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Firstyears still waiting for Senate Three-hour debate results in failed motion by ERIN HOGAN News Editor email@example.com
Senator Eric Gudmundson’s motion to create a first-year senator position was voted down last Thursday with plans for revision by his committee and reconsideration in the coming weeks. Gudmundson, elected last spring as a senator-at-large, is the chair of the first-year interest committee. The group of 11 first-year students meets weekly to voice concerns of first-year students and plan programming specifically directed toward first-years. Gudmundson and his committee agreed that first-years were not being properly represented “around the table” in the Senate, prompting them to draft this motion. “This was something we came up with at the first meeting that we’re really passionate about,” Gudmundson said. “We wrote this as a group. It’s the first time first-year interests has tried to make a bylaw change, and I’ve never been so proud of a group before.” The entire committee came to the meeting Thursday to present their motion and answer questions from the senators. Motion SS -F would change the Senate bylaws. Instead of electing 10 senators-at-large in the spring, the student body would elect nine. The following fall, the student body president and the vice president of student life would select a first-year senator from the first-year committee member applicants. As the committee hoped the mo-
Although Drake lost to Butler Saturday, the team got its swagger back.
Now is the time to open a campuswide dialogue on the issues at hand.
How college students should stay safe on their nights out.
Reviewing the movie that has all the teenage girls swooning.
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LUKE GORCZYCA and the men’s soccer team beat W. Illinois and Ohio State in the NCAA tourney.
Drake beat No. 4 Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, faces Boston College next team surpassed its goal and brought the Drake men’s soccer program into uncharted territory, as the Bulldogs shocked No. 13 Ohio State on its own field to proby JENNA DELONG Staff Writer pel Drake into the Sweet Sixteen. email@example.com The Bulldogs and the Buckeyes played n August, the Drake men’s soccer to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of regulateam began its journey with one tion ended before a golden-goal header thing in mind — making it past the from senior midfielder Luke Gorczyca first round of the NCAA tourna- gave Drake an overtime win in Columment. Some of those days started early in bus, Ohio. the morning with workouts and went late “That was our first overtime win of the into the night with practice, and each day season and it came at the perfect time,” put them one step closer to their target. junior midfielder Matt Kuhn said. “I’m On Thursday night, the Bulldogs accomplished this feat and, on Sunday, the SEE SOCCER, PAGE 6 by PETER ZEMANSKY
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BEN WHITMER resigned from his post as senator-at-large Thursday.
THE DUBLIN owner Annie Baldwin met with Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari Friday to discuss recent criminal activity.
Bar owner agrees to changes by TYLER O’NEIL
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University officials met with the owner of The Dublin Friday afternoon to try to collaborate efforts to deter underage drinking at the popular student bar. Annie Baldwin, owner of The Dublin and several other area bars, met with Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari for over an hour to hear what changes the university would like to see at the establishment. The meeting was a reaction to two reported sexual assaults of Drake students tied to the bar Nov. 14. The Des Moines Register reported last week there have been four sexual assaults related to the establishment in the last six months. Bakari said he thought the conference went well. “It was a productive meeting in which we were clear about our expectations and what needs to be done to better ensure the safety of our students,” Bakari said. “For example, we want to see better checking of IDs to determine whether students are of legal age to drink.” Bakari said Baldwin agreed to specific changes, including having some of her employees receive training from Des Moines police on how to detect fake IDs. Overall, Bakari added, “It was a positive meeting that indicates the owner wants to work with us to resolve the issues surrounding underage drinking. We have agreed to continue to meet regularly with the owner and the Des Moines police. We expect our next meeting will take place in December.” Baldwin said the meeting went well, but did not comment on the reported sexual assault or underage drinking at The Dublin. n
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Organizational Council co-chair Senator Ben Whitmer resigned from his position at last Thursday’s Senate meeting. The sophomore’s resignation will take effect next semester. “I have been struggling to understand what my role is here at Drake,” Whitmer said. “I have been conflicted in what direction to take and where I should concentrate my efforts.” Whitmer said he had carefully considered his role in Senate. “I don’t have the same passion for
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Maxwell clarifies his response by RIANE MENARDI
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Last Thursday, President Maxwell sent a campuswide memorandum to clarify his statement from Nov. 16, which left many students and faculty confused and irritated. On Monday, Maxwell issued a statement in response to a question he had received regarding the alcohol culture on college campuses. It detailed the abuse of alcohol and excessive binge drinking in the community. The statement appeared to be his response to the two indents of sexual assault from the weekend of Nov. 14. However, last week’s faculty senate meeting revealed that that was not the intention. Faculty said the statement could have been misinterpreted, given the way it was presented in “The Des Moines Register” and other media outlets. However, several students and faculty members said they were frustrated that the statement did not mention sexual assault.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
“My mother knew nothing about mothering, and then —BAM— my twin sister and me. And, she figured it out.” — Ryan Price on learning new skills
Faculty senate discusses efforts for community to become safer
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STUDENTS played carnival-style games all night at Friday’s Up ‘Til Dawn event. They also distributed door prizes and free T-shirts.
Students stay ‘up ‘til dawn’ to raise money for children by STEPHANIE SANYOUR
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Friday night, students gathered at the Bell Center to write letters to family and friends for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help kids battle cancer. The event, Up ‘Til Dawn, called for each participant to write 35 letters. In return, they received a free T-shirt, door prizes, nonstop carnival games and entertainment from 7 p.m. until midnight. The pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi sponsored the event. This is one of its first philanthropy events to engage the entire community to participate. Executive director Bobby Sbertoli and assistant director Breann Williams, both first-year pharmacy students, organized the student-led, student-run event. They were advised by St. Jude representative and Up ‘Til Dawn advisor Amanda Cahow. “We need to show that we support these organizations that are so important in the everyday lives of so many people,” Sbertoli said. After the national fraternity raised nearly $25,000 for St. Jude in two years, Up ‘Til Dawn approached the organization about bringing the event to Drake’s campus. “Any small amount that we can donate helps a kid at St. Jude,” Williams said. Nine-year-old St. Jude patient Liam Reinier spoke at the event. Reinier is a myelodysplastic syndrome survivor.
Student activity fee to remain the same FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 As the committee hoped the motion would take effect at semester, for this year’s transition the senator would come from their committee. Several senators said they felt this would exclude many first-years from the position. Gudmundson said the motion allowed for the student body president and vice president of student life to widen the selection pool, if they felt it was appropriate. Senator Jenny Koska asked about the fate of Gudmundson’s position. Gudmundson said that the new position would be “grandfathered in,” meaning he would stay on as a senatorat-large with a different committee assignment, and the following year his position would be removed. He said if Senate did not feel comfortable with his staying on, he would step down. “I don’t think this motion removes Senator Gudmundson from his position,” Student Body President Ben Olson said. The motion would also change the firstyear interest committee to a first-year interest council. When asked what the difference between the two would be, Gudmundson said that a council is less egalitarian than a committee and would be more of a “think tank.” Senators seemed concerned about the position being appointed rather than elected, as all current senators are elected by at least some faction of campus, if not the entire student body. “I’m really uncomfortable to have a nonelected person sitting around the table,” Senator Norah Carroll said. “This sounds like a quick fix for bigger representation issues.” Senator Tyler Boggess shared this concern. He said he felt the election of a first-year senator by first-year students would be more appropriate. “There should be a first-year around the table, but there’s a better process to go about it,” he said. Senators said that designating a senator position to represent the first-year class would seem unfair without also creating positions for the other grades.
Accompanied by his mother, he came to Drake to speak about his illness and how St. Jude has helped him. Reinier was misdiagnosed with leukemia at age 3, but was later diagnosed with MDS. When he was diagnosed, the family was told that “if he fell out of bed that night, he’d bleed to death,” Reinier’s mother said. Since Reinier only had a 25 percent chance of surviving, the doctors told the family not to treat Reinier and to enjoy the time they had left with him. The family did not give up, and asked for a referral to St. Jude. “St. Jude was the only place that talked about survival,” Reinier’s mother said. Reinier, his brother and his mother moved to the St. Jude in Memphis, Tenn., so he could receive a bone marrow transplant. They lived there for seven months in the spring of 2006. His father and his younger brother had to stay in Iowa so his father could finish college. St. Jude was a home away from home for the mother and two children. Reinier’s mother said that families get to know the staff very well at St. Jude. “The doctors and nurses eat with the families, and there is a great sense of community,” she said. When Reinier turns 8 this December, he will be considered cured. “We couldn’t have done it without St. Jude,” Reinier’s mother said. n
The first-years explained that all of the upperclassmen got to vote for the other positions around the table, whereas the first-years had no vote in any of the Senate elections. “There are 867 students not being represented,” first-year committee member Ryan Price said. “While not ideal, this is much better than the status quo.” Several senators felt that having a first-year contribute to the spontaneous discussion in meetings would better reflect the student body. “We could have better debate because of this,” Senator Greg Larson said. Gudmundson said he was fully confident that any member of his committee could successfully fill the role of a senator-at-large. He said they would provide better insight and relate better to first-years. “A first-year may explain student fees to a first-year better than me,” Gudmundson said, saying it would be helpful to have a “visible member of Student Senate” living in the firstyear residence halls. The motion was tabled to be re-examined the next week. However, Gudmundson proposed the body untable the motion to vote it down so it could be tweaked by his committee and brought up again at the next meeting. That motion passed, and the motion at hand was voted down. Gudmundson said he hopes to meet with his committee tonight and then hold two meetings next week to gather feedback. He plans to serve the revised motion as previous notice on Dec. 3 and bring it to a vote on Dec. 10, Senate’s last meeting of the semester. “I’m not leaving this meeting defeated,” Gudmundson said. After extensive discussion over the introHave questions or comments about first-year interests or the creation of a first-year senator position? E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org duction of a first-year senator, the governing body still had six new motions to address at 12 a.m., including Treasurer Kyle Lewandowski’s motion on maintaining the student activities fee for the 2010-2011 school year. Student Body Auditor Cory Vancura presented a PowerPoint on the current budget and explained why the Student Fees and Allocations Committee planned to keep the fee at $66 per semester. He said that the abnormally large junior class, at 924 students, was not a sustainable size
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hours spent in last week’s Senate meeting—a record in the last four years, according to Student Body President Ben Olson.
people served at Drake Dining’s Thanksgiving Grand Buffet last Thursday.
for Drake, given staff and housing limitations. He said this led him to believe that, over time, overall enrollment would decrease at Drake, leading to a smaller baseline budget. The baseline is the collection of all student activity fees that is partly distributed according to automatic funding requirements, while the rest is allocated at the discretion of SFAC. However, Vancura said he anticipated enrollment would remain high this year and that there was no need to increase the fee. He said there was a higher likelihood of an increase in the 2011-2012 school year, after the largest class had graduated and total enrollment was smaller. Vancura reminded senators of how Drake’s fee compares to other schools’. “Drake students get a pretty good bang for their buck with our student activities fee,” Vancura said. “We offer lots of programming and have a lot of organizations.” Vancura said that SFAC will begin reviewing how money is allocated to annually funded organizations. “Treasurer Lewandowski and I have identified this as a year where we can start asking those tough questions and re-evaluate spending on campus,” Vancura said. The re-evaluation will include looking at line-by-line budgeting for annually funded organizations and providing more oversight over “automatic” allocations, such as the money allocated to the Board of Student Communications. Thursday’s meeting was the first to incorporate President Olson’s changes to the format of the weekly meeting. Speakers are now invited to bring up any new business immediately after the president’s report. Following new business, the section of the meeting formerly known as “Speakers and Issues” has been split into two separate sections. Olson said he felt this would make meetings more efficient and keep discussion more organized and focused. Senate passed six other motions, allocating funds to various organizations and approving the Drake Association of Technology Advancement as a student organization. For a complete list of the motions, see the minutes posted by the Student Life Offices in Olmsted. n
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“It might not have been what he meant to do, but what he did was tell students that these girls were to blame, and any victim is to blame if she’s been consuming alcohol,” junior Jennifer Henry said at the meeting. “And the point we want to make is that it doesn’t matter what she was doing before.” Henry is the co-president of Students for Women’s Issues, which has launched a poster campaign on campus to spread the message that “Rape is never OK.” President Maxwell immediately began drafting a statement at the meeting to clarify his response, Henry said. A memorandum was sent to students on Thursday, and a letter to the editor was published Friday in “The Des Moines Register.” Provost Michael Renner said the administration is developing a community response involving one or more workgroups as quickly as it can. “I think we’re handling it effectively, but I think we can do it more effectively, which will become visible in the next few days,” he said. “The community needs to work together to appropriately respond to this.” Vibs Petersen, chair of the study of culture and society department, was one of the faculty members who stayed behind to help President Maxwell draft Thursday’s statement. “Whether Drake is doing enough, obviously we’re not doing enough,” she said. “If we have one rape, our best isn’t good enough.” She said Drake should implement more programs and workshops, and teachers should talk about it in class. Petersen also said there should be one person hired to deal specifically with sexual harassment issues. The most immediate action Drake is taking to deal with the sexual assault situations is engaging students and faculty in dialogue. Renner sent an e-mail to faculty last Wednesday night encouraging them to engage in meaningful conversations about the events of the last few weeks. Nancy Reincke, director of women’s studies, discussed it with her students last week. “I just taught my FYS, and I spoke with them about this issue,” she said. “I had them write about it and share their ideas, and their immediate response was to blame the victim.” She said one of her students alluded to a “rape culture,” saying that her own behavior was one of the only things she can control to ward off sexual assault. “That’s where I think the top-down message needs to come,” Reincke said. “Yes, we can do something about this problem. Yes, we have the power to do it. We also have the knowledge — it’s out there.” The administration is open to suggestions from the entire Drake community on how to address concerns over safety and alcohol consumption. “We need as many good ideas as we can get right now,” Renner said. He said that alcohol abuse may be partly a reflection of Drake students trying to fill some need not currently being met. “We’re looking into alternative ways to meet that need in a healthy and non-destructive manner,” he said. “This includes looking into keeping some campus facilities open 24 hours, more late-night programming and other initiatives.” Henry said she has ideas on how to raise awareness and increase safety on campus. She said she has faith in the Drake community, even after one of the “Rape is not OK” posters was burned down outside of Spike’s last week. “I suppose if I could make two grand wishes, I wish that we had more services, or at least more easily accessible and known services for victims, even without having to report,” she said. “And also some sort of education program for men. So much of sexual assault is framed as a women’s issue, but it’s a men’s issue. And until men are told, ‘Don’t rape,’ it’s not ever going to stop.” n
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FROM WHITMER, PAGE 1 Student Senate as other senators do,” he said. Whitmer said he felt his time at Drake would be best served redoubling his efforts in other organizations he was more passionate about. He is the president of the Residence Hall Association, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a participant in the Donald V. Adams Leadership Academy. Whitmer said that his resignation had nothing to do with any of the actions of Senate or his fellow senators. “I believe Senate has dealt wisely with many important issues this year,” Whitmer said. The senator’s resignation was the last issue brought up at Thursday’s meeting. “We have not yet determined how we will replace Senator Whitmer,” President Ben Olson said. In the past, Senate has offered the position to the next senator with the most votes from the spring election. n
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BUZZ the BUZZ
If there was a stabbing or mugging on campus, students would have received an e-mail or text message no later than a day after the occurrence. But when two students get raped – one by a 39-year-old man – students hear mum on this issue until the president has to defend his image. This is unconscionable and unacceptable for any university president to do. To the Drake administration: This is a key time for the university. With these recent crimes and increasing pressures revolving around underage drinking, President Maxwell and his administration need to take a deep look into last week’s actions and lack of response. We’ve had students pour into our office voicing extreme concern over these recent actions, considering transferring to another school. Don’t let this be the definition of Drake University. We, at the TD, have put too much into our Drake experience to see it go by the wayside because of the irresponsible and irreverent actions of Drake administrators hiding behind their public image and legal counsel.
Let’s start talking
ith the recent stories about alcohol abuse, fraternity hazing and sexual assault, The Times-Delphic will join Provost Michael Renner in calling for a campus-wide dialogue on the issues that are currently plaguing our campus. By providing a forum for campus members – both students and faculty – to voice their opinion on how to solve our problems, we can capitalize on this moment in Drake history and leave the university better and stronger than we found it.
Bells from a speaker. Keeping it classy, Drake.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Excuse me, Mr. President
oday, The Times-Delphic ran a story about the Drake University administration’s response to the two sexual assaults on Drake students – a response that took too long to create, did not evoke the hoped-for compassion and did not make the assaults the university’s priority. Monday afternoon, the day we broke the story on the two sexual assaults, we asked Drake spokeswoman Lisa Lacher for a statement from the university on the sexual assaults. Three hours later, we received a statement from President Maxwell that addressed alcohol abuse, as if alcohol was to blame for the crimes against these young women. We, like “The Des Moines Register,” published the statement. Three days later, students received an e-mail from President Maxwell that addressed the statement published in the Register, blaming them for the juxtaposition of his statement to the sexual assault stories. Only at the end of the e-mail did he mention the sexual assaults – five days after the incidents occurred.
We will make it our mission that these recent, terrible stories will not define our Drake experience. When we graduate from this university, we will be confident that those who know of Drake will not know it because of these tragic events that have occurred over the last two weeks, they will know it for the excellence in both education and morals that this university instills in its graduates. So, please, visit www.timesdelphic.com and start this much-needed dialogue.
Don’t sideline sexual assault to focus on alcohol consumption
exual assault deserves to be looked at as an issue separate from alcohol consumption. While alcohol consumption may contribute to sexual assault and adds another layer to the issue, the main issue cannot be sidetracked simply because it is an uncomfortable topic. First, we must acknowledge that sexual assault can happen anywhere – inside and outside of the Drake community. Second, the public must acknowledge that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. Third, there is a clear stigma attached to “rape” and “sexual assault,” which is the main reason that 65 percent of these types of attacks go unreported on college campuses. Sidelining the importance of sexual assault by focusing solely on and blaming alcohol consumption creates a campus culture that reinforces the stigma of reporting sexual assault and blaming the victim. In other words, no one who is a victim of sexual assault is ever “asking for it” – not even if they have a “reputation,” dress a certain way, or are drinking more than they should. The victim of a sexual assault should never be blamed. Looking forward, as students we would like to see more programming focused on sexual assault. In addition, men must also become involved in the discussion about sexual violence, as men can be both victims of sexual assault (a point many people overlook) and advocates for redefining what it means to be “masculine.” We would also like to be made more aware of support systems and structures in place for students who have been assaulted. We encourage everyone to show sensitivity and empathy toward this issue as a campus. We have to separate sexual assault from the issue of alcohol consumption and solely “feminist” issues because only then can it be seen as a student issue that must be addressed proactively. – Juniors Brittney Miller and Meghan Pipolo
Live and let live
College is a place for competing viewpoints – every viewpoint
want to take a break from my column, “Tabula Rasa,” to touch on an important topic in our country and on our campus: discrimination. It has recently been brought up at Residence Hall Association meetings and Student Senate that certain students have made the first-year residence hall lobbies hostile to other Drake students who have the happenstance of being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Some Drake students have been going up to their peers and informing them of their own religious beliefs. This is something I respect greatly. Anyone has the right to do so, and I admire this practice of self-expression. However, when addressing the LGBT population and religious minorities, many leave these interactions feeling demeaned, degraded and belittled. For years, homosexuals on campus have been openly told, “You’re going to hell unless you are straight.” Before addressing the problems of this statement, let me discuss the specific issue I have with it. Many gay men and women live life in the “closet,” full of self-loathing, shame and fear. Often, their biggest fear often is not that they will lose friends, family or respect; it is that the god they believe in will send them to an eternal Hell. This fear has led millions in modern society to live their only life in a lie. So, here are students that tell minorities on campus one of their worst dreams is going to come true. Students tell a minority, which may already deal with outstanding psychological, spiritual and social challenges, that they cannot reconcile faith and their lifestyle. They inform a group that if they accept who they are, then they will face severe consequences.
This leads to the invisibilThere’s talk of making ity of gays in our society. For the residence hall lobbies into every person that comes out designated “safe spaces” for and deals with discrimination, LGBT students. What a sad there are many more who do necessity that in our post-secnot because of stories they ondary institution, an instituhave heard. This is by far the tion dedicated to pluralism most disgusting effect of this and self-expression, certain RYAN PRICE slander. And that, in short, areas have to be designated as is why I decided to write this “safe spaces” to be yourself. COLUMNIST column. While I have heard stories The Residence Hall Asof many being approached sociation’s motto is “Making and told of their sinfulness, I halls into homes.” A hall is a public forum where heard one account that especially angered me. you can shout, yell and belittle one another. A One friend was approached a few years ago and home is a place where you can be yourself. asked to play a board game in her first-year hall I have many close lobby. Agreeing, she friends in religious sat down with her new organizations. None friend to play a simple of them are discrimboard game. inatory, so we cannot After disclosing her make blanket statesexuality, a group slowly ments about all reliformed around this sole gious organizations individual. The group, or even one organigradually growing, told zation on campus. I the individual of her have been in many “sin.” Completely alone religious organizaand just months into tions myself. her time at Drake UniYet, if there are versity, she was reasonindividuals that deably embarrassed and grade others, they felt harassed. should not be alIt sounds eerily lowed to meet in livsimilar to the crowds ing spaces. Period. that grew around black And let us desperately hope and pray that deg- people half-way through the 20th century when radation would never systematically be promot- they went somewhere they “don’t belong.” ed by an organization at Drake University. This is not a column about gay marriage, nor
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is it a column about the values of homosexuals. This is a column about the value of diversity and its place on college campuses. Not only have gays been told they’re going to hell, but so have Jews and non-Christians alike. This is college, and it is the most secure place in our society for competing viewpoints. If we allow a sect of our student population to condemn another to hell for their views, in their own living space, then what do we value as an institution? My theory on life is simple: Live and let live. I believe any organization should be able to meet in first-year hall lobbies and express themselves, as long as they don’t limit others’ rights to self-expression. Gay people and straight people. White people and black people. Christian people and Atheist people. I am a white, Christian, homosexual male, but I can say that I am comfortable with blacks, browns and greens. I am comfortable with males, females and everything in between. I am comfortable with Atheists, Muslims, Jews and Christians. We are all intelligent individuals in college; let’s be comfortable with diversity. And I pray that one day, everywhere will be a “safe space.” Price is a first-year journalism major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
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12 oz. of beer
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1.5 oz. or 1 shot
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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
HOW DO YOU STAY SAFE?
In the United States, the Center for Disease Control says a standard drink is equal to 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol, or ethanol. For someone who doesn’t drink with Pyrex in hand, each of the following contains the same amount of alcohol:
Drink water. Alternate between alcohol and H20. If you’re concerned about getting flak for holding a cup of water in a bar, stick a lime in it: Tonic looks the same with or without vodka. Eat. It absorbs, limiting how quickly alcohol will enter the bloodstream. Be aware of what medications you’re on — they may adversely interact. Ask a pharmacist or check your prescription’s label. A study at the University of Manchester found mixing your alcohol with a carbonated beverage increases the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, while diluting alcohol with water slows absorption. If you don’t like water, opt for juice. A similar study done at the University of Adelaide found that alcohol enters the bloodstream about 15 minutes faster and subjects had a BAC 0.02 higher when mixed with diet soda than with a regular mixer. If you’re worried about calories, hit the Bell Center on Sunday. Order your own drinks. As debonair as it is for a stranger to bring you a cup with liquid X at the bar, don’t drink anything you haven’t seen the bartender prepare. Don’t leave your drinks unattended. Keep them covered.
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The Times-Delphic is a student-run newspaper. As students talking to fellow students, it’s not our place to shake a finger at those who drink. We’re not your parents and, strictly concerning age, we’re (mostly) all adults here. According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 83 percent of college students drink. But are we drinking safely? Would your parents revoke your allowance if they knew what it was going toward four nights a week? Can you really call yourself an adult if you over-drink and lose control of your bladder? Yes, 83 percent of college students drink. But if you’re going to be part of the statistic — male or female, under- or of legal age, one-time or repeat user — do it responsibly. n
WHAT IS BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT?
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12-ounces of beer. 8-ounces of malt liquor. 5-ounces of wine. 1.5-ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor
The CDC states that “drinking in moderation” is defined as having no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two per day for men. (And no, you can’t save your Monday through Thursday drinks to have extra on the weekends and still be considered to be drinking in moderation).
Virginia Tech’s Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program says that Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the percent of alcohol present in the blood, found by drawing a sample of blood. Breathalyzers can also give a fairly reliable estimate of intoxication. A person with a BAC of 0.08, the highest level of intoxication allowed for driving for persons over age 21 has a blood alcohol percentage of .08 percent. Evidence obtained from Breathalyzers can be used as legal evidence in a court of law. Handheld Breathalyzers are available at local pharmacies, although they are less accurate than those used by law enforcement.
THERE’S AN IPHONE APP? If you want to check your BAC during a night on the town and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a Breathalyzer, you can try one of several BACmeasuring applications. BAC calculator “iDrink” quickly measures levels of intoxication by taking information from sex, weight and drink type.
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REVIEW | NEW MOON
‘New Moon’ doesn’t shine as bright as predecessor Film depicts heroine torn between her affections for a vampire and werewolf by MATTHEW H. SMITH
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BELLA AND EDWARD face fresh hardship in the newest installment of “The Twilight Saga.”
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WHERE Sheslow Auditorium
The Nelson Project, art surrounding the work of Professor Nelson, opens. WHERE Anderson Gallery
WHEN 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHEN Noon — 4 p.m.
WHERE Adventureland Park Altoona, Iowa WHEN: Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MUSIC Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack performs.
The Norwegian Interest Group meets. Research your Norwegian ancestry.
Come see the 6th Great Cookie Walk of West Des Moines.
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Senior Music Recital Theatre
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If you can survive the screaming teenyboppers, the disgruntled boyfriends and the obsessed moms at the opening weekend of “New Moon,” then sitting through the movie itself should be a piece of cake. This is, of course, the moment “Twilighters” around the world have been waiting for all year long — the release of the second installment of “The Twilight Saga.” “New Moon” is based on the bestselling novel by Stephenie Meyer, which picks up where the first book and film, “Twilight,” left off. Bella has finally found her soulmate, falling in love with Edward. The only problem is that Edward is a vampire. This obviously puts a damper in their relationship. Edward realizes that, for Bella’s own good, they can never be together, so he leaves her indefinitely to wallow in self-pity. This is supposed to be better for her, but it’s obviously anything but. It’s at this point that Bella’s best friend and would-be lover, Jacob, enters the mix. Just as things begin to return to normal for Bella, it turns out Jacob’s a werewolf. Who knew teen angst could be such a downer? The movie brings back all of the original cast members from the first film. Dreamy Robert Pattinson takes another bite out of Edward. Sulky Kristen Stewart proves to audiences yet again that she has mastered the fine art of pouty lips. And hunky Taylor Lautner - whose role is much larger in this second film - sulks around, showing off a spectacular set of abs that make us wish we’d been rooting for “Team Jacob” all along. “New Moon” is the type of popcorn fluff girls can really swoon over. If the books weren’t popular enough, the films have taken on a life of their own. It’s not pretty. “Twilight,” at least, seemed genuine. It didn’t set out to be a huge
blockbuster, even though it was destined to make millions. Instead, it lulled the viewer into a mesmerized stupor. Underneath its spell, no one could see how stupid “Twilight” really was. “New Moon” takes none of the same initiative as its predecessor. It moves along at a clunky pace, throwing in the occasional, but necessary, bits of action. The clichéd, lovey-dovey dialogue is even worse than it was in the first film. “New Moon,” unlike “Twilight,” doesn’t lull you into anything. Instead, it slaps you in the face with its unabashed sappiness. But, of course, none of this really matters. You’re either going to love the film because you love the books (and eye candy), or you’re going to hate it because you were dragged to it by a desperate friend. Judging from the screaming fans in the movie theater, “New Moon” appears to be doing at least something right. You’d think it had just been nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Or, at the very least, a really cool MTV movie award. This movie gets two stars. n
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
SMASH T-shirts opts for name change A possible lawsuit causes Des Moines company to become RAYGUN by MATT NELSON
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“RAYGUN: the store that used to be called SMASH until some A’holes in California made us change it.” So reads one of the new T-shirts sold by RAYGUN, formerly known as SMASH T-shirts. The successful Des Moines-based company, established in 2005 by Mike Draper, was recently forced to change their moniker to avoid a lawsuit. “We could have battled it out in the courts for a few years, but having a junior partner at a law firm paying for his first Volvo plus four years of Montessori pre-school with SMASH legal bills didn’t really appeal to me,” Draper said in the most recent issue of RAYGUN Magazine. The company is known for producing catchy, well-designed T-shirts with original and borrowed slogans. Shirts have utilized quotes
from Jack Kerouac (“The prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines”) and the 1989 movie, “Field of Dreams” (“Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa”). Drake University student organizations have used the company for their T-shirt needs for years. “I think it’s sad because they’re established in Des Moines as SMASH, but I don’t have any concerns their products will be of less quality,” said Robb Krehbiel, a junior. “I think SMASH lovers will still go to SMASH, regardless of the name change.” Other names suggested for the change were “Shirtless Straight Men and a Store Filled with the Over-Powering Scent of Cologne,” “American Embroidered Wild Animal” and “Chuff&Whistle,” among others, according to RAYGUN Magazine. The company will be selling T-shirts on Drake’s campus from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 in the Olmsted Breezeway. Shirts cost $15. n
STUDENT ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHT|DRAKE LIVE DRIVE
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RAYGUN, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SMASH, scustomers gathered at the store Friday night for the “Name Change Party.”
Drake Live Drive fall project now underway Organization sponsors holiday basket competition for families in need by ALYSSE GEAR
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This time last year, Drake Live Drive did not exist. Now, after raising over 4,000 food and clothing items for the Des Moines community, the student organization is back for more. Drake Live Drive is currently holding a basket competition providing holiday meals for needy families, and prizes for participants are offered. Drake Live Drive started as a collective idea for a service project between two first-year seminars that morphed into a huge campus organization. “It really honestly went from the smallest little project to a pretty influential organization in its first year,” said Joe Frake, sophomore vicepresident of DLD. Drake Live Drive operated by mobilizing groups on campus, including student organizations, fraternities, sororities and residence halls to donate time, food, clothes and more. The beneficiaries of their donations are the Children and Families of Iowa, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and Youth Emergency Services & Shelter. “It turned out a lot better and bigger than we expected, and we’re just hoping to build upon that this year,” Frake said. Along with feeding families, the drive provided other necessities. “We ended up collecting tons of young, hip, trendy clothing that these kids need,” sophomore Lanon Baccam said. “That’s something we didn’t foresee, a really neat result of what happened.”
A typical shelter donor is in his or her 60s, so the fashionable and useful donations by Drake students help boost the quality of life for the youth receiving them. The organization is currently holding its first fall Live Drive, in the form of a basket competition. Basket donors will receive bonus points to apply toward the drive in spring 2010. “The highest ranks will be the most elaborate, most full baskets,” said sophomore and president of the group Lauren Bavitz. “For those who want to compete in the spring drive, it’s a good kick-off.” The second annual spring drive will see improvements such as two different scoring systems, one based on percentage of participation and one based on sheer number of donations in a group. This is a change from last year, when the percentage of participation determined the winner. “The organization that wins is going to get a lot of recognition,” Bavitz said. Last year, the spring awards ceremony featured the Mari Culver, first lady of Iowa, WHO-TV news crews and more. While 2010’s award ceremony hasn’t yet been set, Bavitz and the rest of the organization plan to top the one held in 2009. “I’m excited to beat our 4,000-item donation that we did last year,” Bavitz said. “I’m excited to bring the organization to a whole new level.” After barely one year, Drake Live Drive is growing and it shows no signs of slowing down. “Our ultimate long-term goal is making this a long-standing influential club on campus,” Bavitz said. n
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TWO SPECTATORS OF THE DRAKE VS. BUTLER GAME are questioned by security after taking their seats on a couch.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
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STELLAR STATS Sophomore Rachel Hackbarth’s most fieldgoals against Iowa State Sunday.
Drake finishes its season with win, loss Team shifts focus to MVC Tournament by DOMINIC JOHNSON
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Although the Drake volleyball team won one and lost one on the road this weekend, the Bulldogs will bring momentum into the Missouri Valley Championship over Thanksgiving break. The Bulldogs arrived in Peoria, Ill., on Nov. 20 to take on Bradley. The team was unable to match Bradley’s intensity in the opening minutes and fell behind by two sets. Drake’s defense was able to hold the Bulldogs in the match until they gained momentum as the Bulldogs tied the match at two sets apiece. Drake won the match with a fifth set score of 15-10. The team went 2-0 against the Braves this season. Just one day after playing Bradley, the Bulldogs took to the court against a strong No. 21 Northern Iowa team. Earlier in the season, the Bulldogs suffered a home loss to UNI and Drake and looked to gain redemption on national television Saturday night. The Bulldogs started out strong, taking the first two sets from the Panthers. “We came out with a lot of energy and determination but we were also able to stay level-headed and calm to win those first two sets,” senior Chelsea Lauersdorf said. In only his second year as head coach, Phil McDaniel has led the Bulldog squad to a 22-11 regularseason record and helped earn a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which starts Thanksgiving Day. Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 12-20 record, and McDaniel’s leadership has helped his players mature and reach their potential this year in one of the Bulldogs’ most promising seasons in over a decade. Heading into the final two home games, the Bulldogs’ record was 21-10, the first time since the 1995
season that the squad has won over 20 games. McDaniel said he is excited about his squad’s prospects in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship this year. “I always expect us to get better from season to season,” McDaniel said. “And the team has come a long way in the past 18 months.” Drake has not been to the MVC Tournament since 1998, when the Bulldogs entered the tournament with only 13 wins. “Our lone goal for the season was to earn a spot in the Conference Tournament in November,” McDaniel said. He credits the team’s success this year on the players’ hard work and dedication to improving their skills, as well as team chemistry. “The players believe in themselves this season,” he said. “Even when the team struggles in a match, the group comes together and they have a sense that they can compete with any team on the other side of the net.” McDaniel’s new team strategies, which were implemented in April, have also contributed to the team’s success. “I believe that it took some time to get used to the changes that were implemented on both sides of the ball, but our offense is faster, and our defensive intensity has picked up significantly,” McDaniel said. Although winless against ranked MVC rivals Wichita State and Missouri State, McDaniel said he believes his team has improved since earlier in the season. “Those teams at the top of the conference do several things well - but the two areas that we need to improve in are staying disciplined defensively, and cutting down on our own errors,” McDaniel said. “Every time we step on the court in practice or in a match, I believe that we are closing the gap.” However, the momentum shifted in the third set as UNI went on to win the final three sets and the match. The Bulldogs looked to bounce back as they take on the Creighton Bluejays in the opening round of the MVC Tournament. The match begins at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in Omaha, Neb. n
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SENIOR GUARD CRAIG STANLEY dribbles down the court in Tuesday’s game.
Bulldogs split both games in Glenn Wilkes Classic Tournament by MATT MORAN
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The Drake men’s basketball team won its first game of the season with a 65-58 victory over Georgia State on Friday, but dropped a 63-59 decision on Saturday to Akron at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Bulldogs moved to 1-3 on the season. Senior guard Josh Young took control down the stretch against the Panthers to secure a Drake win. With a 61-56 lead and 27 seconds left on the clock, Young had an assist, a rebound on the next defensive possession and knocked down two clutch free throws. “I just took it upon myself to close out the game,” Young said. “I was glad to be able to help out, but it was a collective team effort.” Head Coach Mark Phelps said he was extremely proud of Young’s play. “That was the best floor game Josh (Young) has played since I’ve been at Drake,” he said. “He made the right play time after time down the stretch. He was a leader out there and he played a great floor game for us.” Young finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead a balanced Drake attack which included four Bulldogs in double figures. Junior Ryan Wedel had team highs of 15 points and five rebounds, including 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc. It was the Bulldogs’ best shooting game of the season thus far, as they shot 59.5 percent from the field as a team. More importantly, Drake held Georgia State to only 32.8 percent. “We shot extremely well. Right now our offense is carrying the team,” Phelps said. “But we had a much better defensive effort today and this win was a confidence booster for our young team.” Freshman center Seth VanDeest scored a career-high 13 points and had two blocked shots. Freshman forward Ben Simons had 10 points.
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SENIOR OUTSIDE HITTER EMILY MADDEN levitates above the net and prepares to drive the ball into the Southern Illinois court. The Bulldogs will play MVC tournament games over Thanksgiving break.
“Seth VanDeest had a good game against a very physical and athletic team,” Phelps said. Phelps was also pleased with the play of his seniors, Adam Templeton, Craig Stanley and Bill Eaddy. Templeton had a team-high five rebounds, Stanley played important minutes at point guard off the bench and Eaddy contributed seven points. “We battled today and it was our older guys who paved the road down the home stretch,” Phelps said. Saturday was a different story for Drake, as the team relinquished a six-point halftime lead. Drake jumped out to a 42-33 lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but was unable to stay in front of Akron. The Zips used a 10-0 run to jump ahead 43-42. Two free throws by Templeton put Drake back in front 50-49 with 7:23 remaining, but the Bulldogs closed the game out 1-for-9 from the field to give Akron the victory. A layup by VanDeest was Drake’s last field goal of the game with 3:11 left on the clock. The shot gave the Bulldogs a 57-55 lead. “We got good looks at the basket, but we just weren’t converting,” Young said. “Sometimes you go through a tough stretch where shots don’t fall.” Drake shot 41.7 percent from the floor while the Zips shot 46.8 percent. The Bulldogs were out-rebounded 32-27, and Akron had 13 secondchance points compared to six for Drake. Wedel, again, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points, shooting 5-for-11 from the field. Young added nine points and Simons had eight. VanDeest had a team-high six rebounds. “It came down to the last couple of minutes, and with the experience they have, they were able to make plays,” Phelps said. “We played hard. Things just didn’t work out for us.” Drake closed out the Glenn Wilkes Classic on Sunday against Central Florida. The Bulldogs travel to Clarksville, Tenn. to take on Austin Peay on Saturday. n
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SENIOR FORWARD MONIQUE’ JONES charges past a Chicago State defender to make a pass. by PETER ZEMANSKY
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Drake pulled off an upset Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs defeated No. 24 Iowa State in a matchup of the two instate rivals. The Cyclones were previously undefeated and the loss moved their record to 1-1 while the Bulldogs improved their own ledger to 2-1. The Bulldogs were led by 20 points from sophomore forward Rachel Hackbarth, who also collected five assists in the game. Amber
Wollschlager came off the bench to add 16 points for Drake while senior Jordann Plummer and freshman Kayla Person chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively. Hot shooting anchored the Bulldogs as the team shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and iced several key free throws down the stretch to thwart ISU. Kelsey Bolte led three Cyclones in double-figures, scoring with 18 points. Drake will return to action on Dec. 5 when the team travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face the Air Force Academy Falcons. n
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
AWARD WINNERS GARRETT WEBB senior MVC Player of the Year
BRIAN WURST senior ESPN Academic All-American
MATT KUHN junior MVC First Team Scholar Athlete
CALVIN CLARK senior MVC First Team Scholar Athlete photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo Editor
SENIOR LUKE GORCZYCA redirects the ball with a header in the Evansville game Thursday night.
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Bulldogs surge into the NCAA tourney Sweet Sixteen FROM SOCCER, PAGE 1 just happy to be playing another game.” Head Coach Sean Holmes said that the win was made possible by the team’s senior leadership keeping the team’s nerves from affecting its play. “We haven’t been unsettled by anyone we’ve played all year,” Holmes said. “We’ve been through it all before, and that experience helps our team handle these situations. Losing to St. Louis last year gave us the necessary confidence to win today. Gorczyca’s goal came nearly seven minutes into the decisive overtime period when sophomore midfielder Thomas Ostrander sent a long ball into the box. In the midst of a scramble for the ball, Gorczyca managed to put his head on the ball to push it past Ohio State goalkeeper Matt Lampson. Just two days before defeating Ohio State, Drake earned the program’s firstever NCAA Tournament win with a 2-1 victory over Western Illinois on Thursday at the Cownie Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs set the tone from the opening kickoff, scoring two goals in the first eight minutes of play. The team converted its first two shots of the game into two goals. In the third minute of the game, senior midfielder Kevin Shrout scored off a Brian Wurst cross. The second goal was headed in minutes later, this time, by Missouri Val-
ley Conference MVP Garrett Webb. Drake led the whole game, allowing only a goal from a penalty kick in the 78 minutes of play from the Leathernecks. The win places the team among the top 32 teams in the NCAA tournament. With six starting seniors on the team, Holmes credits the upperclassmen with a large portion of his team’s success. “They are winners, but they are the kind of guys that do it in the right way,” Holmes said. “They are good students and good people; they really are the complete package. They love their sport and they love their teammates.” Gorczyca said he attributes the team’s achievements to all the hard work they have put in throughout their soccer careers. “All of the tournaments and games we have had in our younger days has prepared us for this opportunity,” Gorczyca said. “It is a dream to play in the NCAA Tournament, and it is nice to think that hard work can get you to where you want to be.” Gorczyca’s hard work included setting a school record. His 80th appearance against Ohio State Sunday set Drake’s new record for career games played. Although the Bulldogs are enjoying an unprecedented run through the NCAA tournament, the season was far from smooth sailing for Drake. The team suffered key losses in MVC play, but has rebounded stronger than ever, proving the team’s ability to concentrate on the
task at hand. “I am extremely proud of how we recovered from the couple hiccups we had in the middle of the season,” Holmes said. “We could have really gotten derailed at that point, but we stayed focused probably because nobody pushed the panic button.” Kuhn said there was never any doubt in his mind that they would make it past the first round of the tournament. “We had patches where we weren’t getting exactly what we wanted, but it slowly came back and now we’re really on a roll,” Kuhn said. “Our high expectations haven’t brought us down yet.” Drake’s win over Ohio State put them into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament, where they will face the winner of Sunday night’s matchup between Boston College and St. John’s. Drake will travel to play the winner in a Thanksgiving Day matchup. Although the team has already reached unprecedented heights, Holmes said he and the team are not satisfied with beating the Buckeyes. “We celebrated today with a great meal at Wendy’s,” Holmes said. “We’re not really celebrating because there’s a sense that there’s more to come. You celebrate when everything’s over and we have a game yet ahead of us and are still working toward our ultimate goal—to make a trip to the Final Four in North Carolina and win a national championship.” n
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WE’RE PROUD OF YOU Drake’s last-second loss does not dampen the tremendous value of an 8-3 record by MATT VASILOGAMBROS Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
The Drake football team finally got its swagger back. In a close, back-and-forth matchup, Drake lost to Butler 17-20 in the Pioneer Football League championship. Drake fans filled the stands, comparable in size to their Butler counterparts on a beautiful fall day in Indianapolis, Ind. After recovering two fumbles within the first quarter of play, Drake only managed one first-half field goal. Drake went on the board first with a Brandon Wubs field goal at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter. Two receptions by senior tight end Frank Pucher — both bringing about first downs — defined the drive. Moving into the second quarter, up by three, the two teams went back and forth until the game got interesting. With nine minutes remaining in the half, Drake sophomore quarterback Mike Piatkowski ran the ball to the Butler 37-yard line. Attempting a fourth-down conversion, Piatkowski threw an interception to Nick Caldicott, who then ran it in for a touchdown. However, in a bizarre chain of events, referees went back and forth on personal foul calls. After conferring with each other and both coaches, both Drake and Butler received personal foul penalties. And since they both occurred before Caldicott crossed the goal line, the touchdown didn’t count and Butler took over on its own 43-yard line. Tempers flared in the stands and on the field. Butler couldn’t convert on the next drive, but kicked a field goal with just over a minute remaining in the half. At the half, the teams were tied at three. Piatkowski threw 8-for-15, gaining 64 yards and one interception. Butler quarterback Andrew Huck threw for 99 yards, going 9-for-15. If fans wanted time to relax and catch their breath, they would be disappointed, as the second half brought even more intense
game action and back-and-forth play. With 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, senior linebacker Ben Morrison recovered yet another Butler fumble, bringing Drake to the Butler 7-yard-line. Patrick Cashmore drove the ball in for the quick touchdown. Butler, however, would not rest as the team came back two minutes later after Butler’s Jordan Koopman ran 18 yards for the tying touchdown. Butler went on the board next with a 32-yard pass to Zach Watkins just over two minutes into the fourth quarter. Drake would score two minutes later off a 53-yard pass from Piatkowski to first-year Joey Orlando to tie the game at 17-apiece. Drake’s running game was not working Saturday afternoon, as the Bulldogs were stopped time after time. With four minutes remaining in the game, Piatkowski took it into his own hands and gained 8 yards on the run, only to get annihilated on a tackle. Drake then punted the ball with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Minutes later, Cornerback Michael Lahart intercepted a Butler pass on the 41-yard line with 2:10 remaining in the game. But Butler responded two plays later with another interception — Piatkowski’s third interception of the day with 37 seconds left in the game. After gaining ground, Huck spiked the ball with 26 seconds remaining. Third down and on Drake’s 38-yard line, Drake was called off-sides, giving Butler more room to score. Butler wide receiver Zach Wilkins then caught a 22-yard reception at Drake’s 14-yard line. With four seconds left, Butler took a timeout. With the entire season riding on this one play, Butler kicker David Lang’s 27-yard field goal attempt was good, and as the clock wound down to one second — Butler took the game and the PFL title. “It just comes down in the end to turnovers and making plays,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. “That game could have gone
either way, but unfortunately, it went Butler’s way. It was not lack of effort, nor was it lack of will. I’m real proud that the guys put themselves in this position to play for the championship.” This game marked the conclusion of 17 Drake athletes’ football careers. Creighton said he was proud of them, as they have shown tremendous willpower over the last four years and throughout coaching changes. “They endured and persevered going through tough transition,” he said. “I respect them so much for how they kept the program together.” Butler will share the title with Dayton, as the team beat Marist 26-16 Saturday. This was the first time Butler claimed the PFL championship since 1994. Drake went into the game with a four-game PFL road winning streak and a 6-1 league record. Piatkowski will return as quarterback next season. Creighton has confidence in his young QB. “Mike, I tell ya, he’s really had a fantastic year,” Creighton said. “He’s good. He’s so poised, he’s bright, he’s football-savvy, he throws a beautiful ball and he’s got a real bright future.” Piatkowski said he was disappointed with the loss, saying his offensive line gave him plenty of time and the defense was strong — both efforts deserving a win. He said that he is not focused on next season right now, he just wants to reflect on the game at hand and the players that are leaving Drake. “We’re always confident,” he said. “We’re just going to dwell on this game for a little bit. The seniors are leaving, so it’s about them right now.” Creighton said the team’s theme this season was “Swagger back.” He said his players have accomplished that moniker. Senior Mason Bucklin agrees. “The past couple of years have been tough,” Bucklin said. “I think, overall, after we get over this loss, we’ll be happy with our season.” n For complete interviews, go to www.timesdelphic.com.
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QUARTERBACK MIKE PIATKOWSKI, being interviewed for TD Online, led Drake in its 17-20 loss to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind. Saturday. Butler won with one second left in the game.