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Drake cracks down on illegal downloading in residence halls.

What are students’ thoughts on the new netbooks that the library now offers?

An inside look at how local businesses profited from the festival.

A preview of this weekend’s matchup against PFL-rival Valparaiso.

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DES MOINES CITY COUNCIL delayed the parking ban on 27th Street.

City council reverses 27th Street parking ban by MATT PRUETT

Staff Writer matthew.pruett@drake.edu

the good times.” Moore is in her third year of law school. The Salisbury, N.C., native received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in english literature from North Carolina Central University. She said that she has always wanted to write and sees it as an outlet for expression. Professor of law librarianship Karen Wallace met with Moore after the author began working for the law library in 2008.

The Des Moines City Council temporarily overturned recent limitations on parking availability on 27th Street at its meeting Monday night. The decision came after students and council members expressed frustration with the policy’s implementation. Last Wednesday, a parking policy went into effect that banned students from parking on the east side of 27th Street between Carpenter Avenue and Forest Avenue. The city’s Traffic Safety Committee passed the ban last week, upon Drake University’s request. University administration cited concerns over pedestrian safety and logistical difficulties for snowplows in the winter. Students were informed of the changes through a campuswide e-mail and a notice posted on BlueView last Tuesday, one day before the ban went into effect. No signs were posted on 27th Street until Tuesday afternoon. Bridgette Huntley (L2), a Drake Law School student, spoke out against the new policy at the council meeting. She filed a petition against the ban, which she said had over 300 signatures. “There was no adequate notice of the ban and Drake hasn’t offered alternative parking to students,” Huntley said. Jolene Schmidt, director of operations and support services at Drake University, provided maps at the council meeting that displayed parking alternatives provided by the university. She reiterated Drake’s concern about the limited access for garbage trucks, emergency vehicles and snowplows under past policy. Schmidt said that she understood students’ frustration with limited parking on campus and with the prices for parking passes. “I understand issues with the price of parking, but if you look at our prices compared to peer institutions we’re right in the middle,” Schmidt said. Council members were disappointed in how Drake implemented the ban. Christine Hensley of Ward III said that Drake’s notification to students made it appear that the council had ordered the ban, rather than issuing it as Drake’s request. This was the first time the council had read the ban. The council decided to withdraw the ban and rescind all tickets issued by police, until the matter is discussed again in two weeks. “We didn’t expect this to be controversial,” City Manager Rick Clark said. Director of facility services Mark Chambers said that he felt Drake had followed the appropriate protocol. “I was surprised at the city’s attitude,”

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JOE BARLOW (AS,J4) AND TOM RAPP (J4) traveled to Minneapolis for the regional Emmy award show for their television show “Words.”

“Words with Joe Barlow” was nominated for a 2009 regional Emmy award by ANN SCHNOEBELEN

Staff Writer ann.schnoebelen@drake.edu

Black pinstripe pants paired with a crisp, white dress shirt and a thin black tie. The jacket that completes the ensemble is also black, embellished with velvet trim on the collar and the pockets. “Here’s my suit,” Joe Barlow said. “I’m here for the Emmys, man.” The regional Emmys that is.

Nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of On-Camera Talent as a Program Host/ Moderator, Barlow (AS, J4) attended the 2009 Emmys Gala in Minneapolis last Saturday. And he wore a suit. “I wore it to Prom, too,” he said. “I bought it. I own it. And it’s not very often you get to wear a suit.” The first Drake TeleMedia production to receive an Emmy nomination, “Words with Joe Barlow,” was also the only collegiate nominee

this year. The compilation that earned Barlow his nomination is 15 minutes long and includes clips from the six-episode season of “Words” that aired last semester on College Channel 16. Barlow didn’t think it was too difficult to put his composite together. He said he avoided things where he thought his parents would say,

SEE BARLOW, PAGE 2

Law student publishes children’s novel by MARIAH MARCONI

Staff Writer mariah.marconi@drake.edu

Drake University Law School student Sh’Myra Moore (L3) is celebrating the recent publication of her children’s novel. Through her book, entitled “A Warm Fuzzy Day,” Moore intends to help children deal with the everyday stresses of being a kid. She encourages children to find the “warm fuzzies” in their lives – the details and activities that may help alleviate stress levels – and incorporate these into their bad days. She said that

she hopes the novel will allow children to express concerns and constructively manage their problems. After working on the novel for three years, Moore said she was excited to have finally finished and published her work. The novel was published by Haci Publishing and is intended for beginning readers. “I used to teach elementary education while getting my undergraduate degree, and I realized that kids get stressed out, too,” Moore said. “I wanted to write a novel to help kids deal with their stress and to remember


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“It’s kind of delayed gratification. It will mean more to them when they get to play at 20 than the potential frustration of not getting to play at 18.” – Football Head Coach Chris Creighton. SEE PAGE 7

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SECURITY REPORTS 4:22 p.m. Sept. 19 Security responded to the Drake Observatory based on an alarm. It was determined that a Top Flite #4 golf ball had been hit and went straight into a window on the north side of the building. The evidence was found inside the building. Power fade, my friend, power fade.

7:43 p.m. Sept. 20 A female was found inside the education building after it had been closed. She had no legitimate reason for being in the building and was advised on trespass for the campus. 2:12 a.m. Sept. 23 Security was notified that a male was trying to break

into a residence in the 2900 block of University Ave. Security arrived, and a male walked toward the security officer with a clenched fist. His equilibrium was discombobulated and the subject fell to the ground. Police were called. The male student was arrested for intoxication and fifthdegree criminal mischief

after he had broken out a window in the house. The theory is that the student had a friend who lived in the house in a previous year. The subject was determined to enter. The Drake Real Estate manager and dean of students were advised. 11:29 p.m. Sept. 24 A security officer observed a male fall just south of Howard Hall. The underage for drinking male student appeared very intoxicated and could not stand up without assistance. The student insisted several times that he was not drinking at a bar located in the 2300 block of University Ave. He later admitted he had been at the bar but didn’t have much to drink. The student wanted to walk home, but he was unable to do so without falling down. The student called a friend to come get him and stated

that he was near GoodwinKirk Residence Hall. His friend refused to come and pick him up. Police and fire/ rescue were called. A poor forgery of a driver’s license was confiscated. The police were going to take him back to his residence hall when he began expelling stomach fluids that were likely the consequence of an immense intake of a stout potion. He was then taken back to his residence hall. His parents were called by an assistant director of residence life, and they wanted him taken to a hospital. Fire/rescue was called again and the student signed a release form stating he did not want to go. The student was placed in his room with his parents’ consent for the remainder of the night. 1:36 a.m. Sept. 26 A security officer observed a male stopped at the signal

light located near 29th Street and University Ave. The light was green and the vehicle was not moving. The driver behind him was obviously impatient and began blasting his horn. The officer went to the vehicle and found the driver slumped over and oblivious to anything, including the blare of the horn. Police were called, and the 46year-old male adult was arrested for operating while intoxicated. 2:26 a.m. Sept. 26 Security, police and fire/ rescue responded to 30th Street and Forest Avenue. based on a report of a hit-and-run accident. It was determined that a female student was struck by a 1993 blue Chevrolet Caprice when she was crossing Forest Avenue from the north to the south. The student stated she could not

lift her arm above her head and was transported to a local hospital by fire/rescue. She was released later that morning. The dean of students was advised. 9:15 p.m. Sept. 26 Security responded to the first floor of GoodwinKirk Residence Hall based on report of an alcohol dispute. It was discovered that two male students who were underage for possessing alcohol had 59 beers in their refrigerator and behind their bed, which they said were given to them by members of their fraternity. Security watched as the two students poured the beer down a sink. A folding knife was also confiscated. Residence hall staff was present during the process.

Student shares “warm fuzzies” with children FROM MOORE, PAGE 1

Parking ban on 27th shifts into reverse FROM 27th , PAGE 1 Chambers said. “We executed everything according to their rules.” Chambers confirmed that the ban was requested due to safety concerns. He said that in the last three winters there have been six accidents, seven hit-and-runs and one major injury due to ice on 27th Street. Chambers added that although overnight parking is allowed on 27th Street, 24-hour parking isn’t. “This is something we’ve talked about for years,” Chambers said. “With the additional parking Drake has put in over the last few years, it seemed like the right time.” One of Huntley and the council’s main contentions with the ban was that students were given such short notice of the changes. “The city gave us short notice, too,” Chambers said. “27th is a city street. The city puts in new signs all the time and they don’t notify people. You’re just expected to abide by the new signs.” Chambers said the criticism of the decision was undeserved. “We’re committed to improving safety on campus, and this was just another measure to do that,” Chambers said.

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SH’MYRA MOORE (L3) recently published a children’s novel called “A Warm Fuzzy Day” – an encouraging book that brings hope to kids.

Barlow accepts Emmy nomination with pride FROM BARLOW, PAGE 1 “We don’t know about that.” “I figured the judges were probably more like my parents than they were like me,” Barlow said. Barlow and “Words” Executive Producer Tom Rapp (J4) also submitted material to the Telly Awards and in the “Student Achievement” regional Emmy category, where they both figured they had a better chance of being nominated. “I’m pretty sure I found out that we didn’t get the Telly first, so then I was like, ‘Well we’re not going to get nominated for an Emmy,’” Barlow said. “And then, we didn’t get nominated for an Emmy. But then I got nominated for an Emmy.

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“Sh’Myra wrote a children’s book with a wonderful, encouraging theme,” Wallace said. “She uses simple, rhythmic language and repetition to remind children that thinking about their ‘warm fuzzies’ can help them through even the most trying times.” Moore continues to work toward her law degree and has received recognition in the legal field as well. Sh’Myra received the 2009 Cyrus Sinclair Award for her role as the Law Library student desk supervisor. “She received the award for demonstrated commitment to the Drake University Law Library and to (her) colleagues,” Wallace said. Professor Melissa Heames-Weresh said Moore is an extremely professional, conscientious and prepared student. Heames-Weresh taught Moore in her legal writing and appellate advocacy class. “Her legal writing was well-organized, thorough and complete,” Heames-Weresh said. “She did a great job in the course, and I am not at all surprised to learn that she is being honored for her writing.” Moore plans to continue writing in the future. She is also interested in feminist poetry and is currently working on her first collection of poems. “I hope to both write and practice law,” Moore said. “I never want to be tied down to one job.” Moore also aspires to establish her own publishing company one day and to own a law practice. She said she was thrilled to be published so early in her career and hopes that others can find inspiration in her work.

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That was completely unexpected.” Rapp said he was very honored by the nomination. “Being considered for an award, not even a student award, but being nominated for the professional award was kind of amazing,” Rapp said. “I kind of wanted to jump up and down.” Paul Allen and Ann Carroll, from the University of Minnesota, took home the award. But perhaps the most interesting of Barlow’s competition, and definitely the furriest, was RR the Raccoon, a children’s show puppet host. “I wanted to lose to the raccoon because I thought it would be funnier,” Barlow said. The award show itself lasted between three and four hours, and Barlow’s category was one of the last announced. “I was last on the list of nominees and right before me was the raccoon,” Barlow said. “Right when they announced the raccoon’s name everyone started cheering. Then, it was ‘Joe Barlow.’ And nobody cheered. So, that right there, that was pretty obvious that I was going to lose. But, it was cool to be there.” The stage at the Pantages Theater was flanked by what Barlow described as “two massive Emmy statues,” and a large screen provided the backdrop. “We just felt like, or at least I felt like, ‘This is the big time,’” Barlow said. “But then, really, it wasn’t, because it was very small and people were winning Emmy awards, but you didn’t know any of them.” While they weren’t familiar with several of the people announced, Rapp said he still enjoyed “going up there and being around all the big premier news organizations from Minneapolis. Also, being in the same room as some of those really talented professionals.” Even if some of them were puppets. “People loved that

raccoon,” Barlow said. “I like him, too; he’s funny. I saw a commercial he did for, like, car safety.” And even though Barlow didn’t bring home the statue, he said he’d like to think that there were other raccoons that tried and didn’t get the nomination. The new season of “Words” starts this fall on The College Channel 16 and Barlow also posts episodes on www.vimeo.com/channels/ words. He’s unsure about the future of the show, but it’s something he said he enjoys. “I want to say it’s my favorite thing I’ve done in my entire life, and that might really be true,” he said. Barlow said he’s been working on trying to find the perfect analogy for his Emmy experience and that he thinks he’s got one figured out. “It’s like going to the Olympics and losing,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, you’re like, ‘I was at the Olympics! I lost. I mean I was beaten by people who are better and more qualified and stronger and smarter. But I was there!’” “And,” he added, “I wore a suit.”

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Adapting to college frugality Is your dream job worth the price?

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here’s a lot we all probably miss about home. I can honestly say I don’t miss too much yet, except for one major commodity. I don’t miss my parents telling me what to do and where to go. I don’t miss high school drama. I don’t even miss my large bed. My twin sister, Rachael, recently opted to stay with our parents in a hotel during their visit to her college, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and I wondered why. Her answer was simple, “Ryan, there’s air conditioning at the hotel!” I laughed at her poor state in an overheated dormitory. Here at Drake University, we have air conditioning in our residence halls. There is one vital part of home I miss though, two-ply toilet paper. Honestly, the stuff we get in the stalls of our residence halls barely passes for sandpaper. A few of us were talking about this one night in Stalnaker and we came to an agreement on the reason for the one-quarter-ply toilet paper. This is the beginning of adulthood. There is no better way for college to prepare us for the cheap scrapping of college life besides giving us seethrough toilet paper. The comfort and plush innocence of childhood is gone, replaced instead by the irritating and scratchy demands of adulthood. In all seriousness though, many of us have started to realize the financial problems we are going to encounter

RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST throughout college. Summer savings barely bought us our new laptops, our new clothes, and our textbooks. Now we are left with a room, a meal plan and

for banks. It is weird that we are only a month into college and many of us have already thought about how we have to pay these loans off in the future. Do we want to change our major to something more economically sound? My current combination of majors is a good key to unemployment, or a lifelong career between the Starbucks and McDonald’s in West Village. I have considered switching to a major with job security and good pay, but that would be the beginning of my settling. We have always been taught not to settle – “Do what makes you happy, the money is less important.” Well, this is the beginning of the challenge. Are we willing to pay the price for doing what we love, even if it means cheap toilet paper? Whether or not we realize it, the college transition is already taking place inside of us. For me, I will take out loans on loans on loans just to do what I love. As Og Mandino said, we are all “slaves to habit.” Humans are habitual creatures and there is no time like the beginning of college to start out some new habits. Whether it is holding our money close or frivolously throwing it away, the importance lies in awareness. And with a reminder like toilet paper, I doubt any of us will soon forget our money management.

Are we willing to pay the price for doing what we love, even if it means cheap toilet paper?

some flex dollars to last us for at least the first semester. Can I put a few of my meals towards my fraternity dues? Can I donate some of my flex dollars to my textbook fund? The answer, of course, is no. Thankfully, banks still have some credit they can loan out to students. Student loans are usually pretty safe bets

Price is a first-year journalism major and can be contacted at ryan.price@drake.edu.

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Self love and life: Advice from Carrie Bradshaw

o if it wasn’t already obvious, I am an enormous fan of “Sex and the City.” Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) said one of my favorite quotes from the

completely yourself. Spending time with your friends and meeting new people can be a great way to figure out who you are. We have all heard show: the saying “your friends are a reflection of “… I got to thinking about relationships. yourself.” Knowing who your best friends There are those that open you up to something are can tell you a lot about who you are new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, and vice versa with other people. Also, by JEN CALDER those that bring up lots of questions, those that meeting new people you can find out what bring you somewhere unexpected, those that kind of people you would eventually like COLUMNIST bring you far from where you started, and those to date, and ones from which you would that bring you back. But the most exciting, like to stay far, far away. challenging and significant relationship of all is Take the time in your busy college the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to schedule to find out where you want to be next semester, next love the you, you love, well, that’s just fabulous.” year and even in five years. These kinds of goals will help you Yes, college is a time for dating, hooking up and even love. decide what kind of a person you ultimately want to be. For But how can we ever be intimate with anyone else if we don’t example, whether you want to study abroad, where you want to even know ourselves? Take the time to treat yourself to the live some day or even where you want to work. things you love and spend time alone. Don’t worry, that is a I’m not saying to do this so you can find your soul mate and perfectly normal thing to do. How can you know what you want get married right away. but having similar interests is the base in a significant other if you’re not sure what kind of person you of any solid relationship. It is also very important to look back want to be? and see what you learned from past relationships, what worked, Every relationship we what didn’t and what are you venture into teaches us looking for in your next love. something and changes us Seriously, though, take significantly. It’s just my time to watch your favorite opinion, but before you movie, go shopping, read or jump into a very serious go for a run. Having alone relationship, you should be time is very important, comfortable and happy by everyone should have a yourself and like who you are minimum of 30 minutes of as a person alone. time with ourselves per day. As college students, how much do we really know about love? It is fine to spend time with your significant other, as long as you Sure, it’s out there for people our age. I will admit that I have get your alone time, too. It’s not even necessary to spend time been in love before and I know it was real, but I also gave up a together every day either; you will value your time together that lot of myself. When you are with the right person, you should be much more and probably be a little more of your own person, too. If you didn’t already know it, you’re pretty great. So take the time to discover what you really love about yourself. Your CORRECTIONS significant other can even make a list if you need it. Because if you don’t know how awesome you are, how do you expect In the last issue we misspelled the anyone else to?

… If you don’t know how awesome you are, how do you expect anyone else to?

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What do you think … … about renting netbooks from the library?

CLAY PACIOREK (J4)

I’m not sure if people will either know about them or be willing to go get them and rent them. But I think if people do take advantage of them, they’ll be happy they did.

ERIC GUDMUNDSON

(AS,J4) I think the netbooks are a great idea, kind of worried about the condition they’ll stay in and how long they’ll be up to snuff.

KRISTINA BELL (B2)

They might use them if the student has a desktop or their laptop or notebook is being fixed, otherwise I don’t see the need for them on campus.

BEN OLSON (AS4) It’s just another way that the library is wasting our tuition dollars, mainly because the netbooks don’t really work very well, they’re hard to use, the battery life isn’t very good and I think students … most of the time have computers anyway.

CAYLA MARIE WOLPERS (AS3)

I think it would be really good because then they can take it where they need to and maybe work on group projects at different locations instead of maybe the library.

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The dark comedy “The House of Yes” opens today. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. in Studio 55 at the Fine Arts Center.

Dogtown at Drake

Festival brings live music, good food and gift vendors only blocks from campus by KATE FOLEY

Staff Writer katherine.foley@drake.edu

The smell of smoked barbecue wafts down University Avenue from the direction of 25th Street. Soon after, the sound of a kick drum setting a rhythm for the local band on stage breaks through the noise of the traffic. At the corner of 25th and University sits a street barricade reading, “Road Closed,” followed by two blocks of food, vendors and games. Dogtown Fest, east of campus, brought local businesses and local musicians together with the community for an evening of entertainment. The two-block party has been on hiatus for the last three years, but its return marked a bigger and better event than any of the predecessors. A popular attraction at the festival was outside of the “21” sushi and sake bar. The bar set up a sumo wrestling mat and people lined up to wrestle one another in giant inflatable sumo

suits. Head Chef Kirby Praseutch judged the matches while spectators surrounded the ring and cheered on the contenders. 21 sold cream cheese-filled shrimp rolls, wantons and delicious Japanese cookies in front of the restaurant. Many of the businesses set up tables by their storefronts with merchandise or food to sell. “[Dogtown] is a great event,” said Brynn Eveland, owner and designer for Fly Graphic Style. “We’re normally not open this late, but we’ll play it by ear today. There are lots of people and it’s still early.” Eveland said her business was doing well during the festival because of its booths’ placement. They were located right by the stage, which had a lineup of local bands like Finn Miles, Menlo and Cashes Rivers playing throughout the evening. Mars Cafe also opened up their indoor stage for performers James Biehn, Seedlings and Curry and Red.

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“The live music is really impressive,” Amanda Sykora (B3) said. Danika Portz (B3) agreed. “The food smells great, and everything is really cheap,” Portz said. There were many Drake students at the festival, but the majority of guests were local residents. Kids were everywhere, playing games like basketball, and enjoying a lollipop tree and having their faces painted. The main part of any festival is its delicious homemade food, and Dogtown was no exception. Food vendors packed the street, from Woody’s Smoke Shack, to Bibb’s BBQ to 21’s Asian selections. Platinum Kuts, on the corner of 23rd Street and University, offered a full rib dinner for only $10. Mars Cafe sold coffee and pastries at its outdoor table. There was even a small family selling egg rolls and crab Rangoon out of the back of their pickup truck. Among the food and merchandise vendors was a table with a single sign that said “Will

Work 4 Clean Air.” The table was for 1Sky, an organization dedicated to clean energy alternatives to coal. Iowa organizer Matt Denner stopped festival-goers and asked them to sign petition postcards. Denner said these cards will be mailed to Sen. Tom Harkin, pressuring him “to pass a stronger energy bill this year that actually makes a change.” “One phone call is worth about 100 e-mails,” Denner said. “We’ve already filled up the Senator’s inbox.” Food, music and shopping made this year’s Dogtown Fest an entertaining and affordable night for visitors. The event ran from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., with most of the businesses staying open the entire time. It was an easy way for local shops to reach out to customers while giving something back to their community.

The two-block party has been on hiatus for the last three years, but its return marked a bigger and better event than any of the predecessors.

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Transfer student gets the Drake experience Building a future one note at a time by LINDSAY SCARPELLO

Staff Writer lindsay.scarpello@drake.edu

photo by STEPHANIE SANYOUR | Staff Photographer

CHILDREN VISITING THE FARMERS’ MARKET in the Drake Neighborhood had the opportunity to climb up into a fire truck from the Des Moines Fire Rescue last Wednesday. The farmers’ market recently concluded for the year. It operates from May through September, often providing unique features for visitors including a firetruck as well as belly dancing lessons.

“Drake is definitely more of a consistent learning environment,” said Nate Huston (AS1), a 23-year old transfer student to Drake this semester. “It was definitely the right choice coming here, no question.” Huston is just one of many transfer students you see strolling around on campus, unsure whether you should recognize them or not. Transfer students account for a larger population on campus than most would think. Sometimes they arrive to Drake after making choices that seem almost impossible to make. “I started at Iowa State when I was 18,” Huston said. “When I was 21 I went to DMACC for one year, then I cross-enrolled at Drake my second year for both semesters in Drake choir.” Choir at Drake was just one of the many reasons Huston felt more at home at Drake – and why he chose this university to continue his education. “It was in the area and I didn’t want to have to move, so naturally I looked at it first,” Huston said. “Within a month of being cross-enrolled, I had more friends here than I had at DMACC through just the choir. I really liked DMACC because it was small, all my teachers knew my name and Drake is the same. The professors still know my name but I have a lot more opportunity.” Huston is currently studying to be a high

school vocal teacher and he anticipates that in three years or so to be already teaching students. “I plan on eventually going to grad school,” Huston said, “But I have a wife and child and my wife is pregnant with our second child, so that might take a bit longer. But here at Drake, I do everything because I can. The opportunities are great.” Drake students know the benefits of attending the university, but the transition period itself can be a little jarring for firstyears coming from high school and even more so for transfer students. “I was a little nervous at first,” Huston said. “Like I wondered, How am I going to do at this school, will I fit in? But it’s easy to fit in, I guess.” The opportunities Drake offers transfer students are a huge draw, and Huston endorses all of them with fervor. “I loved DMACC but there’s just a lot more I can do here,” he said. “ Drake has what I need, like the music school is a real music school, and a good one. The job placement is also incredible.” Whether you started at Drake as a freshman or you transfer here from another school, Drake can become a home to anyone depending on what you’re looking for. “I wasn’t going to stop after DMACC,” Huston said. “I knew I was going somewhere.”


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Caught on campus How Drake University deals with illegal downloading in the dorms by CHARLES GARMAN

Staff Writer charles.garman@drake.edu

Andrew Peters (AS3) was shocked when he got busted for illegal downloading during his freshman year. “I got an e-mail in my inbox saying I had a certain amount of days to meet with the Dean of Students,” Peters said. “I went around telling all my friends not to download files.” Most college students probably know what LimeWire is and how it works. But do they really know the consequences of using it, or any similar file-sharing program? Filesharing and peer-to-peer networks such as LimeWire pose a significant risk when used to share and distribute files which are copyright-protected by their recording artists or distributing companies. Sharing this media can result in civil or criminal liability for violation of copyright law. Although an easy, free and convenient source for music or other media, these programs are against the law, especially here on the Drake University campus. Technically, the possession of programs such as LimeWire, Kazaa or BitTorrent is not illegal by itself. Their main function, however, is downloading and sharing of copyrighted materials without the permission of the author, and that is highly illegal. This is known in legal terms as “copyright infringement” or “piracy.” For years now, the news has been dotted with cases of illegal downloaders, the majority of whom are under age 30. Lawsuits brought by major record labels against LimeWire and other file-sharing services by major record labels have sparked legal battles which rage on for months, often with no binding resolution. But where does Drake stand on the issue? Does the university have systems in place to prevent its students from accessing millions of files without paying, or are those cyberspace

raiders merely getting away with it? “The industries are trying to work with the universities to educate the student body to the dangers of piracy,” Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari said. Drake does not have a system directly in place to monitor the students and any potential unlawful downloading. If a student is caught pirating music or other media, it will be due to an outside party, such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA is a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry, the artists and performers who create the musical booty that pirates enjoy stealing. The RIAA can track a particular internet user who downloads and shares multiple files using a file sharing network. It can also trace the student’s activities to the Drake server and report their IP address to the administration. University officials will then connect the IP number to a particular student on the Drake network, and he or she will be called to meet with Bakari, who deals with piracy issues on campus. Bakari said he prefers to take an educational approach with students committing the offense, rather than disciplining them heavily in order to set some sort of example. “I believe my approach of education rather than punishment not only is more representative of Drake University, but also much more effective than standard punishment,” Bakari said. He said he explains to the offender that he or she violated Drake’s Acceptable Use Policy, which states that it is a violation to download copyrighted audio, video, graphics or text materials without proof of licensing arrangements. This policy also prohibits illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. Peters said he appreciates the policy that Drake uses. “It’s good that Drake has something in

CDs are overpriced, but they aren’t usually worth three grand.

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place,” Peters said. “If they didn’t, the recording company could have come after me straight away.” Bakari said that eight to 10 illegal downloaders on campus live in the residence halls. After the first offense, a student will be required to remove the file sharing software from his or her personal computer. Should a second offense occur, the student will lose Internet access for a semester. A third offense results in the student being banned from online activity for an entire year. So does this system work? “We’ve never had a second or third offense

occur,” Bakari said. Some college students don’t get off quite so easily. In 2007, several Iowa State students settled with the recording industry in order to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit. The settlements started at $3,000. Those who didn’t settle initially stood to pay an even greater amount of money in court costs and legal fines. CDs may be overpriced, but they aren’t usually worth three grand. Illegal downloading may seem like an easy method to save a few bucks, but most would agree that the risks are significant enough to make the average student think twice before he or she clicks that fateful “download” icon.

Black comedy “The House of Yes” to open Conley directs Drake theater production riddled with social and political satire by MATT NELSON

Features Editor tdfeatures@drake.edu

photo courtesy of TORY OLSON

EMILY DRAFFEN (AS3) sports a bright pink suit similar to the kind Jaqueline Kennedy wore. Jaffen portrays Jackie-O Pascal in the dark comedy “The House of Yes.” Dustin Thomas (AS3) also stars as Marty, Monica Lani (AS4) as Mrs. Pascal, Abraham Swee (AS4) as Anthony, and Liz Ondich-Baston (AS4) as Lesly.

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FRIDAY

THEATER – “The House of Yes” WHAT: “The House of Yes” premieres tonight.

CONCERT – Drake Jazz Ensemble WHAT: Two Drake Jazz Ensembles perform.

WHERE: Harmon Fine Arts Center, Studio 55 WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Harmon Fine Arts Center, Performing Arts Hall WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WEEKEND SPORTS – Football WHAT: Drake football team faces off against Valparaiso WHERE: Drake Stadium

HOMECOMING – Various activities WHAT: Powder puff and window painting WHERE: Drake Stadium and Meredith

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The House of Yes” incorporates a broad range of seemingly random situations, such as meeting the in-laws, a hurricane trapping desperate socialites and an unhealthy obsession with the Kennedy family. The play, presented by Drake University Theatre Department, will open tonight at 8 p.m. in Studio 55 of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Directed by associate professor of theater arts Deena Conley, the dark comedy revolves around the strange lives of the Pascal family twenty years after the Kennedy assassination. When Marty Pascal brings his fiancé home for Thanksgiving dinner, the family meal quickly turns into a dramatic unveiling of family secrets. To complicate the gathering more, the Pascals are actually trapped with each other due to the raging hurricane outside.

Conley has been familiar with “The House of Yes” for some time, having written about the work in her dissertation. “I love the play because it’s a dark comedy,” Conley said. “The content is tricky, but if you can see past that, it’s really quite funny.” “The House of Yes” is “a fascinating blend of frivolous family politics and menacing political allegory…” says the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is wickedly funny, disturbing and vividly written... MacLeod writes funny, frightening dialogue, and she touches the nerve of our cozy, vicarious involvement with acts of public violence.” The play contains content not suitable for children and does involve the use of a firearm. The show runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. with afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and $1 for those with a Drake ID.


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Drake must forget about what happened the last time they took the field. If the team can focus ahead, instead of on its 30-point loss, it can concentrate on the task at hand – beating the Crusaders.

STOP THE RUN

Drake is facing one of the most potent running offenses in the PFL. The Bulldogs’ front seven must bring their “A” games to stop this ground attack and keep the Crusaders’ attack off the scoreboard.

CONSISTENCY

The Bulldogs must keep their balanced approach intact. If they can spread the ball and attack both on the ground and through the air by balancing playcalls, the team will put itself in a great position to come away with the victory.

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BEN OSTERMANN (G ‘09) winds up for a pass in last year’s loss against San Diego. Drake returns to Drake Stadium to take on Valparaiso this Saturday.

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BALL CONTROL

It may seem obvious, but Drake must limit its own turnovers, while forcing as many as possible out of the Crusaders. The more Drake can control the pigskin, the more chances the team will get to put it in the end zone.

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Staff Writer matthew.moran@drake.edu

PFL STANDINGS TEAM

Bulldogs looking to rebound from first loss of the season when they host Valparaiso

PFL TOTAL

Butler

1-0

4-0

Drake

1-0

2-1

San Diego

1-0

2-1

Davidson

1-0

1-2

Dayton

0-0

1-1

Jacksonville

0-0

1-2

Valparaiso

0-0

1-2

Morehead State 0-1

2-2

Campbell

0-1

1-2

Marist

0-2

1-3

Coming off of a bye week, the 2-1 Bulldogs look to rediscover the early season form that jumpstarted the year with two straight victories. But after a 51-21 setback at South Dakota in Week three, a lot of question marks need to be answered before the Pioneer Football League considers Drake a legitimate contender. The Bulldogs will look to answer some of those questions Saturday at Drake Stadium against Valparaiso, which is 1-2 on the season. It will be the first conference game of the year for the visiting Crusaders while Drake looks to improve to 2-0 in the PFL. Head Coach Chris Creighton said he is confident his team will bounce back from its first loss. “We have been phenomenal [since the loss],” Creighton said. “We have already responded. You have to do that on Monday and Tuesday after the game, and we did that. The bye week was good

for us.” The intangibles seem to favor the Bulldogs for this game, as Drake has accumulated a home record of 63-15-1 since the 1994 season. Drake has also won 13 of the last 17 conference home games, including three in a row dating back to last year. Valparaiso was picked to finish eighth in the PFL preseason coaches’ poll, but they are no easy win. They returned 10 starters from last year’s team, who led the conference in rushing last season by averaging 175.2 yards per game on the ground. Seniors Ross Wiemer and John Popper lead the Crusaders’ rushing attack, with Wiemer needing 175 yards to move into 10th all-time on the Valparaiso career rushing list. Popper currently ranks eighth in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging a whopping 181.3 yards per game this season. Both are returning All-PFL performers from last season. Creighton said his defense is focused on the Valparaiso

offense. “Our primary goal every week is to stop the run,” he said. “We watched film from the game last year and of ourselves, and the defensive coaches have done a great job with our preparation.” Valparaiso also had a leaguebest 17 interceptions last season, seven of those by Anthony Curry who returns to lead the defense. Outside linebacker James Joos leads the team with 21 tackles on the season and 4.5 tackles for loss. For Drake, redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Piatkowski (B2) has been a pleasant surprise for the offense. Through three games, he has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 586 yards and three touchdowns. Steve Platek (B4) and Spencer Cady (B5) lead the receiving corps, with Platek catching a team-high 14 passes this season for 126 yards and a score. Cady is right behind him with 12 receptions for 118 yards. The Bulldog rushing attack has been pretty well-balanced, with Tom Kostek (B3) leading the team in carries and yards. Kostek has 24 attempts for 94 yards on the season. Trey Morse (AS,B1) has 68 yards on 22 carries, while Patrick Oliver (AS2) has 51 yards on 20 attempts this season. Veteran linebacker Cale Hunt (B4) leads the Drake defense. The defense was dominant until

allowing 51 points against South Dakota. Hunt leads the team with 26 tackles, one sack and one interception. Hunt was recognized as the PFL defensive player of the week for his 10-tackle performance against Marist during week two. Tyler Moorehead (PP2) has also been a force, having 24 tackles and causing two fumbles, including one fumble recovery. Brandon Wubs (B4) provides Drake with another weapon, as he has been one of the most consistent kickers in the league this season. Wubs was the PFL special teams player of the week in week one for his performance against Grand View. He is 5-6 on the season for field goals. Drake pounded Valparaiso in last season’s meeting, taking a 32-0 decision on the road. Oliver scored two touchdowns in that game, and the Bulldogs will look to use the running game to their advantage once again. It will be a more difficult task to stop the highpowered Crusader rushing game, but the Drake defense will be up to the challenge after being crushed by South Dakota. “Our offense and defense are evolving as the season progresses,” Creighton said. “It’s nothing new for us. Just make the necessary adjustments.”

State of the Valley for Oct. 1 to Oct. 5 by PETER ZEMANSKY Sports Editor tdsports@drake.edu

The Missouri Valley Conference is off to another strong start as the 200910 season gets underway. It promises to be an exciting time for fans of the MVC.

MEN’S SOCCER The MVC men’s soccer season kicks off its first week of conference play this week, wrapping up a successfull non-conference portion of the schedule. Drake’s 2-2 tie with No. 17-ranked Northwestern was just one of many highlights for the conference as Bradley dominated Central Arkansas

with a 4-0 decision. Other MVC results from the past week include Evansville winning over Western Illinois in a 4-2 shootout. Eastern Illinois downed Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne in another 4-2 match. Missouri State lost its first game of the week 1-0 to Houston Baptist before managing to regain momentum with a 3-1 win over Southern Methodist University. No. 15-ranked Creighton dropped out of the latest men’s soccer poll following a 2-1 loss to Portland, the team’s second loss of the season. Conference player of the week awards were won by Garrett Webb (B4), named MVC offensive player of the week, and Calvin Clark (B4) who took home the defensive honors.

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VOLLEYBALL

Missouri State knocked off No. 20-ranked Wichita State over the weekend, ending the Shockers’ 38match MVC road winning streak and their 36-game winning streak in regular-season matches. The loss dropped WSU five spots to No. 25, while MSU and Northern Iowa also received votes in the poll. Illinois State senior Kacey Mollerus set the school record for career digs against Drake. Mollerus finished the match with 25 digs, giving her 1,818 digs for her Redbird career. This week’s MVC player of the week award went to Missouri State’s Melissa Gmur. Defensive player of the week was awarded to MSU’s

Clara Hackmann, and UNI’s Amy Braun took home the freshman of the week honors.

WOMEN’S SOCCER The MVC showed its parity last week, as all three conference games were decided by a mere goal. Evansville beat Drake with a lastminute goal to win 2-1. MSU beat UNI 1-0 and Creighton blanked Indiana State 1-0. The conference players of the week went to one senior and one freshman. Evansville freshman Kristen Davis earned offensive player of the week for her goal against Drake. Illinois State senior Danielle Mutters earned defensive player of the week for leading the Redbird defense to a

2-0 weekend.

MEN’S BASKETBALL All 10 MVC teams will participate in the eighth annual ESPN BracketBusters event. The event, which runs from Feb. 19-20 consists of 11 televised games from a pool of 98 teams. The MVC has a strong history in the BracketBusters event with a 21-11 record in BracketBuster games, the most wins of any conference. The BracketBuster competition allows teams to play other top nonconference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday in order to bolster their tournament resumes.

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Rollercoaster non-conference season for Drake by SKYLAR BERGL

Staff Writer skylar.bergl@drake.edu

Coming into the season with high expectations, the Bulldogs have experienced a rocky start to the season. With out-of-conference play done, the Bulldogs now shift gears heading into their first matches of Missouri Valley Conference play. On the rain-soaked pitch, in Birmingham, Ala., the Bulldogs mounted a late comeback to add an impressive win to their resume. Matt Kuhn’s (B3) goal in the 89th minute lifted the then No. 23-ranked Bulldogs to victory. “Tonight was a terrific result under really difficult conditions,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “To score a goal on the road with less than two minutes left, yet again, shows the team’s collective perseverance and bodes well for our team in the long run.” After giving up a goal off of a corner kick late in the first half, the Bulldogs answered quickly as Luke Gorczyca (B4) put a bicycle kick into the back of the net. After Kuhn put home the winning goal, the Bulldogs next faced a challenge in their next game against the Memphis Tigers. After gaining an early lead from Michael Noonan’s (B2) first goal of the season in the 25th minute, the Bulldogs fell behind quickly as the Tigers attacked the Bulldog defense. In the next 40 minutes, the Tigers added four goals, leaving the Bulldogs behind for good. While goals from Calvin Clark (B4) and Thomas Ostrander (B2) started

closing the gap, the lead was simply insurmountable for the Bulldogs asndthey fell 4-3. As the Bulldogs broke even in Alabama, they traveled to Missouri next to play in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Invitational. In their game against Oral Roberts the Bulldogs had their best offensive showing of the season. With Kenan Malicevic (B3) putting in two goals for the Bulldogs, Drake steamrolled Oral Roberts 4-0. “We were quick front-to-back and opened the game up side-to-side as well,” Kevin Shrout (B4) said. “We finished the opportunities we had and that was key. It was good to get a lot of goals on the road.” While the Bulldogs bounced back from a tough loss against Memphis, they once again struggled in the team’s second match of the weekend against tournament host, UMKC. The Bulldogs gave the UMKC Kangaroos everything they could, but didn’t come out with a win. UMKC bounced to a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. Although Drake outshot UMKC 26-11, they couldn’t find the back of the net. After the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 4-3 on the season with a matchup against nationally-ranked Northwestern looming. “It seemed to be a case of two games in one weekend,” Kevin Shrout said. “They finished and we didn’t. We played well in the Oral Roberts game and led in the stats of the UMKC game as well. But they created big opportunities in the first 20 minutes and left ourselves vulnerable as we pushed up later in the game.” With a tough loss to UMKC,

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DEFENDER CALVIN CLARK (B4) plays a ball in the air past a defender in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 win over DePaul. the Bulldogs took on the No. 17 Northwestern Wildcats. In a physical battle, the Bulldogs went into Evanston, Ill., and came out with a double-overtime 2-2 draw. After Kuhn put in the only goal of the first half and Julien Edwards (B4) was ejected in the 77th minute, the Bulldogs were a man down, but didn’t give up. Two minutes after falling behind in the 84th minute, Garrett Webb (B4) tied up the affair as the game ended in a 2-2 draw after two overtime periods. Sitting at 4-3-1 on the season, the Bulldogs will look to improve their record as they start play off against

Bradley Saturday. “We have lost some games that we should have won, but we can only look to the next game,” Kuhn said. “After this weekend’s game our focus turns to conference where the battle begins to fight for first place.” The Bulldogs look to MVC play for almost every game of the rest of the season. Ranked 2nd in the Midwest by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the team looks poised to push through conference play, even with its rocky start. Crucial games against the Evansville come in October, as the

Purple Aces are ranked 9th in the Midwest, according to the NSCAA. The two most important games on the MVC schedule for the Bulldogs are the Oct. 14 and Nov. 7. Matchups against the Creighton Bluejays. An MVC favorite, and ranked eighth in the Midwest, Creighton will provide the Bulldogs their biggest challenge on the season and help prepare them for the MVC Tournament. After a tough opening stretch to the season, MVC will allow the Bulldogs to get back on track after coming into the season with high expectations on their mind.

Freshmen adjust to new roles

MVC TOTAL

Missouri State

1-0

4-2-1

Evansville

0-0

6-2

Bradley

0-0

5-2-1

Eastern Illinois

0-0

3-2-2

Drake

0-0

4-3-1

Creighton

0-1

2-2-1

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GARRETT WEBB (B4) and CALVIN CLARK (B4) Men’s Soccer, JEFF GRASSMEYER (E4) Cross Country

Garrett Webb and Calvin Clark earned the MVC offensive and defensive player of the week awards, respectively. Webb scored the gametying goal for the Bulldogs in the 86th minute against No. 7-ranked Northwestern. Clark anchored the Drake defense that played a starting defender down for the last 11 minutes of the game. Jeff Grassmeyer was named MVC athlete of the week in cross country for finishing first at the Roy Griak Invitational.

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MARC VERRILLI (PP1) AND NASER HANNOON (B1) are two freshmen who won’t be playing in any of Drake’s football games this year, but still play a vital role on the team. by RYAN PRICE

Staff Writer ryan.price@drake.edu

To an outsider, no position on the football team is as undefined as one obscure spot: the freshman. At times, it may even seem like the cheerleaders are more visible than the first-years. But the football team doesn’t look at it that way. “Four or five of them play each year,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said of freshmen. And the others? “Their role is to get better.” The way Drake football betters the freshmen prepares the whole team. Safety Marc Verrilli (PP1) is one of those freshman who is red-shirting this season. The red-shirted players don’t get a chance to play in any real games, but they improve their play by improving the whole team. Red-shirted players form their own vital “scout teams.” The scout defense, offense and special teams study hard each week off the field to become carbon copies of that week’s opponents – this week that meant emulating Valparaiso. “As the scout team we give our varsity team the Valparaiso defense,” Verrilli said. In high school, Verilli went out and made the varsity team his freshman year of high school. He then played all four years and “got thrown in the starting role” with little effort. But he said he is not disappointed by his lack of playing time. “Everyone’s a lot stronger than me, for one,” he said.

“Unlike high school, I’m at a place where I’ve got to earn my starting role and get that spot again and that’s OK.” Well, certainly some first-years have to be disappointed they aren’t getting playing time. “No, it’s not discouraging at all,” Naser Hannoon (B1) said. Hannoon is a linebacker from West Des Moines. His team won state during his senior year at Valley High School. Now, he stands red-shirted on the sidelines, and that’s how it seems to be for first-years everywhere. “It’s a process,” Hannoon said. “I’m just trying to help the team right now. Two of my friends at Iowa and Michigan State got full-rides and they are also red-shirting.” Like anything in life, football teaches the players that they have to pay their dues with a respectable sense of duty. The first-year football players do just that. Creighton played at Kenyon College for four years and has been coaching since 1991. “I was a backup quarterback for two years, so I can relate to guys who aren’t out there playing,” he said. Creighton believes first-year players’ roles on the scout teams and their continued improvement is just as important as anything else. “I don’t think that freshman year is all that frustrating, they’ll be totally different people and players for the waiting,” Creighton said. This isn’t to say that the guys necessarily enjoy the wait. “On the sidelines, everyone’s into it and everyone wants to get in,” Hannoon said. “You can feel it.”

In the locker rooms, Hannoon said he just tries to absorb as much as he can. “I see the tempo, the rhythm and the atmosphere and see how those guys handle it,” Hannoon said. “Then once I get my chance to play and perform, I’ll probably do the same thing as them.” This shared anticipation creates strong camaraderie among the freshmen, while they bond with the upperclassmen over the experience as well. “They understand where we’re at because they were in our position five years ago,” Hannoon said. Not playing in the games does not separate the first-years from their older teammates. Verrilli said that the football players are able to bond together – even the red-shirt freshmen. “We all sit together (at Hubble), no matter if you’re a freshman or a senior,” Verrilli said. The coaches has also noticed the team’s ability to bond across years. “We really like our freshman class and really like how our upperclassmen lead those guys,” Creighton said. “It’s not two different teams, we’re all in this together.” Like a savings bond or a rare playing card, the waiting first-years go through adds to their value. “It’s kind of delayed gratification,” Creighton said. “It will mean more to them when they get to play at 20 than the potential frustration of not getting to play at 18. The upperclassmen believe so strongly that we’re a family that they want to bring the first-years into the fold right away.” Now that is teamwork.


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Appraised at $31.5 million, the new Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines is a must-see. Two years in the making, the park made its public debut Sunday with a community celebration. Local philanthropists, John and Mary Pappajohn, donated the sculptures to the city of Des Moines. “Art News Magazine” listed the Pappajohns as one of the top 200 art collectors in the world. The collection includes 24 sculptures by 19 worldrenowned artists. The garden is located in Gateway Park at 15th Street and Grand Avenue, and is definitely worth a trip downtown. photos by Sarah Andrews|Photo Editor

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