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Calendar solves campus scheduling hassles Student Life adds new campus calendar online by ANN SCHNOEBELEN
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Want to know what’s going on around campus tonight? How about this weekend? Or next month? Or maybe next year? Students, faculty, prospective students and anyone else can access the new online Campus Events Calendar by clicking the “Today @ Drake” link on the right-hand side of Drake University’s homepage. The beginning of this new feature replaced the weekly campus calendar that appeared on the BlueView news feed. “We have been wanting to do this for like 25 years,” Director of Student Leadership and Service Programs Jan Wise said. The default view shows all campuswide events, but there are also seven categories viewers can select to filter the listings, such as “Academics,” “Athletics” and “Fine Arts And Performances.” A committee of around 20 people has been working on the calendar, but Wise said that Director of Web Communications Jeremy Sievers was responsible for putting it together. Wise said its usefulness is evident. “We’ve already seen it in the Student Life Center,” she said. “People will come in looking for a speaker and we’ll know where to show them instead of saying, ‘Well, let’s go out and look at the posters on the wall’ or something.” Student organizations can also use it to avoid scheduling conflicting events, and it allows prospective students to get an idea of things happening at Drake, Wise said. People who want their event added to the calendar can e-mail Wise at student.life@drake. edu. And, unlike the BlueView calendar, she said, there are no deadlines. Events can be posted months in advance and updated as needed or put up the day they’re happening. “Everybody has wanted a calendar that could put all the events together,” Wise said with a smile. “It’s great that we have it, finally. I feel like we’ve arrived.” n
Drake students can volunteer for Combat Hunger downtown by LIZZIE PINE
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All the regulars know Ray Sales. One hand is on his cane, holding it steady against his knee as he sits on a plastic blue chair. The other brushes past his red Marines hat to dip a plastic spoon into a bowl of chili. A group gathers around him as he shares his life’s stories. His white whiskers frame his grin as other men jokingly call him a stud. When he was 18, he was drafted to the Vietnam War. “I survived in Vietnam where the mentality is you and me,” he said. “That’s how you survive. If you have to kill somebody, it’s better
Connection Cafe is bumping into each other between the bright green, blue, red and purple walls. They are smiling at their friends and all eating together as a community. In this restaurant, people know each other. Because they’ve been there before. Many times, twice a day. They are hungry. The Connection Cafe is a soup kitchen in downtown Des Moines. People eat lunch and dinner there every day except Friday and Sunday. Some are homeless, and some just cannot afford food. Many have been laid off recently due to the economy. People like Ray are all over Iowa. No
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To Write Love on Her Arms founder ‘You’re not alone’ |shares his thoughts on community by TYLER O’NEIL
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Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the “To Write Love on Her Arms” movement, gave a presentation Wednesday night that transcended the meaning of community, organizers said. Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Residence Hall Association and Student Activities Board collaborated to bring the speaker to Drake. The organization was founded to spread hope and provide help to people battling addiction, depression or thoughts of suicide. Tworkowski spoke about the impact of these struggles and relationships, on how loved ones are affected. Although IFC and Panhel regularly sponsor speakers for the Greek community, vice presidents for programming for IFC and Panhel, junior Peter Peter and senior Tisleen Singh, said they wanted to do something different this fall. “When we first started, we wanted to do something unique,” Peter said. By involving RHA and SAB, Peter said they hoped to increase attendance and spread TWLOHA’s message about a usually taboo subject. photo illustration by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo Editor
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Caught GREEN-Handed Drake students add to by CORI CLARK
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you than me.” He fought for 13 months, and then returned to the States. “When I came back, it was a bad time in the country,” he said. The bodies from the war were shipped to Long Beach, Calif., and it became Ray’s job to drive the bodies to San Diego for identification. After the war, he drove a truck for 21 years, until his kidney gave out. He happened to be driving in Iowa at the time, so he stayed here for treatment. He was fortunate to receive a donated kidney, he said. Since then, he has stayed in Iowa. The audience dwindles; they have heard this story before. One stands up to grab a ham sandwich and orange juice. Everyone in The
Drake’s Sodexo dining services and the Drake Environmental Action League have collaborated to bring the Drake community one step closer to being a green campus. “Caught Green-Handed” was started to “encourage students to be kind to the environment and make a difference both on campus and off,” said DEAL co-president Matt Jurysta. Members of DEAL will be keeping their eyes pealed for random “acts of green.” This includes everything from recycling items, picking up trash, reusing
mugs instead of paper cups or even turning the water off when brushing your teeth. “There are tons of green things you can do on campus,” said DEAL co-president Courtney Howell. Three to five DEAL members will circulate around campus each week, searching for acts of green. The designated members will rotate from week to week. If you get caught green-handed, the DEAL member will thank you for being good to the environment and give you a green poker chip with the word “DEAL” on it. About 15 tokens will be
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Senate conversations by ERIKA SEVIGNY
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Student Senate continued its recent trend of allocating time to students in the back of the room during Speakers and Issues at its weekly Thursday meeting. Sophomore Matt Jurysta returned with more questions about Senate’s transparency and vision. After the first motion under New Business was passed, ap-
proving the Drake Optimist Club, Senator Sarah Tucker moved to allow non-senators to raise their hands to be placed on the speaking order during discussion. The motion passed. Visitors took advantage of the opportunity to contribute to the conversations over motions and issues. Jurysta, members from the newly formed Drake Optimist Club, Senate committee members and other regular attendees questioned how student fees were being spent when
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QUOTE of the
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
It’s a full house tonight. I know some of you are required to be here ... sucks to be you. – NOAH GUNDERSEN, performer at TWLOHA
Senate passes funding allocations and approves new organization FROM SENATE, PAGE 1
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E-books make research e-asy for library users by KRISTEN SMITH
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Have a research paper due tomorrow and you’re just starting it at 2 a.m.? The library may be closed, but with the recent expansion of the Cowles e-books collection, you are not out of luck. E-books are essays and books catalogued online that are not available in print in the library’s stacks. Drake began carrying e-books about seven years ago through various online collections, including ebrary and NetLibrary. About 60,000 titles have been accumulated so far. Through ebrary, Cowles Library offers subscription titles, such as journals. The items, available through NetLibrary, are purchased by Cowles. This semester, Drake accessed another e-book collection, EBL, or Ebook Library. Through EBL there are over 25,000 new titles available “on demand” through the Cowles Library catalog. EBL does not subscribe or own titles, as with the other two models. “EBL’s Demand Driven Acquisition model allows Cowles to make unowned titles visible to Drake students,” Teri Koch, professor of librarianship, said. Koch said Cowles library is one of the first
libraries in the Midwest to implement a Demand Driven Acquisition model. “Our librarians do their very best to keep our library up to date with the latest materials and technology,” Megan Brown, assistant professor of English, said. Students are not charged for using the EBL system. Cowles is charged a pay-per-use fee and on the fourth use of a title, the library will automatically purchase the item. “The idea is basically (that) we’re going to be acquiring books based more on student demand,” said Mireille Djenno, librarian for the First Year Experience. Djenno said this would put library funds to better use, rather than trying to anticipate needs and buying e-books students may not use. E-books offer many advantages to make research easier. Users can choose to have a book on loan for one day or seven days, and take electronic notes in the document, which can be saved. “One of the nice features of the EBL collection is that you can look at an e-book for five minutes for free, and there’s absolutely no charges at all to Drake,” Koch said. Users can also easily search e-books for key terms and phrases. “The Internet is great, but there is so much out there that sometimes it’s hard to narrow information down,” first-year Jessica Mattes
said. Most e-books will allow the user to print as much as 20 percent of the document. “With some e-books, you can even copy and paste information you need directly into another document,” Koch said. The main selling point of the e-book medium is the convenience. “You don’t have to physically be in the (library) building to have access to research or textbooks, and I think that is really helpful,” Djenno said. E-books are not only a cost-effective way for Cowles to expand its library, but they are also considered eco-friendly, as they are not printed on paper. Users can also download the e-book to their laptop if they want. “This way if you were going to be somewhere without an Internet connection, you won’t have to go online to access it later,” Koch said. Many students are grateful for this easier access to credible sources. “I think the concept is great,” sophomore Lauren Knutson said. “I would definitely give e-books a chance!” For more information about EBL and accessing e-books, go to the Cowles Library Web site or speak with a librarian. n
HOW TO ACCESS E-BOOKS ONLINE • The EBL titles are easily accessible from the • Enter a key word or phrase and select Cowles Library home page “E-Book: Ebook Library (EBL)” in the dropdown (http://library.drake.edu). “Location” box. • Once you have found a title you would like to look at, click on the “URL” link in the bottom • Click on the link our “online catalog” for one of right-hand corner of the title-box. our three major e-book collections. • Enter your Drake ID and password and enjoy your e-book.
the issue was brought up during Speakers and Issues in preparation for Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting. The forum is scheduled for 9 p.m. in the Drake Room in Olmsted. Senator Greg Larson revisited the topic of sustainability once they had exhausted discussion of fees. Senators debated whether they should draft a motion of future actions or focus on a resolution highlighting what they have already done to support sustainability. However, Jurysta emphasized that there were larger issues to discuss. “We’ve moved on from the issue of sustainability and want to address the bigger issue of who is our Student Senate,” Jurysta said. “I’m unclear of what the vision of how Student Senate wants to mold their campus is.” “You should ask yourselves this and figure it out,” he asked of senators. Jurysta said he felt senators should have a greater presence at organizational events and promote more opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of Senate’s vision. He added that all senators should think about what their personal vision for the governing body is. Senator La’Cee Groetken answered Jurysta’s question. “I’m actually acting on my visions, and that’s part of being a senator,” Groetken said. “I hope you can see that there is at least one senator here that is doing some work and laying groundwork for the visions of students here to be fulfilled on this campus and I know I’m not alone.” Senator Emily Krstulic, chair of the Public Affairs Committee, said that Senate is challenged in communicating with students. She gave examples of efforts in the past that went unnoticed by the student body, though they were carefully planned and executed. She also outlined future Senate plans for communication, including the revival of “Fireside Chats,” podcasted Senate meetings, and restructuring the Senate Web site. Several senators were concerned about Jurysta’s opinion on their attendance at organizational events, speaking openly about their own involvement on campus and their personal visions as members of the governing body. Senator Samantha Haas said she was unsure of what more to do to reach out to students. “I’m struggling here,” Haas said. “I do feel like I’m putting forth a lot of effort for Senate. I’m confused about what I personally can do to make myself more available or approachable. We’re putting forth a lot of effort to reach out to students and I don’t feel like I’m seeing a lot of return on that.” As discussion around the table continued to center on how to be better representatives of their constituents, Haas added, “I encourage the student body to look past what the direct vote says and what the underlying meaning of the vote and everything we do is.” She explained that there is a significant amount of work that goes into Senate behind the scenes. n
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distributed each week. Tokens can be redeemed for a brownie, cookie or other treat at the Olmsted Coffee Shop. DEAL has not determined how long the program will last and whether they will implement standards for the degree of greenness of an act. So, watch out! You might just get caught green-handed. n
Speaker encourages community FROM LOVE, PAGE 1 “This is a topic we’ve wanted to talk about for some time,” Peter said. Singh said the presentation was a definite success, with approximately 700 people filling Parent’s Hall. Members of the Greek Life community at Drake were required to attend, but Singh said over 100 audience members were unaffiliated. The presentation’s opening act, Seattle-based songwriter Noah Gundersen, also commented on the large crowd. “It’s a full house tonight,” Gundersen said. “I know some of you are required to be here … sucks for you.” Gundersen sang a foursong set, ending with ‘Moss on a Rolling Stone,’ a folk-rock song through which Gundersen asks questions about life. When Tworkowski took the stage, he shared awkward relationship questions he received from a fact-checker at Rolling
Stone Magazine before transitioning to the question his organization deals with most – why is life worth living? Although Tworkowski said he doesn’t have a sure answer to that question, it’s important to show that everyone struggles with serious questions and “maybe this stuff is just part of being human.” Tworkowski explained how his organization was formed. He and a group of friends helped 19-year-old Renee Yohe – who struggled with addiction, depression, self-injury and attempted suicide – sober up before entering a treatment facility. He said they would stay up late at night sharing stories. “(We) talked about things that were painful, but also very hopeful,” Tworkowski said. He then decided to share Yohe’s story through MySpace and raised money for her treatment by selling T-shirts with “To Write Love on Her Arms” printed on them. “This phrase was a goal – that a better life was possible,”
Tworkowski said. Thanks to endorsements from several Florida-based bands, including Switchfoot, TWLOHA blossomed into a large MySpace community of people struggling with serious mental health issues, all linked by Yohe’s story. Tworkowski said TWLOHA has responded to over 100,000 messages from over 100 countries with words of encouragement and links to resources to help people. They’ve also raised over $600,000 to go directly to helping treatment centers and individuals, but Tworkowski said the most important thing his organization does is show people they’re not alone. Junior Tawnya Bissell said that message was the most powerful aspect to Tworkowski’s presentation. “I liked the sense of community that (TWLOHA) promotes,” Bissell said. “It’s awesome that we were able to have (Jamie) on campus.” n
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BUZZ the BUZZ
Studies, social life or sleep Pick two
don’t know about everyone else, but I am so much healthier now that I am in college. I used to gorge myself in this weird dessert every single day. Most of us first-years probably did. Consumed nightly, this treat satisfied my desire for more of it. The dessert tasted like cotton or polyester, and after consumed, it nourished my grades while stabilizing my emotions and sanity. I feel so much healthier without indulging in it every day – sleep. Sleep is only for the time-wealthy. Besides being financially impoverished in college, we are all time-impoverished. And just as you must have money to spend on consumer goods, you must have time to spend for sleep. Completely broke for time, we cannot redeem it anymore to receive our happiness, consciousness or basic human decency. “Sorry, professor Wright, I would keep my eyes open and my head off my desk, but I am time-broke.” “Excuse me, Dr. Evans, but I am too time-impoverished to be here today. Can I gaze at the wall and absorb absolutely no knowledge today?” “Hah, don’t worry about that Dr. Sanders. I just didn’t have time to eat and use the rest room. I’ll sit in the back of class.” Before coming to college, my older friends told me that there are three options in college: good grades, a social life and sleep. “Pick two,” they said. They weren’t kidding. Sure, I can squeeze sleep in. I just happen to do it in the front row of sociology on test day. Or sometimes it may be in the middle of a conversation; I’ve just convinced people that I have a disorder where my eyes roll to the back of my head and I go limp for 12-second periods randomly throughout the day. I may also take the elevator and nap as it goes up two floors. Or sometimes I wake up at Spike’s with inappropriate drawings
RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST on my face and my head in the pizza I was eating 10 minutes ago. It happens. Whether or not we fall asleep in our food, us first-years are learning just how time-broke we really are. And cramming class, eating, laundry, activities, socializing and homework all into a 24-hour time slot has bigger consequences.
Sure, I can squeeze sleep in. I just happen to do it in the front row of sociology on test day. Signs you are in college: You go to bed tonight thinking this morning was a year ago, and a year ago was this morning. You choose between eating and using the rest room. You have more than 12 outstanding lunch dates to “catch up” with people. You have more than 20 chapters in four different books to catch up on. You have to do more work after your weekends are over than your weeks. Now, none of these symptoms are pre-
ventable. There is no way to slow time down to its usual form, because it is now in hyper-college speed and it only accelerates from here. The longer you think you will one day get more sleep or a chance to catch up with everyone, the longer you lie to yourself. Since you can’t stop time from flying by you, there is only one option left: You must manage it. And I’m not talking about what our parents and counselors refer to as “time management,” I’m talking about making the most of our time. Seizing it. In the words of Kenny Chesney – “Don’t blink.” And in the words of Roman poet Horace – “Carpe Diem.” Seize the day. Seize the day, because if you don’t, all your days will turn into years without you noticing. I bet some of our seniors can testify to that. Thinking about how time-deprived we are in college reminds me of the classic scene from “Dead Poets Society” where John Keating, played by Robin Williams, shows his class those who have come before them. He shows them the pictures of old alumni on the wall and bluntly states, “Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils.” So, even though we may not be getting any sleep, sit back for a second and look at what you have accomplished this far in college. Be proud. Evaluate where you are and where you want to be and take Keating’s advice. Don’t wait until you catch up on sleep and it is too late. Carpe diem. Price is a first-year journalism major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE TIMES-DELPHIC We’ll be thankful when Thanksgiving gets here.
Our Two Cents What’s the TD staff complaining about this week?
ere are the opinions that are floating around our newsroom:
• We could use this space to write beautiful prose on the value of home and how much we miss its majestic serenity, coupled with the tender affection of our parents and the relief one feels after rekindling the fire of fellowship with those friends who have provided a sense of endearment during our formative years. But we won’t. We just really want to go home. • November has been a dream month this year, but we should have known Iowa weather would get its vengeance. So, get out the coats, gloves, scarves and hand warmers, this winter will be a doosy. Mother nature: give us your best shot. • Alright students, pay attention here: When – not if – BlueView goes down and you need to access your e-mail, use webmail. drake.edu. It still gets to your e-mail without having to go through that Godforsaken system. Heaven forbid BlueView goes down during class registration. Oh, wait …
VOICE OF REASON
Evil lurks beneath health care reform Proposals riddled with violations of individual rights
t’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark. search of blood, but they certainly will terrorize y’alls neighborhood if the clause Health care reform has been host to almost continuous press coverage is included in the approved legislation. for the past several months and an increasingly frantic debate between ReOne of the most hotly contested subjects of the health care debate regards publican and Democratic leaders. Clearly articulating the different viewa public health insurance option. Also referred to as the public option, the plan points has been an impossible task for both media sources and politicians. As we involves the creation of a government-administered health insurance company move closer to a final vote on the legislation, time is clearly running out until our that would compete with other health insurance companies. The goal of the pubmetaphorical midnight. Let’s examine several aspects of the reform proposal’s lic option is to force lower private insurance premiums. To achieve this goal, the murkiest subjects and, in doing so, hopefully illuminate the darkness before it’s public option would be able to offer markedly lower rates compared to current JOSH STRIEF too late. premiums because of no profit incentives (the public option wouldn’t be worried You hear the door slam, and realize there’s nowhere left to run. about making money as the government would provide for administrative costs COLUMNIST American lawmakers have been attempting to pass major health care reform and organization). Realistically, the public option would more than likely assist in since President FDR’s terms. Almost 75 years later, both political parties clearly lowering health insurance premiums (according to numerous economists), but is acknowledge reform is necessary. Unfortunately, the last year has been characit the right way to proceed? Leaders of both parties have overlooked one of the terized by Democratic lawmakers attempting to slam the door in the face of Republican lawmak- most important aspects of the problem: Why are private insurance premiums so high in the first ers. We often hear Democratic leaders make statements claiming Republican politicians offer no place? comprehensive health plan of their own, and that Republicans are trying to run away from health Little mention is made regarding the excessive administrative costs in hospitals that are passed care reform. In all fairness, those leaders are partially correct. Republicans haven’t offered a plan along to patients. There is also little focus on the issue of pharmaceutical costs. These costs are often because current reform proposals already contain agreeable ideas and a number of concessions to inflated by the process of federally approving drugs for consumption, a cost of $800 million per Republican views. drug. This cost is then passed along to the consumer. While At this juncture, Republicans see the likelihood that the in both cases we see this pass-the-buck process occur, many legislation will be passed and realize working to create a conforget private health insurance companies absorb the majortradictory plan is time wasted. It is more effective for them to ity of these costs. If only lawmakers had the “soul for getting make objections to the most questionable aspects of the legisdown,” they would be able to focus on cutting costs for insurlation, such as requiring all citizens to carry health insurance ance companies, effectively allowing private carriers to lower and the public health insurance option, as well as offering their rates without committing financial suicide and eliminating the own modifications, such as limiting the costs of malpractice need for a public option. suits. Ironically, it is the Republican’s that have realized there is Michael Jackson’s song, “Thriller,” describes the idea of nowhere left to run, and they are making a stand on the issues terror and one’s inability to fight that sensation. The health of greatest concern to them. care proposals today are certainly not terrifying. Instead, many Those supporting the current reform proposals often avoid aspects of the proposals would indeed improve the current the subject of requiring individuals to carry health insurance. health care system. Unfortunately, the proposals are also ridThey force individuals to carry insurance or face financial penalties. While the clause aims to en- dled with clauses and reform proposals which would not only violate the rights of individuals, but courage individuals to have health insurance, it presents numerous problems. Of these problems, also affect the effectiveness of the legislation as a whole. All viewpoints aside, the legislation will conthe most important concerns the role of government in the lives of citizens. Individuals who wish to tinue to be a source of great excitement and anxiety in U.S. politics. Why? ‘Cause this is Thriller. not carry health insurance will see this as a direct violation of their freedom. Supporters of the idea claim the requirement is similar to forcing drivers to have liability insurance. However, that analogy is inconsistent with the health insurance situation. Individuals not wishing to purchase health insurance are not affecting others as a direct issue of liability; the way they preserve their health is a matter of personal choice. Including a provision that restricts that choice is simply begging for a court’s constitutional review. Supporters of a health insurance coverage requirement may not be literally in Strief is a junior political science major and music minor and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Leaders of both parties have overlooked on of the most important aspects of the problem: Why are private insurance premiums so high in the first place?
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matter what their story or how they got into this situation, there ever since.” they are hungry and they need help. But they can’t do it alone. The Food Bank only exists This is where the Food Bank of Iowa comes in. It with volunteers and donations. is a nonprofit organization that receives and distributes This Friday, Drake students can volunteer with grocery products, said Carey L. Miller, the executive Combat Hunger. It is a large food drive between director of the Food Bank. They collect food through businesses and schools, Miller said. Combat Hunger is government grants and donations, then allocate it between also collecting donations – basically anything found at a 285 partner agencies – food pantries, soup kitchens, grocery store qualifies. Non-food personal products are missions and shelters, day care centers, residential additionally helpful, because people on food assistance centers, and youth and senior programs, according to the cannot buy them. Food Bank’s brochure. “We think that toilet paper and shampoo, and “Last year, we distributed over five million pounds of deodorant – those are necessities in everybody’s life,” food,” Miller said. This year, we’ll probably distribute even Miller said. “If we are fortunate enough to be able to more. The need has increased tremendously, obviously access those items, we will distribute them, too.” due to the economy and the layoffs and paycuts. It’s just, “The needs are so high, this is probably the first time it’s been awful.” in a long time that I’ve been really concerned about the From January to September, the food pantries are fact that are we going to have enough food?” Miller said. averaging 1,400 more families a month. People feel bad “You know, it is going out so fast. Everything we get in that they have to ask for assistance; they are apologetic, is just turning around and going out. I see the racks are Miller said. empty and the orders are moving out, and that’s good, Miller said one well-dressed man came to a soup we want the food obviously in the hands that need it, but kitchen and said, “I’m sorry I had to come. I got laid off; the concern is, are we going to bring enough in to meet I have two kids to feed.” that demand.” “That’s the climate out there right now, and it’s pretty Drake students raised 6,030 pounds of food last year. scary,” Miller said. “It’s the sense of urgency, because you know that you One in eight Americans are food-insecure, she said, can make a difference, but it’s like, how can you just make and one in six children from Iowa live in poverty. it go a little more, how can you get one more truckload, “It’s a little difficult because I think that people don’t how can you get one more food drive this month?” understand that hunger is an issue in Iowa,” Miller Bonefas said. said. “It’s not something that you see in terms of, you Volunteers are needed, not just on Nov. 19 and 20 for see the commercials on TV and you really see the truly Combat Hunger, but throughout the year. starving children. That’s “We’re coming into the not what we’re seeing in holiday season, and most Iowa. But what we are people feel the holiday seeing are families that giving and spirit, and that’s are struggling so hard wonderful, and obviously to make ends meet that that helps us a great deal, there is not enough left but my message also has for food.” to be that in January and The Food Bank of February, these families Iowa also has program are still hungry – it didn’t called Backpack Buddies. go away because they got This provides sacks of a holiday meal,” Miller food on Fridays to lowsaid. “That did not change income children because – CAREY L. MILLER, executive director their circumstances, and so, they won’t have access to for us, this is a year-round of the Food Bank of Iowa school lunches over the effort. We do this all the weekend. This provides time, and there are always for 585 kids a week in people out there that need metro Des Moines. The Food Bank is hoping to add food.” 100 more to the program by the first of the year and to Miller said the best donations include cereal, because reach 1,300 children in the next three years, Miller said. it is hard for them to get. Also, canned food, especially This program targets schools in which 90 percent of the tuna or chicken for the protein, soups, because it is easy children have free or reduced meal programs. However, to fix and warm for the winter weather and boxed meals, the program cannot feed every child that qualifies for free such as Hamburger Helper. or reduced lunches. They leave it up to the school officials “It’s so simple for us to share,” Miller said. “Just stop to identify the chronically hungry, Miller said. The sacks and think, if you share a couple of cans, if you share a contain milk, juice, microwave meals, breakfasts and couple of dollars, on whatever scale you have the ability snacks. Once a month, they add a personal care product, to do that, you can make a difference in the lives of such as a toothbrush. someone less fortunate.” This program inspired Sarah Bonefas, program This food goes to people like Ray, so they can eat two coordinator, to work at the Food Bank of Iowa last meals a day. With health problems and no way to work, March. this is the only way he can survive. “I have a child who’s in the third grade, and I look “Ain’t no need to complain,” Ray said. around at his classmates and I think, these kids all deserve Nevertheless, there is a need to help. to have enough food,” she said. “There’s no kid that If you would like to lend a hand by donating food, shouldn’t have enough to eat on a regular basis. It doesn’t money or time, please contact Kelly Anctil at 641-751take a lot to have an impact in somebody’s life.” 8065. The food will be picked up on Wednesday, and Miller, however, has worked there for 20 years, volunteering will take place on Thursday and Friday originally starting there for the mother’s hours. downtown on 12th and Locust Street between 5 a.m. “I had gotten bitten,” she said. “This was too and 6 p.m. If you would like to volunteer at other times, important, there were too many people – people need please call 515-563-0330 or visit the Food Bank of Iowa’s food. That really is a basic need in life. So, it didn’t take Web site, www.foodbankiowa.org. n me long to get hooked and get started, and I’ve been
What we are seeing are families that are struggling so hard to make ends meet that there is not enough left for food.
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AL IVERSON is self-nicknamed the “One-Armed Man” and is another patron of The Connections Cafe. Iverson lost an arm and a leg 20 years ago in a motorcycle accident.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE: CONTACT Kelly Anctil at 641-751-8065 for information regarding food collection
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER: VOLUNTEERING takes place on Thursday and Friday downtown on 12th and Locust Street between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. TO VOLUNTEER at other times, call 515-563-0330 or visit the Food Bank of Iowa’s Web site: www.foodbankiowa.org
Combat Hunger needs...
CEREAL Provide a satisfying breakfast with anything from Fruit Loops to Raisin Bran. For a healthier alternative, donate Cheerios.
CANNED GOODS Look for items high in protein to help sustain a balanced diet. Tuna is a great and inexpensive item.
BOXED MEALS Low-cost meals available at any gas station or convenience store can be an entire dinner. For a healthy choice, donate Lean Cuisine.
SOUPS During flu season, chicken or tomato soup can make any malady seem a little less malicious.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Anthony Rapp’s 525,600 answers Original cast member of Broadway’s ‘Rent’ talks about life, loss and how the show must go on by KENSIE SMITH
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ANTHONY RAPP, recently spoke at Drake in a questionand-answer style session. Rapp was the original Mark in the Broadway production of “Rent.” Rapp stars along with other original cast member Adam Pascal, who portrayed Roger, in the show that recently played at the Des Moines Civic Center.
Anthony Rapp received applause on a slightly smaller stage than Broadway Thursday, as Sheslow Auditorium shined a spotlight on one of the original cast members of the Tony awardwinning musical “Rent.” “Rent: The Broadway Tour,” rolled into the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines on Tuesday to an eager audience. Rapp and fellow original actor, Adam Pascal, were responsible for a portion of this excitement. In 1996, Rapp and Pascal developed the legendary characters of Mark and Roger in the groundbreaking rock musical about young adults struggling with sexuality, drugs and AIDS. Rapp graciously agreed to sit down with Jeff Chelesvig, president and CEO of the Civic Center, and Deena Conley, Drake associate professor of theatre arts. From the moment Rapp walked through the curtain, he connected with the eclectic audience of community members, students and avid fans. He proclaimed he was a “Midwest kid,” born in Chicago and made a few jokes to lighten up the atmosphere. Sitting cross-legged and appearing to ponder questions carefully, Rapp invested strong personality into the interview. His professional acting life and personal struggles were the main topics of the casual question-and-answer session. His memoir, “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent,” was also a main talking point. Published in 2006, Rapp insisted the book was not an autobiography, but rather a glance at a tumultuous three-month slice of his life. The story emotionally expresses his dealings with the loss of a friend to AIDS and his mother to cancer. This tragedy, paired with the stress of auditioning and building a Broadway career, led Rapp to realize that acting, he writes, is “an escape of sorts.” Conley began the interview with a deep question concerning the actor’s balance of family obligations, such as his ill mother, and his career. Rapp spoke candidly about his mother’s impact throughout the interview. Not only did her death impact his present life, but her support also encouraged him never to give up on acting. Another tragedy to affect the course of Rapp’s career was the
1996 death of Jonathan Larson, Rent’s composer and playwright. Due to an aortic aneurysm, 35-year-old Larson never got to see the musical’s opening. Rapp had worked with the young playwright in 1994, when Larson brought “Rent” to the New York Theatre Workshop. When asked if he felt a need to carry on Larson’s legacy, he exempted any guilt from his work with Rent. “I feel responsibility,” Rapp said, reflecting on the involved emotions. “It feels like an honor.” On a lighter note of the interview, Rapp shared a story of being followed in Japan, in response to a question on the difficulty of anonymity. “The Japanese fans are quite…passionate,” he said To the laughing audience, he also said that the hardest thing about being recognized is all the pictures. Rapp verified that he loves all “Rent” fans – sometimes called “Rentheads” – but standing with people who don’t know how to use their cameras is one of the biggest annoyances. A large number of Drake theatre majors were in attendance, and when the audience was encouraged to ask questions, careerrelated queries were common. One student wondered if the actor ever predicted, back in the early ‘90s, that “Rent” would be as popular as it is. Rapp said that the musical was well received because it reflected the real-life issues that the audience can connect with. “It filled a void for hunger, a musical experience that felt like the world we live in,” Rapp said. “It wasn’t going to see ‘Cats.’” When asked about how he continues to develop on his Rent character, the actor responded that he has to “create the architecture of it,” and play off of that. Through approximately 12 years filled with U.S. and international “Rent” tours, along with the 2005 movie rendition, Rapp said he has to continue tapping into the moment. “Stop trying to make it happen and just let it happen,” he said. This philosophy is key to the authenticity of Rapp’s character. With the similarities between Rent’s plot and his personal life, sincerity shines. He concluded that if there was any reason to see the show, it was for the embodiment of honesty. “One thing I can tell you is the show tells the truth.” n
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REVIEW | 2012
The end is near in ‘2012’ Film is a disaster for Hollywood, not world by MATTHEW H. SMITH
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If Hollywood had its way, we’d all be dead by now. Whether our planet is fighting aliens or experiencing deadly global warming events, the epic disaster movie as seen in “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” is back. Not surprisingly, Roland Emmerich (who directed both) is at the helm once again – and without any new tricks up his sleeves. Disaster strikes. People die. But the human will to rise above all obstacles prevails, leaving a small few to fight for a new world, sans the White House. Sound familiar? “2012,” Emmerich’s newest flick, isn’t anything new. Not that we expected it to be. The plot is simple, leaving much to be desired for substance. The Mayan calendar that predicts the world coming to an end in 2012 turns out to be right. There are solar flares and all kinds of scientific phenomena that heat up the earth’s core, causing a full tectonic shift. All science aside, it’s kind of fun seeing California turn to rubble, volcanoes erupting in Yellowstone Park and massive tsunamis taking out China. It all makes for good entertainment, especially when John Cusack is the one running away from it all. Cusack plays an everyman – a wannabe novelist, divorced from his wife and estranged from his two kids. But when his world literally comes crashing down around him, he is left with no other choice than to try to save his family from imminent destruction. The problem with Cusack’s constant hero attempts is where “2012” starts to be redundant. Cusack, driving a limo, deftly maneuvers his way through the streets of California during an earthquake and escapes within seconds. A truck falls into an abyss of molten earth, leaving Cusack to climb up a cliff face at the last minute, remarkably unscathed. Cusack drives a sports car off a
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JACKSON CURTIS (JOHN CUSACK) AND HIS DAUGHTER LILLY (MORGAN LILY) flee the oncoming apocalypse in the Roland Emmerich film “2012” which flooded theaters last Friday. moving airplane just minutes before the plane crashes. It’s one narrow escape after another, leaving one to wonder how this guy could be so lucky. While the whole family aspect is nice, the audience is never given much of a chance to get to know Cusack or his loved ones. This leaves the film to rely entirely upon Cusack’s charisma to draw viewers in. The rest of “2012” lags with scenes that are supposed to be emotional but never are. The majority of scenes are big-budget action sequences that seem illogical even by Hollywood standards, and bad acting by exceptional actors. Despite all of this, “2012” can be enjoyed for what it is – a
silly disaster film that will inevitably be forgotten months from now. Forgotten, that is, until the next big Emmerich motion picture comes out. But Emmerich better come up with some new material before then. After all, there are only so many ways you can take out the White House. n
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WHERE Downtown 1408 Locust Street
Drake Law School to host debate on samesex marriage and religious liberty. WHERE Room 213 Cartwright Hall
WHEN 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHEN 3 p.m.
WHEN: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
DANCING Beginning Salsa dancing with basic steps at the Des Moines Social Club.
MICROWAVE COOKING (SAB)
Come watch films at the Des Moines Social Club.
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WHERE Downtown 1408 Locust Street. WHEN 7 p.m.
WHERE Jewett Living Room
Learn how to make eggs in the microwave among other dishes.
Go see the enigmatic “Art in Ruins” exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center.
WHERE Parents Hall North
WHERE 4700 Grand Ave.
WHEN 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Drake bests Evansville for MVC title by DOMINIC JOHNSON
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Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference, beating the Evansville Purple Aces 2-1 Sunday at Cownie Soccer Complex. Sunday’s match up was the second nationally televised game against Evansville, with Evansville topping the Bulldogs 1-0 in their last encounter. “The guys are really motivated to go out and perform on national TV again,” Holmes said. Senior Garrett Webb also had confidence in the Bulldog squad before the game. “We know we can play with anyone in the country,” Webb said. “We have to come out ready to fight and put in the work to get the result.” The championship game was categorized by constant attacks from the opposing team in the first half. Senior defender Calvin Clark led the back line as they stopped a strong Evansville attack coming near the 20th minute, as the Purple Aces were granted two corner kicks in only a few minutes. Drake would respond in the 27th minute as sophomore Michael Noonan curved a shot in from over 10 yards out for the Bulldogs to take a 1-0 lead. Evansville once again responded with a tenacious attack, but junior goalkeeper Michael Drozd made three fantastic saves until Evansville forward Mike Luttrull kicked a low ball past Drozd from 10 yards out near the 34th minute to even the game at oneall. Drake’s defense kept the Purple Aces out of the goal to keep the score even at the half. The Bulldogs came out much more balanced in the second half as Evansville spent less time in Bulldog territory. Evansville’s Luttrull continued to pepper the goal but Drozd continued to make a multitude of saves. Kevin Shrout scored off a free kick for the Bulldogs near the 63rd minute pushing the Bulldogs to a 2-1 lead. Evansville earned a penalty kick with two minutes remaining but the Drake defense stood strong and kept the Purple Aces out of the goal. Drake held out for the remaining two minutes and went on to beat the Purples Aces for the Bulldogs’ first-ever MVC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. This year, the Bulldogs are looking to go deep in the tournament in search for their first NCAA title. Leading up to the Evansville match, Drake beat Creighton 3-1 Friday, making this the first season the Bulldogs went undefeated against the Bluejays. Thirty-nine minutes had passed with no scoring by either team. The two zeros on the scoreboard burned brightest as the soft, white light covered the pitch at Cownie. The stands were beginning to grow quiet. The Creighton Bluejays had been able to keep Missouri Valley Conference player of the year Garrett Webb in check for over 30 minutes. To go into the second half tied at zero is not what Head Coach Sean Holmes was hoping for. Any spark or momentum to take into the half would give the Bulldogs confidence to finish the game strong. Suddenly, with 5:30 remaining in the half, the ball entered Creighton territory. Junior defender Nick Foster lobbed the ball up toward the goal. It was clearly not strong enough to get past the goalie, but that wasn’t Foster’s intention. Pushing through the defense, Garrett Webb’s muscular 6-foot-2-inch frame propelled into the air. Webb’s header flew past Creighton goalkeeper Brian Holt. “Garrett understands what his role is now,” Holmes said. “He understands his potential.” With less than a minute left in the half, the Bluejays would answer back. Creighton had outshot the Bulldogs 10-6 at that point and Creighton forward Ethan Finlay was able to fire shot number 11 past junior goalkeeper Michael Drozd.
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SOPHOMORE FORWARD HUNTER KENNEDY charges down the field on an offensive effort during yesterday’s game against the Evansville Purple Aces. The Bulldogs went on to win the game along with the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and will compete in the NCAA championships Nov. 20. The fans in the stadium now looked up at the scoreboard to see a tied score of 1-1 with 37 seconds left in the first half. With the 3-3 double-overtime tie fresh in everyone’s memory, the score was not at all comforting. Nobody in the stands was thinking of a tie, let alone a loss on this night. It didn’t matter that the Bulldogs had been in Creighton’s shadow for over a decade. It didn’t matter that Creighton had reached the NCAA tournament every year since 1992. This night Drake was the better team, and they knew it. It was Drake’s night; their game to win. “We’re over the hump of being scared of those guys, Holmes said. “We’re not intimidated anymore.” The Bulldogs took no time in striking first in the second half. All-conference senior Kevin Shrout would be granted a free kick in the corner of the box in the 49th minute. Shrout and fellow all-conference senior Luke Gorczyca read the defense. Much like Webb did in the first half, Gorczyca was able to cut through the Creighton defense and meet the ball as it fell to knock in the sec-
ond header of the night. Trying to repeat the first half ’s theatrics, the Bluejays assaulted the Drake goal with 10 more shots in the second half of play. “In the second half, we didn’t make those mistakes and our back line showed their potential tonight,” Webb said. While Drozd kept the Bluejays out of the goal, senior defender Brian Wurst stopped a vicious Creighton onslaught near the 65th minute. Streaking down the sideline, Wurst crossed the ball through multiple defenders to sophomore Michael Noonan. Noonan then connected to Webb with a perfect pass, as Webb netted his second goal of the night and fourth goal against Creighton in the last week. The Bulldog back line held strong for the rest of the half. As time expired, cheers of Drake fans filled the complex, and everyone was eager to see the Bulldogs in action against the Evansville Purple Aces, who beat the No. 19 Missouri State Bears by a score of 2-1 at Cownie Friday. n
IUPUI beats the Bulldogs in season opener
Despite strong offense and 3-pointers, Bulldogs unable to Jaguars’ shooting by MATT MORAN
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Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis shot a lights-out game with 76.2 percent in the second half and came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Drake 88-82 on Saturday. The Bulldogs made only one of their last eight shots from the floor, and Jaguar sophomore forward Alex Young knocked down two 3-point shots to give IUPUI an 83-80 lead it would not relinquish. “We struggled early on defense in the second half and weren’t able to get shots,” an official said in a Drake press release. “That was the difference in the game. Clearly we have a lot of issues to address defensively.” Drake played without senior star Josh Young, who was selected as a preseason first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference player. Young has been nursing a hip pointer and decided to sit out the game. Young has led the Bulldogs in scoring the past two seasons. Junior Ryan Wedel took Young’s place at shooting guard, in his first regular season appearance since transferring from Arkansas State. Wedel made his first five shots, including four 3-pointers, in the first three minutes and 29 seconds and finished with a team-high of 23 points. “Ryan is a guy we can depend on to hit open shots and be an offensive weapon for our team,” Phelps said. Sophomore Frank Wiseler started at point guard for Wedel and finished with nine points and seven assists. Freshman forward Ben Simons had 12 points on four 3-point shots for the
Bulldogs. All of his scoring came in the second half, and he also led Drake with four steals. Freshman center Seth Van Deest had 10 points and six rebounds in his first career game at Drake. He made a lay up to cut the IUPUI lead to 85-82 with 13 seconds left, but IUPUI made three of four free throws down the stretch to close out the win. The Bulldogs wasted a terrific offensive performance, where they shot 50.9 percent from the field and nailed 13 of 26 shots beyond the arc. IUPUI forward Robert Glenn led all scorers with 37 points, and was on fire shooting 15 of 17 from the floor. He had 23 in the second half. Leroy Nobles had 27 points, while Young finished with 19 for IUPUI. IUPUI had only four players score points in the game. Nobles and Young were the only players to attempt 3-point shots. IUPUI shot an astonishing 67.3 percent for the game. They shot 10 of 17 from 3-point range and knocked down 75 percent of their free throws. IUPUI dominated the Bulldogs in the paint, outscoring Drake 42-24. The Drake bench outscored that of IUPUI 20-5, led by seniors Craig Stanley and Bill Eaddy’s eight points apiece. IUPUI out-rebounded Drake 28-18. Drake led 46-41 at the half, but was unable to contain the IUPUI offense in the second half. For the second straight year, the Bulldogs started the season 0-1. Drake suffered a 58-48 defeat against Butler to open last season. IUPUI moves to 1-0 on the young season. Senior Adam Templeton had eight points and six rebounds for Drake. The Bulldogs will take on Iowa State in the Knapp Center at 7:07 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets are free for all students with a Drake ID. They
Drake led 46-41 at the half, but was unable to contain the IUPUI offense
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SENIOR ADAM TEMPLETON jukes an IUPUI opponent as he charges down the court. Drake lost its first matchup against the Jaguars, starting its season with a record of 0-1 for the second year in a row. will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Olmsted on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are also
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Dayton breaks Bulldog win streak
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JUNIOR RUNNING BACK TIM KOSTEK charges down the field during the Bulldogs’ first loss following a six-game win streak.
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THE BULLDOGS charge through Dayton’s defensive line. Though the loss cost Drake the win streak, the team still has a chance to win the PFL.
DRAKE VS. DAYTON NEXT GAME AT BUTLER SATURDAY 1 P.M.
by JACK THUMSER
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Dayton’s stellar defense held the Bulldogs to just 166 yards of total offense Saturday as Drake lost its first conference game of the season 23-6. The Bulldogs are now 8-2 overall and 6-1 in Pioneer Football League play. Dayton and Butler (who lost to Jacksonville 36-7 Saturday) are also tied atop the PFL standing with 6-1 records. The loss also snaps the Bulldogs’ current six-game winning streak and their seven-game conference winning streak, which dates back to last year. “They are the best coached defensive team we’ve played against,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said in an official press release. “They’re fast and they play hard.” The Flyers got out of the gates early, scoring on their first possession when quarterback Steve Valentino hit Justin Watkins for a 30-yard touchdown. The play capped a 6-play, 51-yard drive that took just two minutes, 32 seconds. After another quick three-and-out for the Bulldog offense, the Flyers again drove the ball deep into Drake territory. The Bulldogs were able to stop Dayton on the three-yard line, however, and hold the Flyers to just a field goal. Later in the first quarter, Drake freshman quarterback Mike Piatkowski fumbled a snap and Dayton recovered on Drake’s 28yard line. The possession was just one of the seven (including six
punts) in the first half that ended with Drake giving the ball back Early in the fourth, the Flyers sealed the victory with a 3-play, to Dayton. 61-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 27-yard run from runThe Flyers were not able to capitalize on the turnover, how- ning back Brian Mack. The Bulldogs were able to put together a ever, and went into halftime with a 10-0 lead. 15-play, 85-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes of the Unfortunately for the Bullgame that accounted for over dogs, the second half only half of their total offense. brought more of the same. After “They were well prepared two Drake punts, the Flyers got and we weren’t able to do back on the scoreboard when much against them,” CreighValentino found Luke Bellman ton said in the press release. for his second touchdown pass “Our guys fought hard but we of the game. Drake blocked the came up short.” extra point, giving Dayton a 16-0 With just one week relead. maining in the season, the Valentino had an efficient perBulldogs are deadlocked with – CHRIS CREIGHTON, head coach formance, completing 16-of-29 Dayton and Butler atop the passes for 223 yards, two touchPFL standings with a critidowns and no interceptions. cal match up at Butler next On the next possession, PiSaturday. The winner of that atkowski was sacked and lost his game will either be the sole second fumble of the game. The PFL champion or will be coFlyers again were not able to cash in on Drake’s mistake as Day- champions with Dayton, who plays Marist Saturday. ton’s Nick Glavin missed another field goal. The winner of the PFL also gets the opportunity to play in the Piatkowski had one of his worst games of the season, mostly fourth annual Gridiron Classic against the winner of the Northdue to constant pressure from Dayton’s defensive line. He com- east Conference. The PFL champions are 3-0 in Gridiron Classics. pleted just 15-of-32 passes for 88 yards with a touchdown and an A tiebreaker will come into play if there are co-champions.n interception.
Our guys fought hard but we came up short.
Teams run final miles
Bulldogs do not advance further after NCAA Midwest Regional meet in Springfield, Mo. by DOMINIC JOHNSON
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Despite strong performances, both the men’s and women’s country teams failed to qualify for the NCAA Division I cross country championship meet. The Drake men’s squad went on to place 19th out of the 25 teams who placed. The men’s field consisted of 30 teams, although many people dropped out and some teams didn’t run all seven runners, Head Coach Dan Hostager said. The men’s team was once again anchored by senior Jeff Grassmeyer. Grassmeyer went on to finish 50th with a time of 32:31.7. Junior Mike Bumgarner finished second for the Bulldogs with a time of 33:40.8 and a 90th-place finish. Sophomore runners Derek Campbell and Colin Hagan finished under the 35-minute mark with times of 34:42.1 and 34:49.0, respectively. The men’s squad was able to beat out fellow MVC teams Bradley and Creighton, while Oklahoma State won the meet overall on the men’s side. On the women’s side, the Bulldogs placed 16th out of 33 teams. Junior runner Casey McDermott once again proved why she is an allconference runner, as she placed 32nd with a time of 21:44.6. McDermott was seven spots away from receiving all-region honors. Junior Meredith Bell followed McDermott with a time of 23:25.6 and a placement of 106th. Seniors Tara Scieszinski and Courtney Heinz finished under the 24-minute mark with times of 23:36.5 and 23:47.0, respectively. Drake was able to outrun MVC-rival Creighton while the University of Minnesota won the meet overall on the women’s side. Although both teams desired for a berth in the NCAA Championship, all of the runners are now looking forward to track season to prove
themselves once again. Unlike other track athletes, the distance runners are able to use cross country to benefit their track season and vice versa. Sophomore runner Colin Hagan said he is looking forward to track season, even though Drake won’t be battling many other Missouri Valley Conference teams. “The only team we see regularly is probably Wichita State, but there are many great teams in the region,” Hagan said. “We will be competing with the best, because that’s how you become the best.” The distance runners will be taking a break and beginning full training after the holiday break. While the core track team will begin in December, the distance runners start in the third week of January. Hostager is looking forward to the track season, believing the strong performances at regionals will lead to continued tenacity once track starts. “We want to use this meet as momentum for the track season and use track season for next cross country season,” Hostager said. Not only are the teams looking forward to track season, but next year’s cross country season as well. “High school runners usually start visiting this time of year, so the team is obviously looking forward to getting some good talent for next year,” Grassmeyer said. Although Grassmeyer’s graduation will be a loss to the team, Hostager said he is hopeful that his underclassmen will be able to step up in time for next season. “We had both men and women run at regionals who hadn’t run at regionals before,” Hostager said. Hostager is looking toward Bumgarner, Campbell and Hagan to lead the Drake men’s squad come next season. McDermott will return next year as a women’s team senior and Hostager is hoping she becomes an even greater force in the offseason. n
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DRAKE RUNNERS competed in their last meet of the season Saturday. The NCAA Midwest Regional meet took place in Springfield, Mo.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Published on Nov 16, 2009