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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER FOR DRAKE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1884

THE TIMES-DELPHIC DES MOINES, IOWA • Monday, December 7, 2009 • VOL. 128, NO. 21 • www.timesdelphic.com

WHAT’S

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SURVIVAL GUIDE

OUR TWO CENTS

VAMPIRE DIARIES

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Find out how to make the best out of finals week—tips, places and secrets.

What’s the TD staff complaining about this week?

Reviewing the new TV show. Plus: Vampire stories that don’t suck.

Drake went one-fortwo this weekend in the Hy-Vee Classic at the Knapp Center.

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Law school coordinator appointed to Obama committee by MARIAH MARCONI

Staff Writer mariah.marconi@drake.edu photo illustration by SARAH ANDREWS |Photo Editor

Speakers on the top of Jewett Hall provide campus with bell sounds by STEPHANIE SANYOUR

Staff Writer stephanie.sanyour@drake.edu

When you picture a “traditional college,” you often think of ivy-covered bricks, a library full of engaged students and a bell tower to mark the passage of the hours in the short fouryear experience. While Drake may have several brick buildings and Cowles may be packed with students, Drake has never been known for melodic markings of the passage of time. When the Old Main tower was built, a bell system was included and the bells were played manually by pulling a rope. However, the bell sound was not projected effectively across the campus because of the trees around Old Main. Drake replaced the Old Main bells with a carillon system located on top of the Jewett residence hall. Jewett seemed to be the ideal

location because of its elevation, making it possible to broadcast the tone to the west side of campus. The carillon system is composed of speakers and an amplifier, and the bells are set to ring every hour. The speakers are visible on the west side of the roof. “They were real bells at one time, and now it’s a recording,” said Mark Chambers, the general manager of Facility Services. The carillon system was a convenient way to play the bells and to solve the amplification problem. It was installed in the Jewett years ago and was removed in the summer of 2005 for the remodeling of the roof. The bells were replaced in October of this year. The bells were installed by a joint effort between Facility Services and Drake TeleMedia. Students had mixed reactions to the new hourly ritual on campus. Many were unsure of where the sounds were coming from. “I thought they came from Old Main,” said

junior Raquel Nogueira Garcia. Some admitted they were unsure of the origin. “I don't really know where the bells are coming from,” sophomore Jessica Anderson said. Garcia said she is frustrated with the reconnected bell system. “They are annoying, at least when you are in class,” she said. “And it seems that a cell phone is ringing.” They have also caused disturbances during other times of day. “Some people say that they are disturbing and wake them up when they are sleeping, but I haven't had that happen,” Anderson said. While students may be unsure about the new bells, Chambers affirms that they are “not a seasonal thing.” n

Senate focuses on green issues by ERIN HOGAN News Editor tdnews@drake.edu

photo by SARAH ANDREWS |Photo Editor

PATRICK MCGARRITY lead a lecture called “Big Money” last Wednesday.

Speaker warns students of the almighty dollar by ANN SCHNOEBELEN

Staff Writer ann.schnoebelen@drake.edu

Ever wanted tried-and-true information about managing a credit card, handling debt and avoiding identity theft? Students who attended the Big Money event last Wednesday, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, got to hear all about it. The first thing speaker Patrick McGarrity shared was a bit of financial trivia, asking the audience whether they knew the first-ever form of human currency. The answer? Teeth. “You don’t actually have to remember that; it’s just fun,” he said. McGarrity, a Chicago native, graduated from college with $7,000 of credit card debt. He began the event by telling everyone that his goal was to help Drake students avoid a similar fate. He said to the audience of around 90 students he was on campus “to give away money, to educate you and to have fun.”

During his presentation, he introduced some financial vocabulary, defining terms like amortization, Fair Isaac scores and overdraft protection. He also showed clips of his interviews with other students and had audience members decide beforehand which interviewee would give the right answer. The people who guessed correctly got to draw money out of his sack of $5, $10 and $20 bills. Sophomore Mitch Lefebvre said he thought the presentation was helpful. “It was valuable for students because it will help them avoid unnecessary spending on late fees and interest and increase their money saved, making them happier in the long run,” he said. Lefebvre also received a $10 bill from McGarrity after taking part in one of the interactive activities. He said he’d be spending it on food or soda pop. Morgan Ottenbacher, a first-year student, attended the event as a member of the Campus Impact Committee, which was in charge of planning the event. She said she thought it was

SEE MONEY, PAGE 2

After last week’s vote to keep the student activities fee the same for the upcoming academic year, senators discussed whether or not to draft a resolution to support a “green fee” and what that motion would include. The idea of a “green fee” came out of research by the Student Senate Campus Advancement Committee and research by Senator Carla Olszewski in response to the controversial recycling motion and student feedback from Senate’s town hall meeting on sustainability. Senator Olszewski brought up the issue during “Issues” at the end of the meeting. She said the Board of Trustees will be approving tuition and fees for next year in January, before students return to campus. Olszewski said that if Senate did not draft a motion before the end of the semester, their input would not be included in the Board of Trustees’ discussions. “I think there’s ways we can support it while being responsible in the support,” Olszewski said. Other senators agreed that they wanted some input on the fee. “I think we should support it only if we’re included in discussion of the amount and how it’s spent,” Senator Brittney Miller said. Senator Jenny Koska said she was concerned that if the fee was not controlled by the appropriate party it would not be used and would go to waste. Other senators said that students should have some say over how it is spent. “We definitely need to include language that it be used by students for students,” pharmacy Senator Ben Urick said. However, Treasurer Lewandowski said he did not feel

SEE SENATE, PAGE 2

SENATE DEFINITIONS PREVIOUS NOTICE: When a senator

serves a motion as previous notice, they submit it to be included in the agenda for the meeting. However, it is only read and not debated or voted on at the meeting, but reserved to be brought up the next week or at a later meeting.

On Nov. 24, Drake Law School’s state food policy project coordinator, Matt Russell, was appointed to the Iowa Farm Services Agency Committee under the Obama administration. The Iowa FSA is tasked with improving the overall economic prosperity and stability of the state’s farming community. Although the date of the FSA’s first meeting has not yet been set, the committee will meet on a monthly basis to discuss how Iowa farm stewardship can be improved economically and agriculturally. The agency will also hear appeals from the county committees. When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Russell decided to apply for a position on the FSA committee. “There were only a handful of appointments in the state of Iowa, including two federal judges and a few USDA members,” Russell said. After filling out the application, Russell worked closely with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and other state political leaders. Russell also found support through the Drake community, particularly from agricultural law professor and director, Neil Hamilton. Russell said he is eager to begin promoting Iowa’s agricultural industry through the FSA. “I am very excited for the opportunities the position provides, not only the opMATT RUSSELL portunity to support fellow farmers, but also the hands-on learning opportunity,” Russell said. Russell said the committee’s responsibilities can be divided into two distinct categories. The first is the objective to promote “economic stability and to ensure room for growth and opportunity.” The second focuses more on the environmental stewardship of Iowa farmland. Russell and his fellow committee members will work closely with Iowa farmers to address their concerns. There will also be significant governmental action to aid Iowa’s agriculture. “I believe that government is a public tool,” Russell said. “I am interested in progressive politics and am excited to be part of the process to help government work better.” Russell said he hopes he will be able to support the development of beginning farmers and the establishment of more diversified farms throughout Iowa. “The goals are to make Iowa a more productive state, to create sustainable profits and to increase the quantity of food grown in Iowa,” he said. Russell said he recognizes some potential obstacles in joining the FSA committee. He anticipates a significant learning curve upon joining the program, and expects to face many difficult decisions regarding the appeals from counties.

SEE RUSSELL, PAGE 2

FSA’S MISSION • Carry out the state agricultural conservation programs • Resolve appeals from the agriculture community • Help to keep producers informed about FSA programs

MEN’S SOCCER Drake lost to North Carolina 2-1 Friday in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. PAGE 8 SPORTS


NEWS

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“I remember coming to a game and when I left, I told my parents this is where I wanted to come.” — ELLIE RITSCHER, basketball transfer student, SEE PAGE 6

Ross Hall sponsored the

Betsy Ross Dodgeball Tournament

Residence Hall Coordinator NATALIE SMITH deflected an attacking ball in the tournament Sunday afternoon.

515 to launch at 5:15 this Thursday by ERIN HOGAN News Editor tdnews@drake.edu

This Thursday, Drake journalism students will release 515 Magazine. The publication is the main project of the senior capstone class for magazine journalism majors. It is entirely written, edited and designed by Drake students. The lifestyle magazine’s audience is young professionals in the Des Moines area. “We’re excited to share our hard work with Des Moines,” said Max Plenke, 515 editor-inchief, in a Drake press release. The students produced additional content to place on the publication’s Web site, www.515magazine.com. “They come away with a whole new respect for Des Moines, as well as for the young leaders who are energizing the city,” Lori Blachford said in a press release. Blachford is the Fisher/Stelter chair of magazine journalism at Drake. At 5:15 on Thursday, there will be a launch party at Gateway Market, where the staff will distribute free copies of the magazine. After the launch party, copies will be available in the coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and other locations around campus. Gateway Market is located at 2002 Woodland Ave. in Des Moines. n

Iowa native will work for new agency and stay at Drake Law FROM RUSSELL, PAGE 1 Russell will continue working as the state food policy coordinator at Drake, where he has been for the past four years. Russell also holds positions on the board of the Iowa Network for Community Agriculture and the Marion County Development Commission.

What features can we expect in 515? • MODERN PROVOCATEURS

It’s about a local burlesque troupe that’s squashing stereotypes and embracing a new feminism.

• LOVE IS MONEY

It’s a report on the cash flowing into Iowa since the legalization of same-sex marriage.

• ROCK ‘N’ RIDE

It’s about the Punk Rock Cycling team, a group of women putting a fresh spin on Des Moines’ growing bike culture. – Information courtesy of a Drake University press release

Russell grew up on a farm in Iowa and has lived in the state for most of his life. He pursued his agricultural interests through academics, earning an M.S. in rural sociology from Iowa State University, with a concentration in community food systems. He also coordinates the Greater Des Moines “Buy Fresh Buy Local” campaign and co-owns and operates Coyote Run Farm in Lacona, Iowa, which markets produce, eggs and meat at farmers’ markets across the state. n

What is the FSA? The Iowa Farm Services Agency works to provide the most possible financial assistance to Iowa farms and lead initiatives to protect the Iowan economy.

photo by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo Editor

SPEAKER PATRICK McGARRITY hands out money to lucky audience members at “Mad Money,” an SAB event.

Speaker gives away cash, but instructs students in the ways of financial ‘cents’ FROM MONEY, PAGE 1 educational. “I learned some things about the proper way to manage credit cards,” she said. Ottenbacher was also one of three students who won a chance to stand in the “money machine” after the event to attempt to collect flying $1 bills. McGarrity counted down for each student as they stood in the clear box full of money. “It’s hard!” said Ottenbacher with a laugh, though she still ended up with $14. Besides a chance to collect some extra cash, Campus Impact Committee co-chair

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knowing the details. “It would be irresponsible to vote for this without knowing the amount and use of the money,” Lewandowski said. The treasurer proposed that Senate structure a resolution pledging that if the Board of Trustees voted in favor of a green fee, they felt it should be optional and they wanted to be a part of the conversations of the amount and how it would be used. When some senators proposed forgoing a resolution, Senator Tyler Boggess disagreed. “How does it look if we don’t support a motion and then we want to be a part of the discussions,” Boggess said. “If we don’t write a resolution, we will have no teeth in that conversation whatsoever.” Vice President of Student Activities Tisleen Singh said that she felt that Senate should not be totally in control of a green fee. “We’re not educated enough to determine what should get green fee money,” Singh said. “We know programming, and that’s why we control student activity fees.” Senator Urick said he thought Senate should use student experts to create a green fee allocation committee in conjunction with the Student Fees and Allocations Committee. Senator Samantha Haas said it was Senate’s job to interpret whether the university should have a fee or not, rather than how to use it. “I charge you to go out there and talk to

Natalie Spellman said she thought students could benefit from attending the event. “We were interested in bringing this event to Drake because it was a great way for students to get an understanding of financial situations while having a fun time,” she said. Spellman said audience members weren’t the only ones who picked up a few tips. “This presentation gave me a clear understanding of what to do with a credit card,” she said. “I’ve been nervous about applying for one, but now I understand the smart ways to use a credit card without getting into debt.” Cha-ching! n

students,” Haas said to her fellow senators. “That’s our job.” Olszewski said the issue could be discussed further at the Senate executive meeting on Monday. Senator Megan Hutcheson served a motion as previous notice that would remove one of the Organizational Council co-chair positions. “This is just step one of an overhaul of how the OC is run,” Hutcheson said. According to the motion, “five Organizational Council senators is redundant and not necessary to fulfill the duties and activities of the Organizational Council.” “There’s five of us and there doesn’t need to be,” said Brittney Miller, one of the organizational senators. This would require a change in the bylaws that only nine senators be elected at-large in the next election instead of 10. It would also remove the need to replace Senator Ben Whitmer, one of the Organizational Council cochairs, who announced his resignation at the last Senate meeting. Hutcheson said that not all 180 organizations utilize their organizational senator. “It’s too many people and not enough to do,” Hutcheson said. “Including our two interns, we have seven people for one of the lowest maintenance committees. It’s not worth the inefficiency.” The motion will be debated at next week’s senate meeting on Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. in the Drake Room. n

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OPINIONS & EDITORIALS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009

OPINIONS&EDITORIALS

BUZZ the BUZZ

THE TIMES-DELPHIC

CAFETERIA CONVERSATION

Is health that hard?

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The burnt underside of Sodexo food

urnt pizza, brown lettuce, bananas with black spots and overcooked crunchy noodles: This is the norm when it comes to eating at Hubbell. Coming from a house where everything all I ate was fat-free and fresh vegetables and fruits constantly filled my refrigerator, it came as a shock to me that I had to settle for fat-based meat and soggy vegetables. Often my friends joke around saying that there are three food groups at Drake: pizza, pasta and bread. There is no doubt about the low-grade, and sometimes inedible, food that is served from Sodexo makes it nearly inevitable to gain the freshman 15 that many of us wanted to avoid. After arriving home and eating the food that I am used to, I cannot help but think how hard it would be for Sodexo food to simply be healthier. After all, I am paying $38,000 a year to be at Drake, shouldn’t we at least be able to have some fresh vegetables, or fruit that is not apples, bananas and the occasional orange? Even when there is fruit salad its looks as if it has been sitting out for days? The onion rings are perfectly deep-fried, yet the broccoli is over-cooked and the corn was once frozen in bulk. Because of this, students often end up grabbing a less healthy alternative, simply because it tastes better. A couple weeks ago, I opted to go to Olmsted for lunch—I find that Olmsted has the best variety of food if students want to forgo the pizza and subs that are often eaten. On that particular day, I got the chicken curry, which is normally healthy when made with white meat chicken breast, but by the time I got to the table, the sauce had separated with the oil, and on my plate was a large pile of grease. My friend Sean and I, noticing this, threw the food away and found something else to eat. I couldn’t help but wonder why that dish needed to be completely drowned in oil, when my dad made the same dish with barely any fat. It is often incredibly frustrating to show up to Olmsted, Hubbell or even Spike’s and end up having almost no healthy options. Even if students think that they are eating healthy, fat is packed in all the food we eat more than most realize. All the mayo the workers pour on our sandwiches at Spike’s has 10 grams of fat per tablespoon, and even when students think that they are eating healthy by eating Caesar salad at Olmsted, the dressing has nearly 32 grams of fat per two tablespoons, and most students use more than that. With all the fat that is

self a salad with fat-free dressing. Instead of going to meals with friends to eat your entire day’s fat content in one meal, cook together. Bradfish is a first-year magazine and English major. She can be contacted at autumn. bradfish@drake.edu.

AUTUMN BRADFISH COLUMNIST packed into our meals, it is nearly impossible to stay within our daily fat content. For most of my life, I have been checking the fat and calorie content of what I eat, and recently have been paying attention to sugar and carbs. A couple weeks ago, I opted to start paying attention to the Sodexo food content as well, and the results that I found were shocking. After searching around for some time, I found a nutrition calculator for Sodexo food, to find that those beautifully deep-fried onion rings that are so delicious are roughly 36 grams of fat per serving. Most people are on a 2,000 calorie diet, which allotts 80 grams of fat a day. Onion rings contain nearly half of someone’s fat content just with one meal side. And while most people think that soup is not necessarily and unhealthy choice, think again. The creambased soups can have between 20-30 grams of fat in that little bowl. It cannot be too shocking to find students gaining weight and becoming unhealthy due to their diets. While I myself have gained weight, I have started to find alternatives, and ways to avoid drowning in fat. I walk to Hy-Vee with friends, which is not only exercise, but when I am there I can buy strawberries, oranges and other fresh produce that I can grab for a quick snack. I also buy oatmeal for breakfast—a great healthy alternative because it keeps me full, and only costs about three dollars for a box of 10 packets. This is much healthier than the sugary cereal or pancakes that we often opt for breakfast, or the pancakes and eggs. As a first-year student, and having limited access to a kitchen, I utilize the kitchen when I can, and cook myself dinner of wheat pasta and a lower-fat sauce, or make my-

Going out tonight? Retire the skirt and put some winter-appropriate clothes on.

STAFF EDITORIAL

Our Two Cents What’s the TD staff complaining about this week?

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ere are the opinions that are floating around our newsroom: • The birds of Drake University: Like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” birds have taken over this campus, defecating on everything they see fit—the sidewalks, our cars and even some unlucky students. We work late hours here at the TD, so when we’re walking home at 2 a.m., it gets a little spooky walking under trees housing thousands of birds—staring, squawking and waiting for you to pass, your fate in their talons. Thousands of damned souls sitting in the trees, doom awaits those who doubt their power. Suddenly, they swoop from above, your heart racing. “My God! Why do they terrorize me?” You run, but they are faster. You scream, but they are louder. Run, run, find your home, your shelter, your livelihood. Life is so delicate. It can be taken so easily. The birds of old Drake University lost this time, but there will be another moment when you slip and make a mistake, and they will get you. Birds, birds, birds—the birds of Drake University. • We just find it sad and pathetic that the “Drake University Squirrels” Facebook fan page has 30 more fans than The TD’s Facebook site: 724! We know how unique and orange our little fat, furry friends are, but really? Stay informed with what’s happening on campus, or stay in touch with a squirrel community. Come on! We’re just jealous.

YOUR MONEY

Leveraging your college debt Loans, scholarships worth the price

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think a college experience is a sound investment in everyone’s self and future. However, according to the Drake Web site, our average graduation rate is 71 percent, so let me narrow my scope to say that earning a college degree is a sound investment in yourself and your future. I say investment because we expect a return from this piece of paper and could think of putting that diploma in the same box as our stock and bond certificates. We hope that a college degree will grant us opportunities that we could not have achieved without it. We hope for better jobs, better working conditions, a greater standard of living and to movement the socio-economic ladder. The returns that await us look mighty fine. However, we cannot forget about the risks and the cost of this investment. Judging by the current economy, the risks are immense. Will my Drake degree and experience set me apart from all other college graduates? Will I be able to find that job I planned for? Will I be able to live where I want? Will a change in the industry make my education useless? The list goes on.

Every investment has a of the loans you have, but cost, and the Drake experiwould have rather had Mom ence does not come cheap. and Dad just be able to foot This year’s tuition alone was the bill. Recently, I heard an over $25,000. How can anyopinion that made me reone possibly afford this? It think this wish. Maybe it will comes down to using money hit home with you also. you’ve saved or that which During a presentation by PHIL KREZNOR your parents have provided a fellow who has worn many you with, work study, scholarhats, including recruiter, COLUMNIST ships and loans. This means manager and consultant, that college debt is not neceshis interviewing process was sarily a bad thing, if it means discussed. When hiring, this getting you a step closer to the rewards afore- gentleman did not focus on a candidate’s major mentioned. Now what I didn’t say was charge or the school attended by the candidate as much up your credit card partying or take that totally as he cared about how that education was atawesome spring break trip. The good debt that tained. As an interviewer, he would straight-up I’m talking about is the one advancing your edu- ask, “How much of this education did you pay cation and increasing your human capital. for?” If you had the exact same qualifications as College loans are some of the best out there. another candidate whose parents’ paid for his Compared to a credit card or auto loan they or her schooling, but you worked hard for scholare incredibly inexpensive. If you can land one arships and took out loans, then you had the that is subsidized by the federal government, job. When recruiting, this man would want to you can save yourself even more money. Now, see much more campus involvement and better if you’re like me, you’re probably appreciative grades from students who he deemed had more

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given to them. While I hadn’t heard of this idea outside of this one presentation, it is an interesting one. While there are stereotypes of the student with the bottomless bank account and, conversely, the student who is mired in debt and works three jobs, we can also see the exceptions. What I came away with was a reminder to not only be proud of the scholarships I have earned, but also of my own money that I am putting toward my college education along with the money I have borrowed. I don’t think I’m going to go as far as to put my savings plus scholarships plus loans to gifts ratio on my resume, but I have become more aware of my financial situation and am hopeful I can use these student loan liabilities as an asset to my character in an interview or other future event. Kreznor is a senior accounting and finance major and The Times-Delphic’s business manager and can be contacted at tdbusiness@drake.edu.

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Cowle’s Library has extended hours for all your studying needs. The library is open until 2 a.m. every night except for Friday and Saturday, when it’s open until midnight.

E D I U G L A V I V R U S S FINAL Your survival guide includes: • Solid study tips to make the grade • 5 great places to study on campus • How to check the schedule for finals online

by MATT NELSON

Features Editor matthew.nelson@drake.edu

All you need to know to make it through two weeks of hell HOW TO ACE ALL YOUR FINALS You’ve got several huge tests and papers due, and precious little time to nail all of them. Here are some tips for managing your finals chaos. Here’s how to prepare for a test on Monday, starting on THURSDAY.

THURSDAY GET ORGANIZED. You might feel as if you have to just jump into studying right now, but you’ll be saving a lot of time later if you organize your notes now. It’s also a good idea to keep your study tools, such as a calculator or lucky pen, in the same place in your backpack so you’re less likely to forget them on test day.

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great spots for studying

YOUR DORM ROOM Lock the door and turn your cell phone off. Tell irritating roommates you will be ignoring them for the next 72 hours or more because you’ve got to study. If you still can’t get peace and quiet but don’t want to leave your room, try building a study fort. If you have a lofted bed, hang a large blanket off your bed, weighing it down with heavy objects. The blanket will save you from visual distractions, and headphones will keep you focused. The downside: Facebook and Twitter can break your fort’s defenses.

2 UPPER AND LOWER OLMSTED

FRIDAY

Olmsted may be great for meetings, office hours and decorating signs, but for the studier who needs peace and quiet, the ground floor might be too busy. Escape the hubbub by traveling downstairs to Terrace Court level. Food is close at hand, but so are hordes of starving college students, and the chairs are so comfortable you might never leave them. Upper Olmsted might be a better choice. The mezzanine has outlets and bathrooms nearby. The wide window also makes it easy to creep if you’re looking for a quick study break.

STUDY OLD MATERIAL FIRST. You aren’t going to learn that complicated math concept unless you understand the earlier-learned ideas that went into it. Also, the material recently learned in class is more likely to be fresher in your mind when you take the test, as opposed to what your professor talked about in September.

SATURDAY TAKE BREAKS. You aren’t going to be productive if you have your nose to the grindstone all the time. Make your breaks longer than 15 minutes—treat yourself to a movie, ice cream or anything where you don’t have to use much mental capability. Your body needing rest after physical activity is similar to your brain after studying

SUNDAY SLEEP AND SET AN ALARM. Staying up all night before a big test will leave you tired and unable to focus on tomorrow’s task. When studying, make sure to only study topics that still confuse you. At this point, you should have a firm grasp of older material so you can focus on the newest and hardest concepts.

MONDAY GET UP AN HOUR BEFORE THE TEST. Set multiple alarm clocks to ensure you wake up on time. Stretch out your muscles to get blood flowing. Make sure to read something—you don’t want the test to be the first thing you see in the morning. Dress in layers, you can always take off clothes as the test progresses. Good luck!

Some people need quiet and some people need loud and obnoxious music to study well. Here are five of the best places on campus to finish your homework, complete projects and get an amazing final grade that saves your GPA.

3 MEDBURY HALL

For those on the east side of campus, Medbury Hall might be a more accessible studying location. The building has several study-friendly locations which have multiple tables that make it easy to spread out your piles of homework for easy organization. The Honors Lounge has many windows, providing natural light that won’t strain your eyes. Medbury Hall’s convenient location just down the sidewalk from Spike’s makes a food break easy, and the nearby chapel provides a place for last-minute prayer.

4 HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER

The sprawling Harmon Fine Arts Center is perfect for study sessions, no matter the subject. Tables on the second floor are set near vending machines, bathrooms and outlets, essential landmarks for a great study spot. The tables are located at the end of a red-carpeted hall of practice rooms, so you can listen to the melodies of young musicians preparing for their jury performances. The setting is quiet and out of the way, but relatively small, so large group study sessions would probably not be best for this environment.

5 ST. KATE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic or not, St. Kate’s, short for St. Catherine’s, is a perfect space for studying when the library closes. The church hosts study hours for all religions in the evenings that go all night long. Wide round tables and chairs offer plenty of space, and a nearby kitchen offers water and a fridge to store your study snacks. Bathrooms are located close by, so you don’t have to ditch your stuff and hope it doesn’t get stolen. Stay as late as you want to squeeze in that extra cramming for your test.

Want to check the finals schedule online? Schedules for all classes are available at: www.drake.edu/studentrecords/examschedules.php


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ARTS. LIVING. TV. MUSIC. WEEKEND.

REVIEW | THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

‘Vampire Diaries’ has stellar storyline Show deals with complex issues, culminating in a rich and broad story by ERIKA SEVIGNY

Staff Writer erika.sevigny@drake.edu

IF YOU’RE WATCHING:

There’s something remarkably sexy about super human strength, glowing white skin, rocksolid muscles and overly pointy eye teeth. Oh, and that whole, “He might just suck my blood” adrenaline rush adds to the package. The concept is currently making teenage girls, and grown adults alike, swoon over any movie or TV show featuring drool-worthy vampires. That’s the case for the CW’s new show, “The Vampire Diaries,” which airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. The characters in the show struggle with drug addiction, grief over the loss of parents, jealousy and high school drama in the quaint city of Mystic Falls. A vampire mystery begins to unfold as dead bodies accumulate in the woods. Enter the greatness that is Stefan Salvitore (Paul Wesley), the “good” vampire of the series. Stefan sustains himself by drinking animal blood and living his life in denial for the good of surrounding society. He returns to Mystic Falls nearly 150 years after his family helped to found the small Virginian town. Still wounded from the betrayal of his first true love, Katherine, he has returned to Mystic Falls to pursue a relationship with the town’s golden girl, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). Just as Elena and her brother Justin are just beginning to recover from the loss of their parents in a tragic car accident, their world gets turned upside down. Stefan’s evil brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), also returns to Mystic Falls. He’s set on keeping his brother from finding happiness, and in the process, drains the blood from countless bodies.

WHEN: “The Vampire Diaries” airs at 7 p.m. on Thursdays on the CW Channel.

Although the basic idea of these vampires is the same—gorgeous bod, dark brooding personality, ridiculous capacity to fall madly in love and super-human strength—this series, which is based off the eight-part book series by L. J. Smith, originated before Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight series captured worldwide success. The vampires in this series can burn in the sun (they have a trusty ring to keep that from happening), have a sort of kryptonite that paralyzes them (an herb called Urbane) and have a mind-manipulating ability for covering their tracks. Besides being another vampire series, this has hit the mark on vampire pop culture. For someone looking for a weekly hit to fuel their obsession with handsome, heartbreaker vampires, this may be it. “The Vampire Diaries” shows that the dirtier aspects of life—drugs, drinking, sex, jealousy and lies—all have a place in this take on the supernatural. Just remember that vampires really don’t exist in real life—they’re just here for entertainment—and real boys aren’t Stefans or Edwards. Though I’m sure many girls would love for them to try. n

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“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” ON THE CW takes viewers to the darkside of Mystic Falls, where the “good” Stephan and his evil brother fight and form relationships with the girl, Elena. “The Vampire Diaries” is known for it’s graphic depiction of a complex and strange world of humans and vampires.

Vampire stories that don’t

SUCK

You’ve fallen dangerously in love with Edward and can’t peel your eyes off Stephan. If you need more to fuel your vampire addiction, try out some of these blood-chilling tales. “ARGENEAU VAMPIRES” LYNSAY SANDS This extensive series begins with beautiful vampire Lissiana Argeneau’s search for Mr. Right while she grapples with her thirst for blood.

“VAMPIRE SERIES” JEMIAH JEFFERSON This four-volume series begins with Ariane Dempsey’s obsession about the supernatural vampire Orfeo Ricari, who wants nothing more than eternal rest.

>>What’s going on?

campus calendar TODAY RA MEETING

Informational meeting Residence-Hall Assistant applications for 2010-2011 WHERE Jewett Hall Living Room WHEN 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“CIRQUE DU FREAK” DARREN SHAN The first novel, part of the “Vampire Blood Trilogy” in Shan’s 12book saga, tells the story of a boy forced to strike a deal with the mysterious Mr. Crepsley by becoming half-vampire and serving as his assistant in the dark production, Cirque du Freak. The film is based on the popular book series of the same name. The tale came to the silver screen in October with the “The Vampire’s Assistant.”

TUESDAY CONCERT

WEDNESDAY CONCERT

Drake Jazz Ensemble performs for the Drake community.

Drake Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert.

WHERE Performing Arts Hall FAC

WHERE Sheslow Auditorium

WHEN 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

SAB CONCERT Cover-Up show, featuring student bands, free food and scarves

Candlelight Yoga Class– if you like the first session, sign up for a monthly pass

YOGA

Jolly Holiday Lights. Drive through the park, sip hot coco and visit Santa’s Wish Shop

HOLIDAY

WHERE Olmsted - Pomerantz Stage WHEN 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE The Family Tree 3817 Ingersoll Ave. WHEN 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE Water Works Park 2201 George Flagg Parkway WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“TRUE BLOOD” HBO The award-winning series, now in its second season, follows the coexistence of vampires and humans in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The show, based off a series of novels by author Charlaine Harris, centers on bar waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Check local HBO listings at www.hbo. com.


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STELLAR STATS Number of pro teams former Drake kicker Billy Cundiff has been on in his eight year career.

ATHLETE PROFILE

Placekicker credits Bulldogs for successful preparation for the pros Former Bulldog Billy Cundiff signs with Baltimore by PETER ZEMANSKY

Staff Writer peter.zemansky@drake.edu

Iowa football fans are familiar with the story of former University of Northern Iowa quarterback Kurt Warner—was passed over by all 32 National Football League teams before seizing a second chance and becoming a two-time league MVP and Super Bowl Champion. Drake University has its own improbable success story in the NFL in placekicker Billy Cundiff, who translated a successful Drake career into a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. “When I was at Drake, I just got better each and every year,” Cundiff said. “I finally put it together my third year and was a 1-AA All-American. I had some impressive – BILLY CUNDIFF, games and caught the eyes of some scouts, so placekicker I put together a highlight tape and sent it to all 32 teams, and I went to Dallas and happened to make the most of my opportunity there.” It was in Dallas that Cundiff credited a coach’s faith in his leg for boosting his eight-year career in the NFL. “The assistant special teams coach in Dallas at the time, Steve Hoffman, helped make me into what I am today,” Cundiff said. “He took time to teach me what it takes to play profes-

sional football and he really believed in me.” Cundiff ’s career has not been without its difficulties, however, as he has found that his position is one of the most unstable in football. “I found out it is tough coming in as a rookie, but it’s also tough as a veteran,” Cundiff said. “There are 32 teams and only 32 jobs because most teams only carry one kicker. I was blessed to find a job with Dallas right out of college.” Cundiff ’s experiences in the NFL exemplify the unpredictable nature of kickers in the league. In his professional career, Cundiff has been a member of as many teams as children of military parents have lived in houses. “Persistance has been the biggest factor in my career,” Cundiff said. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I’ve been doing this for eight years and been with nine teams. My will has been tested. My ability to stay with it has been the biggest challenge that I’ve had making it to today.” This season hasn’t been any different for Cundiff. He was signed on Sept. 26 by the Cleveland Browns after the team’s placekicker, Phil Dawson, suffered an injury. After hitting a game-winning field goal in week five, Cundiff was waived by the Browns on Nov. 3. Just two weeks later, on Nov. 18, Cunformer Drake diff was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. It didn’t take long for Cundiff, who was recently signed by the Baltimore Ravens, to make an impact on his new squad. In his first week playing for Baltimore, Cundiff converted five field goals, tying the franchise record for field goals in a game. Just a week later, Cundiff hit a game-winning field goal to secure a 20-17 win for the Ravens. “It’s neat to see a Drake grad hit a gamewinning field goal like that on national TV,”

When I was at Drake, I just got better and better every year.

ATHLETE PROFILES

AP photo

RAVENS PLACEKICKER BILLY CUNDIFF celebrates with a Cleveland Browns teammate before being traded to the Ravens this fall. sophomore Shawn Blakeman said. “I watch football on Sundays anyways, and it’s really cool to think that one of the players I’m watching went to Drake.” Though Cundiff graduated from Drake in 2002, he still maintains his relationship with the university and comes back to campus every year. “I come back every summer for a kicking camp and a charity event in the spring,” Cundiff said. “My wife and I came back for Relays last year, which was the first time I’d been back for Relays since my junior year of college. I also stay in touch with professor Esposito, one of my favorite professors, as well as a few teachers who have retired.” As for the rest of the season, Cundiff and the Ravens are challenging for a spot in the playoffs and Cundiff is expected to be an important fac-

tor in the team’s run. “This year, I hope I can contribute and help the team make the playoffs,” Cundiff said. “We’re trying to win out and I want to be a part of that.” Beyond the playoffs, Cundiff said he can not guess what his career will hold for him. “Once you’re in, all you think about is the next game, you can’t look ahead to next year,” Cundiff said. “I’ve learned that the patience of teams gets smaller and smaller, especially towards specialists like me.” n

UPCOMING RAVENS GAMES • Dec. 7 vs. Packers @ 8:30 p.m. • Dec. 13 vs. Lions @ 1 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Transfer player from DMACC adapts to Drake style of play by TIM WEIDEMAN

Staff Writer tim.weideman@drake.edu

Ellie Ritscher is in her first year of playing for the Drake women’s basketball team, but unlike most first-year players, Ritscher is a junior. Ritscher, a 6-foot guard, spent her first two years playing for the Des Moines Area Community College Bears after graduating from Benton Community High School in 2007. In those two seasons, Ritscher was a National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 11 selection. Ritscher averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds as a sophomore, leading DMACC to a 24-6 record including a 13-5 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference mark. Ritscher’s success attracted the attention of the Drake Bulldogs’ coaching staff. It is rare for Drake to recruit a junior college player. Amy Stephens, women’s basketball head coach said Drake has only recruited three players from junior colleges in her seven years at Drake. Stephens said the Bulldogs recruited Ritscher to bring maturity and experience to an otherwise young recruiting class. “We did not want to bring in five freshmen,” Stephens said. “That’s too much immaturity on one team, at least in our eyes.” Stephens also said Drake wanted to balance out the incoming class’ skills. “We wanted to recruit a shooter,” Stephens said. “Ellie’s a great shooter.” Ritscher said she knew she would continue her basketball career at Drake after attending a Bulldogs basketball game with her parents last December. “I remember coming to a game and when I left, I told my parents this is where I wanted to come,” Ritscher said. Ritscher said she attributes the game’s atmosphere and the positive relationships coaches have with the athletes as her reasons for coming to Drake. Despite her junior college experience, Ritscher had to adjust to NCAA Division I basketball like a freshman out of high school. Ritscher said she had to learn a much different style of play and had to adapt a quicker pace.

“At times, it was hard for me to remember I wasn’t a freshman,” Ritscher said. Stephens said it can sometimes be hard for junior college transfers to adjust to the next level. “They have to learn at a faster pace than a four-year player because they only have two years,” Stephens said. Ritscher also said playing for the Bulldogs was a “bigger jump” from what she was used to when she played ball for DMACC. She said she could imagine that it must be an even bigger jump from high school straight to Division I. “I had to take baby steps as far as the speed and physicality,” Ritscher said. “Everyone’s a lot stronger in D I than (junior college).” Though it has taken a lot of work, Stephens said Ritscher’s improve- ELLIE RITSCHER ment is showing. “Today, she’s settled in just fine,” Stephens said. “She’s better than she was five months ago.” Ritscher said her teammates are always willing to help her study plays and adjust to Drake. “We’re learning a lot,” Ritscher said. “Every game we learn more about each other, about the team.” Ritscher said there wasn’t a single point when everything clicked for her. She said it happened at different moments through practices and games. “I think you’re always learning,” Ritscher said. “I’m a lot more comfortable and I understand things.” Ritscher showcased her progress Nov. 28 in the Bulldogs’ contest against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, grabbing four rebounds and picking up four points. “I was brought here to shoot,” Ritscher said. “That’s what I’m doing.” Stephens said she is proud of the way Ritscher has performed thus far in the season’s early stages. “Ellie epitomizes a team player,” Stephens said. “I think her greatest assets are her positive attitude and the fact that she’s a great team player.” n

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SENIOR FORWARD MONIQUE’ JONES drives past a Chicago State defender. The Bulldogs won both their Friday and Saturday games Air Force Classic Tournmanet in Colorado.

Bulldog season takes off with victories at Air Force Classic by ANGELA BRADBURN

Staff Writer angela.bradburn@drake.edu

Drake traveled to Colorado this weekend to compete in the Air Force Classic Tournament, picking up a victory against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and an 85-67 win against the Air Force. The Bulldogs (4-2) defeated the Texas A&M Corpus Christie Islanders 56-46 on Friday night.

Drake’s defense hampered the Islanders and they went into halftime with a 10-point advantage. With five minutes left in the game, the Islanders cut this lead to three points, bringing the score to 45-42. The Bulldogs took control of their lead at this point and went on an 8-0 scoring run to send them to their fourth victory of the season. Sophomore forward Rachael Hackbarth and junior guard Kristin Turk led the team in scoring with 13 points apiece. n

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GLENN WILKES CLASSIC NOV. 20 NOV. 21 NOV. 22 NOV. 28 vs. GEORGIA STATE

W, 65-58

vs. AKRON

L, 59-63

vs. CENTRAL FLA.

L, 50-59

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HY-VEE CLASSIC DEC. 5 DEC. 4

at AUSTIN PEAY vs. SIU EDWARDSVILLE

W, 78-72

L, 58-60

W, 72-63

photo by EMILY TOZER | Staff Photographer

photo by EMILY TOZER | Staff Photographer

JUNIOR GUARD RYAN WEDEL dribbles toward SIU-Edwardsville defenders during Friday night’s game at the Knapp Center.

vs. NORTH DAKOTA

SENIOR GUARD JOSH YOUNG looks for options with pressure from North Dakota. Young led the team to a win Saturday and recorded a season high 17 points.

Drake splits two at Hy-Vee Classic Bulldogs close in on win against SIU, beat North Dakota by MATT MORAN

Staff Writer matthew.moran@drake.edu

Senior Craig Stanley missed a go-ahead layup with 10.5 seconds left in the game as Drake lost 60-58 to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at the Knapp Center Friday. It was the first win of the season for SIUE, and the Bulldogs record moved to 2-5. Stanley’s chance came after the Cougars’ Mark Yelovich knocked down a 3-point shot to take the final lead with 49 seconds left. Yelovich led scoring with 24 points. “We did not do what we needed to do to finish,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. “We had our chances on both ends of the court.”

Stanley and senior Bill Eaddy provided important minutes on the court for Drake—Stanley had eight points and Eaddy had five. Phelps said that was one of the bright spots for the Bulldogs in the game. “They are terrific seniors,” Phelps said. “We definitely deferred to our older guys tonight.” Stanley and Eaddy played early and often, as freshman center Seth VanDeest picked up his second foul with 16:55 left in the first half and quickly headed to the bench. VanDeest returned with a huge second half, and led Drake in scoring with 15 points. A VanDeest bucket gave the Bulldogs a 56-50 lead with 3:48 remaining. “Seth was a bright spot,” Phelps said. “He was able to score down low.” Senior Adam Templeton had eight points and matched a career-high with 10 rebounds. “Adam played really hard,” Phelps said. The sharpshooting Bulldogs were held in check, as freshman Ben Simons and junior Ryan Wedel were held to a combined 0-10 from beyond the arc. Simons did not score, and Wedel finished with 10 points.

Senior Josh Young had only six points, but recorded a team-high four assists. The defense, again, was a concern of Phelps after the game, as SIUE shot 50 percent from the field. “We weren’t able to keep them out of the paint,” he said. It was a different story for Drake Saturday, as the Bulldogs rode on the ball skills of freshman Aaron Hawley in the first half, en route to a 7263 victory over North Dakota. Hawley scored 13 of his 16 points in the first 20 minutes. “We had to bounce back today, and we did,” Hawley said. “It’s good for us as a team knowing we can bounce back from a bad loss.” Josh Young started the game on fire as well, scoring seven points in the opening five minutes. He finished with a total 17 points. “It was great to see our leader come out and set the tone,” Phelps said. Nearly half of both team’s field goal attempts were from beyond the arc. Phelps said that the zone defenses contributed to that, but still emphasized the importance of being aggressive.

“Despite the zone, we still wanted to get touches in the paint,” Phelps said. “We still shot too many threes.” Phelps also said that it was no coincidence that each of Hawley’s best games this season have resulted in Drake victories. Hawley also had 16 points in a win at Austin Peay on Nov. 27. “Hawley is getting better and better, and his basketball is ahead of him,” Phelps said. The Bulldogs began the second half on a 12-2 run and opened up a 20 point lead. North Dakota cut the lead to 10 points with nine minutes left, but Young and Wedel responded with back-to-back threes to make the score 57-41 at the 8:07 mark and force a Fighting Sioux timeout. Drake also shot accurately from the free throw line, making 19 of 35 for 82.9 percent. The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent against SIUE the night before. “We made our free throws and that was key,” Phelps said. n

CLUB PROFILE

Club basketball players hoop up during finals by DOMINIC JOHNSON

Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

Coach Phelps’ basketball team isn’t the only group of ball handlers lighting up the court in the Knapp Center this year. Starting just this year, a new club team for men’s basketball has started at Drake. Play started back during the second week of classes. The club team began practicing on Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Now that the semester is almost over and finals are approaching, the team hasn’t been holding regular practice. “A lot of us on the team are friends so we will get together and play pick up in the Bell Center on random nights,” junior team member David Johnson said. Earlier in the fall, the club team participated in the Aspen Athletic Club’s basketball league. The league featured Thursday night games at Aspen’s Gym in Des Moines. Since the club’s season ended about a month ago, many of the team’s players are keeping their skill sharp by playing co-ed intramurals or joining other leagues. “Some guys are also playing in the Urbandale Basketball League,” Johnson said, “but it is not a ‘club team’ just a mix of guys.” Any basketball player may show up and join the club team for no entry fee. Each player just has to chip in money to cover the league fee to

play at Aspen Athletic Club, and if the team continues to grow and joins more leagues the fees will most likely increase. Players looking to join the team can look forward to hooping it up with some of Drake’s most talented basketball players outside of the varsity squad. “A few played college level basketball before coming to Drake, mostly NAIA level,” Johnson said, “all of us played high school varsity basketball.” Interested students shouldn’t be intimidated by these high-level players. The team is constantly looking for new members so that the club can grow. As more players join, team captain Evan Weight and co-captain Nigel Buoga are looking to make the team more legitimate and organized in the coming seasons. All the members are taking strides to help the team become more structured as the year continues and the club matures. The team is looking to join more leagues this year, but they also hope to expand beyond nearby leagues in years to come. Currently, the team is working to get games set up against other nearby schools by next year. Players can contact team captains Weight or Buoga at their Drake e-mail accounts with any questions, comments or more information. Although no practices are scheduled before winter break, look for the team to get back on the court in January. n

photo by TIFFANY KRAUSE | Staff Photographer

FRESHMAN JERAMIE GRIFFIN shoots in a warm up session before playing a pick-up game with his club basketball teammates .


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photo by SARAH ANDREWS |Photo Editor

They put Drake soccer on the map—figu-

BUILDING A LEGACY Although Drake lost to North Carolina 1-2 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs said they are pleased with this season’s success by MARY BESS BOLLING

ratively. “It’s been a pretty magical year. We went out and showed people who we were and made our name known. Well, sort of—we’ve had a few people on this trip ask us where Drake was,” senior Kevin Shrout said. Though they may not have educated the nation about Drake, people now recognize the school’s name and associate it with a program that earned its first-ever NCAA wins this season, making it to the Elite Eight. The Bulldogs finished their season Friday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., with a 1-2 loss to No. 5 North Carolina. With only seconds left in the game, junior Kenan Malicevic scored his sixth goal of the season. But the lastminute effort wasn’t enough to surpass UNC’s scoring. “I think they were the better team,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “But, as is typical of our season, we didn’t quit at the end.” A pair of back-to-back goals in the 54th and 58th minutes put the Tar Heels up by 2 until Malicevic’s goal cut the deficit. “I told the guys after the game, ‘Don’t let disappointment of one game overshadow a successful 25-game season,’” Holmes said. Led by seven seniors, the Bulldogs finished their season with a record of 16-7-2, earning the most wins in the program’s history. But Drake faced a challenge going into the Elite Eight with the most losses out of all the teams. “We proved with six losses that we’re not entirely fallible,” Holmes said. “It’s the job of the coaches and players to correct those mistakes, and I think we accomplished that well.” The NCAA tournament also showed the depth of Drake’s soccer program. Junior backup goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec had six saves in the final game against UNC, including a key penalty-kick block in the first half. Kadlec replaced Drake’s starting keeper, senior Michael Drozd, in the quarterfinal game against Boston College. “Jordan did very well, and I think it speaks volumes of our program and the depth we have,” Holmes said. The program’s success off the field was recognized this season as well. Three players earned Co-SIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors. Senior Brian Wurst became the first player in program history to earn first team Academic All-American honors. Senior Calvin Clark and junior Matt Kuhn also received recognition. “Going to the Elite Eight, we were recognized as a great team, but the Academic All-Americans show that we do it the right way,” Wurst said. The senior leadership guided the team throughout the season, with multiple standout players. Senior Garrett Webb garnered the most individual national recognition with his team-high 13 goals for the season and a semi-finalist finish for the Hermann Trophy Award. “The younger guys have learned from us and know how it should be done,” Wurst said. “And they’ll carry on the legacy we’ve built.” The pressure is now on the underclassmen leaders to continue the winning tradition in the coming years. “Now the big challenge is to honor the legacy of the seniors by working as hard as they did,” Holmes said. “Next year’s group will match and may even best their efforts.” The national recognition this year’s team earned will result in higher expectations in years to come. Sophomore Thomas Ostrander said the pressure will pose challenges for next year’s squad. “I’m happy we made it this far, but it’s expected now so we won’t fly under the radar as much.” n

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Season

52 NUMBERS 2 by the

JUNE 8

AUG. 18

SEPT. 1

Bulldogs tabbed No. 21 in the College Soccer News Preseason Top30 Poll

Drake picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, behind Creighton

Season starts with a 2-0 win against DePaul, after an exhibition 2-1 win over No. 7 Indiana

goals scored this season by Drake. Senior Garrett Webb led the team in scoring with 13.

unranked teams in the Elite Eight. Drake and Maryland were among the nationally-ranked teams left in the NCAA Tournament.

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wins this season. The team also had six losses and two ties.

ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Oct. 13.

OCT. 14 NOV. 15 NOV. 22 NOV. 29 Drake beats Creighton 1-0 on the Bluejays turf for the first time in history

Bulldogs beat Evansville 2-1 to win their first-ever MVC Tournament title

Following a first-round victory over Western Illinois, Drake beats No. 13 Ohio State

Drake beats Boston College 6-4 in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament

DEC. 4 Drake’s season ends with 1-2 loss to North Carolina in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tourney

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