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HARKIN STEAK FRY
DRAKE STUDENTS STAY BUSY OVER SUMMER MONTHS.
Sen. Al Franken will speak at the Harkin Steak Fry on Saturday.
On Sunday, No. 21 Men’s Soccer beat Marquette 2-1 at home.
The football team won its seasonopener against Grand View 22-0.
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Provost works with administration to keep students informed by ANN SCHNOEBELEN
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Elevator malfunction? There’s a plan for that. Chemical spill? There’s a plan for that. A plane crashes on campus? There’s a plan for that, too. Seriously. For those who thought their iPhone apps were ready to take on anything, check out the 57 pages that make up the Drake University Emergency Response Plan. Spelling out the proper procedures for handling everything from bursting water pipes to earthquakes, it is also the document many students and faculty are referencing as Drake prepares for a possible H1N1 outbreak. But Provost Michael Renner said the recent pandemic doesn’t fit neatly into any of the emergencies described in the current plan so the university has prepared an H1N1-specific response. Renner is chair of the 11-member emergency response team that includes representatives from offices across campus
including Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari, LuAnn Volkmer of the Student Health Center and Assistant Director of Residence Life Lorissa Lieurance. On Aug. 31, Renner sent an e-mail to students and faculty with information that included statistics about the virus in Iowa, symptoms and Drake’s response preparations. Informational posters, the
CONTENTS OF A DRAKE HEALTH CENTER FLU KIT • An 8-ounce bottle of water • Hand sanitizer • Tissues • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) • Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) • Mask • Disposable thermometer • Patient information sheet
monitoring of FYS attendance and newly installed hand sanitizer dispensers were among the plans mentioned. Students and faculty are all being encouraged to follow the guidelines sent by Renner and posted around campus.Washing hands, covering a cough and keeping a little distance from those who are already sick are “remarkably effective at preventing the spread of the virus,” Renner said. A regular seasonal flu vaccine will be available at the Student Health Center in about two weeks, according to Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari. “We are not yet sure when will receive the H1N1 vaccine, but likely later this fall,” he said. Concern about the pandemic varies. Alex Cecena (B1) said he didn’t feel threatened by it, but appreciated the way Drake is handling the situation. “I think it’s nice that they keep us aware that the virus is going around campus and
SEE H1N1, PAGE 2
First-year student dies on Sunday Pres. Maxwell says H1N1 not involved by ERIN HOGAN News Editor email@example.com
Victorya Van-Pelt (AS1) passed away late Sunday morning from complications related to upper respiratory distress. The 18-year-old was admitted to Iowa Methodist Emergency Room on Aug. 24. Van-Pelt had been sick since the day after she moved in, but suspected it was a common cold, close friend Matt Martin (AS, J2) said. Van-Pelt’s lungs collapsed later that night, and she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She did not regain consciousness after her lungs collapsed. She was later transferred to Mercy Medical Center and began treatment to restore her lungs. Martin said the treatment caused distress to Van-Pelt’s heart and she died of heart failure. Doctors are not yet sure of the initial cause of infection that distressed VanPelt’s respiratory system. However, Drake President David Maxwell said in his notification to the university that doctors were sure it was not H1N1-related. Services for Van-Pelt will be held in her hometown of Little Rock, Ark. “All of Little Rock is crying for her right now,” Martin said. Martin and Van-Pelt both attended Little Rock’s Magnet Performing Arts High School. They were in over 80 performances together. “She was the yin to my yang; we were definitely best friends,” Martin said. Maxwell sent a campus-wide e-mail informing the Drake community of the passing of the Stalnaker resident. “Victorya was a bright, immensely gifted young woman whose engaging personality commanded respect and affection from all those who met her during her brief time on the Drake campus,” he said in the e-mail. “She was a very outgoing person. She loved singing, acting and dancing. She knew what she was meant to do, and she came to Drake to enhance her talents,” Alexis Davis (B2), VanPelt’s roommate, said. Van-Pelt was awarded a scholarship by the Drake Performing Arts Department. She planned to major in musical theater. “It is truly a shame that the Drake family will never get a chance to meet her,” Martin said.
Athletic Department toughens up on alcohol policy violations Drake Athletics suspends over 30 football and cross country athletes in the first week of play by MATT VASILOGAMBROS Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
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HEAD FOOTBALL COACH CHRIS CREIGHTON suspended 14 athletes for alcohol policy violations.
Last week, 31 athletes were suspended due to alcohol policy violations. On Sept. 2, head football coach Chris Creighton suspended 14 athletes, including three starters, for last Saturday’s game against Grand View. Additionally, on Friday, Associate Director of Athletics Heather Weems confirmed the suspensions of 17 cross country athletes. The football team’s alcohol policy states that players who are of legal age can drink only on Saturdays, and that athletes who are not of age are not
permitted to consume alcohol. “Our team policies were broken; therefore, there are consequences,” head football coach Chris Creighton said. The Drake Athletic Department has an alcohol policy that went into effect in August. Drake Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb said that each head coach has the authority to enforce a more stringent rule regarding alcohol use. “The head football coach communicates to his players … that drinking alcohol during the week will earn them a one- to threegame suspension (if the athletes are 21),” Hatfield-Clubb said. “He also communicates his expectations that a player acts responsibly and follows university policies and local laws.”
Most of the cross country suspensions take place tomorrow at the Oz Memorial invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., while the remaining athletes were suspended last Friday for the Bulldog Classic in Des Moines. “The issue within the track and field and cross country team was very similar to that of football,” Hatfield-Clubb said. “Our coaches became aware of a violation of team alcohol policy, and asked members to self-report. The programs, coaches and student-athletes alike have handled the situation with great integrity, and we are looking forward to our upcoming fall contests.” Since the cross country team is in season, runners are not permitted to
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 PAGE 2 QUOTE OF THE DAY
Our strength is our chemistry and our will to win. – Head football coach Chris Creighton. SEE PAGE 7
SECURITY REPORTS SUMMER EDITION
of sorts, so police and mobile crisis were called. The female, who was not affiliated with Drake University, was then taken to a local hospital.
12:45 p.m. June 8 A security officer observed a little brown dog almost get hit by a motor vehicle at 31st and University. The officer beckoned the dog, who came immediately to him. The owner was located and arrived on scene. The owner yelled out, “Lucky,” and the little domestic carnivorous animal went immediately to him. It appeared to have been Lucky’s lucky day. 11:12 a.m. June 4 Security responded to Jewett Residence Hall based on a report that a University plumber set off a fire alarm while using his torch. There was no fire or smoke and the detector was reset. 6:34 a.m. June 13 A security officer observed a young male hitchhiking near 28th and University and stopped to see if he was okay. The 20-year-old male who appeared to be intoxicated was trying to find a ride home. Police
were called and checked out his story and then sent him on his way. 9:47 a.m. June 16 A male staff member observed a female with a knife in her hands. She fell down while running on the intramural fields. She then got up and jumped into the woods at the north end of the fields. The staff member was able to get the knife from the female. She appeared to be in an intoxicated state. She was obviously having problems
FROM SUSPENSION, PAGE 1
Coaches stand by policies drink alcohol regardless of age, according to team members. “As a coaching staff, we have met with our track and field and cross country studentathletes individually and in small groups, in addition to team meetings,” Kaiser-Brown said. “Our student-athletes have responded with honesty and accountability, which is a credit to their character. Sanctions have been dealt in accordance with team policy. Our student-athletes are excited to demonstrate their work from the summer in our upcoming meets and practices.” The Athletic Department policy spells out consequences for up to four violations. The first violation requires the studentathlete to undergo a drug test by training room staff at the athlete’s expense. It also requires a meeting with the respective head coach and full-time athletic trainer to discuss the offense and potential future penalties. Under the policy, consequences for a fourth offense can be as severe as sitting out half of the season, cancellation of athletics aid or dismissal from athletic teams. “University and athletic department policy exists to protect the health, welfare and integrity of our student-athletes and programs,” Hatfield-Clubb said. “It is important, when policy violations occur, that we handle them expediently and consistently, and from a philosophy of student and program development. Our student-athletes and teams continue to be some of the best ambassadors of Drake University, and we support all the wonderful success they have on and off the field.” Hatfield-Clubb said that she is proud of the way coaches handled the situations and that enforcement of alcohol policies is all too uncommon in NCAA Division-I sports. “It’s important to recognize that our coaches are getting on the front end of what could be a bigger problem,” HatfieldClubb said. Last week, Creighton said that he was focused on the game on Saturday and will continue to enforce alcohol policies, hoping that members of the football team will develop as student-athletes. “Like the department, we’re not in it just to win games on Saturday afternoons,” Creighton said. “I think winning is a byproduct of doing things right and doing them hard. We’re always trying to challenge these guys to be the best people they can be, the students they can be and the best players they can be. And that’s obviously an issue that people face in college and that’s something I address. They know where I stand on it.”
11:30 p.m. June 19 A security officer observed two male juveniles trying to enter the Fine Arts Center. The youths stated they had previously taken music lessons in the building and wanted to go back in and look around for a trip down memory lane. Police were called and the two were advised on trespassing as it pertains to the Drake campus. 1:36 a.m. July 14 A male adult entered the security office and stated he was jumped and assaulted outside of a bar on Ingersoll Avenue. He stated he knew the assailant but didn’t want to tell anyone. Police were called and also filed a report. The male also thought a security officer was his twin brother. After taking the report, the police
officer told him to walk and not to drive due to his intoxicated condition. 1:41 a.m. July 19 A male student who appeared to be intoxicated came into the security office and reported that for the past several weeks he has noticed fellow students using drugs in a male restroom at a bar located at 23rd and University. He also said a man had been seen brandishing a firearm as folks leave the establishment. He stated he would notify the police as well. 5:06 p.m. July 23 A security bicycle was stolen from in front of the Olmsted Center by a male who rode off with it between 4:58 and 5:06 a.m. 11:32 a.m. August 1 It was determined that an AAU 11-year-old female athlete injured her buttocks when she backed into a golf cart. A trainer gave her ice and stretching exercises to
control her pain. 6:12 p.m. August 3 Security observed a male lying unconscious near 31st and University and fire/ rescue was called. A short time later the male began regaining consciousness. He was recognized by fire/rescue and the subject refused medical treatment. He then walked away. 9:08 a.m. August 6 A male contractor advised his motor vehicle was stolen from a Drake University parking lot located in the 1300 block of 24th and 25th streets. The incident occurred between 8:20 and 9 a.m. The owner said he left the doors unlocked and his keys were left in the vehicle. 11:46 a.m. August 10 Security responded to the Bell Center based on report of a student who was acting like he was high or intoxicated. Upon arrival, the male student was being rebuked for
being in a female staff member’s office while she was on the telephone. The student was argumentative and making suggestive remarks to females as they passed. He began yelling and using profanity. Police were called. The student would not cooperate and was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct, intoxication and interference. The dean of students was on scene. 5:18 p.m. August 16 A male adult riding a red scooter was seen going through a trash container and throwing trash on the ground at a Drake Real Estate property located in the 1400 block of 29th street. The subject stated he had permission from the owner, but the two tenants were present and said it wasn’t so. The subject had previously trespassed on Drake property. Police were called and he was again advised on trespassing for all of Drake property.
Al Franken visits Iowa ... no joke by TIFFANY KRAUSE
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The Drake Democrats plan to attend Senator Tom Harkin’s 32nd annual steak fry this Sunday. Al Franken, former Saturday Night Live comedian and Minnesota’s newest senator, will be this year’s featured guest. According to Jeff Glaze, vice president of Drake Democrats, the steak fry is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the Iowa Democratic Party. Iowans gather at the Warren County fairgrounds in Indianola to support Senator Harkin and other Democratic candidates. Senator Al Franken took office in July after a legal battle and ballot recount between him and Republican Norm
Coleman. Minnesota native Rachel Nauen (J3) said she wishes she had voted in her home state instead of Iowa. “Maybe my vote and others at Drake
EVENT INFORMATION Where: Warren County fairgrounds When: 1 p.m. Sunday from Minnesota could have helped the Coleman vs. Franken process along a little,” Nauen said. Nauen said she would have voted for Franken if she had voted in Minnesota.
“I hope Senator Franken addresses health care, as this debate is growing louder and louder on TV, the Internet and our newspapers,” Nauen said. Previous steak fry guests have included President Bill Clinton and former VicePresident Al Gore. Six democratic presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Edwards and Chris Dodd – were guests in 2007. The steak fry has not only featured politicians, but also musicians. Sheryl Crow sang at the event in 2004. Drake Democrats will sell tickets in Olmsted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday. They are also organizing carpools to the event. Tickets cost $15.
DEAL rallies support as Earth Week nears by JACKIE WALLENTIN
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Although fall is quickly approaching, Drake Environmental Action League would like to spread the green further. This year’s fourth annual Earth Week, sponsored by DEAL and Student Senate, will be held from September 14 to 18 to raise awareness and appreciation for local and global environmental issues. “I think this is going to be the best Earth Week that we have ever had, which is saying a lot since I think that last year was just phenomenal,” DEAL president Robb Krehbiel (AS3) said.
Due to a large success last year, Active Outdoors Day, Conservation Day and Farmer’s Market Day will return after minor tweaking and the addition of new events. Students can participate in an outdoor viewing of an episode of “Earth Week,” learn about the impact of hunting from the organization Ducks Unlimited and sample some of Des Moines’ fresh produce. “I’m looking forward to Farmer’s Market Day the most,” DEAL co-president Rachel Haase (AS4) said. “There is going to be a lot of delicious local food, and it is a great chance to interact with members of the community.” Two completely new events
will be revealed this year. On Transportation Day, a hybrid vehicle, courtesy of Saturn, will be available for students to explore and learn more about the Cash for Clunkers program. DART representatives will also present the most popular bus routes based on student use. To end the week, Political Action Day will provide campus with a hands-on opportunity to participate in video petitions and talk with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. “There will be political organizations and nonprofits who are going to come and they will have letters to write, petitions to sign, and information about internships and the importance of getting
involved politically,” Krehbiel said. One goal of Earth Week is for students to find something that interests them and then get involved on a regular basis. “First and foremost I want students to have fun, have opportunities to take a break from classes, be outside and just relax for a little bit,” Krehbiel said. “But also we want students to learn. There are tons of different facets to the environmental movement and, even though we are touching on five different things throughout this week, this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
FROM H1N1, PAGE 1
Drake ready for H1N1 outbreak reminding people about the importance of personal hygiene,” he said. Maggie Urbanec (J, B4) is more worried. “I know I don’t take as good of care of myself when school is in session,” she said. “I’ve never had the flu shot, and I usually get it every other year.” She agreed with Cecena about the university’s response.
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“I think they’re doing exactly enough,” she said. “I know where to go if I’m sick, and I know what to do to not get sick. I liked the email where they told us how many students had possible symptoms and stuff. I feel really up-to-date and I hope it stays that way.” Renner said that so far, four students have shown possible H1N1 symptoms, but that Drake will not be confirming any diagnoses on the basis of symptomatic evidence. “We’re not keeping any secrets, but it’s important that we not spread misinformation,” he said. This means that Drake will not be releasing official numbers related to the presence of H1N1 on campus. “It’s been reported on some news
stations that we have confirmed cases at Drake, but we haven’t,” Sentwali said. Renner agreed, saying that it is difficult to get an accurate count of how many students could be infected. “We don’t have a guaranteed way to get a reliable count of how many students are affected at any given moment,” Renner said. Students who are experiencing symptoms should call the Health Center at 271-3731 to receive more information and possible treatment. Renner said in his email, “Despite challenging circumstances, each of us can be a part of maintaining Drake’s exceptional learning environment.” H1N1? There’s a plan for that.
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Drake Athletics responds to alcohol violations responsibly The Times-Delphic would like to commend those athletes involved in last week alcohol policy violations for showing courage in stepping forth and admitting to their actions. Although it was wrong in breaking Drake Athletics policy, you came forward with honesty and humility, and we are very proud because of that. “Our student-athletes have responded with honesty and accountability, which is a credit to their character,” Natasha Kaiser-Brown, head track and field coach, said in our front-page story. We give a lot of credit to the athletes and hope they continue to shine both on and off their field. We would also like to applaud the Drake Athletic Department, and especially Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, for the way they handled last week’s ordeal. Any policy violation is disappointing and possibly devastating to the success of the team. However, Hatfield-Clubb and company acted with timeliness and fairness, abiding by department policy, while still communicating the values that hold this university together. Sanctions may hurt the team’s success, but Drake Athletics put ethics, character and responsibility above all else. The term “student-athlete” is not an accidental designation. These Drake students are not only dedicated on the field, but also in the classroom. They succeed in academics, extra-curricular activities and also volunteer with their teams off campus. Drake athletes are a special kind, seldom found in NCAA sports. We look forward to an amazing fall season of Drake sports and hope the Athletic Department continues its work in developing skilled and dedicated student-athletes.
College dating is a whole new ball game This article is for all incoming Casual dating is what I would freshman girls. College is not high recommend to most freshman, test the school, in any way, shape or form, waters and see if you do want to swim especially when it comes to dating, before you sink. See what the person relationships and even sex. is really like first and find out if your Not to burst your bubble, but even compatible before you commit there are no fairytale endings here to a full-blown relationship and end Jen Calder in our kingdom also known as Drake up with your head below water. P.S., a University. Even when you find a date is not a night out at West End. COLUMNIST guy to buy you flowers, he still is Lastly, the infamous college probably going to blow you off for his relationship: Just don’t commit too frat brothers. Not to say there aren’t soon. There are too many cute boys to great guys here, they just, for the most it can become very messy. My best settle down so quick. Please give it at part, are either taken or sadly not advice for this is to listen to your gut least a month before you decide you’re interested. But when you do catch one feelings; our heart and head tend to in love; it could just be infatuation in of those great guys, college is what our trick us sometimes into believing we disguise. Figure out if you can truly parents were talking about: The trust this person before you best days and years of your life. put your heart on the table. Chances are he’s not even talking Here are some of the types of Professors tend to look down about your eyes – he means your relationships you may run into on the excuse of missing class during college: because of a broken heart. bootylicious bottom or your lovely The random hookup, also So ladies, be patient. Don’t lady lumps. known as the one-night stand, rush into something with a is usually the result of a very senior boy because he said your drunken night. Chances are you won’t eyes look nice while you were out at even remember the guy’s last name, are happy. And you know what they the Dublin. Chances are he’s not even OK, maybe not even the first. Why say, if its meant to be, it will. talking about your eyes – he means Friends with benefits also can be a your bootylicous bottom or your this can be a good thing? No mess, no fuss. Why this can be a bad thing? very messy situation. Where do you lovely lady lumps. So forget everything He may have a girlfriend or be dating draw the line? You enjoy them as a you learned in high school about someone else – aka drama – and, most friend, but also kind of like them. relationships, because it’s a whole likely, you will see him on our small Then if things go south – no not in the new ball game here. Take it as a good sexual way, the bad way – then you’re thing, because if you play by the rules, campus. Long distance relationships, out a good friend. If you can keep it can be a blast. Your prince is out something I am actually an expert things clean and clear, I have heard there somewhere, maybe even in your on. Distance is only one of the many this can be very fun! Something else chemistry class. So be picky. After all, things that broke us up. I am not going to keep in mind, the beginning-of-the you go to Drake University. to tell you that it’s not going to work -year hookup can end up two ways – a out for you though. But imagine how great way to kick off the school year difficult a regular relationship can be or a way to get your heart broken. Calder is a sophomore public relations major and and put that on steroids. Yeah gross, Don’t forget about STDs! can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer, it came smiling this innocent, to my attention that half-toothed smile. We Journey, my all-time felt sorry for him, because favorite band, was touring he was quite clearly by through the Midwest. himself, still attempting Seized with earth-stopping to find fellow fans with excitement, my father which to celebrate. No James VanEchaute and I bought tickets and one paid any attention to made the two-hour drive this older gentleman and COLUMNIST to Rockford, Ill. We were he quickly closed his eyes pleased beyond measure and went back to his air to discover our last minute guitar. At first, my dad tickets earned us seats not far from the and I assumed him to be a run-of-the-mill stage. At 17 rows back, stage left, we were fan. But he turned out to be more than set to have an amazing night of the good- ordinary. time oldies. The lights went black and Journey’s guest Perusing the crowds we saw all kinds of band, Heart, took the stage to the powerful fans: couples both young and old, parents chords of their hit song, “Barracuda.” dragging along their indifferent children, Instantly, the entire floor section was on old time rockers and younger generations its feet. Everyone, except our newly found with a healthy respect for timeless music. friend. He did not stir a muscle. Not even In this search, my dad and I spotted an a single toe-tap or nod to the rhythm. I intriguing, solitary figure. thought that he was just too old to get up A man was seated not too far away from or not as excited as we thought. Amidst the us wearing a Journey tour t-shirt, lost in his roaring crowd and piercing vocals of Ann memories as hits from Cheap Trick and Wilson, the answer dawned on my father Pink Floyd flooded over the sound systems. first. Leaning over to me, my dad revealed, Curly, graying hair sat atop a hunched “He’s here just for Journey.” He was a dieframe. His face was careworn and expressed hard Journey fan who only cared to see a look of hopefulness as he gazed around. them, not Heart. With hands on his knees He wasn’t very tall and, when sitting, was and head bowed, I almost thought him dwarfed by the incoming masses. He happily asleep. pumped his fist, flashing a thumbs-up to He did not stir from that position for anyone who made eye contact, all the while over an hour until Heart left the stage. Instantly on his feet with anticipation, he was just as quickly back in the same pose as Heart came back for an encore. When the lights came up for intermission, he looked around himself at
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the full stadium. Suddenly, he produced a plastic bag, the contents of which we could not make out. He set his eyes on a couple across the aisle. Smiling his crooked smile, he timidly struck up a conversation with the pair and reached into his bag, producing past Journey tour t-shirts. This man had obviously been following the group for quite some time, and he proudly displayed every shirt. The couple was clearly on edge and the conversation didn’t last long as he fumbled for words. He started to head back to his seat when he was stopped by another couple. Noticing his shirts, they began talking with him. The man was so happy to have a willing audience. Whereas the last couple had been uneasy, these two were genuinely friendly and talked the entire intermission. Parting ways with handshake and a quick photo-
“When you’re feeling love’s unfair, you just ask the lonely.” – JOURNEY
op, they disappeared into the crowd. Beaming, the man returned to his seat as the lights dimmed and Journey opened with the stirring piano of “Someday Love Will Find You.” Now it was show time. Our friend was on his feet clapping his hands and stomping his feet. Every now and then he’d sit to take a break, but then he was right back up celebrating the music. What really touched me was when his two companions from intermission reappeared.
As the boyfriend cheered and sang along, his girlfriend went to our friend, grabbed both his hands and danced with him. I thought he’d split his face in half, he was smiling so wide. As they swayed to the music, he twirled her around with the utmost care and gentleness. It was truly a wonderful moment. They stayed for a while and then left, leaving him to his solo dance. He wasn’t alone for long as another enthusiastic woman saw him and quickly came over for a dance. Witnessing those interactions made my night. Not only was the concert excellent, but my faith in humanity was reinforced. This lonely man had found true camaraderie with fellow fans. The music broke down barriers and brought completely different people together. What made the experience even more poignant was Journey’s choice of song. “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Someday Love Will Find You” convey hopefulness for the future. Such lyrics send a message of love and caring. In an age where all we see and hear is tidings of doom, it did my heart good to see such a truly pure encounter. I commend that couple, whoever they are. The kindness they showed that man was simply wonderful. I will never forget that night. It made me want to be the hero next time and stretch out my hand to someone in need of a friend, because as bad as we think we have it, someone always has it worse. I think Journey says it best: “When you’re feeling love’s unfair, you just ask the lonely.” VanEchaute is a sophomore magazine and history double-major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A look at the Drake summer experience taking on-campus and online classes by MARIAH MARCONI
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Though the majority of students left Drake University at the start of summer break, some chose to stay on campus and endure the summer months whilst continuing their studies. Whether students decided to enroll in summer classes, connect via the internet for online courses or engage in summer employment, spending the summer at Drake can provide opportunities to further their education without the interruption of a break. For Abby Huisman (AS2), the summer courses offered at Drake provided an ideal opportunity to fulfill her Areas of Inquiry requirements. Huisman completed both a Contemporary Film online course and a Chemistry I summer class. She found that both were facilitated by the irregular scheduling. “[The classes] were a little easier than they would have been during the school year, but I was able to concentrate and put effort into one class at a time instead of during the school year where I have five or six,” Huisman said. Huisman’s classes met every day for four weeks. Despite the tight scheduling, the classes are ideal for fast paced learners. The fulfillment of AOIs is not the only reason to enroll in summer classes at Drake. Randi Rumbold (AS2), utilized the summer program at Drake to retake both Chemistry 001 and 002. Rumbold also participated in an online Modern Latin America History course which allowed him to have more time during regular fall and spring semesters for courses that will add to his major. In regards to coursework, summer
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DRAKE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DAVID MAXWELL takes aim with the firehose in
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courses tend to be more intensive as a large portion of the class learning must occur outside of the classroom. “For chemistry, I had no problems working through the material at a quick rate because I had taken it before and roughly knew the material,” Rumbold said. “We took tests every Monday over two or three chapters as well as another test on the last Friday.” Although both Rumbold and Huisman said their summer/online course experiences were successful, spending the summer at Drake may not be for everyone. Online courses like the history class in which Rumbold enrolled require extensive reading and writing assignments, interactive online discussions and the ability to effectively manage time as the semester is severely shortened. However, students who can handle the speed of fast-paced learning and a packed schedule will find other advantages for spending the summer at Drake. Students have the opportunity to earn work throughout the summer months to help make the process less expensive. Students may live on or off campus during the summer semester, which begins May 13 and ends August 23. Huisman worked as a summer resident assistant, allowing her to receive free room and board. Rumbold also lived on campus where he worked as a front desk assistant for his residence hall, earning minimum wage. If students are willing to sacrifice precious free time and relinquish their summer vacations to the noble cause of their education, spending the summer months at Drake exists as a beneficial option.
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Student has a picture perfect summer Drake sophomore Ian Weller spent his summer photographing the Milky Way by ELLEN ROOS
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Normally, only specks of light can be seen in the night sky — but what if the breathtaking galaxy was revealed? For most, summer break is a time for working, taking classes and relaxing. Ian Weller (B2), on the other hand, spent a week of his summer practicing one of his favorite hobbies: astrophotography by capturing an image of the Milky Way galaxy. Curious to see if the photographic feat was possible, and wanting some adventure in his life Weller set out to an abandoned lighthouse built in 1874, 30 miles into Lake Superior. The lighthouse had zero electricity, no running water and is stationed on one of the largest and most dangerous fresh water lakes in the world. Early in the morning of June 25, Weller, his father and his friend were able to capture the night sky. They used a digital Canon 30D camera piggybacked onto a telescope equipped with an equatorial tracker, used to cancel the effects of the Earth’s rotation. They were able to capture the night sky by taking two exposures, or pictures, at four minutes each.
“The first [exposure] was tracked with the stars, which allowed four minutes of starlight to be saturated, which creates the brilliant colors,” Weller said. “The second was a four-minute shot without the tracking device on, allowing [the exposure] to pick up the light from the lighthouse.” After the photographs were taken and sold, the money was donated to the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. “This group works alongside the Federal Government to support and showcase the islands,” Weller said. The group consists of outdoor enthusiasts such as hikers, campers, kayakers and anyone else interested in preserving the natural beauty of the Apostle Islands. “The selling of this print will hopefully raise money to protect the islands as well as raise awareness of the area,” Weller said. “This picture will hopefully expose the nighttime beauty of the islands.” In the meantime, Weller hopes to get the prints ready for distribution for the 2010 tourist season. Beyond that, he hopes to continue his astrophotography hobby while pursuing his international relations degree. A print can be purchased for $530 at http://www.friendsoftheapostleislands.org.
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Bestselling Author Jody Picoult gives us the cold, hard facts in “Plain Truth” by ERIKA SEVIGNY
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New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult delves into a society known to modern-day Americans as one that shuns uniqueness and innovation instead of welcoming and praising it. It’s grounded by strong religious convictions and unparalleled devotion to family life. In her novel, “Plain Truth,” Picoult takes readers into the countryside of East Paradise Township, where being “Plain” dictates every aspect of the Pennsylvanian Amish clan. This is where Katie Fisher has been charged with the murder of her illegitimate child. The action begins with Katie Fisher, an unwed 18-year-old Amish girl, giving birth to a son in the family’s barn in the wee hours of the night as she hallucinates about the death of her younger sister years earlier. When the police are called to the scene early the next morning, they’re able to compile enough evidence to bring murder charges against the young mother. They suggest she smothered the infant and
left him under a few blankets in the farm to be discovered hours later. Meanwhile, a high-powered Philadelphia lawyer, Ellie Hathaway, has just successfully kept a criminal from prison by constructing a defense to cover his molestation of six schoolchildren. She finds herself wrestling with the life she has built and the dead-end relationship she’s been in for eight years. In her search to find peace, she visits an aunt in East Paradise, seeking the calm of the Pennsylvania countryside, only to find herself defending a distant cousin’s murder trial days later. As the trial unfolds, Hathaway learns firsthand the tranquility of a life centered on God, family, hard work and simplicity, as well as the complicated emotions that come with living the plain life. Along the way, Hathaway encounters her first true love and rekindles emotions kept at bay for 20 years as she built her career. In addition to gaining insight into the life of the Amish, she forms a bond with her client as Katie struggles to accept what happened to her and her baby and tries desperately to remember what happened in the hours after his birth.
IAN WELLER (B2), spent several weeks last summer photographing the Milky Way galaxy at an abandoned lighthouse on an island in Lake Superior. Picoult’s novel brings together every aspect of truly great fiction to make a suspenseful story with surprising twists and phenomenal character development. Though “Plain Truth” mirrors Picoult’s bestseller “My Sister’s Keeper,” the novel brings additional insights into a culture that confuses most contemporary Americans. Picoult gets to the heart of what a mother would do for her child through a number of strong characters. They range from the conflicted teenager to the heartless lawyer, to a mother who’s lost more than her children while finding a place for forbidden and unrequited love. Picoult tackles the emotions many modern-day authors shy away from – the complicated love that causes the heart to break. This mastery of emotion is what makes a book about being plain stand out as a remarkable work of fiction. This book is suitable to most everyone – from hopeless romantics, to doting mothers, to tragic heroines, to fans of Little House on the Prairie, and even to those who love a good episode of Law & Order. This novel will not disappoint.
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High Expectations abound for Bulldogs Drake’s veterans are not satisfied with record-setting season and look to make deep NCAA tournament run by SKYLAR BERGL
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Coming off a recordsetting season last year, garnering a school record 13 wins and earning the school’s first NCAA tournament bid, the Drake men’s soccer team has a reason to be optimistic. Add to the mix its 10 returning starters and expectations are soaring. Head coach Sean Holmes thinks that the team could be on the verge of a special season. “I am pretty enthusiastic about the potential of the team,” Holmes said. “Thirty-four of 37 goals scored are returning. Clearly the issues of our success will rely on leadership and our ability to fuse together as a team.” Holmes is looking to the seniors on the team to provide solid leadership to incoming younger players on the team. “We made the (MVC) tournament last season, but we’re looking to make it even further this year,” Midfielder Kevin Shrout
(B4) said. “It’d be great to make the Sweet Sixteen or the Elite Eight this season.” With five returning first team All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, the Bulldogs look poised on the verge of a successful season. Coming into the season, the Bulldogs’ attack appears to be potent. Garrett Webb (B4) has been tabbed as a preseason third team AllAmerican selection and provided the brunt of last year’s offense. Webb led the team in goals (8), assists (6), points (22), shots (42), shots on goal (22) and gamewinners (3). Returning forwards Hunter Kennedy (AS2) and Kenan Malicevic (B3) both contributed five goals to the Bulldog offense last year. The Bulldogs’ midfield is not any worse off as they return three of four AllMVC selections from a year ago. “I think we have the best combination of central players in the league,” Holmes said. “They attack, they defend, they connect
passes, they work tirelessly and their experience of playing so much in their first three years is something to be valued.” On the defensive side of the ball, the entire back line returns from last year to anchor the defense. Three of the four starters on defense earned All-MVC honors last year. In the case that the ball makes it past the strong defensive unit, goalkeeper Michael Drozd (B3) will be there to protect the net. Last season, Drozd began the year with six consecutive shutouts, earning him second team All-MVC honors. The Bulldogs entered the season ranked No. 21 in the nation, the first preseason ranking in school history. “I’m excited by the ranking, but, in the end, it is a preseason ranking and there is lots of soccer to be played,” Holmes said. “We hope to go further in the tournament this year and to try to win the Missouri Valley Conference.”
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FORWARD GARRETT WEBB (B4), seen here in a win over DePaul, gets by a DePaul defender. Webb has buoyed the Bulldogs to a strong start in a season full of expectations.
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JOSH BUSCHLING (AS2), leads a group of Drake runners to a strong showing in the Bulldog Classic, held at Ewing Park on Friday, Sept. 4.
Bulldogs hope to surprise Missouri Valley Conference with a strong season by DOMINIC JOHNSON
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The men’s and women’s cross country teams are starting the fall season with something to prove. Both teams have been ranked in the bottom half of the Missouri Valley Conference – something the teams don’t like. The women’s squad was ranked eighth in the preseason conference poll in front of Creighton and Evansville. “We know we can be a great team,” women’s runner Casey McDermott (AS3) said. “We just have to prove to others that we can compete.” Proving her statement, McDermott started off the season strong with a firstplace finish with a time of 14:15 at the Bulldog Classic, held last Friday at Ewing Park. McDermott’s efforts were backed by teammate Meredith Bell’s (E3) fourth-place finish with a time of 15:53. The race proved to be challenging as the constant barrage of - COLIN HAGAN (B2), steep hills tested the runners. Difficult courses, like Ewing Park, should help both the men’s and women’s teams improve over the course of the season. McDermott said that it’s important for the entire team to push each other during practice and at meets if they are going to have a chance at finishing well in the conference. Coach Dan Hostager has faith in his women’s squad, determined that the team’s hard work over the summer will start paying off in October, in time for the MVC Championship. Hostager said that there is no clear favorite to take the MVC title this year as multiple teams, like Wichita State and Missouri State, have returning veteran runners. Hostager also said he hopes his
runners can take advantage of the open field by encouraging each other to become better runners throughout the season. The men’s team finds itself in a position similar to its female counterparts. Ranked fifth in the preseason conference poll, the men are eager to demonstrate their talent at the Oz Memorial Meet in Minneapolis, Minn., this Friday. “We’re better than where we are ranked, and we know it,” men’s runner Colin Hagan (B2) said. The men’s squad is made up primarily of sophomores and juniors, so the runners have experience on how to improve their form and fitness. However, they also know that the secret to success lies in meet-day execution. Hagan said he believes that his teammates all share a high ability level, but that their success lies in improving their fitness over the course of the season. Hagan and the rest of the Bulldogs will be put to the test by a very strong Southern Illinois team, led by arguably the best runner in the c o n f e r e n c e, cross country runner Jeff Schirmer. T h e Bulldogs showed that they are up to the challenge as two runners placed in the top five at the Bulldog Classic last Friday. Leaving a trail of Iowa State runners behind, Hagan placed third with a time of 12:37 and teammate Derek Campbell (B2) finished fifth with a time of 12:46. Impressive times, like those recorded at the Bulldog Classic, support Hostager’s statement that his team is strong both individually and collectively, and can put up a fight in the conference if they continue their efforts. Like the women’s team, Hostager said he is hopeful that his men will be setting their best times right as they enter the MVC Championship at the end of October.
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Bulldogs expect success in the PFL The Drake football team relishes in its underdog role as it enters its second season under head coach Chris Creighton
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HEAD COACH CHRIS CREIGHTON, ABOVE, and several players observe the game and plan their next move during the team’s opening win against Grandview. Several players were suspended and did not dress for the game due to a violation of the team’s alcohol policy. To the right, Drake students cheer on the football team after a successful tailgate provided by Spike’s Army.
Bulldogs rely on roster of veteran leaders to disprove pre-season polls with a successful season by MATT MORAN
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When final hot days of summer wind down and crisp fall breezes roll in, it means one thing to Americans across the country: It’s football season. Drake football team looks to take the momentum of winning the four of its final five games last season, and carry it over into this year. The Bulldogs finished with a 6-5 record, going 4-4 in the Pioneer Football League – which was good for a fourth-place tie. Head coach Chris Creighton said he thinks his team is ready to reach the next level. “My personal goal for the season is to do my part in leading this team to reach its full potential,” Creighton said. Drake has many question marks this year, with the biggest being the quarterback. Mike Piatkowski (B2) beat out two others to earn the starting job in the opener, and responded with a solid performance. The job
appears to be his for now, but that could change as the season progresses. The biggest weapon returning on the offensive side of the ball is senior fullback Stephen Platek (B4). Platek did a little bit of everything last year, rushing 29 times for 91 yards and three touchdowns, and had 41 receptions for a team-
linebacker for the Bulldogs, and hope to anchor a defense that should once again be one of the best in the league. Brandon Wubs (B4) returns as the punter for Drake, but will also take over place-kicking duties this season. Wubs performed well in the opener against Grand View, accounting for 10 of the team’s 22 points.
“Our strength is our chemistry and our will to win.” – CHRIS CREIGHTON, head football coach high 467 yards and four touchdowns. He had a team high of seven touchdowns on the season. Platek is the only returning player in the conference who was an AllPFL performer. On defense, Drake returns five starters to a unit that was second in the Pioneer Football League in points allowed, giving up 17.8 points per game last season. Seniors Ben Morrison (E4) and Cale Hunt (B4) return at
Wubs was named the PFL special teams player of the week for his performance, and if that is any indication for the rest of the season, the Bulldogs will receive a huge boost in the kicking game. But despite the on-paper analysis, Creighton looks beyond that when assessing his team’s strength. “Our strength is our chemistry and our will to win,” Creighton said. “We have 11 fifth-year seniors,
and they contribute an enormous amount of leadership. We have a mixture of proven veterans and talented youth. But to be honest, everyone is a key contributor – that’s one of the things I love about football.” In the preseason PFL coaches poll, Drake was picked to finish sixth. San Diego, again, is the favorite, as it was picked to finish first for the fourth-straight year. Defending champion Jacksonville was picked to finish in a tie for second with Dayton. Dayton was one of the biggest surprises in the league last season, finishing with a conference record of 6-2 and in a tie for second. The Bulldogs hope to be the surprise this year and fly under the radar all the way to the top of the PFL. Creighton is not worried at all about the prediction. “I don’t put any stock whatsoever into preseason polls,” he said. “Our full potential is nowhere near sixth place.”
Spike’s Army’s surprise tailgate draws students to first football game by MATT MORAN
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Before the opening football game Saturday, Drake students and football fans alike were treated with a fantastic tailgate party that included free Chipotle burritos and drinks. Spike’s Army hosted the event, and the organization was very pleased with the number of people who showed up. “I think this was a wonderful event to get the student body excited about the football team,” Darrius Crawford (B2) said. “And everyone loves Chipotle.” As football attendance among students has declined over the past few years, Spike’s Army surprised students with a tailgate party to get Drake excited about the upcoming season. With a solid 22-0 victory over Grand View, the Bulldogs gave fans something to be excited about. The biggest perk of the event were the free Chipotle burritos to a limited number of students. Word of the giveaway traveled by email and by mouth, and more students than expected showed up ready to indulge in the variety of food. Spike’s Army made the call to buy more food in order to satisfy the large crowd. “I think it was a great idea to offer Chipotle to students,” Ben Helm (E2) said. “It’s a lot more creative than offering the traditional pizza or ice cream. It was nice to spend the afternoon outside, in a footballcrazed atmosphere.” The overall consensus among students was an overwhelming approval of the Chipotle giveaway, as well as the idea of an organized tailgate party. If the Bulldogs struggle to get a victory in the upcoming weeks, then maybe the Chipotle and tailgate parties will be brought back. Drake is, after all, undefeated when Spike’s Army gives away free burritos.
Defense dominates in opening 22-0 victory Football team emboldened by tough performance in win over Grandview by JACK THUMSER
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Staunch defensive play and an impressive debut by redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Pietkowski (B2) was key in Drake 22-0 victory over Grand View last Saturday night. The opening-day win marked the first meeting between the two schools that call Des Moines home. The Vikings – who moved to 1-1 with the loss – play independently from the NCAA. Drake’s defense was key in the victory, allowing no points and just 144 total yards. They were particularly tough on third downs, allowing the Vikings just five first downs in 16 attempts. “The defense played well,” head coach Chris Creighton said. “They converted for a couple first downs on the first drive, but after that we settled down and shut them down.”
The Bulldogs played well out of the gates and did not let up in the first half, scoring on their first three possessions. Kicker Brandon Wubs (B4) knocked in a 37-yard field goal on Drake’s first possession to cap an 11-play, 45-yard drive. After Drake’s defense caused Grand View to go three-and-out and punt, Pietkowski hit receiver Drew Blackmon (B2) for a 61-yard touchdown. The play was the highlight of the game and marked Pietkowski’s first collegiate touchdown pass. Pietkowski’s debut was an impressive one. He went 23-for-34 for 248 yards and threw a touchdown and interception. His most impressive feat was completing passes to 10 separate Drake receivers. “He definitely had a good first game,” Creighton said. “He did a good job managing the game for his first time playing, and he really showed some poise.” In the second quarter, the Bulldogs expanded their lead when running back
Nathan Poddock (B2) scored on a threeyard run to put Drake up 16-0. The shutout was in jeopardy in the second half when the Vikings drove into Bulldog territory and lined up for a field goal. Linebacker Ben Morrison (E4) denied them by blocking the kick, which was then returned 46-yards by Michael Lahart (P1). Drake’s offense cooled off in the second half, but Wubs added two more field goals. The first was from 32 yards in the third quarter and the second was from 25 yards with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. Despite being a senior, the game was Wubs’ kicking debut. Formerly strictly a punter, Wubs excelled in his first game at kicker by making all three of his field goal attempts, although he did miss an extra point. For his efforts in kicking and punting – he averaged 44.5 yards on four punts – Wubs was named Pioneer Football League special teams player of the week. “I did not give up on that aspect of the game and now I have been given the chance
to do my first passion,” Wubs said about kicking. “Kicking three field goals in my first game, having a good punt average and performing well on kickoffs, I was thrilled with my performance on Saturday.” The Bulldog defense held steady in the second half and secured the shutout, its second-straight, dating back to last season. Linebacker Cale Hunt (B4) led the team with seven solo tackles and defensive back Tyler Moorehead (PP2), had five solo tackles and a fourth quarter interception. “As a whole, the team played together very well displaying a lot of unity,” Moorehead said. “The offense and defense complemented each other by getting their jobs done.” Although Grand View was not the toughest opponent the Bulldogs will face this year, the game was a good warm-up for PFL competition. Conference play begins next weekend when Drake plays their first road game of the year against PFL newcomer Marist.
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