep with fondness. I knew not to expect anything like “Animal House.” I was excited about the fun social life and priceless networking opportunities. I knew I would join a house even before coming to Drake.

Describe your Greek life experience. My fondest memory is of pledging day and finding out who my sisters for a lifetime would be. I sat in the President's room waiting my turn to pledge, thinking, “Oh, what I have done?” It didn’t take long to realize that I had done the best thing possible. How has Greek life changed since you were at Drake? I am happy to hear that some traditions are still in place and my daughter and I will have those special bonds. I am proud that my daughter has chosen to be part of Greek life. She will never forget these years.

Describe your Greek life experience. I loved my time at Drake and being a Phi. I made wonderful friends in the house. I loved the fundraisers, dances and parties. But the best was meeting all the girls and knowing we would always be there for each other. How has Greek life changed since you were at Drake? When Hannah chose to be a Phi, I was so happy. I think the biggest change I've noticed is how incredibly active the sorority and fraternity members are in the school. It seems much more than when I was there.

LYLE SIMPSON grandfather Tau Kappa Epsilon, 1958

Describe your Greek life experience. I was president of the TKE house and the student body president from 1959 to 1960. The experiences I received in my fraternity life have made a huge difference in my life as a lawyer today. The fraternity is a laboratory of life. I learned leadership techniques that are invaluable still, 50 years later. I used that experience as a model to create a breakfast club of local community business leaders that is still going today and is accountable for a third of my law practice. The fraternity experience was worth more than any year of academic study in the seven years I attended Drake. How has Greek life changed since you were at Drake? In many ways Greek life today is more sophisticated. However, it appears to be less formal. No suits to meetings. No housemothers, no cooks in some houses. Those factors added to the quality of Greek life in my day.

PAM (BERGMAN) RILEY mother Delta Gamma (DG), 1980

Describe your Greek life experience. I can’t imagine college without being Greek. It was such a big part of my experience. It really taught me everything I needed for after school. It taught you to work as a team. It taught you basic leadership skills: delegation and organization. It gave you a sense of pride. How has Greek life changed since you were at Drake? There’s more of a sense of philanthropy. I don’t remember that. I think there is more of a concentration on community service, in general. You know, it’s neat to see that things have changed, but a lot of it is the same. Sure, there are a few fraternities or sororities that have moved or have been replaced. But some things never change.

JULIE MCCALL mother Kappa Alpha Theta, 1980

LORENA (GONZALEZ) RISINGER mother Alpha Phi (Phi), 1981

JOHN MILLER father Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), 1980

Describe your Greek life experience. I was a junior transfer and did not know anyone at Drake. Joining SAE was a big help in getting me involved. The best memories I have are making friends who I still stay in touch with, meeting the future Mrs. Miller (a Kappa Alpha Theta), competing with the other fraternities and hosting the best parties on the street. How has Greek life changed since you were at Drake? Houses have changed names, structures have been renovated and the path from 34th Street to campus is a big improvement. Dry houses are a change and the perceptions of a few houses seem different. There is more emphasis on grades and charitable activities, which is good. The Greek system was, and still is, an important part of Drake and I'm pleased it is thriving.


Phi Delt looks to re-colonize in 2014 after suspension HAYLEIGH SYENS | Staff Writer |

Walking down Greek street, many different houses display their letters proudly. The street seems complete. However, for Drake University students who were at the university during the 2009-10 school year, one house is missing. During that school year, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity was asked to leave campus for five years after a pledge was sent to the hospital with a blood-alcohol level well above the legal limit. The fraternity’s suspension will be up in the spring of 2014, and with the end of its suspension quickly approaching, one question remains: What’s next for Phi Delta Theta? “The plan to re-colonize right now is in the fall of 2014 during the fall recruitment period,” Phi Delta Theta alumnus Nick Lund said. He and many other alumni are excited about bringing the chap-

ter back to campus. “All of us have had great memories from our times as a Phi Delt and think that any male student would have a great time as well,” Lund said. “We hold that part of our Drake experience close to us and would love to welcome more individuals to continue in our fraternity.” Currently, Alpha Delta Pi sorority is renting the former Phi Delta Theta house. An Alpha Delta Pi bylaw prevents any members from speaking to the media about the chapter. It remains unclear what the sorority will do if Phi Delta Theta decides to take its old house back. The suspension of Phi Delta Theta was seen as a scandal on campus, but its return does not seem to have any authority figures on campus nervous. The Phi Delta Theta Director of Expansion, DeMarkco Butler, has contacted Director of Fraternity

and Sorority Life Brittan Williams about returning to campus, and Williams thinks the return will provide “more leadership opportunities for students.” “In returning to campus, Phi Delta Theta has the opportunity to bring new influence and direction to our fraternal community,” Williams said. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari thinks the return will have nothing but positive repercussions. “I think a return can demonstrate how an organization can reinvent themselves and come back with a stronger commitment to their mission and their values and exemplify leadership and be a role model to other chapters,” Bakari said. He thinks that the suspension was probably very beneficial for the chapter. “For some chapters, having to take a couple of steps back will

help them to move forward in a much more focused kind of way,” Bakari said. Lund recognizes this and thinks the transition will be difficult, but worth it in the end. “It will no doubt take some work, but we know that with both alumni and national support and the great group of individuals that Drake continues to bring in each year, Phi Delt will be a great asset for both Greek Life and the Drake community as a whole,” Lund said. Bakari looks forward to the return and plans to welcome Phi Delta Theta back with open arms. “I’m not going to interfere (with the return). I think the fraternity system is remarkable. I hope they do come back, and my office, (the Dean of Students’ office) will do our best to help them and support them.”

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PHI DELTA THETA CAN RETURN to campus in fall 2014.



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Marketing ‘ingrained’ in Drake students Student business creates wooden computer sleeves LUKE NANKIVELL | Photo Editor |

INGRAINED SLEEVES CREATES hand-made, wooden laptop cases.

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A new business has hit Drake University’s campus — one that is completely run by students. Starting a business can be difficult, especially when the owner is a full-time college student. Matt Hattendorf, a P2, started making computer sleeves after he stepped on his backpack and broke his computer inside. “I bought a couple $50 cases (for my new computer) that looked like they would be substantial,” he said. “And then I got them in the mail, and they weren’t at all what I was looking for.” Hattendorf is used to woodworking, having grown up around the trade. His father was a carpenter, and taught Hattendorf how to make bowls and salt and pepper shakers as gifts. It wasn’t until January 2013 that Hattendorf, along with senior marketing major Zach Lukasiewicz, started building a company around the sleeves. They decided to name it “Ingrained Sleeves.” The two met their first year at Drake when they joined Sigma Phi Epsilon. From there, the two became good friends, and set out goals for their new company. “We don’t need a bunch of publicity,” Lukasiewicz said. “We do value our product, and know it’s something that people need.” Right now, the pair is trying to advertise through word of mouth. “We’re talking to the QuadCity Times to give them four or five (sleeves) for a tablet giveaway they have,” Hattendorf said. “With their radio and newspaper

ads for that, it will help us get our name out.” Along with the giveaway with the Quad-City Times, Ingrained Sleeves is working with several publications in the Des Moines area. The pair will sell the sleeves at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market five times this year. The goal for Hattendorf is to sell about 50 sleeves each day at the market. “A lot of this rides on how well we do in the farmers’ market,” Hattendorf said. “If I sell 50 a time, that’s a substantial amount

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company one day. Hattendorf said being able to grow a company to the point where someone wants to buy it from you would give him the best feeling. In 24 months, Lukasiewicz hopes the company can be selfsustaining, having a woodworking company making the cases for them. “We have pretty big goals,” Lukasiewicz said. “But we’re not the kind of people who do things half-way. We’re very goaloriented.” With the pair being in Des Moines for at least the next two years, Ingrained Sleeves will be a part of the Des Moines area and Drake community for years to come. “It’s something that I really like to do,” Hattendorf said. “I can definitely see myself doing this for a while.” “It’s organic, it’s young,” Lukasiewicz said. “It’s hard not to love it.”

It's something that I really like to do. I can definitely see myself doing this for a while.

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of money I can throw at ads and work on my operations a bit.” To keep up with new advertising styles, Ingrained Sleeves has started using a Facebook page. Although the page has less than 200 likes, Lukasiewicz said their goal is to have 10,000 likes by the end of the summer. With many of their sales being face-to-face, Ingrained Sleeves hopes social media will generate a wider span of customers. The ultimate goal for Hattendorf and Lukasiewicz is to sell the


When stress hits, unhealthy habits kick in LAUREN KASSIEN | Staff Writer |


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6HRS of sleep a night deprives the body of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep which restores the body. Physical as well as mental diseases result from a lack of sleep.

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of stress. Whether it’s giving in to that mac and cheese craving or quickly stuffing down a piece of pizza between classes, unhealthy eating plays an important role in a student’s wellness. “Spring semester is always more stressful,” Carlyn Crowe, internship coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said. “Seniors are getting ready to graduate, juniors and even sophomores are looking for internships. A lot of people under stress do eat more comfort food that isn’t healthful for them.” For the best performance, college students should eat a variety of foods, Volkmer said. Whole grains and lean proteins can keep hunger at bay and give students the energy they need. Fresh fruits and vegetables should also be a staple in every college student’s diet. Though poor health choices are common on college campuses, Crowe sees students who are learning to better cope with its effects. “I think students are recognizing more that stress is impacting their body,” she said. “I think the fact they’re looking for healthier options may affect how universities respond to that. I think it’s an up-and-coming trend.” Learning to cope with stress is a life skill that benefits students throughout their lives. For some students, staying active helps them fight their anxieties. “Since I’m a double major in music and news-Internet journalism, I’m stressed with practicing and balancing my schoolwork that involves writing,” sophomore Hannah Keisker said. “Exercise is what I do. Whenever I exercise, it helps me clear my head and take a break from everything. I haven’t worked out for the past few days, and I feel like I have to tomorrow.” Other students have mastered using the stress to fuel their

412 students were seen at the Drake Counseling Center in 2012 and the most common diagnoses were anxiety and depression.


up later. Physically you get tired, and mentally it wears you out.” Kirk Bragg, a therapist at the Drake University Counseling Center, said a lack of sleep is a main cause of increased stress in college. When students sleep for fewer than six hours a night, they miss out on rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Bragg said this is a crucial stage in the sleep cycle because it allows the body to restore itself. A lack of REM sleep can cause several health concerns ranging from physical diseases to mental illness such as depression. In 2012, the counseling center saw 412 students. Depression and anxiety were the most common diagnoses. “You just get more and more run down,” Bragg said. “That’s why you’re sick all the time.” When sleep is low and stress levels are high, students often rely on caffeine. Though Drake’s dining services offer quick coffee breaks for worn out students, these quick energy bursts won’t help in the long run. “Caffeine won’t sustain you for the long-term,” LuAnn Volkmer, a nurse practitioner at the Drake Student Health Center, said. “Caffeine is going to increase your heart rate and increase your blood pressure, which is more taxing on your body.” College students also rely on drugs and alcohol as a way to escape stress. While some students know binge drinking will have negative effects in the long run, many aren’t aware of how it can affect them at the present. “People turn to alcohol because they want to numb themselves from the stress of what’s going on,” Volkmer said. “People don’t think about it as much, but it always brings about the sexual assaults, the rapes. This one bad habit leads to something else.” In addition to looking to alcohol for comfort, students also turn to food as a means to get rid


It can be so easy. One allnighter here, a few extra work shifts there, a midnight pizza and breadsticks run — all washed down with a few hearty energy drink shots. In college, a student’s day is packed with classes, projects, meetings and work. Stress is high and unhealthy decisions are abundant. The American Psychological Association released a study on Feb. 7, showing that college students feel more stress than any other age group. Bearing the responsibilities of maintaining a high GPA, leadership roles, internships and a social life, Drake University students are no exception to the effects of stress. “I know it’s not healthy for me to be stressed out all the time,” first-year Damion Miller said. “But I just don’t see being all healthy as an important part of my life.” Between his position as Morehouse Hall president and managing his part-time job at Gap, Miller is one of many Drake students who suffer from increased stress. He said he feels the most effects in his sleep patterns. “Four hours of sleep a night usually gets me by,” Miller said. “Right now, I’m operating off of three hours. I’m always up late socializing or doing work. But every student is sleep-deprived. No matter who you are, you’re going to lose some sleep in college.” For some students, the pressure to succeed academically is enough to keep them up at night. Junior Claire Vandercar says her heavy course load is responsible for her lack of sleep. “All the teachers assign all the projects and all the tests in the same week, and then I’m stressing out like crazy,” Vandercar said. “I’m a person who loves sleep. If I could sleep 12 hours a night, that would be awesome. But I can’t. Classes and stress do cause me to stay


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performance. Junior Lauren Erickson said she uses the stress of her position as Kappa Alpha Theta president as a way to be successful. “Living in a sorority house has given me a lot of opportunities to take stress from school and release it in a positive outlet such as programming or sisterhood activities,” Erickson said. “I’m constantly being encouraged to relieve stress through positive outlets.” When she does feel overwhelmed, Erickson has developed her own way of coping. Using her faith as a means to fight stress, Erickson often relies on both advice from church missionaries and prayer. “Starting my day with a morning prayer has been super helpful,” Erickson said. “I realize

binge eating I can only do so much. I can only control my own actions, and that kind of puts my day in perspective.” Though stress is an unavoidable part of a person’s life, focusing on healthy habits and keeping those carb-filled all-nighters to a minimum allows college students to tackle busy schedules with wellness in mind. “There will always be struggles in life,” Erickson said. “But if we keep our health in check, that is one less thing we have to worry about.”



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TAYLOR SOULE | Sports Editor | Thanks to a booming business district, lively culture and low living costs, Des Moines was ranked No. 1 in Forbes’ “America’s Best Cities For Young Professionals” list in 2011. Iowa’s capital city topped No. 2 Raleigh, N.C., No. 3 Madison, Wis., and No. 4 Salt Lake City. Though the numbers reveal a city with low unemployment and the most big businesses per capita, Des Moines’ motivated young professionals reveal an evolving city with a small-town and city charm. The Des Moines Young Professionals Connection (YPC), which includes Drake University alumni, represents that growth. Since 2002, the organization has expanded from 20 members to over 700. “I am continually surprised at the impact we make in Des Moines and the influence that we have on the community,” Emilee Richardson, YPC President-Elect and Drake alumna, said. Like Richardson, recent Drake graduates across skills and degrees play key roles in Des Moines’ evolution.


Director of Winefest Des Moines

LINDSAY EICKSTAEDT Marketing at EMC Insurance

When Lindsay Eickstaedt arrived at Drake in 2005, Des Moines’ potential immediately captured her attention. Though Jordan Creek Mall had just opened in a still-quiet area of West Des Moines, downtown Des Moines had just started a cultural and aesthetic revival, Eickstaedt detected promise immediately. “I could really see Des Moines changing even in the four years I was here,” Eickstaedt said. Four years have led to seven years and counting, as Eickstaedt, 26, still loves Des Moines. “I have really developed a passion for the city,” Eickstaedt said. Her marketing career at EMC Insurance anchors that passion and provides a lasting connection to Drake. EMC insures school districts across Iowa and insures Drake. Eickstaedt manages 120 EMC agencies in eastern Iowa and several agents in the Des Moines area. Besides through EMC, Eickstaedt sustains Drake ties through Delta Gamma. She volunteers with the Delta Gamma house corporation and the local alumnae chapter. “That has really helped me keep ties with Drake,”Eickstaedt said. As Walnut Street plans to revive business and dining, as downtown expands, she will watch and enjoy every step, every move to enhance the vibrant city. “I think that Des Moines has a lot of potential, a lot of things going for it that I am excited for,” Eickstaedt said.

Nikki Syverson, 32, radiates a passion for Des Moines. Whether dining, volunteering or shopping, she embraces the rich, rapidly advancing culture. “Des Moines has really experienced a rebirth,” Syverson said. She advances that culture, too, as director of Winefest Des Moines. The annual event now spans a week and welcomes renowned chefs and wine experts and a loyal base of sponsors, patrons and attendees. Besides serving gourmet wine and food, the June 1-8 festival supports local charities and culturalorganizations. Though major planning accompanies the event, a lasting love of wine energizes Syverson every year. “I’ve been really passionate about wine my whole life,” Syverson said. As director, Syverson manages the event board, sponsors, patrons, planning and logistics. She hopes Des Moines grows with the event. “I think that Des Moines just needs to keep heading in the direction that it is,” Syverson said. “I have talked about this a lot, that our civic leaders are very receptive to new ideas, and I think as we keep growing our downtown.” She exudes a love of Des Moines, a love that embraces “everything” about the city. “Everything,” Syverson said. “The commute is great. The community is great, but also, all the opportunities, whether professionally or culturally or even from a volunteer basis. It is a wonderful city.”



Civil and business attorney at Whitfield and Eddy As a University of Iowa finance student, Amos Hill rarely ventured to Des Moines. “It was not a huge attraction,” Hill said. Hill’s view of Des Moines has transformed since he moved to the city in 2006 to attend the Drake Law School and College of Business and Public Administration. When Hill, 28, graduated in 2009, he had already narrowed his job search to Des Moines, thanks to family ties and a growing business district. Today, Hill practices civil and business law at Whitfield and Eddy in Des Moines. As Des Moines business drives Iowa, Hill enjoys the booming corporate scenery. “I like to say Iowa is where a lot of the fun happens, and Des Moines is where the business gets done,” Hill said. His business in Des Moines spans law, though. Hill’s involvement in the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which aims to advance the local business scene, has deepened his passion for Des Moines’ rich culture. “Basically, it has everything you need from a big city, but it also has all the charm and Iowa attitude that suits me,” Hill said. As social media scatters city news, Hill said he pictures a single site with all Des Moines events. “I think we need to have more centralized information,” Hill said. “With the explosion of social media, I think there are a lot of discreet parts trying to provide value to their constituencies, but I have always thought it would be great to pull all of that together and have a central informational site. I have always envisioned a single Des Moines calendar.”

Owner of Lincoln&Lexi Children's Boutique Bows, bright colors and business always charmed a young Meg Fisher, sealing her career choice at just 16: “I knew at 16 I wanted to own a children’s boutique.” Three and a half years and three majors at Drake guided Fisher to open Lincoln&Lexi children’s boutique. Her company includes a store at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, an online store and a party business. From sewing to selling the clothes, Fisher, 25, samples all facets of her business. “I do everything from inventory, to opening and closing duties, counting the drawer and sewing,” Fisher said. “I am on the floor selling and working behind the counter on the website and orders. I travel to different markets to do the buying for the store. There is never a time when something doesn’t need to be done.” Despite her daunting list, Fisher takes pride in the development of her business. She plans to open a store in Illinois and has already hired staff to manage the Jordan Creek location. First, though, Fisher takes pride in developing relationships with her customers. She credits those relationships to Des Moines’ family-oriented culture. “I would say it is one of the best places to start a company,” Fisher said. “People are just nice. They want to see you succeed. They are caring. It’s just a great place for family, which works really well for my business since it’s children’s clothing. I am very close with so many of my customers. We are like a family out there.”



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Eighth Grade Math Teacher at Central Campus Amelia Mieth centers her life with lasting relationships. Lasting relationships with her students at Central Campus. Lasting relationships with Drake faculty and fellow alumni. Lasting relationships with Alpha Phi sisters. When Mieth, 23, started her job search in 2011, Des Moines proved the ideal place to strengthen existing relationships and build new relationships, thanks to a close-knit culture. “The reason that I love Des Moines is the same reason that I love Drake, and I think it’s because it’s a smaller community,” Mieth said. Mieth models that community atmosphere in her eighth grade math classes at Central Campus in Des Moines. She enjoys the boisterous, social middle school stage. “They’re not old enough to think they’re too cool,” Mieth said. “It is a great developmental stage, socially, emotionally, academically. It’s just a fun age to be around.” When Mieth started student teaching at Roosevelt High School in August 2011, her Drake friends had all graduated in May. The change forced Mieth to build relationships in Des Moines, relationships she still enjoys today. Des Moines’ welcoming ambiance eased her transition from student to educator. “I was able to jump right in in Des Moines,” Mieth said. Mieth welcomed new restaurants and customs as she embraced Des Moines life. Today, she loves Des Moines restaurants Centro, Dos Rios and Mullets. One Des Moines staple tops her list, though. “Nothing beats the farmers market,” Mieth said. “I love the farmers market on Court Avenue.” However, she still has a list of Des Moines tastes, sights and organizations to experience. “There’s always restaurants I want to go to, places I want to see, groups I want to get involved with,” Mieth said. “So much is growing.”


Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Science Center of Iowa The white-coat laboratory bores Emilee Richardson, so she built a laboratory all her own. A public relations pro charmed by science, Richardson, 25, blends her skills in her Science Center of Iowa laboratory, where she coordinates marketing and communications. “I didn’t want to be in a lab, so this is great because I can still learn about science, and I can get other people excited about science by doing what I love, which is communicating with people,” Richardson said. Her SCI tasks encompass public relations, copy writing and social media. The job boasts a special perk, too, as Richardson and fellow science buffs try new experiments. “I work with a bunch of nerds, which is great because we’re always bouncing ideas off each other and coming up with fun experiments,” Richardson said. A new experiment awaits Richardson, who is the Des Moines Young Professionals Connection president-elect. As her 2014 term nears, Richardson will design a plan to lead the organization, which serves over 700 members across the Des Moines area. When YPC names Richardson president in December, she said she hopes to focus the group and publicize YPC’s impact in the Des Moines community. Richardson said she expects Des Moines’ energetic culture to aid her YPC goals. “People are really excited to get involved, and it’s a small enough big community that you can do the things you want to do,” Richardson said. “If you have an idea, you can get together with some other really smart, cool people, and people will support you because it has that kind of smalltown atmosphere. People really get behind things.”

When Jason Wells walked across the Knapp Center stage as a Drake graduate in 2004, he bid Des Moines farewell. Wells returned to his native Chicago, bidding his favorite Des Moines hangout, Java Joes, farewell, too. When Meredith Corporation offered Wells a job in 2008, though, he readily returned to Des Moines. Four years later, the city boasted a cultural overhaul complete with new restaurants, new venues and a new, lively atmosphere. During his four years on campus as a news-Internet student, Wells overlooked Des Moines’ myriad of opportunities. Today, he advises Drake students to embrace the city’s resources. “Take any opportunity you can to go off campus,” Wells said. While he lauds the development in Des Moines, Wells, 30, connects to development at Drake through his service on the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni Board. Likewise, Wells values service in his work as project manager at Trilix, a marketing communications, advertising and interactive agency in Johnston. For Wells, serving complements solving. “I think the best part of my job in working for a marketing agency is that I get to solve my clients’ needs,” Wells said. “They come to us with problems.” Thanks to a balance of smalltown and city ambiance, Des Moines satisfies Wells’ community needs. He praises the approachable culture, even among Des Moines leaders. “If you’re working in a larger city like Chicago, you can’t just call up the CEO of a major corporation and expect them to talk to you,” Wells said. “In Des Moines, you can send an email to the CEO of any number of large companies and more than not get a chance to sit down and have coffee with them.” Plus, Wells knows the perfect place for a cup of coffee. “Java Joes is such a cool place,” Wells said. “I need to go there more often.”


Financial Reporting Manager at Hy-Vee When Keno Davis led Drake men’s basketball to a 28-5 record en route to the NCAA Championship in 2007-08, then-junior Andy Schroeder watched Des Moines transform. The community rallied around the Bulldogs. Des Moines hummed with optimism. Though Drake has since struggled to echo the success of 200708, the Des Moines community still charms Schroeder thanks to a host of professional opportunities. Hy-Vee anchors that charm. Schroeder, 25, works as a financial reporting manager at the employee-owned, Midwest company. In January of his junior year at Drake, Schroeder landed an internship in the internal audit department at Hy-Vee. The temporary position led to a full-time position in the audit department. He was later promoted to the accounting department, where he has worked since. Schroeder enjoys the blend of play and production Hy-Vee offers. “It’s a great atmosphere to where you can have fun working but still get your job done,” Schroeder said. “I love the employee ownership part of that. I love that I own a piece of the building I am sitting in. You are kind of responsible for the success or failure of the company, I think. It’s something I take pride in.” Schroeder takes pride in the Drake community, too, through lasting connections on campus. His fiancée, Jessica Berger, works at the Kinne Alumni and Development Center as assistant director of campus and student engagement. Hy-Vee was named Drake Relays presenting sponsor last fall. With a record number of Olympians slated to compete in April, Schroeder hopes the Des Moines community rallies around Drake. “That sense of togetherness and getting the community behind the school again is something that I want to see happen,” Schroeder said.



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Pop star's death rumor begins at Drake AVERY GREGURICH | Staff Writer |

RUMORS OF PAUL MCCARTNEY'S DEATH began to spread following Drake alumni Tim Harper's article published in The TimesDelphic. photo courtesy of ap photo

It was early morning, Sept. 17, 1969. A month had passed since drug-fueled hippies and love in equal measure conducted their rebellion against society at Woodstock. Two months had passed since the first moon landing, when American astronauts were prancing among the lunar craters and taking giant leaps for mankind. There was nothing that could happen on this September day that would come as a surprise to anyone. Nothing short of the death of a Beatle, that is. On this morning, Drake University’s newspaper, The Times-Delphic, would be the first publication to officially question the existence of the “real” bassist and singer of the Beatles, Paul McCartney. The piercing headline of the article blatantly asked, “Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?” This very question had been proposed and discussed for a few years prior to this publication in small groups of diehard Beatles fans and conspiracy theorists all over the world. The then 19-year-old sophomore Tim Harper wasn’t a conspiracy theorist or even a


hardcore Beatles fan. “I didn’t own a Beatles record,” Harper said. When he heard the rumor from fellow Times-Delphic Editor Dartanyan Brown, though, he decided to dig a little deeper. “I talked to others who might know about the rumor, or something about the Beatles,” Harper said. This investigating led Harper to a heap of “evidence” proving McCartney’s death. The article revealed that the band’s album covers, beginning with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” had cryptic symbols hinting at the front man’s absence. “On the front cover, a mysterious hand is raised over his head, a sign many believe is an ancient death symbol of either the Greeks or the American Indians,” the article stated. Other proof listed includes a left-handed guitar lying on the grave before them and, on the back cover, George Harrison pointing towards lyrics from the Lennon-penned song, “A Day in the Life.” The lyric? “Blew his mind out in a car.”

The next two albums held even more clues. The “Magical Mystery Tour’s” album cover saw the Fab Four in gray walrus suits with “Paul” being the only one in black. “The walrus is supposedly the Viking symbol of death,” the article stated. The Beatles next album was untitled but has since been dubbed the “White Album.” According to Harper’s article, two songs in particular hold the most substantial testaments to the scandal. “Glass Onion” contained the confessional lyrics, “Here is another clue for you all: The Walrus was Paul.” “Revolution No. 9” screamed with “many sound effects, including the noise of a spectacular auto crash,” the article stated. Strangely, if played backward, a voice whispers the words, “Turn me on dead man.” It didn’t take long for Harper’s article to grab the attention of radio and television stations across the United States. A follow-up article printed by The Times-Delphic stated that Harper did interviews with over 12 different radio stations from Los Angeles to Chicago. “Maury Leavitt, another editor at the TD, took me in hand

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and said we could make some money by selling interviews to radio stations. I said ‘OK.’ He lined up dozens of interviews with radio stations around the country, $10 for five minutes on the phone with Tim Harper. It was surreal,” Harper said. Following a taped interview in Chicago, Harper returned to a much quieter situation than when he had left. “Maury and I were flown down to Chicago on a chartered plane to appear on a talk show, and by the time we came back everything had died down,” Harper said. On Nov. 7, 1969, Life Magazine printed the headline “Paul is still with us” and revealed that McCartney had been holed up in his secluded Scottish estate with his family following the release of “Abbey Road.” The album was released two weeks after Harper’s article was published and was the last music that the band recorded together. (“Let It Be” was released after “Abbey Road,” but was recorded before it.) Harper’s story does not conclude with the rumor, though.

He has since gone on to become a freelance writer, journalist, writing coach and an editorial and publishing consultant with a dozen books of his own published. He has also aided in the writing, editing and publishing processes for many other publications. Harper has been cited in several books and documentaries written about and featuring the Beatles. Strangely enough, his work now has him back in contact with the Fab Four, 43 years after his influential article was published. “I am working with a fellow professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on his book ‘Raising a Beatles Baby,’ about how the Beatles were so important in his family life,” Harper said. As for the rumor, well, it possesses that extended life span we are all jealous of. Despite lacking real evidence, it is destined to go on existing as long as you can find a Beatles album to listen to.

Campus admission begins at student level KATELYN PHILIPP | Multimedia Editor |


WHAT DOES DRAKE LOOK FOR? Grade Point Average Curriculum Leadership Positions Involvement Writing Ability average acceptance rate

62% CLASS of 2016 6,276 applied 4,186 accepted 848 enrolled

For over 6,000 prospective students, Cole Hall is where the journey to Drake University begins each year. Built in 1904, the brick building is home to Drake’s Office of Admission. It serves as the hub of communication between Drake and potential students. The office is kept busy scheduling appointments and tours and, most importantly, admitting students for the upcoming school year. The admission process starts with the students. Admission counselors are responsible for geographic territories and travel throughout the year to various high schools and college fairs to recruit and meet with prospective students. Admission counselor Ali Schlapkohl is invited to many college fairs, so she has to pick which ones to attend. “The priority is to be in the office, available to meet with students,” Schlapkohl said. So she weighs the benefits to make sure it’s worth the time and travel. Laura Linn, director of admission, said there has been an increase in individual meetings between counselors and students. “They’ll meet up at Starbucks after school if the student couldn’t make it to the high school visit or if the admission counselor couldn’t make it to their school,” Linn said. Next, interested students schedule a campus visit. The prospective students and his or her family usually start their day at Drake by meeting with their admission counselor. “I call it a Drake 101,” Schlapkohl said. The discussion generally hits on campus and class sizes, a variety of student organizations

and relationships with faculty. Schlapkohl also likes to bring up internship opportunities and graduation rates. After meeting with an admission counselor, students can participate in a variety of activities, including a tour of campus, meeting with a professor or coach and shadowing a class. “It’s up to the student,” Linn said. Linn said one-on-one meetings, either at Drake or in the student’s hometown, are crucial to determining if the student would make a good fit for Drake. The admission counselor takes notes about these meetings and looks back at them when reviewing applications. Prospective students applying to Drake are required to submit a general application, a high school transcript, an ACT or SAT score, an essay and a high school guidance counselor form, Schlapkohl said. Schlapkohl reviews all applications from her territory individually. “There’s not one kind of student we look for,” Schlapkohl said. “Drake is diverse enough that it is attractive (to) many students.” “We take a very holistic approach to application review,” Linn said. Considered factors include quality of high school curriculum, leadership positions, involvement and writing skills. “Our goal is to see an applicant as a real person, not as a set of numbers,” Linn said . That’s why Drake doesn’t have required ACT or SAT scores. Schlapkohl says GPA is the most important factor she looks at. She also checks on the class load the students took and how

that affected their grades. She values a lower GPA due to challenging Advanced Placement classes over a higher GPA paired with easy classes. Admission counselors also compare students to previous applicants from the same high school or area, Linn said. They look to see if those applicants were accepted, and if they were, how well they performed at Drake. In an average of one week, Schlapkohl is able to review and make a recommendation on an application. It then goes to Linn for the final decision. “Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t,” Linn said. Overall, Linn said the Office of Admission has a goal of enrolling 850 to 875 first-year students every fall. With 6,276 submitted applications for the 2012-2013 school year, this means Drake’s admission process is competitive. When Linn arrived at Drake seven years ago, she said the office received around 4,000 applications each year. It hit 6,000 in 2011. Linn said the current average acceptance rate is 62 to 65 percent. The range changes as the number of applications increase each year. This year, 4,189 applicants were accepted. Of this group, 848 enrolled as first-year students last fall, just shy of Drake’s goal. The Office of Admission will soon know whether it met its goal for the 2013 enrolling class. The deadline for students to notify colleges of enrollment, formally called the National Candidate Reply Date, is approaching on May 1.



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Validation through anonymous Facebook page EMILY GREGOR | Staff Writer | Simple gestures like telling someone their shoes are rockin’ or how important they are to you can really make a difference. Facebook account “Drake Compliments” has taken on the task of giving people an outlet to share what they think is great about someone on Drake University’s campus. While the faces behind the project are still anonymous, they were able to provide some insight on how the page got started in the first place. “The first time we heard about something like a compliments page was over the summer when we were watching the news and heard about a high school student who started an anonymous Twitter account to tweet nice things about his classmates,” Compliments said. Once Compliments discovered the idea, they were interested in bringing it to Drake’s campus. “Last fall we started seeing our friends' schools creating compliments pages,” Compliments said. “Since

it was during finals week at Drake, we figured creating a compliments page would be a good dose of happiness during a stressful time.” Students on campus see the account as a different way to connect with others. First-year Susanna Hayward sees it as a positive way to use social media. “There’s a lot of hate and negativity that can be found on a college campus,” Hayward said. “It’s impressive for a student body to use the power of social media for good use.” Compliments thinks that their project has brought another positive to campus — a stronger sense of unity. “Supporting people via written acknowledgement of what we appreciate about them is important, but what might be a more important outcome of the Drake Compliments page is the sense of community it builds with Drake students,” Compliments said. Beyond that, Compliments emphasized the importance of supporting our peers.


What are your opinions on the popular Drake Compliments FACEBOOK page?

“Compliments are important on the individual level because they make us feel good about ourselves,” they said. According to the creators, despite a recent slowdown on the page activity, on their busiest days they received at least 40 submissions a day, with compliments ranging from acknowledging Sodexo workers for their positive attitudes to leaders on campus, to the guy that held the door open for them or gave them a smile on a rough day. “Seeing people send in compliments and seeing the responses we get from them is so exciting and uplifting for us that we are always motivated to keep up with it,” Compliments said. While the project has been time consuming in some ways, for Compliments, it has always been worth the extra work. “Updating the page is obviously more entertaining than homework,” Compliments said.



Rebecca Do, first-year "I don't usually pay attention to it because you have to add the actual page to see the compliments. I feel like it's just the same people getting multiple compliments posted."

Kevin Harp, senior "I have mixed feelings about the page. I don't want to offend others, but I don't think it's necessary. The idea behind it is beneficial to make others feel good, but it just seems the more outspoken people are willing to put themselves out there to get noticed. But it is better than nothing."

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Alen Salibasic, sophomore "It's a good way to communicate opinions and award those people who have done a good job."

Britney Smith, P3 "I read what pops up on my newsfeed, but don't go to the page itself. It is nice though when you know someone who receives a compliment."





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Campus trailer community for growing families AVERY GREGURICH | Staff Writer |

THE 'PREGNANT ACRES' TRAILER COMMUNITY was taken down in 1955 to create the Quads — ­ Herriott, Carpenter, Crawford and Stalnaker. photo courtesy of cowles library archives

Drake University, like most collegiate institutions, is in many ways a peephole into the past. In the 132 years that Drake has existed, it has been in a constant state of growth — morphing and stretching its curriculum and its campus. Antiquated structures bearing the battle-scars of unforgiving Midwestern winters stand adjacent to recently constructed, unseasoned institutes with virgin facades. It won’t surprise most readers that many of the structures and establishments that once called Drake’s campus home have since been devoured by the cold, constant hand that we call progress. One surprise does lurk in Drake’s history though: a trailer park. World War II having a significant impact on the framework of Drake University, let alone the United States, would be a gross understatement. Looking into the history of this mystery of the Drake trailer park one of the campus publications described the situation in America during World War II as follows: “Continually more calls came for teachers or ministers than could possibly be filled in many years. Pharmacists who were growing older knew of no one to whom they could sell their stores. Not for years had a normal law class been graduated from any school. Journalists could not be found.” With the heavy demands placed on all citizens during the course of the war and the thousands actually in uniform, universities and colleges everywhere were by-in-large without pupils to teach, and therefore graduating classes were

meager at best. The conclusion of the war in the fall of 1945 drastically changed this. Kevin Howe, adjunct instructor of history, said it was an unprecedented time. In 1944, the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act was passed with the intent to “assist returning veterans of WWII in settling back in to civilian life,” Howe said. This act soon became known by the less-formal name of the “G.I. Bill.” The “G.I. Bill” offered many dividends to the returning soldiers, but the most lucrative was “tuition assistance,” Howe said. “Many vets took advantage of this opportunity and college campuses swelled with new students who had gone directly from high school into the armed services during WWII,” Howe said. A large majority of these veterans were married upon return, leading both spouses to the grounds of universities. Strapped for cash and with limited housing, Drake was not particularly well equipped to handle this sudden influx of students, and so, in April 1946, a solution was put into effect. In the month of April, a trailer park was opened and ready for residents. The land where it resided was not under Drake ownership, and was rented from the Des Moines Home for the Aged. Married couples doubling as university students moved in shortly after the trailers rolled in and started homes and school careers simultaneously. While undoubtedly hungry for knowledge, it became painfully obvious soon after these couples moved into the complexes

that they were also eager to start families. Students began humorously referring to this strange campsite with a title that it has since become permanently entitled: Pregnant Acres. From the spring of 1946 until the fall of 1953, Pregnant Acres operated as a world within itself. It existed as a village with its own culture and attitude. The Acres even had its own governing body, further establishing it as an entity all its own. At the height of its glory, it contained 178 trailers of various makes, models and sizes, housing the families whose children became known as the Baby Boomer Generation. Howe said the Baby Boomer Generation was the “name given to the large increase in births in America from roughly 1946 to 1957, although some track the trend to 1964.” In this time frame, Howe estimated that 76 million infants were born. These 76 million, created what Howe would call a powerful “youth market.” Howe said “youth market” refers to the generation’s “sheer numbers combined with the growing economy.” This youth driven generation created a “very lucrative market for toys, candy, music, clothes, etcetera,” Howe said. Digital Initiatives Coordinator at Drake Claudia Thornton Frazier has her own ties to the G.I. Bill at Drake. Thornton Frazier’s, father, Bud Thornton, returned from the war also armed with a G.I. Bill and took summer classes here at Drake in what was then called the School of Commerce. He didn’t reside in one of

the trailers on the Acres, but Thornton Frazier, a member of the Baby Boomer Generation, offered some insight into why some returning veterans did. “A lot of the soldiers coming back didn’t want to come back and live in residence halls with freshmen after living in barracks during the war,” she said. She also understands why Drake chose the seemingly strange option of bringing in these trailers. Thornton Frazier said the trailers were “easy to put up and tear down” and they were easier than having to “mess with foundations of small individual homes.” Thornton Frazier said zoning laws and building permits restricted building homes, and the trailer park was a way to bypass those. When enough funds were available, a more permanent solution to the housing problem was proposed. Soon thereafter, in the fall of 1953, three dormitories were erected on the very ground where 178 trailers once stood. They were later to be named after benefactors to the university — Stalnaker, Crawford and Carpenter respectively. In the spring of 1954, Hubbell Dining Hall opened its doors and began serving hungry scholars. A few years later, in 1957, Herriott Hall was erected and the quadrangle of housing and dining that we know today was established, leaving the Drake Pregnant Acres trailer park yet another strange and fascinating tale of the constantly evolving Drake legend.

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Drake students rob graves in late 1800s BAILEY BERG | News Editor | The year was 1896. Drake University had been established 15 years earlier, and the Drake Medical School had opened its doors just four years prior. Headlines around the Midwest, however, weren’t focusing on Drake’s growing law program or influx of international students. A grave robbery had just shaken the community, and this wasn’t the first time. According to an article in the Des Moines Leader, on Jan. 10, 1896, police found the bodies of 73-year-old Rachel Townsend and coal miner Alexander “Sandy” Bell in the Drake Medical School. Driving past in her carriage along with her son, the wife of George Miller noticed an object lying near the grave of Townsend. Upon closer inspection by her son, Burt, the Millers made a chilling discovery. A burial slipper found near

Townsend’s grave was presented to Lorenzo Trowbridge, the sonin-law of Townsend. After determining that both graves had been tampered with, Detectives McNutt, Johnson and Harding went to work on the case. A search warrant was served for Drake, where the two bodies were found in the Medical School, identified by their burial clothing. Those responsible for the grave robbing and bringing the bodies to Drake were never discovered. Three years prior to this, five grave robbers were caught in the act of body snatching on Drake’s behalf. According to a February 24, 1893 article in The Chicago Tribune, five individuals were arrested: Dr. John W. Overton, J.W. Martin, John E. Sloan, W.E. Burris and John W. Schaefer. At the time of his arrest, Overton was a member of the faculty at the Drake Medical School.

DRAKE UNIVERSITY WAS ACCUSED in 1896 of having students rob graves to have cadavers for the former Medical School. carly granato | staff photographer


SPORTS The Times-Delphic Relays Edition | Section D

Flying High MEAGAN FLYNN | Staff Writer | “You need to pack up your poles.” Jenn Suhr had just completed her victory lap around the red, rubber London oval, American flag draped over her back. This is what a man doing his job was telling her as her lap was almost over. Somewhere in between the overpowering chanting of “USA!” and spotting her brotherin-law’s face in the crowd among thousands of strangers cheering for her, Jenn, for a time, couldn’t feel her feet touching the ground

as she ran the last meters of her Olympic gold medalist lap. “It’s something that just doesn’t happen, and it was happening,” Jenn said. Her poles. Pack up the poles, she thought after reestablishing her bearings. Jenn packed up her poles like she does after every competition, but this time she left the meet with an American pole-vaulting gold medal around her neck. Just months earlier, Jenn began her outdoor competition season at the Drake Relays. This year, she’ll be back to do the same. It’s early for the pros — normally, they begin competition season toward the end of May. But last year, she and her coach agreed that Relays got her in shape and set the bar early. “Any time you can come to an area where track is appreciated, it makes you want to come back because you know they’ll appreciate you being there,” Jenn said. “That’s what Des Moines is. It’s tradition.” Her coach is also her husband, Rick Suhr. The only coach she’s ever had, actually. He is her personal trainer, strength and conditioning whistle-blower,

nutritionist and physiologist. Their workout facility is their backyard. With her husband’s direction, Jenn has won 11 USA national championships — indoors and out. She holds the indoor pole vault world record. With that, on March 2, she became the second woman in history to vault over five meters: 16 feet, 5-and-a-half inches. She is both the indoor and outdoor American recordholder — the best ranked since 2006. She won her first Olympic medal in 2008 in Beijing, the silver, merely four years after discovering the art. She gives her husband equal credit. “He has a knack for coaching,” Jenn said. “He has a way of motivating and a way of making you understand, believe and execute.” The two met when Jenn was a senior in college at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. Jenn was a basketball stud, averaging 24.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, leading her team to the NCCAA national championship, leaving with the



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Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb strives to support student-athletes in the classroom and on game day. She fosters a Drake athletics culture that values every Bulldog, whether staff member or student-athlete.

Fifth-year senior Chris Hines redefined leadership as the men's basketball team's oldest member and a new player. Though a newcomer himself, Hines set a positive example for the Bulldogs' five true freshmen.

Eli Baranczyk, the 11-month-old son of Drake women's basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk, attends all Bulldog games and cheers for the team, win or lose. He even rides on the bus to road games.

In just 40 years, Title IX has transformed gender equality across education and athletics. The landmark legislation has allowed women to hold high-profile positions in the Drake athletic department.

The Drake baseball program has come and gone several times in school history, but the sport is unlikely to make another return. Former player Gary Macek reflects on his Drake baseball career.


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DRAKE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SANDY HATFIELD CLUBB poses inside the volleyball locker room at the Knapp Center. Hatfield Clubb has transformed Drake athletics since the start of her tenure in 2006. Under her leadership, the Drake athletic department has focused more on supporting student-athletes. luke nankivell | photo editor

Student-athlete success top priority Athletic department boasts supportive culture under Hatfield Clubb DOMINIC JOHNSON | Staff Writer | On May 30, 2006, Sandy Hatfield Clubb became the first woman in the state of Iowa to become an athletic director at the Division I level, and she has led the Drake Bulldogs ever since. But Hatfield Clubb, who grew up in Bethesda, Md., hadn’t always envisioned a career in athletic administration. Hatfield Clubb’s mother passed her swimming background on to her daughter. Having swum in high school until the age of 16, Hatfield Clubb’s love of the sport resurfaced in college at the University of Texas–El Paso. There, she took the sport up again while fulfilling a physical education requirement and soon joined the school’s masters team. After Hatfield Clubb earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from UTEP, she started working full-time at the pool on campus. While doing so, the graduate program in education offered her a position as a research and teaching assistant while paying for her graduate degree. She also started teaching classes in weight training, aerobics and, of course, swimming. It was during her time in El Paso that the idea of becoming an athletic director first surfaced for Hatfield Clubb. “While I was in graduate school, I had a professor who started the first-ever athletic administration graduate program at the University of Ohio, and I took an athletics administration class from him,” Hatfield Clubb said. “I had never even thought about athletic administration before that, but he got me interested, planted a seed, if you will, that it could be a career. With my background in business administration, I thought that might be a good idea.” After earning her graduate degree, Hatfield Clubb became an assistant aquatics coach for Washington and Lee University, a Division III school in Lexington, Va. After less than a year in Virginia, Hatfield Clubb traveled to Tempe, Ariz., where she had accepted a management intern position with Arizona State Athletics. The position was a two-year management training program where each intern spent time in every area of the

department to gain exposure to every aspect of athletics administration. In her second year, Hatfield Clubb chose to specialize in stadium management, as the Sun Devils hosted numerous national tournaments at that time, including the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball championships. After completing her tenure as a management intern, Hatfield Clubb was hired on as an assistant to the athletic director in 1992. Four years later, she became assistant director of athletics for student and administrative services. In 1998, she then became associate director of athletics, and finally, in 2002, she was promoted to senior associate director of athletics. In 2006, Drake University called. Dave Blank, Hatfield Clubb’s predecessor, had announced that he was leaving his position as Drake’s director of athletics to become the director of athletics for Elon University in Elon, N.C. When Drake’s search consultant first called, Hatfield Clubb wasn’t sold. “My husband is from Iowa, and so I went home and told him about it, and he said, ‘You call them back,’” Hatfield Clubb said. “He always wanted to raise the family here, and he's always encouraged me to further my career and be an athletic director.” After multiple rounds of interviews with coaches, faculty, students, trustees, administrators and Drake President David Maxwell, Hatfield Clubb was chosen for the position from a pool of more than 40 applicants. For the past seven years, Hatfield Clubb has constantly met with student-athletes, coaches, fans and donors and made decisions for the university’s top coaching positions like men’s and women’s basketball. But Hatfield Clubb simply states her job is to make those around her better. “My job is to pour into our student-athletes, coaches and administration to make them the best that they can be,” Hatfield Clubb said. Hatfield Clubb has witnessed numerous Bulldog accomplishments, including the magical 2007-08

men’s basketball season and men’s soccer team’s trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. “What’s fun about all that is you get to see our students’ dreams really come alive,” Hatfield Clubb said. “That’s why they come to Drake, to have the experience of earning a great degree, being competitive in the classroom and then winning championships.” No one has more praise for Hatfield Clubb than those who work around her. Jolene Ostbloom has been Hatfield Clubb’s administrative assistant since she first came to Drake, and believes her desire to help each and every student-athlete has led to her success here in Des Moines. “What impresses me is her genuine wanting student athletes to succeed, in the classroom, on the playing field,” Ostbloom said. “When a studentathlete falters, she really takes it to heart.” Mike Cigelman, associate director of athletics, facilities director and director of recreational services, has been at Drake for 27 years, and Hatfield Clubb is the third director of athletics he has worked with. “One of the greatest thing she's done is create an environment where people feel valued,” Cigelman said. “Whether it is athletic staff, whether it is coaches or the student-athletes, we get to live in an atmosphere where we feel valued, and in the world of Division I athletics, that's not always the case.” Cigelman also said that the everyday life of the Bulldog student-athlete has improved drastically since Hatfield Clubb first arrived at Drake. “When she came here, some of our athletes had to buy their own shoes to compete in,” Cigelman said. “We had teams that were crammed into vans and had to take long trips, sometimes late at night, returning from competitions. And now the basic equipment that every student-athlete needs, they have, Drake supplies that. “I think one of the greatest compliments to Sandy is that we have student-athletes that are really good students, that are role models for others and that win.”


Service in Des Moines and abroad develops Drake players ASHLEY BEALL | Staff Writer | Visiting with war veterans, reading to children, volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs — all of these scenes aren’t the usual place you’d expect to see a football player, but the Drake football team breaks that norm. Each player takes on a “Commitment to Excellence,” which includes personal team goals, academic commitment and community service. For the community service part of that commitment, the football team goes above and beyond what’s expected of it and splits into separate groups to cater to volunteer opportunities that interest each player. From there, the Drake coaches select two co-captains to take charge of the community service project and organize volunteer efforts. “One of our program goals is to be ‘impact men.’ That’s one of the things we hope our guys leave from being a part of our program is that they understand that it’s not just about playing a game on the field,” assistant head coach Rick Fox said. “It’s not just about themselves. It’s how can we impact the communities of which we are a part of.” One of the community service programs the team does during the season involves visiting local elementary schools and reading

to students. The freshmen on the team spearhead this initiative because they do not go to away games with the upperclassmen. “I really like reading to kids because one of our team goals is to (be) ‘impact men,’” freshman defensive lineman Dillon Krotz said. “We’re doing that to impact the lives of young kids.” The team also makes regular visits to the Veterans Affairs Hospital. Sophomore linebacker Alex Thompson is one of the cocaptains who leads the effort to volunteer with the hospital. During their visits to the hospital, the players talk and play games with the veterans. Thompson enjoys his time with the veterans, but he says volunteering has both positive and negative components. “For me personally, going to the V.A., it’s been challenging because you hear different stories about war and how guys aren’t going to leave the hospital,” Thompson said. “Last year, a big group of us became really connected to one of the veterans, and he passed away, and that was hard for all of us.” Besides some difficult experiences at the V.A., Thompson also recalls fond memories. “The favorite part I know of everybody’s is, for us at the V.A.,

we get to hear some awesome stories that we wouldn’t get to hear anywhere else,” Thompson said. “It makes them happier, so it makes us happy that we know we’re making a difference.” Many of the players also head up volunteer projects at the Boys & Girls Clubs, which includes playing sports with them and just getting to know the kids. “We have a very unique culture to our team that is very unique to college athletes where any given week, we have a dozen or more people going and giving back,” senior linebacker Seth Hedman said. “It starts with the coaches and an understanding that football is an amazing gift and blessing and that we have been immensely blessed to be where we’re at. We don’t want to just create good football players (at Drake). We want to create good men, and that’s part of being a man of character. It’s really cool to see that developed in my teammates and in myself as well.” While the list goes on, of all the community efforts the football team completes, one takes place at Drake Stadium. Youth Day lets kids in the community meet with the football team and participate in

Ways the Bulldogs volunteer Teach sports to kids at Boys & Girls Clubs  lay games and chat with veterans at the P Veterans Affairs Hospital Read to local elementary school students Play sports and do activities with local kids at annual Youth Day at Drake Stadium

activities. The boys dress up in their jerseys and helmets and do drills with the team while the girls work with the cheerleading squad and learn different cheers. On top of team efforts, individual members of the football team have also been nationally recognized by the American Football Association for their community service, including senior offensive lineman Zach Bosch, who graduated last year. The team not only volunteers in the community, but it also serves abroad. On a trip to Africa in May 2011, the team played the first game of football on African soil against a Mexican all-star team and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It also volunteered within the community and helped orphanages and schools

in Tanzania. The football coaches stress that many players serve by choice and are excited to give back to the community. “I think most of our guys understand that there’s power behind wearing a college jersey, and you only have a very limited amount of time where you get to wear that jersey, so they take advantage of it,” Drake head coach Chris Creighton said. “If I go into a third grade classroom, the kids aren’t going to care, but if one our players goes in there wearing his jersey, the hands are going to just start flying with questions. They’re great guys, and they want to make an impact. ... We want to be a part of Des Moines, and we want Des Moines to be a part of us.”



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Hines brings experience with a rookie twist AUSTIN CANNON | Staff Writer |

This season marked both the first and last time fifth-year senior Chris Hines donned a Drake basketball uniform. The 6-foot-1 guard and Houston native transferred from the University of Utah and averaged 9.7 points per game during the season to be the team’s secondleading scorer. Hines said it was a strange phenomenon being a senior, while it was still his first year on the team. “It’s been very different, you know,” Hines said. “You have to learn a whole new system and a whole new way of life in terms of not only off the court but on the court as well.” Hines earned an undergraduate degree from Utah in speech communication and is now pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He redshirted his first year at Utah in 2008-09, so he had a year of eligibility left after he graduated. Because he had already earned his degree, he was able to play immediately for the Bulldogs. While at Utah, Hines was coached by Stan Johnson, who was hired onto former head coach Mark Phelps’ staff in 2011.


“Stan knew him, he knew the family, and it was a natural progression for him to consider Drake. ... From there, we were able to dig in and recruit him and get to know him,” Phelps said. Phelps acknowledged the difficulty of Hines’ transfer, but said he handled it well and quickly became a leader. “(It’s) really difficult to come in as an older guy but as a new guy. ... He came in and he proved himself as a guy who was all about the right things,” Phelps said. “It was about his teammates. It was about hard work.” Hines injured his right knee during the summer. That forced him to miss the season opener against William Jewell, but he was still able to move forward and lead the Bulldogs. “The way he conducted himself at all times just kind of proved to his teammates that, you know, he was a really good guy and worthy of them to kind of follow his example,” Phelps said. One of Hines’ teammates, freshman guard Micah Mason, saw Hines as a team leader. “He’s definitely a big vocal leader for us. ... He’s taught me

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a lot as a guard on the team,” Mason said. Hines recognized his role as a senior leader and was able to use that to support the younger players on the team. “One of the things I like to do is to tell them that it’s a process and that you’re not going to get results right away,” Hines said. “You know, you have to work at it, keep working at it. And then if I come to work every day, I would hope to lead by example, too.” Hines not only draws praise for his leadership but also for his skills on the court. “He’s a strong scoring guard,” Phelps said. “He’s a really good defender. … He’s a heck of a competitor.” Phelps went further to explain how Hines is a player who he appreciates as a head coach. “He plays because he has a real passion for it,” Phelps said. “He’ll play as long as he can possibly play and be involved with the game as long as he can.” Editor’s Note: Since the interviews and reporting for this story were conducted, Mark Phelps was released as Drake men’s basketball head coach, and Micah Mason left the team.

FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR CHRIS HINES poses at the Knapp Center. Hines was new to Drake this season. luke nankivell | photo editor


Change constant for Drake

TAD UNRUH | Staff Writer |

DOMINIC JOHNSON | Staff Writer |


The seniors on Drake University men’s tennis team are an experienced group of four, and they have faced no shortage of challenges throughout their fouryear tenure in Des Moines. James McKie, Anis Ghorbel*, Jean Erasmus and Ryan Drake have not only faced challenges against opponents, but also with the uncertainty of who will lead them through each season. After three coaching changes in four years, the only constant the four players have had is each other. The constant shuffling of head coaches has provided numerous challenges for the team, but the situation has made it even stronger, helping the Bulldogs reach a program-high No. 16 in the nation this season. When Drake’s current group of seniors first arrived on campus, Drake had just hired Jimmy Borendame after former head coach Chase Hodges left for Georgia State in the summer of 2009. McKie and Drake were recruited by Hodges, so they experienced the uncertainty of Drake’s coaching situation before playing a match as Bulldogs. When a coach leaves in the middle of the summer, the Drake administration has to conduct a national search. By the time a coach has been hired and actually arrives in Des Moines, fall classes have already started. This has happened three times with the hiring of Borendame, Evan Austin and current head coach Davidson Kozlowski.

“I probably would have tried to pick up sailing. I live in Okoboji, Iowa. Just the lake community and the sailboats, and the community feel of getting out on the lake is a good time.”

Matt Ohl, Junior “I played basketball and football in high school, and I really loved them both. Honestly, football would be really fun to play in college. It was always the most fun I had Friday nights, game atmosphere and playing in front of people. But, I think I’m a little bit too small for that. Basketball would have been a lot of fun. I probably could have played Division II or NAIA basketball.”

Devin Leland, Redshirt Sophomore

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“I probably would have gone the softball route. That’s probably my next best sport. I played volleyball and basketball in high school as well. I don’t think I could do that at a Division I level. But if I couldn’t do any of those sports, I would just do intramurals. Tried that as a freshman, but we’re not supposed to do intramurals with track.”

Sarah Yeager, Senior “If I didn’t play volleyball or run track, I definitely would have played basketball. I absolutely loved basketball, playing basketball. I would have definitely tried to make it at the Division I level, just you play a sport for so long, you get tired of it.”

Whitney Westrum, Senior

ROWING “I would have done softball, just because I had already talked with some coaches. Which was more Division II, Division III back home, but I already had offers to go there. But for me, it was more about academics, and my parents really put an emphasis on that. So, if I wanted to do pharmacy, Drake was really the place to go. If you can’t play something you want, tough luck. There was always intramurals, but then I found out about rowing and thought maybe I should give this a try.”

Brittney Smith, Fifth-Year Senior

“Usually, it happens over the summer, and then for the first two or three months, we are on our own to figure out what to do every day,” Drake said. While many would find this situation chaotic, the four senior Bulldogs agreed that it makes the team closer-knit, something that has proven to benefit them as the season continues. “It creates a lot of strength within the team for bonding and leadership, but we are left to ourselves in the tennis center,” Drake said. “The balls are in our court.” One of the biggest issues with having so many different head coaches is that it takes a long time to get accustomed to each coach’s style and way of running things. McKie said he thought it took at least a semester to get used to each coach. By that estimation, these seniors have spent three out of their eight semesters at Drake just getting used to a new coach. How that lack of continuity has affected them is hard to quantify. “It takes a while to get used to the new coach,” Erasmus said. “Some of the things (current head coach) Davidson (Kozlowski) does is still new to us. He's showed us a lot of different doubles movement and techniques that I’ve never seen in my life that have been very helpful for the team.” Despite the issues it has raised, the seniors only focus on the positives the coaching chang-

es have brought to the team. “At first it is hard to deal with, but from my perspective, I’m looking at it as a huge positive,” McKie said. “We’ve all got to know three great guys who are now a connection for us for later (in) life.” A number of the current Bulldogs look to continue playing tennis professionally after graduating and possibly pursue coaching after that. Having had three coaches, they now have three different people to turn to for advice on how to succeed in the industry. “They can be really helpful in the future if you want to be a college coach or something,” Ghorbel said. “Having a contact with them is pretty helpful and useful. They would definitely help you.” The four seniors also mentioned that the adversity they faced has improved their leadership on and off the court. After all, they are not the only Drake players to adjust to a new coach. By having that experience, they can help their teammates adjust. “Having this happen to us seniors, we are able to help the freshmen on the team, the sophomores on the team,” Drake said. “We've been through these experiences, and it keeps us as leaders on and off the court.” *Editor’s Note: Since the interviews and reporting for this story were conducted, Anis Ghorbel left the Drake men’s tennis team.

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school record in points scored. To pole vaulting coach Adam Steinwachs and his assistant, Rick, Jenn was desirable. She agreed to join the team. Ten months later, on nobody’s radar and unseeded, she won the 2005 USA Indoor Championship in pole vaulting. While still pursuing her master’s studying psychology, she found herself wanting to pursue pole-vaulting instead. To choose between school and the sport was hard, Jenn said. Then she corrects herself: “ ... actually, it wasn’t that hard.” She started her career in pole vaulting in 2006 with Rick while they were still counting change for toll booths and saving for groceries. “It’s hard to believe what we’ve

actually accomplished,” Rick said. “When I start to think about it, it’s mindboggling. ... It’s surreal.” In London last summer, to win the gold, Jenn and her husband had to take risks. It was rainy, damp and cold, “everything you don’t want,” Jenn said. Given the conditions, she figured the top spot, or at least silver, would clear a 15-7 or a 15-8. The strategy is simple: Jump higher than everyone else. But the theory is never as easy as the act. A better strategy was starting with a higher bar height and skipping lower bars — a risk that proved its worth. Despite the flashing cameras, people in spikes — some in Oxfords — running everywhere, the rain and the gunshots, Jenn was internally calm before her 15-7 gold medal win. Just at

another practice, she told herself. Like she might have been a week ago, with her husband in their backyard — the same makeshift training facility that won them gold — preparing for the Relays. Jenn will kick off her competition this year on Wednesday, April 24, at the Drake Pole Vault in the Mall at Jordan Creek Town Center. When asked what she’s looking forward to most, she recalls the Hy-Vee salad bar last year. It was delicious, she remembers. She doesn’t mention anything about breaking Relays polevaulting records — another title to add to her long, long list.



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Baranczyk’s son energizes squad AUSTIN CANNON | Staff Writer | At just 10 months old, Eli Baranczyk is arguably one of the Drake women’s basketball team’s youngest fans. Elijah James Baranczyk, or Eli, was born May 8, 2012, at 9 pounds, 2 ounces and 22 inches, to Drake women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk and her husband, Scott. Baranczyk was hired last spring and had little time to move to Des Moines from her previous coaching job at the University of Colorado. “I was hired exactly two weeks from my due date and then he was born a little bit after, so he was a little late. Not quite three weeks,” Baranczyk said. Eli did not miss a Drake game, home or away, during the entire season, and he was in the gym almost as soon as possible. “It was two days after he was born, he was at the Knapp Center,” Baranczyk said. Carly Grenfell, a redshirt sophomore guard, echoed how Eli got involved with the team

immediately. “In the summer, when he was first born, we would swing by the coaches’ offices just to see him,” Grenfell said. Eli goes to games with either his father or his grandparents and sometimes even rides the bus with the team to away games. Sophomore forward and center Cara Lutes and the rest of the team interact with Eli mostly on the bus. “On bus trips, he will sometimes come to the back of the bus with the players. … We read books to him, hold him and play with him,” Lutes said. Not only does Eli attend basketball games, he is an active participant. “He actually watches the games, and he likes to play catch during the games,” Baranczyk said. Eli quickly became part of the team. Toward the end of the season, he started giving high-fives to the players. Baranczyk said Eli often approaches players and coaching staff alike, without fear.

“He’s pretty unique in the sense that he doesn’t get extremely scared of a lot of people, like he’s kind of use to being a round a lot of different people. ... He doesn’t have any sense of stranger danger.” Baranczyk likes the component of family making its way into the program and how Eli is always there, win or loss. “It’s real. It’s a real part of life,” Baranczyk said. “And it also gives you perspective, so when you’ve had a great win, it’s fun to hold him, and when you’ve had a bad loss, he doesn’t know any different. I mean you’re still his mom.” Throughout the season, Eli’s positive presence has had an impact on the players. “He's cute as a button and can put a smile on your face win or lose,” Grenfell said. If anything, Eli provides an example for young Drake basketball fans. “Our team jokes that he is the perfect baby, calm-mannered and so adorable,” Lutes said.

DRAKE HEAD COACH JENNIE BARANCZYK AND HER SON, ELI, (left), pose in the women's basketball locker room in the Knapp Center. ELI BARANCZYK (right) stands by a basketball hoop in the Knapp Center. Eli is one of the team's youngest supporters and even travels on the bus to away games. TAYLOR SOULE | SPORTS EDITOR



McDermott returns to Drake

Healthy diet boosts performance

LINLEY SANDERS | Staff Writer |

The Drake Relays are nothing new for Casey McDermott. The 2011 Drake alumna and standout runner competed in the Relays all four years of her college career. She still holds the Drake alltime record for steeplechase and continues to run competitively. But as the Drake Relays open, McDermott won’t be running. Instead, she has returned to Drake as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams. “I’m gaining a new perspective by being a coach compared to an athlete,” McDermott said. “It’s been fun for me to see the coaching side of things at Drake. ... I’m very excited (for Relays). Relays is always a great time of year, and it’s great when we have Drake athletes who are able to compete.” Head cross country coach Dan Hostager recruited McDermott out of Newton High School in Newton, Iowa, and coached her all four years of college. It’s rare to have freshmen as your team leaders, Hostager said, but McDermott emerged as a leader and ran varsity all four years as a Bulldog. Now, Hostager coaches alongside his former athlete. McDermott said she feels fortunate to continue learning from Hostager. “One of the many lessons I learned from Coach Hos(tager) was to remain patient and trust in the training,” McDermott said. “Like many other aspects of life, running and competing are full of highs and lows. He helped me learn how to continue moving forward and building on each high and low.” Last year, McDermott coached at Troy University in Troy, Ala., but chose to return to Drake to pursue her master’s degree in school counseling. McDermott has brought her perspective as a former competitor to help Drake athletes — something Hostager said has already helped his squad and the track and field squad. “She knows what it takes to be successful at Drake and the challenges student-athletes face,” Hostager said. “She’s still competing competitively and run-

ning personal bests. She wants to run the U.S. championships this year. She’s very goal-oriented, and that helps our kids because she can actually do some of the runs with them.” Sophomore Stephanie Parks said McDermott is a great addition to the team, and by continuing to compete, McDermott is able to provide student-athletes with valuable advice about workouts and races. “She pushes us in our workouts to get better and improve overselves,” Parks said. “She is also very encouraging and is a good role model because she did so well when she was here.” McDermott said she has learned a lot from coaching, both at Drake and Troy. As for the future, McDermott said she plans to remain at Drake until she earns her master’s degree. From there, she will look into what positions are available at Drake or other places. “I really enjoy helping others accomplish their goals, and it’s a lot of fun to work with athletes who are very competitive and have high aspirations,” McDermott said. “Talking through the process of what it takes to accomplish the athlete’s goals. I really enjoy that.”

CASEY MCDERMOTT races for Drake cross country during her days as a student-athlete. COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

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It is said that sports are 99 percent mental, but there are other aspects athletes have to focus on to excel at what they do. One is nutrition. “I believe nutrition is very important and can impact performance,” Johanna Determann, assistant director of wellness, said. First-year crew member Kelsey Pfeiffer knows firsthand how a healthy diet improves her performance on the water. “I eat a lot of fruit, and I always try to keep my protein up,” Pfeiffer said. “We burn a lot of calories, and if you don’t have enough iron in your body, you can be in danger.” The amount of protein for the average athlete varies depending on weight, but the number is usually between 80 and 120 grams. Other athletes agree that maintaining protein levels is an important aspect of their health. “I just make sure I eat after and before workouts,” freshman women’s tennis player Mariel Ante said. “It helps me sustain

my energy more and puts me in a good mood.” For multi-sport athlete David Heineman, a senior this year, nutrition is key. “I never used to eat all that healthy, but once I switched my diet completely to solely health foods, my performance skyrocketed,” Heineman said. Heineman partakes in mixed martial arts and plays for a paintball team. “My performance for paintball has drastically increased due to the speed and endurance from eating better,” Heineman said. “With mixed martial arts, when I’m helping fighters train, my body can sustain more energy longer, and in the end, I have become a lot stronger.” Ashley Bartow, a freshman guard and forward on the women’s basketball team, believes staying healthy has increased her physical abilities, too. “Eating healthy for basketball has definitely helped my performance,” Bartow said.

Determann said consistency is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. “Never skip meals, always have breakfast, always keep a healthy snack in your backpack,” Determann said. “Once you get into a routine, you find what works best for your body, and you almost don’t have to think about what you should eat.” In addition to always being stocked up on healthy food, she suggests minimizing or simply avoiding junk food. She also suggests getting enough sleep and adding a little relaxation to the daily routine. “One thing I recommend is to slow down and occasionally find time to unwind and do something for yourself that isn’t related to academics or your sport,” Determann said. Applying any one of these ideas can increase energy, build more muscle and ultimately boost athletic performance.


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1972: President Richard Nixon passes Title IX

1984: Women's basketball player Lorri Bauman finishes her Bulldog career with 3,115 points

1986: Women's basketball player Wanda Ford is named National Player of the Year

ELIZABETH ROBINSON | Relays Editor | When Title IX celebrated here as a student-athlete,” Hill its 40th birthday last summer, said. “We didn’t have practice there was a resurgence of excite- uniforms, we had one game uniment and enthusiasm toward form, we all washed our own women’s athletics. At the same clothes and the weight room time, though, most people had no was just a little room by faciligrasp of the legislation’s impact ties down in the basement with a on athletes today. universal machine. So, compared “No person in the United to what they have now, it’s truly States shall, on the basis of sex, amazing.” be excluded from participation Sophomore softball player in, be denied the benefits of or be Hayley Nybo is one of the many subjected to discrimination un- Drake women’s athletes who is der any educational program or able to take advantage of the imactivity receiving federal finan- provements to the program and cial assistance.” the opportunities provided to The words of Title IX, passed her by Title IX. Nybo’s passion for in June 1972 by Richard Nixon, softball led her from recreationchanged the way women were al play to a career as an NCAA treated in the athletic realm, in athlete. Without Title IX, Nybo the U.S. overall and more specifi- would not have been able to hone cally, at Drake. her talents and play at a Division When Carolyn Hill was an I level. athlete at Drake nearly 35 years “I would say that I am happy ago, the rules about it (Title and attitudes IX) because of If I couldn't play sports, enacted by Tithe opportunitle IX were still ties that I have I don't really know what new concepts, and the proI would be doing with and women’s gressions that my life. athletics proare still takgrams were in ing place now,” Hayley Nybo the developing Nybo said. “If Drake Sophomore stages. Drake I couldn't play had just startsports, I don't ed setting its really know sights on the most promising fe- what I would be doing with my male athletes. life.” “When I was in high school, The legislation of Title IX there wasn’t really recruiting,” spans not only to collegiate athHill said. “They didn’t recruit as letes, but athletic administration much as they do now, because and the professional world as Title IX had just been passed. So well. as I came to college, actually the Megan Franklin, senior year after I got here, they started woman administrator for Drake doing a little more recruiting, at athletics, knows that the legisthat time for a lot of women, with lation has provided her many the intent to build a strong pro- opportunities, including her cagram.” reer. The role of senior woman Hill, who was a three-sport administrator was previously to athlete in high school, wanted to ensure there was a woman on the further her athletic career. Drake athletics senior staff, but Frankallowed her to do so. Academics lin’s role is much more than that. were important to her decision Her responsibilities encomto attend Drake, but the fact that pass men’s and women’s sports, it was so supportive of women’s sports medicine, strength, condiathletics played a big role in Hill’s tioning, compliance and academchoice to attend Drake. ics. This involvement and obviHill’s current position with ous connection with athletics is Drake athletics as assistant Re- something that Franklin has allays director has allowed her to ways known. see how women’s athletics have “I’ve never known any other improved over the years. way,” Franklin said. “I think it’s “I’d say it’s probably a 360-de- important because my generagree difference from when I was tion and younger, we don’t even

realize what those older generations ahead of me had to go through in order to have the opportunities be there for us now.” As far as Title IX has come, today there is still a lingering discrepancy between men and women in the athletic and professional realms. In 2011, women held five of 120 athletic directors positions in Division I-A, no more than 4 percent overall, and 19 percent of all NCAA athletic directors were women. The low number indicates a pre-Title IX attitude. Drake’s director of women’s studies, Nancy Reincke, agrees that, although there have been improvements, professional inconsistencies between men and women still remain. “While the glass ceiling for women has eased up, there still aren't the same opportunities for women as men,” Reincke said. Drake is unique in the fact that the top three athletic administrative positions are held by women. Aside from Megan Franklin, the senior female administrator, is Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake’s athletic director and Renee Chestnut, Drake’s faculty athletic representative. Hatfield Clubb, who was also a collegiate athlete and coach, was the first woman to ever become a Division I athletic director in the state of Iowa. The hiring of Hatfield Clubb continued to move Title IX forward significantly. Drake’s athletics administration continues to improve and make the legislation of Title IX more of its day-today business. “I think we’re doing a good job at kind of keeping a pulse on interest and thinking about the opportunities for both men and women,” Franklin said. “And we’re being mindful of making sure we’re doing things like having Title IX audits and making sure we’re open to peer review and that we’re not saying we’re perfect but that we want to always be working on making sure we’re a point of pride and joy for our institution and that we’re complying and beyond.”

1996: Former Drake softball player Dani Tyler wins an Olympic gold medal with Team USA

2002: The Drake women's basketball team reaches the NCAA Sweet 16

2002: The Drake women's soccer program debuts

2006: Drake names Sandy Hatfield Clubb athletic director

Take a look at Title IX No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

2012: The Drake women's basketball team earns a WNIT bid



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Volunteering second nature for Bosch Award reveals strong service culture among Drake teams KELLY HENDRICKS | Staff Writer |

SENIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN ZACH BOSCH (73) blocks for the running back versus Campbell on Sept. 29 at Drake Stadium. Bosch valued service throughout his Drake career. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR



Prep stars return to Relays EVELYN LASHLEY | Staff Writer | For many high school athletes, qualifying for the Drake Relays is an exciting step toward a successful collegiate track career. Various members of the Drake track and field team have had the chance to face the Relays from both a high school and collegiate perspective. Assistant cross country coach Casey McDermott has attended the Relays every year for over a decade. As a high school competitor, she enjoyed being able to race and watch the other collegiate and elite races, too. Her nerves were high due to the hype and energy of the meet. Last year, McDermott was coaching at Troy University in Alabama and missed her first Relays in 10 years. “It will be nice to be back helping coach Drake athletes for this Relays,” McDermott said. “I’m eager to help prepare and watch our athletes have great performances.” Junior Brogan Austin, of Boone, Iowa, ran the mile and two-mile races as a high school athlete. “The crowd was cheering at full capacity for the mile, and I have never had so much adrenaline for a race before,” Austin said of the 2010 Relays. “I always loved running through campus after my races because everything was pristine. I also liked running past the street paintings. The campus always got me excited for running.” Austin will run the 5k this

year for Drake. At the 2012 Relays, Austin placed ninth in the 10,000 meters. The year before, Austin took second in the 10,000 to qualify for the NCAA West Regional meet. “Relays is now a home-field advantage where I have familiar friends to cheer me along my races to help me run personal records,” Austin said. Senior Whitney Westrum of Waukee, Iowa, also remembers the memorable Drake Stadium atmosphere from her high school days. “There is nothing like a packed stadium. Our track is amazing, and we are all so blessed to be able to run on it every day,” Westrum said. “The community environment evident on Drake’s campus is mirrored as fans cheer for athletes on the blue oval.” Dedicated, energetic fans give high school athletes the confidence they need to race on the famous track. “It was an honor then and still is,” Westrum said. “Not everyone has the opportunity to feel the emotions the crowd brings.” All athletes are looking forward to another packed stadium for their collegiate races at the 2013 Drake Relays. “It doesn’t matter when I run on Drake's track, it is something about the track that helps me (get a personal record),” Austin said. “I always look forward to running here since (it) is such a rare and special treat.”

Former Drake football offensive lineman and December 2012 graduate Zach Bosch was one of 22 student-athletes across the country to receive the American Football Coaches Association Allstate Good Works Team Award in November. According to the AFCA, requirements for the award include involvement and commitment to a charity, service group or community while maintaining good academic standing and playing college football. For Bosch, it all started in Cub Scouts. He said at a young age, his family taught him to help anyone in need. “One of the staples of Scouts is volunteering and community service. As long as I can remember, I have been participating in food drives, street cleanups, et cetera,” Bosch said. “Anything from shoveling the elderly neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks to simply holding the door for someone at the store. All of this helped get me started in volunteering, and I haven’t stopped since.” When he arrived at Drake, Bosch became more involved with volunteering at different places including the Boys & Girls Clubs, local elementary schools, Meals from the Heartland, Blank Children’s Hospital, Johnston ChildServe, Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. “My motivation comes from being taught to always be kind to others and help out,” Bosch said. “For me, volunteering and helping people is just the right thing to do. I feel as though there is no good reason to not volunteer and help someone.” Drake head coach Chris Creighton was honored to have one of his athletes win the selective award. “Zach’s award makes all of us feel good and proud,” Creighton said. “Our team takes a ton of pride in serving the community, and Zach’s recognition made all of us really proud.” Bosch said the award has changed his life drastically, but

he didn’t start volunteering to win a prize. However, this award comes with perks. Bosch attended the Sugar Bowl game on Jan. 2, with the other 21 student-athletes receiving the award. “It felt great to be recognized for the work that has been done, but I feel as though it is also representative of the work the football team and other Drake teams do throughout the year,” Bosch said. “Being recognized for the award helped to shine light on the work being done at Drake by all of the sports programs, not just myself, and that was awesome to see.” Bosch said he will never forget his Sugar Bowl experience. “The people I was able to meet and the places I was able to see will stay with me forever,” Bosch said. Bosch knew Creighton had nominated him for the award, but he hardly expected to win. Creighton said Bosch was a talented senior leader this past year. His passion energized the entire Bulldog squad. Not only was Creighton honored, but Bosch’s teammates beamed as they surprised him with the award in the fall while he volunteered. The Bulldogs surprised Bosch on Nov. 9, 2012, as he made his weekly visit to volunteer at the V.A. Hospital. “Zach is a great guy who absolutely deserved to win the award for everything he’s done at the Veterans Affairs Hospital,” senior running back Trey Morse said. “I know he made a huge impact on their lives, and they made an impact on his as well.” Freshman defensive back Ty Betka echoed Morse’s praise of Bosch’s leadership off the football field. “As a freshman, he was a good person to have on the team,” Betka said. “I admired his leadership and work ethic on the field, but even more so off the field.”

Former teammates play as foes DOMINIC JOHNSON | Staff Writer |

Drake men’s tennis senior play against each other when the Jean Erasmus and former team- lineups were announced. Erasmate Anis Ghorbel* played ten- mus only played singles while nis in the same stadium in Tu- Ghorbel only played doubles. nis, Tunisia, on July 3, 2012. But “It would have been amazing for the first time since they ar- if I could have played Jean in dourived at Drake, the two Bulldogs bles,” Ghorbel said. “It was fun to weren’t there as teammates, but play those guys. All those guys as rivals. The are nice. The two were playDavis Cup is alEven though he was ing for their reways an amazspective counsupporting his own team, ing experience.” tries in a Davis Erasmus he still clapped and Cup tie, Ghorplayed his supported me in my own bel for Tunisia match against individual match. and Erasmus Malek Jazifor Namibia. ri, who was Jean Erasmus Ghorbel’s Tuniranked No. 69 Drake Senior sia squad won in the world at the match 3-0, the time. Albut it was an unforgettable expe- though Jaziri won the match 6-2, rience for both players. 6-4, Erasmus played well on the “It was funny to have Anis as court against an elite tennis pro. my roommate, friend and team“I did manage to play the No. mate, and then all of sudden we 69 in the world at the time, and are playing against each other honestly, it was a great experifor our representative coun- ence, something I've never done tries,” Erasmus said. before,” Erasmus said. “It was This wasn’t the first time ei- great to compete with a top pro ther player had competed in the and see where you are. Playing Davis Cup for his country. This on clay courts is a very difficult was Erasmus’ third time repre- thing for me, but I thought I did senting Namibia and Ghorbel’s pretty well.” fourth time playing for Tunisia. Ghorbel agreed that his forOnce the two arrived in Tunisia mer Drake teammate performed for the competition, they began well against his countryman. practicing with their teams. The Ghorbel said he believed Erasimpending match didn’t affect mus’ play in high-level college their camaraderie, though. competition prepared him well “The first day he saw me, he for the match against Jaziri. said ‘I’m dying, man, I just hit “I was watching the match for 20 minutes and I'm dying,’” and really I couldn’t see any big, Ghorbel said with a laugh. big difference between pro tenUnfortunately for the two ath- nis and college tennis,” Ghorbel letes, they weren’t scheduled to said. “I always train with Jaziri

back home, and the difference that you can notice is a mental and physical difference. Obviously, he is a pro player, so he trains every day for like six hours, so he’s got amazing fitness and mentally is so strong in different situations.” Ghorbel teamed up with Slim Hamza to post a 6-0, 6-3 win over their Namibian opponents in doubles. Although both players battled to get a win for their country, they still cheered for and supported each other. “Even though he was supporting his own team, he still clapped and supported me in my own individual match,” Erasmus said. Tunisia advanced to Group II of the Davis Cup after finishing first in the tournament held in Tunis, while Namibia stayed in Group III after finishing fifth. Both Ghorbel and Erasmus will continue tennis after graduation in Futures tournaments, the minor leagues of the professional tennis circuit. Both players will continue to play in the Davis Cup and eagerly anticipate the next time they have the opportunity to face each other on the international stage. “Hopefully, we can keep these amazing experiences going on,” Ghorbel said. “Hopefully, we can see each other in the Davis Cup in the future.” *Editor’s Note: Since the interviews and reporting for this story were conducted, Anis Ghorbel left the Drake men’s tennis team.



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Baseball unlikely to return to campus OLIVIA ALBERS | Staff Writer |

Baseball is often called America’s favorite pastime, but the sport is not offered through Drake University’s athletic department. However, Drake previously had a team. One of the first teams on record was assembled in 1885, just four years after the university was founded. The baseball program was cut in 1921 and revived in 1929. In the early 1940s, the sport was again dropped. Then, 1947 saw its rebirth. Drake had a team from 1947 until 1974, when the program was cut for good. A change in the university’s academic calendar during the 1970-71 school year was a main factor in cutting the program. The end of the school year moved from June to May, cutting a large portion of the team’s playing time. Iowa weather also played a part in this decision. The winters are long, and snow can stay on the ground until late March or early April. During the 1970s, the baseball team did not have its own field and traveled to various locations around the city to play and practice. Never winning a conference championship may have also led to the program’s demise. Eventually, the program stopped giving scholarships, leaving men with less incentive to join the team. “(The university) had logical reasons for dropping (the baseball program) from time to time,” Drake athletics historian Paul Morrison

said after looking over the baseball records he had accumulated over the years. Former baseball player Gary Macek joined Drake’s team in 1961 as a freshman and continued to play until he graduated in 1965. Although scholarships were not awarded to baseball players at that time, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native still wanted to be a part of the program. Macek remembered how other schools had better facilities than Drake, but the team always managed to get by using fields around the Des Moines area. “It was a very enjoyable time. We were sort of a rag-tag band, didn’t have the fanciest uniform(s),” Macek said. “We had people who enjoyed playing the game, and we had good camaraderie among the guys on the team.” He said playing baseball helped him become a team player. “You want to compete. You want to win. You want to work together as a unit to achieve a positive outcome,” Macek said. “Having the opportunity to have those kinds of experiences was rewarding.” While Macek understands why Drake no longer has a baseball team, he would like to see the university develop a team in the future, if the budget allows. Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb said she doubts there will be a baseball team developed any time soon because Drake would

have to comply with Title IX regulations. Title IX does not regulate the number of sports offered to men and women on campus, but regulates the percentage of the student population of men and women. The percentage of women involved in sports at Drake is significantly lower than the percentage of men. Creating a baseball team would, therefore, violate Title IX rules. While Hatfield Clubb does not feel Drake is at a disadvantage for not offering baseball, she said having a baseball program might draw students interested in the sport to Drake. The other aspect of starting a baseball team is finances. Coaches must be hired and paid, uniforms and equipment purchased, transportation to games funded and the use of baseball facilities paid for. Out of the 10 teams that participate in the Missouri Valley Conference, only Drake and Northern Iowa do not have baseball programs. Morrison feels there may be interest in the future to start a baseball program at Drake. “Iowa high school baseball is pretty widespread across the state,” Morrison said. He said there may be many men interested in playing for Drake. Whether Drake plays America’s sport or not, Hatfield Clubb feels Drake has a tremendous athletic program and that athletes will continue to represent the university in a positive light.

A look back at Drake baseball Reinstated on campus a total of three times over 45 years Never won a conference championship First varsity sport at Drake One of the earliest teams on record, was formed in 1885 Team lacked a home field and traveled to sites around Des Moines to play in 1970s Change in academic calendar led Drake to cut program for good in 1974 Iowa weather played a role in choice to cut program for good Program eventually cut all scholarships Lack of scholarship offers led less student-athletes to try out for the team

RON BUEL FIELD is where Drake’s softball team plays. Drake cut its baseball program permanently in 1974, as a lack of scholarships led fewer players to join. The program is unlikely to come back. LUKE NANKIVELL | PHOTO EDITOR


Top 11 things to know about Drake crew ASHTON WEIS | Staff Writer | Drake rowing is a Division I varsity sport, just like all of the other varsity teams on campus and has been a Division I sport at Drake University since 1999. The Bulldogs have been a club team on campus since 1987. In 1993, head coach Charlie DiSilvestro was hired as the first full-time staff member for rowing. In 2010, Drake crew joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as an affiliate member as the Missouri Valley Conference does not sponsor rowing. Drake crew has had success since it joined the MAAC. Drake finished third its first year. The second year, high winds canceled the championship. And last year, Drake claimed the MAAC championship. “We won the conference championship by one inch, which is almost a dead heat,” DiSilvestro said. “The video tape happened to show our bow ball was that much ahead of Marist.” The Drake rowers lost almost half of their first varsity eight boat, so many of the athletes

stepped up their training because so much power was lost. Many of the Drake rowers had never rowed before coming to college, and only two of the 25 had previous experience. Senior Sarah Laughlin can attest to the hard work the team puts in year-round. “This team gives no scholarship(s), and in the rowing world, most of us would be considered too short to row,” Laughlin said. “With this said, we are still able to beat larger teams with scholarships and win conference championships. That really says something about these girls and coaching staff.” Rowing is currently making the shift to an “automatic qualifier” sport. Up to this point, those who went to the NCAA Championships were simply the Top-18 teams. There are 84 rowing programs in the country. This means that if the Drake team has a repeat championship, it will compete in the NCAA Championships in June and race the best boats in the country.

THE DRAKE ROWING TEAM races at the Creighton Duel on Nov. 10 on the Des Moines River. COURTESY OF JUSTINE CHOE

Test your Drake rowing knowledge with these fast facts

There are four sizes of boats, and they are named by number of rowers. There are singles, doubles, fours and eights. The fours and eights actually have five and nine, respectively. These larger boats have “coxswains,” who steer the boat and don’t count toward the total.

A rowing event is called a “regatta,” not an “event” or a “meet” and is one of the only sports that finishes by going backwards. The standard in rowing is a 2,000-meter race, no matter how many people are in the boat.

“The coxswain’s job is to be an assistant coach,” DiSilvestro said. These members of the teams act as coaches while on the boat. After the coaches shove the boats into the water, they can have no further contact with the team. The coxswains act as the coach and run the race according to the race-plan. Weight matters, and this especially comes into play when considering the coxswain. Because she is not rowing, it is important to take her weight into account, because the rest of the team has to pull her weight. The smaller the boats get, the more likely they are to tip over, but tipping is unlikely. “If we have one single-a-year tip, then that’s kind of a lot,” DiSilvestro said.

The coxswains sit in different spots, depending on boat size. In the eights, the coxswain is in the back of the boat. In the fours, the coxswain can either be in the front or the back of the boat.

There are two different kinds of rowing: sweep rowing and sculling. Sweep rowing is when each rower has a single oar. Sculling is when each rower has two oars (there are no sculling events in college rowing). Single- and double-rowing are not spring sports. NCAA teams have 23 members. That includes a first and second varsity eight and one varsity four.

Practice takes place early in the morning and is difficult in the Midwest. Drake rowers have a shorter practice season than schools where it is warm year-round. They also have practice at 5:30 a.m. “Many people complain about an 8 a.m. class. We start our day getting up a little after 5 a.m. An 8 a.m. class without practice would be considered sleeping in for us,” Laughlin said.

It’s a mental and physical sport. The rowers race themselves as much as each other. “In the boat, you have to be internally able to say, ‘I’m at the wall, if I ease up, it won’t hurt, but my team will lose.’ The most difficult thing for an athlete in our sport to get through is that wall of pain, and it’s all mental,” DiSilvestro said.


SCHEDULE 2013 Drake Relays | April 23–28

Tuesday, April 23 6:00 p.m.

Grand Blue Mile Downtown

Wednesday, April 24 12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Heptathlon Women, Day 1 Decathlon Men, Day 1 Pole Vault in the Mall Jordan Creek Mall

Thursday, April 25

9:30 a.m. Heptathlon Women, Day 2 10:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 2 DISTANCE CARNIVAL | AFTERNOON SESSION 4:00 p.m. 800m (Unseeded)UD/CD, Women, Final 4:05 p.m. 800m (Unseeded) UD/CD, Men, Final 4:40 p.m. 4x1600m UD/CD, Women, Final 5:05 p.m. 4x1600m UD/CD, Men, Final 5:25 p.m. Session Ends 6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Sheslow Auditorium DISTANCE CARNIVAL EVENING SESSION 7:30 p.m. 10,000m UD/CD, Women, Final 8:10 p.m. 10,000m UD/CD, Men, Final 8:40 p.m. 5000m UD/CD, Women, Final 9:05 p.m. 5000m UD/CD, Men, Final 9:30 p.m. Session Ends

Friday, April 26

8:58 a.m. 4x100m CD, Women, Prelim 9:17 a.m. 4x100m CD, Men, Prelim 9:32 a.m. 100mH UD/CD, Women, Prelim 9:45 a.m. 110mH UD/CD, Men, Prelim 10:00 a.m. Distance Medley CD, Women, Final 10:45 a.m. 4x800m CD, Men, Final 10:58 a.m. 4x100m UD, Women, Prelim 11:10 a.m. 4x100m UD, Men, Prelim 11:25 a.m. Distance Medley UD, Men, Final 11:45 a.m. Officials Break 11:50 a.m. Drake Relays Recognitions 12:15 p.m. 100m UD/CD, Women, Prelim 12:33 p.m. 100m UD/CD, Men, Prelim 12:45 p.m. 800m Masters, Men, Final 12:51 p.m. 4x200m CD, Women, Final 1:03 p.m. 4x200m CD, Men, Final 1:51 p.m. 800m UD/CD, Women, Final 1:57 p.m. 4x400m CD, Women, Prelim 2:25 p.m. 4x400m CD, Men, Prelim 2:52 p.m. 4x400m UD, Women, Prelim 3:30 p.m. 4x400m UD, Men, Prelim 3:45 p.m. Session Ends FIELD EVENTS 10:00 a.m. Pole Vault UD/CD, Women, Final 10:45 a.m. Javelin UD/CD, Men, Final 11:30 a.m. Shot Put UD/CD, Women, Final 1:00 p.m. High Jump UD/CD, Women, Final 1:15 p.m. Pole Vault UD/CD, Men, Final 1:30 p.m. Long Jump UD/CD, Men, Final 2:00 p.m. Javelin UD/CD, Women, Final 2:00 p.m. Discus UD/CD, Women, Final 2:30 p.m. Shot Put UD/CD, Men, Final HY-VEE NIGHT AT THE RELAYS 5:45 p.m. 4x200m UD, Women, Final 6:30 p.m. 110mH LGR, Men, Final 6:45 p.m. 4x200m UD, Men, Final 6:58 p.m. 400mH LGR, Men, Final 7:05 p.m. 4x800m UD, Women, Final 7:20 p.m. 1500m LGR, Women, Final 7:30 p.m. 4x800m UD, Men, Final 7:45 p.m. 400m LGR, Men, Final 9:30 p.m. Fireworks FIELD EVENTS 5:15 p.m. Pole Vault LGR, Women, Final 5:30 p.m. Long Jump UD/CD/LGR, Women, Final 6:45 p.m. High Jump LGR, Men, Final

Saturday, April 27

Key LGR | London Olympics Rematch CD | College Division UD | University Division SPECIAL | Special Invitational MASTERS | Masters Division (40+)

8:20 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 8:40 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:47 a.m. 10:07 a.m. 10:25 a.m. 10:40 a.m. 10:53 a.m. 11:07 a.m. 11:20 a.m. 11:25 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:07 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 12:50 p.m. 12:55 p.m. 1:17 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:42 p.m. 2:08 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 2:23 p.m. 2:28 p.m. 2:38 p.m. 2:46 p.m. 2:52 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:35 p.m. 3:40 p.m. 3:47 p.m. 3:55 p.m. 4:02 p.m. 4:12 p.m. 4:42 p.m. 4:52 p.m. 5:00 p.m. FIELD EVENTS 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Shuttle Hurdle UD/CD, Women, Prelim Shuttle Hurdle UD/CD, Men, Prelim Sprint Medley CD, Women, Final Sprint Medley CD, Men, Final Sprint Medley UD, Women, Final Sprint Medley UD, Men, Final 3000m Steeple UD/CD, Women, Final 3000m Steeple UD/CD, Men, Final 4x800m CD, Women, Final Distance Medley CD, Men, Final 800m Masters, Women, Final Officials Break Hall of Fame/Host and Hostess Recognition Beautiful Bulldog Contest Winner Parade of Officials Shuttle Hurdle UD/CD, Women, Final Shuttle Hurdle UD/CD, Men, Final 400mH UD/CD, Women, Final 400mH UD/CD, Men, Final Distance Medley UD, Women, Final National Anthem 400mH LGR, Women, Final 100m UD/CD, Women, Final 100m UD/CD, Men, Final 100mH UD/CD, Women, Final 100mH LGR, Women, Final 110mH UD/CD, Men, Final Mile Special, Men, Final 4x100m CD, Women, Final 4x100m CD, Men, Final 4x100m UD, Women, Final 4x100m UD, Men, Final 800m UD/CD, Men, Final 1500m UD/CD, Women, Final 1500m UD/CD, Men, Final 4x400m CD, Women, Final 4x400m CD, Men, Final 4x400m UD, Women, Final 4x400m UD, Men, Final Session Ends Hammer UD/CD, Women, Final Discus UD/CD, Men, Final Triple Jump UD/CD, Women, Final High Jump UD/CD, Men, Final Hammer UD/CD, Men, Final Shot Put Special, Men, Final Triple Jump UD/CD/LGR, Men, Final High Jump LGR, Women, Final

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