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An in-depth look at several aspects of the Drake marching band.

What would be embarrassing for the bomb squad to find in your backpack?

A preview of Thursday’s home game against the Creighton Bluejays.

Drake football players volunteer around the Des Moines area.





Trash Suspicious backpack found culture in outside of Howard Hall the U.S. by MARIAH MARCONI

Staff Writer

Professor Patricia Yaeger visited Drake University Monday to present her research on trash culture in modern society, calling the practices creatively destructive. Yaeger teaches at the University of Michigan. Her speech at Cowles Library this week was part of the Drake University Writers and Critics Series, sponsored by the English department. The English professor focused on elements of trash culture in media and in films such as “Blade Runner,” “The Terminator,” “AI” and “Wall-E.” Yaeger said trash culture is a product of a societal fixation on consumerism. Individuals feel the need to constantly update what they own just to have the “it” product. “We are always seeking the newest products, trading outdated models for younger, sleeker versions,” Yaeger said. “Now, we throw away objects, both old and new, because they become outdated as soon as we purchase them.” The robot is an embodiment of trash culture, Yaeger said, calling it the “perfect worker.” She said film adaptations of robots can be classified as either faithful or vengeful trash. Faithful trash represents the beautiful, progressive side of mankind’s massive production process. Vengeful trash reflects the dangerous effects of society’s wastefulness. Yaeger classified the robot star of Pixar’s “Wall-E” as a member of the faithful trash group. “Although ‘Wall-E’ is already outdated as the movie begins, he learns the art of belonging in a ‘trashed’ world, and sees the beauty in what others deem as trash,” Yaeger said. She also showed students clips from the original “Terminator” movie. Emphasizing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s emergence into the “modern” world through a trash site, Yaeger said the robots seem to come from another world in order to punish humanity for its wastefulness. Yaeger also explored the relationship between robots and humans and the potential for the machines to backlash against their creators. “‘Blade Runner’ identifies an intimacy between cyborgs and humans – between the created and the creator,” Yaeger said. “The cyborgs realize they are


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ALICE JORDAN was honored Sunday by Drake choir.

Choral concert honors alumna by KENSIE SMITH

Copy Editor

front doorway where the backpack was,” Stephenson said. “I saw the man in the ‘moon suit’ outside and I realized my flesh was exposed.” A university staff member originally discovered the backpack on the south steps of Howard Hall at about 8 a.m. At 8:02 a.m., Campus Security was notified and an officer was dispatched to Howard. Director of Campus Security Hans Hanson said the officer discovered a note that “looked a little weird” on the backpack. The officer requested a Des Moines Police Officer examine the backpack as well. Police reports indicate DMPD was called at 8:26 a.m. An officer on patrol near campus arrived shortly thereafter. He also found the backpack and note, which read “For You,” to be suspicious and requested a bomb technician. “We thought only one technician would show up, but then the whole squad showed up,” Hanson said. Hanson said DMPD officers took control of the situation and asked Campus Security officers to redirect students around or away from the building. Bomb squad technicians x-rayed the backpack in place, and Hanson said the package was void of explosives but there was a clear image of a handgun inside the bag.

The four Drake choirs honored alumna Alice Jordan at the fall choral concert “Love, Legacy and Laughter” Sunday. The choir performed in Sheslow Auditorium on the very stage bearing her namesake, the Jordan Stage. Jordan graduated from Drake with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1938. She returned to the university as an associate professor later in her career. In 2006, she was given an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts. Outside of her time at Drake, she published over 60 choral works and arranged several organ collections. She was commissioned by over 40 organizations throughout her career, including the Iowa High School Music Association. Famous Metropolitan Opera star Sherrill Milnes and world-famous pianist Jon Spong also worked with Jordan during her career. Her husband, Frank Jordan, was the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Drake from 1942 to 1963. Aimee Beckmann-Collier, conductor for three of the Drake choirs, selected one of Jordan’s award-winning choral pieces to begin the concert. “Today we want to honor Alice Jordan and her contribution to music, specifically American choral music,” BeckmannCollier said to introduce Jordan’s composition. “All Things are Thine” is based on the book of Psalms. The piece won the Composer’s Press Publication Award in 1959. Drake Choir alto Kayleigh Koester (AS1) said the choir



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A DES MOINES POLICE BOMB TECHNICIAN examines suspicious bag left on the steps of Howard Hall.

Des Moines Police Bomb Squad was called Tuesday morning, authorities find toy handgun by TYLER O’NEIL

Relays Editor

A playful action by a Drake University student prompted a visit from the Des Moines Police Bomb Squad Tuesday morning when university staff discovered a neglected backpack with an unusual note attached. Staff and students remained inside Howard Hall while the bomb squad responded to a report of a suspicious backpack left unattended on the academic building’s steps on the east side of Drake University’s campus.

Major Leonard Murray, commander of the Des Moines Bureau of Homeland Security, said each situation is different and it is up to the discretion of the officers on the scene to determine if an evacuation is necessary. “If it was determined that (the backpack) was a threat, we would have handled it differently,” Murray said. “Everything is situation-dependent.” The perception of the students inside was a little different. Katie Stephenson (E4) is a tutor for the Writing Workshop, which is hosted on the second floor of Howard Hall. “I took the stairwell next to the

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In the background, A DES MOINES POLICE OFFICER looks through the contents of the suspicious backpack left on the south steps of Howard.

Rainbow Union hosts “Coming Out Week” on campus

photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photos Editor

DRAKE RAINBOW UNION MEMBERS participate in a candlelight vigil honoring those affected by hate crimes.

photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photos Editor

MULTI-COLORED DOORS grace light poles between Olmsted and Meredith signifying “the closet.”

photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photos Editor

STUDENTS also shared coming out stories with others who participated in Tuesday night’s vigil.






“So was there Dino-mite in the backpack?” –”Steve” commented on the bomb squad findings. SEE WWW.TIMESDELPHIC.COM.

SECURITY REPORTS 8:44 p.m. October 11 Components of a methamphetamine lab were found near Drake property located at 1151 ½ 24th St. Police were called and advised there was no sludge, lithium or other substance that would warrant a hazmat response. The remains were removed from the area. 12:37 p.m. Oct. 3 An 81-year-old male fell in the stadium during the football game and cut his lip and ear. A Drake athletic trainer provided gauze pads for the cuts. Midwest Ambulance personnel tried to stop the bleeding and said

the gentleman needed to go for stitches. He declined and said he would go after the game. 2:10 p.m. Oct. 5 Security and police responded to Carpenter Residence Hall based on

a complaint by a resident assistant of a marijuana smell coming from a room on the second floor. An 18-year-old male student was arrested for possession of drugs and marijuana. The dean of students was advised. 4:55 p.m. Oct. 5 Security responded to a Drake parking lot located in the 2600 block of Clark Street based on report of a hit-and-run reported by a male staff member. He observed a vehicle being driven by a female strike a parked vehicle in the parking lot. The female got out of her vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Security officers observed a female fitting the description of the

suspect on Clark Street, and the staff member said that she was the suspect. When security officers went to talk to the suspect, she began running. She finally stopped near the Bell Center. She lied several times about her involvement in the accident. Police were called and the female student was written a citation for driving without a driver’s license. The male staff member who owned the car was also called and arrived on the scene. 2:08 a.m. Oct. 7 Security responded to a second floor room in Morehouse Residence Hall based on report of a suspicious smell. Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two knives were found in the

room. Police were called, and two male students were arrested on drug charges. 10:34 p.m. Oct. 10 A security officer observed a male standing and staring at the ground near Howard Hall. The intoxicated and underage-for-drinking male student advised he was coming back from a bar located in the 2300 block of University Avenue. He was cooperative and seen back to his residence hall, where his resident assistant was advised on his condition. 11:31 p.m. Oct. 10 A security officer observed a male passing through the intersection at 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue who punched a vehicle that failed

to yield. The underage-fordrinking male student said that he had been drinking in his residence hall and was walking to the bar on the 2300 block of University Avenue because they always accept fake driver’s licenses. Security had the male call someone to pick him up. A female arrived shortly after and gave him a ride back to his residence. The dean of students was advised. 4:16 p.m. Oct. 11 A security officer observed a male staff member driving recklessly (squealing his tires) after being spoken to about his parking habits on the sidewalk near Sheslow Auditorium. The matter was coordinated with a superior.

Bomb squad diffuses threatening situation near Howard Hall

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Choir sings a note of thanks for alumna’s contributions

Composers,” “Women in American Music” and “International Who’s Who in Music.” Jordan was also inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. The 93-year-old was unable to attend the concert due to her health. President Maxwell spoke about Jordan’s contributions using a Russian allegory to highlight the importance of the past and its connection to today. Jordan’s love of education, music and Drake left a beautiful sound and a functional stage to continue the legacy of musical programs for the university.

Bomb squad members, having determined the bag was not an immediate threat to the building or its occupants, decided against an evacuation. Hanson said the squad attached a rope to the bag to pull it away from the building. A squad member in full body armor approached the backpack, cut it open and removed its contents. “There was a gun, but it wasn’t what we were expecting,” Hanson said. The backpack contained a toy pistol still in its packaging, a plastic dinosaur, hot coco mix and a box of Ho-Hos with blue frosting. After gathering the evidence, the bomb squad left campus by 10:30 a.m. Once the backpack was accessed, Campus Security officers searched campus buildings for other suspicious backpacks or packages but found none. An additional note found on the backpack included a cell phone number. University officials were able to find the student responsible for leaving the backpack and Hanson said disciplinary action will be coordinated through the dean of students. Hanson indicated that the toy pistol may be considered a violation of Drake’s no weapons policy. Hanson said there would be no fees associated with the bomb squad visit and he does not expect DMPD will level charges against the student responsible for depositing the backpack. Dana Schroeder-Davis (AS2) has claimed responsibility for the delinquent backpack. An avid reader of the blog, Schroeder-Davis said she simply intended for the

bag to create a unique experience for someone and that they would write about it on the site. “I thought ‘How cool would it be to try this on Drake’s campus,’” Schroeder-Davis said. Once she came up with the idea for the backpack she went to Hy-Vee to purchase the random assortment of items later found inside. She then attached a note that read “For You” and inserted a note that read “Happy Random Day!” and her cell phone number. She deposited the backpack on the steps of Howard Hall at midnight on Monday. Schroeder-Davis said Campus Security Officers and Interim Director of Residence Life Lorissa Lieurance contacted her shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. She was brought to the Campus Security Office where she explained the concept behind the backpack. “What kind of world do we live in where a backpack with a weird note is taken this seriously,” Schroeder-Davis said. Although she viewed Campus Security and DMPD’s response as a slight over-reaction she appreciates their professionalism “because if it was a bomb they would have saved lives.” Schroeder-Davis said she doesn’t yet know what, if any, punishment she will receive from the Dean of Students Office for leaving the backpack. She said security officers and bomb squad members she talked with all seemed to understand her intentions were not malicious. Seemingly unfazed by the incident, SchroederDavis said she would be interested in trying to inject a random element into campus life again; but she is considering a change in strategy. “Maybe next time I’ll skip the bag and just leave the dinosaur out in the open with the note attached,” she said.

FROM ALUMNA, PAGE 1 members appreciated the quality and depth intertwined with the lyrical melodies in the piece. “The coolest thing, I think, was the contrast between our voices,” Koester said. “That we could fill the auditorium with our sound.” Choir members felt honored to sing one of Jordan’s pieces. “Alice Jordan really knew how to compose for the human voice,” Koester said. The alumna has achieved a long list of accomplishments. She has been mentioned in music texts such as “Contemporary American

Professor cleans up culture’s view of trash

The Drake Choir and Drake University/ Community Chorus will be performing with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.

FROM TRASH, PAGE 1 slowly dying and want to end the aging process.”

Yaeger analyzed the rationale behind modern consumerism. “Mankind asserts its dominance over objects by throwing them away,” she said. “Movies like ‘Blade Runner’ reveal our fears as these objects threaten to dominate us back.” The researcher also offered examples from television media to exemplify her findings on the ideology of loose consumption, forecasting the long-term effects of these habits. “Consumerism has become a leisurely pastime in modern society,” Yaeger said. “Mass consumption and construction has led to mass destruction.”

Des Moines chosen as location for global food conference by ANN SCHNOEBELEN

Staff Writer

Today, Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia will receive the $250,000 World Food Prize for his work in improving the food supply for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium in Des Moines this week. According to the World Food Prize Foundation, the award “is the foremost international award recognizing – without regard to race, religion, nationality or political beliefs – the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.” Nobel Peace Prize winner and Iowa native Norman Borlaug established the Food Prize

in 1986. While working for the Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico in the 1940s and 50s, Borlaug developed new wheat varieties and crop management practices. His work revolutionized agricultural practices in Mexico and all over the world. He then dedicated his life to fighting world hunger. The week-long event in Des Moines includes the 2009 Borlaug Dialogue, where global leaders and experts in various international and agricultural fields will discuss how they can collaborate to supply adequate nutrition to communities around the world. The new foundation headquarters was dedicated Wednesday evening, and this morning Bill Gates gave the keynote presentation. Ejeta will be officially presented with his award at the 2009 Laureate Award Ceremony tonight at 7 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on Iowa Public Television.






Just Do It already


A failed follow-through can end any campaign

uring the past decade, Nike record of President Obama. has been brilliant in the realm Guantanamo Bay: Two days after his of marketability. With catchy inauguration, President Obama issued an slogans, motivated consumers executive order asking for Guantanamo Bay to and a long list of big name endorsements, be closed within a year. What could have been a it’s difficult for Nike not to have a successful slam dunk in terms of foreign policy has turned marketing campaign. Nike employees take into a technical foul. Many now predict that this their own advice – they “Just Do It.” While deadline is near impossible to meet. The Obama JOSH STRIEF Nike succeeds in the realm of sports apparel administration failed to consider a host of and accessories, one other marketing issues before its rash announcement, including COLUMNIST machine comes to mind that has experienced international treaties, due process, lacking recent success. However, the machine to records and, most importantly, the coordination which I refer draws upon a different slogan, of the Democratic Party on the issue. In fact, the one of “Change.” lack of uniformity with his own party allowed for a great outcry Yes, I’m referring to President Obama’s campaign machine, a against the closing, especially as the administration considered machine he will rely upon again in the 2012 election. The parallels housing inmates in the contiguous United States. between Obama’s campaign machine and Nike are easy to see: 1. Health care: The health care debate heated up this summer Catchy slogans: Just Do It vs. Change; 2. Motivated consumers: and has carried through to the current session of Congress, While Nike appeals to the passions of sports fans, Obama’s where President Obama has been arduously pushing for a reform campaign fed off of a thirsty public looking for distraction from bill. The main source of disagreement regarding the bill is the U.S. foreign incursions and the general bore of politics; 3. Big implementation of a public option and/or whether the public endorsements: Nike’s beloved Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods option should be offered in the first place (the public option being are at least on the same field as Obama’s star Oprah Winfrey. a government-run health care option meant to compete with However, there is one crucial difference between Nike and private insurance). Certainly, a hole-in-one on health care reform Obama’s campaigns. That difference is follow-through. Nike seems unlikely as the Obama administration lacks the ability, thus pursues the idea of follow-through like Tiger Woods and Michael far, to create a broad Democratic Party consensus on the issue. Jordan pursue championships. The corporation has used its The 2016 Olympics: Recently, President Obama made marketing campaign to become the world leader in sports apparel. a personal attempt to convince members of the International Not only does Nike dominate the market, but they do so with the Olympic Committee to choose Chicago, Ill., as the site of the 2016 highest quality products. Olympics. At the outset of the bid, Chicago seemed a home run When we turn to the Obama marketing campaign, we see choice for IOC, or at the least a finalist. Unfortunately, President slightly different results. Of course, everybody recognizes the Obama and the great city of Chicago struck out in this game, as effectiveness of his marketability in winning the U.S. Presidency. Chicago was eliminated in the first round of voting. By putting Obama’s streak after his inauguration, though, is slightly more his reputation directly on the line, in correlation to Chicago as complicated and lacks the momentum he enjoyed during the an Olympic host, President Obama damaged his reputation presidential campaign. In fact, Obama’s idea of follow-through internationally and domestically as one able to get things done. during the early days of his presidency could be equated with These three issues are not the only defining aspects of Shaquille O’Neil’s career percentage for free throws, which isn’t President Obama’s tenure thus far. In fact, it isn’t entirely fair pretty by any NBA standard. Let’s take a look at part of the track to only look at his vices while ignoring positive policy initiatives. On the other hand, his failed follow-through on issues such as those above indicates a surprising inability to CAMPAIGN PARALLELS market himself and his policies as the best options for the American people. Nike Obama Words of Advice: “Just Do It” President Obama, or you can be sure there’ll be a major “Change” in 2012. Change Catchy Slogans Just Do It Motivated Consumers Big Endorsements

Appeals to the passions of sports fans

Fed off the public’s need for distraction

Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods

Oprah Winfrey






Let’s go home.

What do you think … … would be embarrassing for the bomb squad to find in your backpack?

I would not want them to find my iPod, because I have a lovely selection of boy bands, and that’s so ‘90s.

A picture of my mom in my backpack – I had to use it for a project.

Strief is a junior political science major and music minor and can be contacted at

Hiding behind the stars and stripes

HEATHER BOONE COLUMNIST In our great nation, we are granted many fundamental freedoms. Shouldn’t the freedom to live without fear be one of them? Yet, it isn’t our government or our terrorist enemies who take this freedom from us. It’s ourselves.

In our great nation, we are granted many fundamental freedoms. Shouldn’t the freedom to live without fear be one of them?

We’ve grown so accustomed to our supersized lifestyle that our nation’s power is no longer a revelation, but an




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PHIL KREZNOR, Business Manager



Why we fear



My unicorn doodle collection.


ast Friday, President Obama along with President Sarkozy of France and Prime Minister Brown of Great Britain revealed to the world that Iran is constructing a nuclear enrichment plant that, within five years, would be able to fully develop nuclear weapons. “Iran is breaking the rules that all nations must follow – endangering the global non-proliferation regime, denying its own people access to the opportunity they deserve and threatening the stability and security of the region and the world,” President Obama said in his statement to the press at the G20 summit. Nuclear power. Emphasis on the power. What makes us feel the need to exert so much power over our fellow men? We strive for power to such an extent that it overwhelms us. Our fundamental need for power has instilled in us a fear of our fellow mankind and a fear of ourselves. We dedicate ourselves to the creation and maintenance of our power in order to mask our ever-prevalent fears. We’re afraid that someone else may be more powerful than us, powerful enough to gain control over us. But isn’t our fear preventing us from truly living? Aren’t we preventing ourselves from achieving life, liberty and happiness by being in this constant state of fear?


expectation. Because of this we are afraid. We’re vulnerable. Our comfort is too precious to risk losing. We try to hide our fears behind the stars and stripes of our liberty. Yet our liberty, our equality, is false. We fear what we don’t know, what we don’t understand. And we don’t endeavor to learn, to understand. We attempt to disguise our fear by coercing others into fearing us. We won’t ever be able to live without fear. We won’t allow ourselves that risk. Our fear is a safety net against all things dangerous and foreign. A friend of mine has a theory that everything in life stems from two things, love and fear. Everything good in life is derived from love – our victories, our blessings, our joys, our friendships, our passions. While everything that causes us grief originates in fear – corruption, bigotry, failures, frustration, hatred, anger, sorrow. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should drop atomic love bombs to solve all the world’s problems. I am asking you to think. Think about why we hate, why we love and why we fear.

Boone is a first-year rhetoric major and can be contacted at


The free pack of “Magic of the Gathering” cards I have in my backpack right now.


I’d be embarrassed for people to find me writing my name all over my notes with stars and hearts and doodles.

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Runners from the Des Moines Area Marathon will be passing by campus on Sunday, Oct. 19. Cheer them on.

“Don’t stop believing� in the beat


Drake University marching band members perform “Journey� songs by TIFFANY KRAUSE

Staff Writer

It’s halftime during a football game in Drake Stadium. The football team has left the field and the fans are returning from bathroom breaks. The field is quiet – until a stream of blue, white and gold slowly moves onto the green. The Drake University marching band takes its positions. Members carefully distribute themselves in predetermined locations. They angle their shining instruments to the crowd as drum major Skye Brown (AS3) lifts her hands and the music begins. Spectators only see the musicians’ finished routine – this year it’s a compilation of Journey hits. Many fans never understand the hard work and dedication that goes into twirling a flag or playing an impeccable note. “Once the product is on the field, people realize how cool it is to watch,� color guard member Mari Adams (AS4) said. “The band puts in more work than people realize.� Band members arrive at the stadium at 11:30 a.m. They often gather in a space behind the football field, where they rehearse their routine for an hour and a half prior to the game. Sometimes their practices involve moving to set beats rather than music, to preserve their musical playing abilities. The band performs in almost any weather, unless the

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Jiggly Jell-o Surprise by HEATHER HALL

Staff Writer

Bringing food to a group of people means that when you leave, be prepared for it to be gone. Sharing, of course, is a good quality to have, but when it comes to food, I say back off. However, college is a time for change and so I’m going to better myself by sharing “Jiggly Jell-o Surprise� with everyone that I live with, and challenge

temperature drops below 32 degrees, when condensation in the instruments could freeze. A field show differs from a concert, because it involves fitting both music and movements together. Drake’s marching band normally meets three times a week for an hour and a half of practice. If a game is scheduled, the band practices the Friday before and prior to the game. While participation in marching band isn’t considered athletic, there is a substantial amount of labor involved. Derek Hessing (AS3), a trumpet player, said the ability to march and play demands physical strength. Rachel Rotich (AS4) marches with a sousaphone, a large brass instrument similar to a tuba. She is no stranger to this physical work. “It’s harder to play a big instrument,� Rotich said. She said that a perk of playing a sousaphone was its vivid shine, which often attracts camera flashes. Roland Hart (AS1), a tenor saxophone player, said marching band does require physical activity, but is not the same as a sport. “You don’t really break a sweat in marching band,� Hart said. Hart added that while there is no work involved outside of rehearsals and performances, rehearsals require a lot of focus.

you to do the same. The good thing about Jell-o is that it’s quick, easy and delicious. Especially, when you add a bit of fruit and whipped cream into the mix. Jiggly Jell-o Surprise 1 pkg. Jell-o ž cup boiling water ½ cup cold water 1 can of fruit Pineapple Mandarin Oranges Peaches Whipped cream Total:


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Instructions: 1. Combine Jell-o and boiling water until completely dissolved. 2. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. 3. Add fruit and stir gently until well-blended. 4. Refrigerate overnight, or until firm. 5. Add whipped cream right before serving. A few tips and pointers: The Jell-o takes longer than one night to fully set if you use the mini-fridge in your residence halls. Try being creative with your Jell-o and fruit combinations; use strawberry Jell-o with pineapples once, and then the next time, use lime Jell-o with peaches. Real fruit can be used if you prefer. Apples work really well, as do bananas. Sharing is a wonderful quality to have (and it looks good on a resume), plus you never know who you’ll meet when you’re giving away fantastic food.

This year, the band’s performance program features the music of the band Journey. Rotich said she was not familiar with Journey’s music prior to the show, but enjoys the sound. Rotich said marching band music is generally fun, upbeat and energetic. The first song in the performance routine is “Any Way You Want It.� The piece features trumpet soloists Hessing and Bryon Kwilasz (E4). Other musical numbers include “Separate Ways� and “Don’t Stop Believing,� which features Hessing on trumpet and Brad Sparks (AS1) on trombone. Several people are involved in putting the show together, including Grady McGrannahan, director of the marching band, who sometimes takes a seat high in the stands to coordinate band positions. Jazz professor Andrew Classen writes the drill and formations that the band makes on the field. Jordana Fink (AS2) creates the rifle routine and Kate Dahl (AS3) designs the flag routine. Adams said she thinks the crowd appreciates the marching band. “(The crowd) is pretty quiet when we’re performing,� Adams said. “I think people actually enjoy it.�




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“Sandman” to cast his comedic spells SAB hypnotist performs Oct. 23 by MATT NELSON

Features Editor

Drake students should get ready to smoke illegal ‘giggle weed’ and lose body parts — they’re about to get hypnotized. The Sandman, billed on his Web site as the world’s No. 1 comedy hypnotist, will perform his routine on campus as part of a Student Activities Board (SAB) activity. In the past, SAB has had a hypnotist perform during Welcome Weekend, as one of the premiere activities a First-Year student has the chance to experience. This year, however, the performer pulled a vanishing act. “Our hypnotist didn’t show up,” SAB entertainment co-chair Maria Zhorne (P2), said. “We promised students that we would work on bringing back another hypnotist.” The 600 or so first-year students who missed

out on the August show will have another chance 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 when the Sandman will perform on Pomerantz Stage. Zhorne said the Sandman is a hypnotist in Des Moines who frequently performs at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in West Des Moines. “The owner at the Funny Bone actually helped us find this hypnotist,” Zhorne said. “He said every show (the Sandman) does there is sold out.” The Sandman’s Web site describes the show as a “hip, in-your-face, take-it-to-the-edge performance.” Zhorne said she hopes that the entire student body, faculty and staff take advantage of the free event. “The Student Activities Board works really hard at listening to what students want,” Zhorne said.



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THE SANDMAN will perform 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 on Pomerantz Stage. The Sandman is described as a comedy hypnotist and has performed to sold-out shows at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in West Des Moines. SAB sought out Sandman after their scheduled hypnotist failed to show up during Welcome Weekend. The entire student body, as well as faculty, is welcome to attend the free show.



LECTURE – Handmade Cubans WHAT: Mirelle Djenno presents a lecture about handmade books from Cuba.

SPORTS – Des Moines Marathon WHAT: See runners compete in the 26.2-mile race, part of which is run by campus.

WHERE: Medbury Honors Lounge

WHERE: Starts at 309 Locust St.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m.

WHEN: Morning



CONCERT – Keller Williams WHAT: Musician Keller Williams performs a variety of songs in Des Moines. WHERE: People’s Court, 216 Court Ave., Third Floor WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

SPORTS – Basketball 101 WHAT: Come get a behind-thescenes look at Drake women’s basketball. WHERE: Drake University Knapp Center. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Alexander Grgurich runs for mayor of Iowa town Drake grad also owns two businesses by KRISTA PETERSON

rewarding. “We increased recycling by at least 20 percent,” Grgurich said. The implementation of programs such While many spend their four years in college learning new drinking games, how to cram for as single-stream recycling, something Drake a final exam in one night or creative ways to recently implemented, contributed to that stomach Sodexo food, Alexander Grgurich ran figure. Although he doesn’t have a political science for city council of Norwalk, Iowa. He won his first election when he was just 21 degree, Grgurich said he believes graduating in finance will be an asset to his campaign, and started his own company in the same year. Grgurich (G’08) has the calm demeanor especially because one of his main issues is of someone who has it all together. Just a little property tax reform. “It’s important to have a broad knowledge over a year after graduating with a degree in finance, Grgurich has his first business, Rockstar base,” Grgurich said. He also said that he doesn’t want to get Party Buses, up and running. He’s also started a second company, a real estate business called a paycheck from politics. Grgurich views it more as a platform for change rather than a Foundry Coworking. springboard to Grgurich the White House. currently sits on When asked the city council how far he has of Norwalk, a set his sights town 30 minutes politically, he south of Des laughs. Moines of about “Experience 7,000 people. – ALEXANDER GRGURICH, candidate has taught me He is for Norwalk Mayor that I already currently facing have a job to do, an incumbent and I’d be doing and an ex-Air Force general as challengers in another bid for a disservice to the people if I (concentrate on rethe office, having lost his first campaign in 2007 election),” Grgurich said. “People who do that are in it for the glory.” by only eight votes. The young politician acknowledges that His focus works to his benefit during campaigning, which Grgurich said is “a lot of sometimes his age is an issue. While campaigning door-knocking.” While seemingly all fundraising, during the current race, he spoke to a Norwalk door-knocking and cold-calling, the campaign is resident who said he would not receive her vote, all worth it in order to pursue his plans for the city. because she assumed he wouldn’t be responsible These plans include improving infrastructure, enough to show up to meetings. “Being young is hard,” Grgurich said. boosting the town’s image, property tax reform for private homeowners and bringing fresh However, he believes in bringing fresh leadership leadership to the town. Grgurich said he feels into the city council, and is trying to use his age he can achieve this as mayor, and make many as a selling point. Election Day, Nov. 3, is only weeks away. changes. Grgurich said he doesn’t remember the point Grgurich said he is optimistic. “We are reaching out to the people,” he he chose to go into politics, but his drive to serve has always been present. He said that he never said. The engaging Drake grad is working on felt represented growing up in a humble family. To accomplish this, during his time as city educating and connecting with the voting councilman, he pushed for lower property public. He said he hopes to inspire the citizens taxes. Another accomplishment during his of Norwalk to feel the same passion for their time on the council is his service on the Metro community as he does. Waste Authority Board. He acknowledged that it doesn’t sound glamorous, but the results are Staff Writer

“People who (concentrate solely on re-election) are in it for the glory.”








STELLAR STATS Ranking of the Drake Men’s Soccer team, the second straight week the Bulldogs have appeared in the polls


Runners aim to gain grit at Bradley Invite Conditioned Bulldogs look for extra edge by DOMINIC JOHNSON

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The Bulldogs are hoping to finish with more times like those from their last meet – the Loyola Lakefront Invitational – as they prepare for the Bradley Invitational Oct. 16. The Bradley Invite is the final meet of the season before the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and the NCAA Regionals that follow. The men’s squad has continually improved this season, with times dropping since the beginning of September. Even after solid finishes at the Loyola Invite, each runner is still striving for more now that the most important races loom on the horizon. “We didn’t run as well as we’d hoped as a team (at Loyola), but our progression this season has been good and will hopefully continue this weekend,” Jeff Grassmeyer (E4) said. Like Grassmeyer, the top runner for the women’s squad, Casey McDermott (AS3) has posted fast times at each meet this season, and she said she believes that the Bradley Invite will be one of the most important meets in terms of MVC Championship preparation. “Competing at Bradley this Friday will be beneficial for us, because MVC

championships will be held there in a couple weeks,” McDermott said. Head Coach Dan Hostager agrees with McDermott that running well at Bradley will be helpful in preparation for the end of October. In previous years, the Bulldogs competed in the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet, but Hostager chose instead to have both of his squads race at the Bradley Invite in Peoria, Ill., for one key reason – the teams will race in the MVC Championship on the same course Oct. 31. “Bradley is the same course as the MVC race in two weeks,” Matt Jurysta (AS2) said. “It’s a fast course, so we’re all looking to run fast times and get some PR’s. We also want to get familiar with the course so when we run for MVC, we can concentrate on running the kind of race we want to and not on the course itself.” Many MVC teams – four on the men’s side and six on the women’s side – are hoping that competing at Bradley this weekend will give them an advantage over the competition. Drake is hoping that this familiarity will benefit the teams’ times. “We try not to pay too much attention to what others are doing because in the end, all we can control is ourselves and what we do,” Grassmeyer said. “Everything else ought to take care of itself.” Hostager said he believes that his Bulldog squads will have to use more than fitness if they want to compete with the numerous MVC teams at the Bradley Invite. He said he believes that both squads must run with confidence at both Bradley and

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MIKE RODRIGUEZ (AS1) AND COLIN COOMER (B3) lead a group of Drake runners during the Bulldog Classic at Ewing Park in Des Moines Sept. 4. the MVC Championship, and he is looking for upperclassmen to lead the way. “We’re very fortunate in the fact that we have so many upperclassmen that are natural leaders,” Hostager said. “Even a lot of our underclassmen like Colin Hagan, who is only a sophomore, have provided great

leadership by example by doing all of the things necessary to be successful academically and athletically.” Jurysta agreed with Hostager as he believes that for the team to reach its season goals, it must concentrate on the mental aspects of running instead of the team’s conditioning. “Our conditioning is pretty good,

so as our practice mileage goes down, the intensity has to stay up and we have to keep focused,” Jurysta said. “For the rest of the season, we want to improve our rankings in the conference and national polls. To do that, we will need to keep sharp and stay healthy for the next few weeks.”


Crew member has olympic rowing aspirations Smith is driven by lofty goals by ERIKA SEVIGNY

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A blue and silver beaded necklace lies just above the collar of 21-year-old Chelsea Smith’s (AS4) Drake crew hoodie. The square beads bear the phrase, ‘DU you bleed blue?’ The former mascot, current radio sports personality, president of Spike’s Army and standout senior member of the Drake University crew team has always been a passionate supporter of Drake University athletics, gaining her the nickname Chelsea “Bleeds Blue” Smith. Smith incorporates her passion for Drake into her daily life. “I wouldn’t be accomplishing what I am now if I weren’t at Drake,” Smith said. “If you have dreams and want to go somewhere, there are people here that support you. It’s a community where you can grow, thrive and follow your dreams.” Smith’s dreams take her to the Des Moines River every morning for rigorous 5:30 a.m. practices, where she works toward her goal of becoming a member of the national rowing team and racing as a lightweight single sculler in the 2012 Olympic Games. Smith began rowing for the Minneapolis Rowing Club during the summer following her junior year in high school in Edina, Minn. As a

freshman at Drake, she struggled to adjust to the Her MRC coach put thoughts of rowing college team, fitting awkwardly into the program at the international and professional level into and unsure about her future with the sport. Smith’s head at the end of that summer. She “Rowing was sort of a question mark for began adding extra workouts the following fall me, and wasn’t as rewarding as it is now,” Smith under the guidance of the Drake Head Coach said. Charlie DiSilvestro. The turning point came for Smith in the “One of Chelsea’s best traits is her drive to summer following her freshman year. She accomplish the goals she sets,” DiSilvestro said. competed for the first time as a lightweight at a large “She knows the amount of work and dedication regatta for the it will take and Minneapolis is willing to put R o w i n g in the effort.” Club. After D u r i n g experiencing the summer, the magnitude O l y m p i c of the sport and aspirations her personal became a ability level, reality for Smith reached – CHARLIE DISILVESTRO, crew head coach Smith when she a new level of barely missed dedication for qualifying for the sport. the women’s national team at the 2009 U.S. “I knew then that I could go far with rowing,” Rowing’s U23 World Championship Trials. She Smith said. missed the cut by three seconds while rowing for Smith returned to Drake her sophomore year the New York Rowing Association and training with more experience and passion for the sport, at U.S. Rowing’s Lightweight Pre-Elite Sculling rowing consistently on the varsity squad for the Camp in the Bronx, N.Y. Bulldogs and sure of her ability to compete at “I don’t remember much of the race, but at the collegiate level. She made the transition into the half point I made myself believe that I could a singles boat the summer before her junior year win it,” Smith said. “During the last 500 meters, at Drake. I kept telling myself that you only get one race, “I was working a lot that summer, and was and this was what I had dreamed of. After I lost unable to practice with the team, so I started by three seconds, I kept thinking that I could training in the single,” Smith said. “Rowing the have caught her. I had a hard time sleeping for a single is more difficult because you have to be few days after that loss.” on every time – there’s no one else in the boat to A few weeks later, Smith went on to take titles help get it going or steer.” in three events at the Northwest International

“One of Chelsea’s best traits is her drive to accomplish the goals she sets.”


Rowing Association Regatta in Lake Elmo, Minn. while rowing for MRC. In the wake of her successful summer, Smith was named corecipient of the Tim and Jerry Howlett Award as Drake’s top female athlete for 2008-09. Though her Olympic ambitions remain a large part of her life, Smith said she looks forward to a successful senior season with her Drake teammates on the water while she finishes her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in the classroom. “Now, I’m focusing more on Drake crew than Chelsea Smith,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to our team breaking a number of school records this season.” Despite extra training, Smith remains actively involved on campus, assuming leadership roles in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and Beta Beta Beta Honors Biology Fraternity. A former teammate of Smith’s, Megan Schneider (G ‘06), summed up Smith’s approach to her full schedule of rigorous coursework and athletic ambition. “People may say that someone doesn’t do anything with less than 100 percent work ethic and enthusiasm, but Chelsea actually lives this statement,” Schneider said. “Whether she is playing pranks, cheering for all of Drake’s other athletic teams as a super fan or racing for a gold medal, she is always fully invested.”



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Drake’s defense will have to communicate effectively to watch out for Creighton’s forwards, as Creighton has three scoring threats in Brittany Neumann, Kyla Hoskins and Emily Orbell, who have each scored four or more goals.



The Bulldogs are going up against one of the MVC’s best goalies in Alicia Montgomery, who leads the MVC in goals allowed average (.52) and save percentage (.885). Taking shots early and often will be important to test Montgomery.


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Drake has a number of players who have proven they can put the ball in the back of the net, as seven different Bulldogs have netted goals so far this season. If the Bulldogs can move the ball around the field, they can catch the Bluejays off guard with scoring threats all over the pitch.



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FORWARD CRYSTAL TOWNLEY (AS4) gets set to play a ball through the air against two defenders during the Bulldogs’ 0-0 double-overtime tie with DePaul Sept. 6.


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The Drake women’s soccer team looks to avenge last season’s loss to Creighton with a win over the Bluejays at 7 p.m. today at Cownie Soccer Complex. The Bluejays defeated the Bulldogs 2-0 last season, and have a regular season record of 9-4-1 and a record of 2-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Drake holds a record of 6-6-1. “A win against Creighton would be huge,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. “We’re playing for points in the conference standings, but beating our rival would be rewarding.” In a preseason conference poll among coaches, Creighton was picked to finish third and Drake fifth in the MVC. Creighton goalkeeper Alicia Montgomery has posted seven

shutouts this season and has a 0.52 goals-against average per game. The Bluejay offense is led by freshman Brittney Neumann, who leads the team in scoring with six goals. Creighton is ranked first in the conference in points per game with 5.50, shots per game with 18.93, goals per game with 2.14, goalsagainst with 0.57 and goals-against average with 0.56. It is clear from these statistics that Creighton is a juggernaut of the MVC, and Drake has its work cut out for it. The Bulldogs have kept their opponents in check this season, only allowing 0.96 goals per game and 11.6 shots per game. The Bulldogs will counter with a high-powered offensive attack of their own, with seven different players recording a goal this season. Liz Woerle (AS,B4) leads the team with six goals. Laura Moklestad (AS1) leads Drake with four assists, while ranking second in goals with four, and in overall points with 12.

The defense has been rock solid as well, with a unit led by Bailey Dorrington (B3), Rachel Gielau (AS4) and Karissa Brown (B4). Drake defenders have dealt with 56 shots from opponents, with 27 saves made by goaltender Kourtney Arnold (B2). Arnold has been red hot as of late, posting three straight shutouts to give herself five for her career. This will be Drake’s 11th meeting with Creighton, and the Bluejays have won six of the first 10 games. The Bulldogs have historically had success in October, going 42-12-6 over the last eight seasons in the month. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to SIU-Edwardsville and hold a 2-3-0 record over their last five games. Of Drake’s 15 games this season, 13 have been decided by a goal or less. “We have to be able to rebound off of our last loss quickly,” Horner said. Drake has been on top of its

game when it has won, but has played just as bad in its losses. As obvious as that may sound, consider the numbers. In their six wins this season, the Bulldogs have averaged 16.3 shots per game, five corner kicks and 3.5 saves while their opponents have recorded only 8.7 shots per game, 2.8 corner kicks and 5.8 saves. In the six losses, Drake has registered 10.2 shots and 4.7 saves, while opponents have averaged 15.3 shots and 3.5 saves. The task at hand appears difficult for Drake, but Horner said she has faith that her team can get the job done. “The biggest keys to winning on Thursday will be our intensity, being organized defensively and keeping play in front of us,” Horner said. “We must also be able to possess the ball and ultimately convert on our chances in front of the goal.”


Players win in the community first by RYAN PRICE

Staff Writer

Volunteerism is a popular trend on college campuses across the country, and the Drake University football team is no exception to this trend. From the Ronald McDonald House to Blank Children’s Hospital, local Boys and Girls Clubs, Willkie House, Miracle League, Meals for the Heartland and three different elementary schools, the football players are as serious about giving back to the community as they are about the strength of their offensive line. “We set goals as a team and one of our goals is to be impactful men in the community,” linebacker Ben Morrison (E4) said. One way the team accomplishes this during the season is through a reading program every Friday morning at local elementary schools. Linebacker Stoy Hall (B3) said that it is his favorite service event. “Everyone gets involved,” Hall said. “The teachers said the kids learned to read a lot better when we taught them than when the teachers taught them.” The students enjoy their visits so much that some of them bring in their parents to meet the football players. Head Coach Chris Creighton has seen grown men get emotional at the impact the football players have in the elementary classrooms. Along with the chance to make an impact in the community, the football players get to have fun. “It brings out the little kid in us,” Hall said. “It allows us to be loose, relax, have fun” Having fun is indeed one of the team’s program goals. Unlike many other organizations around Des Moines, the volunteering is student-led. Assistant Coach Matt Jeter tags along and takes pictures during some of the community service events. “Our guys want to do community service,”

Jeter said. “This isn’t mandated by the coaches.” During the season, the players go to the elementary schools with the reading club every Friday. During the off-season, the players go to Blank Children’s Hosptial every Friday. Jeter said that this is one of his favorite events because of the kids who are impacted by the players’ visits. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces, relief in the parents’ eyes and the encouragement from the teachers, is enough payment for the team. The players’ community service has practical implications as well. “(The service) gives us a sense of accomplishment off the field, which will turn into greater success on the field and later in life,” Jeter said. These practical benefits extend not only to the field, but the classroom as well. “It motivates you more to get better grades so when you tell the kids to get good grades you’re not lying to them,” Hall said. The benefits of volunteering extend not only to the individuals helped, but to the team in other ways. “It’s awesome for their Drake University education,” Jeter said. “I believe it makes their education at Drake a total experience.” Morrison agreed with Jeter when it comes to the impact of volunteering on team members. “I don’t think people realize just how much we do,” Morrison said. “We’re not the type of team or program that looks for the publicity. People probably don’t expect just how much we do or just how genuine the guys on the team are.” Whether it’s running the bases with disabled children in the Miracle League or feeding the hungry with Meals from the Heartland, the Drake football team serves without any encouragement from the coaches. The football team exemplifies the increasing amount of volunteerism. It also wins them a few little fans in the process. “To see the kids at the game, now that’s just cool,” Morrison said.

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ABOVE: DEFENSIVE BACK LUCAS MOSIER (B4) volunteers to read to elementary students. BELOW: FOOTBALL PLAYERS enjoy their day at Drake Stadium with local youth.






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