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The Drake women’s basketball team beat Southern Illinois 74-56 Saturday at the Hoops 4 Hope game. PAGE 7 SPORTS

This might be the springboard that will propel us forward and it will spread across the country.


Shintaku the A-Bomb survivor Atomic bomb witness speaks at Cowles Library exhibit by MATT NELSON

Staff Writer

“All of a sudden, there was a strong light and a roar. In that instant, everything around me turned pitch black, my eyes hurt, and I found it hard to breathe. I thought I had died. Recalling my mother, who had passed away one year before, I called out for her.” On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. On Feb. 9 Katsufumi Shintaku, a survivor of the event, told a portion of his story via a Web conference at Drake University. The event was part of the “Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Exhibit” being displayed at Cowles Library through March 31. The exhibit contains both real-life photographs and artist renditions of the aftermath of the explosions, which serve as illustrations for Shintaku’s wrenching tale. At the age of 19, Shintaku had just returned home from a midnight shift at work and was looking forward to a relaxing slumber. As he crawled into bed, he heard the light drone of planes in the distance. He fell asleep unconcerned; the planes had been circling for days with no consequences.

In Hiroshima, he lived less than a mile from the hypocenter of the bomb, the area directly beneath where the explosion took place. By chance he found himself relatively unharmed after the explosion and wandered a devastated landscape, spending hours providing comfort to the wounded. His experiences were so deeply moving that he never spoke of the event for more than 60 years. “I couldn’t bear to talk about it,” Shintaku said. “But the ‘hibakusha’ (atomic bomb survivors) are dying and soon they’ll all be gone. I’m one of the oldest ones remaining who can do it. I’ve got to step up to the plate and tell my story. It is painful for me to tell it.” Over the course of the twohour Web conference, Shintaku described in vivid detail his grueling ordeal to Drake and University of Iowa students. After the bombing, he evacuated along with other survivors to Hiroshima University. “There were many bomb victims who had taken refuge there and were waiting for aid,” Shintaku said. “They lay in a pitiful state on the ground, receiving no treatment, with the hot midsummer sun beating down. It was truly a living hell.” He estimated that more than 50 victims of the bomb died in his arms when he tried to carry them to safety. He finally collapsed from utter exhaustion. “Even though it was summer, sleeping on the ground was cold and when I opened my eyes I could see the area of the hypocenter still burning,” Shintaku said. “I could also see scores of blue lights; this was the phosphorous that was emit-


photos by SARAH ANDREWS | Photo/Design Editor

REP. LEONARD BOSWELL (D-IOWA) presented Drake with the federal grant toward its language program on Friday at a press conference where first-year writing major Mariah Marconi (below) also spoke.

Drake’s language learning program receives $1.58 million federal grant Rep. Leonard Boswell presented the grant with President Maxwell by TYLER O’NEIL

Relays Editor

Drake University’s language learning program has received $1.58 million in federal funds to help further develop the program’s virtual approach to language instruction. The funds come from an $800,000 appropriation signed into law in December 2009 and a $788,177 grant from the Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program. The money will be used to pay instructors, collect research and upgrade equipment, specifically for the students learning Chinese and Russian. Drake President David Maxwell said in a press conference Friday that the university language program addresses a serious problem for American businesses and national security agencies. “We are in a state of crisis,” Max-

well said. “The United States has significant needs for competence in languages other than English. We are not coming close to meeting those needs.” Maxwell said only 8.6 percent of undergraduate course enrollments in the fall of 2006 were in foreign languages. Of those, less than 30 percent were in “less-commonly-taught languages,” or those other than Spanish, German and French, and less than 2 percent were in Arabic or Russian. Ultimately, Maxwell said, “fewer than 1 percent of all undergraduates currently enrolled in higher education will ever reach a usable level of competence in a language critical to the national interest outside of Spanish.” Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) was instrumental in securing the federal funding for Drake’s program. He said he has been concerned about the state of language competency in the

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“HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI A-BOMB EXHIBIT” is currently in display in Cowles Library. To mark the opening of the exhibit, Hiroshima survivor Katsufumi Shintaku spoke on the horrific event.


Senate passes election reform bylaws by HOLLY WORTHY

Copy Editor

Student Senate passed the remaining bylaws proposed by the Election Commission Thursday night. The six original bylaws, which dealt with issues ranging from candidates posters, filing complaints against other candidates, social media usage and the grounds for write-in candidacy, were struck from the list

given to senators at the Feb. 4 meeting and revised by Election Commission Co-chairs Xian Zhang and Alex Bergman. The grounds for using Facebook and other social media, one of the most hotly contested points of the motion at last week’s meeting, were revised. Originally banning candidate’s use for a period around the election, the bylaw now aligns itself with the rest of election laws that those running for a position should

familiarize themselves with. “The definition of campaigning already includes electronic postings, so these fall under the jurisdiction of Election Commission,” Zhang said. The “suspension” versus “disqualification” clarifier was also removed from the election rules, another bylaw proposed last week. Although the cochairs’ idea of merely suspending a candidate for certain infractions did not pass, candidates have another protection against “inadvertent er-

ror.” The mandatory publicity meeting, for example, which is traditionally scheduled for early Monday morning, will likely be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. Failure to attend the publicity meeting, however, will continue to result in disqualification from the election. The bylaws passed unanimously and go into effect immediately. Starting Monday, students wishing to run for an executive office position—Stu-

dent Body President, Vice President of Student Life, Vice President of Student Activities—will be able to access a petition to run for office in the Student Life Center. “At 8 a.m. on Monday, anybody can access an election packet, which will include all of the certified election rules with all the changes passed (Thursday),” Zhang said.




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If we decide to fight it out with nuclear weapons available to everybody, we are very likely to make this planet unlivable. Those are the stakes of the game we are playing right now.


Program designed to meet the nation’s need for fluent foreign language speakers FROM BOSWELL, PAGE 1

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MARS CAFE hosted local band Van Stellenberg, which is made up of three Drake students. Mars is located on University Avenue.

Student band Van Stellenberg rocks Mars Cafe Local venue provides space for variety of musical tunes by REBECCA MATALONI

Staff Writer

Mars Cafe hosted a free concert for local band, Van Stellenberg, last Friday at 8 p.m. The band is composed of three Drake University students: juniors Stella Hart and Adam Gallenberg on vocals and guitar and freshman Devin van Holsteijn on keyboard and saxophone. Van Stellenberg originally started for a “Cover-Up Concert” that took place at Drake earlier this year. After the response from the crowd, they decided playing at a local venue should be the next step. “I was under the impression we were just going to jam and hang out, and then I find out from [Stella] we were going to play at a concert,” Gallenberg said, who has played guitar for seven years. The members began by covering charttopping artists such as Britney Spears, T.I. and Lady Gaga. For the concert, the set list featured those same artists’ hits plus Aerosmith, songs from Pocahontas, Pokémon and an original by Hart. “We like to give our audience a wide range of entertaining music,” Gallenberg said. The band started a group on Facebook and had at least 42 confirmed guests. The group was very excited to perform for their first time off campus and encourages students to come to future performances. “We had a nice turnout and our friends and fellow Drake students made it fun for us to play,” Gallenberg said. Hart says Van Stellenberg had a fun time and was grateful to play at Mars Cafe. She was proud of the band’s performance, especially their cover of ‘Promiscuous Girl’ by


Timbaland. “Of all the songs, I thought we got the best response from ‘Promiscuous Girl,’” Hart said. “It’s such a philosophical song, and it has a lot of hidden subtext. Our goal as musicians was to bring Timbaland’s artistry to the forefront of our medium, and, hopefully, we accomplished that.” Iowa State University freshman Stephanie Swenson attended the concert because she wanted to support a local band of students and was impressed with the show. “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the gold turtlenecks, but the show turned out to be really funny,” Swenson said. “The musicians were really talented, yet entertaining at the same time.” The show had a large turnout of students, local community members and also a few professors, says freshman public relations major Bryn Goldberg. “I thought the show had a great and entertaining mix of music and people,” Goldberg said. “A variety of music made it enjoyable for anyone.” n

U.S. for some time, so he was excited to help Drake’s efforts. “We all know the need is there,” Boswell said after Friday’s press conference. “This might be the springboard that will propel us forward and it will spread across the country.” Drake’s language program uses a virtual classroom (complete with a “whiteboard” and slideshow capability) where students from Drake and four other universities are connected via Web cam with professors and native speakers of their target language. Program director Jan Marston said the setup lends itself well to language learning. “It’s exciting to see how different it is to teach in this way,” Marston said. “I thought it would be cold and it’s hard to get used to at first, but when you can see each other on the screen the distance vanishes.” Three Drake language students also gave their thoughts on the program and shared some class projects during the press conference. All agreed that the program is unique and will help them in their future careers. “(I) have come to the conclusion that the triweekly native speaker session, coupled with the

professor meetings, creates the best environment for learning to speak a foreign language—second only to immersion,” freshman writing major Mariah Marconi said. n

Drake is collaborating on the project with students and faculty from four other colleges and universities: • Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas • Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia • Russell Sage College in Troy, New York • Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont

Cowles to host atomic bomb exhibit through March FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 Students running in the general elections will be able to access their petitions on March 22. Zhang says all students should be able to view the rules, however, on the Student Life Center section of Drake’s Web site under “Resources & Forms.” Senate also approved a motion to grant funds for Drake Live Drive, a three-week drive started by first-year seminars to secure donations

of goods for homeless shelters throughout Des Moines. “We want to see if we can hit 5,000 items that benefit five shelters this year,” said sophomore Lanon Baccam. Last year, the Live Drive raised over 4,000 items that benefited three shelters. “We’re trying to get Live Drive to be a longstanding, momentous organization on campus and keep it going for years to come,” said sophomore guest speaker Lauren Bavitz. n

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FROM A–BOMB, PAGE 1 ted when human bodies were burned.” The next day, Shintaku traveled to the hypocenter to search for his second-eldest sister who had not returned. Many of the things he saw are illustrated in the drawings on display at Cowles Library. “There was a man holding onto the hand straps, dead and as black as coal in a street car, a man pulling a horse and cart who was dead and looked as if he had been snuggling up to the horse,” said Shintaku. “There were countless numbers of truly tragic corpses. I searched desperately for my sister, but could not find her anywhere. Even today, I still do not know what happened to her.” Despite the trauma he received, Shintaku said he doesn’t harbor resentment toward Americans. “I saw American troops in trucks, approaching children,” Shintaku said. “I thought, if they hit those children, I’ll (go after them). But

they stopped and gave them candy and chocolate. After that I realized everything I had been told about Americans was a lie.” Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, also spoke at the event about the nuclear climate. He specifically discussed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which is reviewed every five years and will again be reviewed in May. Leeper described the history of the treaty and said that until 2000, the U.S. was in favor of nuclear disarmament. Because of the Sept. 11 attacks, however, the country no longer seeks to give up nuclear weapons completely. Leeper felt that the 2005 review conference was a failure. “One of the main points we are trying to make through our exhibition and through survivor’s accounts is that if we decide to fight it out with nuclear weapons available to everybody, we are very likely to make this planet unlivable,” Leeper said. “Those are the stakes of the game we are playing right now.” n







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Little distractions go a long way—much too long of a way I think many of us could agree that Hold off for now and keep reading; one of the biggest distractions for a stuyou might be persuaded in the opposite dent is Facebook. It is the first thing we direction. When I told my friend Bryn go to when we wake up in the morning, Goldberg about it, she made fun of the first thing we check after (or during) me and did not understand how much class and the last thing we look at before enjoyment I got from the game. Later we go to sleep. that week, after I scored a personal It’s not just our friends’ pictures and best, I noticed a new face on the leader REBECCA MATALONI profiles that we like looking at, or talkboard: Bryn Goldberg. ing with our friends on chat, but also the I didn’t know if I should be upCOLUMNIST applications that are the most distractset because she was closing in on my ing. Farmville, Fishville, Mafia Wars numbers or happy that I converted yet and Bejeweled Blitz are some to name another one of my friends to this gloria few. Those may be addicting many students, but the one ous game. In the end, I decided I was thrilled to have an game that I cannot seem to get away from is Bubble Popp. additional opponent. She’s still getting accustomed to the I first found the game during finals week when it came game, though, so I don’t feel too threatened. up in an advertisement on the side. Bubble Popp has officially become part of my daily toI thought, “Hmm… this looks interesting. I think I’ll do list. It is a huge task that I love to cross off. I feel like try it out.” this game pulls me out of reality and helps me forget about Big mistake. From what I really should be that point on, I hardly doing. Bubble Popp has got any studying done become such a daily part because this game took of my life that it has reover my life. cently taken over my conWhen I first started versations with Bryn. playing the game, none Tonight she told me, of my other friends “I wasn’t even proud of played so it wasn’t very the fact that I accomchallenging because plished the homework I I was always in first put off all weekend, but place. But soon more the fact that I actually got and more people started good at this game.” playing and caught up So for those of you to me. I knew I could mathematicians: Bubble never stop. It is now an Popp > School. It’s a intense battle between proven fact. That is why my friends and me as we are constantly trying to outdo I send out this warning, not because I don’t want you to one another. forget about your homework, but because I don’t want to There is really nothing spectacular about this game at lose my top-three spot. all; it’s just the thrill of beating your friends that makes Bubble Popp can cause severe depression from failure it so enthralling. The aim of Bubble Popp is to clear the to win. It should not be played while in chat because it playing field of colored bubbles—red, green, blue, purple, can cause a delay in the game, therefore causing the player yellow—in as few shots as possible. In order to do this, you to lose time and points. It should be played with extreme must shoot the bubbles so that you form groups of three awareness or it will soon be the focus of your everyday life. or more like-colored bubbles. The game consists of three Play with caution and best of luck. rounds and then a bonus round where you shoot at objects worth $100-1000. I know you’re thinking, “Wow! This is such an awe- Mataloni is a sophomore news/internet and music major and can be some game! I’m going to go play right now!” contacted at

I feel like this game pulls me out of reality and helps me forget about what I really should be doing.

What’s the TD staff complaining about this week?


ere are the opinions that are floating around our newsroom:

• Oh, Canada, how we are totally digging you right now. From the NBC specials on America’s relationship with our friends from the north to the British Columbia commercials with Canadian stars Ryan Reynolds and Sarah McLachlan, Canada seems to be one amazing place to live. Yeah it’s cold, but jeez, could there be a more perfect place for the Winter Games—nice people, b-e-a-utiful scenery and damn sexy Mounties? Canada, you are more than just “America’s hat;” you are America’s brethren, eh?

• Hey, guess what? Spring break is less than four weeks away! ‘Nuff said.


Don’t replace friends A look at relationships from the outside in Some may think it’s hypocritical for a person to offer relationship advice. I call it insightful. Who better to offer guidance than someone who sees and hears all? I will admit I am not an objective observer. Most of my advice stems from my pet peeves and personal experiences. However, as a third party (and third wheel), I notice things that couples may overlook. Hopefully these three suggestions will help your relationship if Valentine’s Day wasn’t all you had hoped it would be. 1. Settle your arguments once and for all. I’ve come to realize that most couples repeat their arguments over and over, but never reach a solution. My best friend back home and her boyfriend always argue about where to eat. It goes something like this: “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t care. Where do you want to go?” “Well I don’t know. What are you hungry for?” “I don’t know. Just pick.” “I always pick. You pick.” And then they usually end up at

TIFFANY KRAUSE COLUMNIST McDonald’s. Yippee. Then there’s the argument between my roommate and her fiancé whenever they get ready to go somewhere. “Why aren’t you ready to go?” “I am ready. All I have to do is put my shoes on.”

Somehow or another they manage to make it out the door. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much since these fights are over little things. Other times, though, friends have come to me with big, important issues. It’s hard to watch a couple avoid a problem that could end their relationship if left unresolved. If there is an avoided issue in a relationship, couples should find a solution before it breaks them apart. 2. Don’t be a boring couple. Most of my friends are in their early 20s and their relationships are fairly new. I used to assume this was the time relationships were most fun, but I see some college couples that log more hours on the couch than my grandparents. It’s depressing seeing couples do the same thing— which is nothing— night after night. Yes, board games can be fun. But doesn’t Monopoly get old? And thanks to TiVo and the Internet, shows can be watched later. We’re still young! There’s no kids or jobs or mortgages to excuse couples from doing something fun. Now

It’s depressing seeing couples do the same thing—which is nothing—night after night. Yes, board games can be fun. But doesn’t Monopoly get old? “But that’s not ready. Why don’t you put your shoes on?” “Because you’re not ready yet!”


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Dub bus crashed. Real cool, Cool Bus.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR 94.1 The Dog is a top-40 college indie station that has always played rap and hip-hop. Young Legendz is not officially a campus organization; it has never completely submitted paperwork or been approved by the Student Life Committee. Young Legendz is not on air from 4-5 Wednesday through Saturday. 94.1 The Dog is an opportunity for students all over campus to get involved and program their own radio show. There are over 40 different jocks on air with different shows throughout each of the days of the week. Young Legendz is just one of those shows. Rob Johnson is not associated with 94.1 The Dog, nor a jock for a show. Stacy Issen is the time to be adventurous. Go exploring. Try sharing moments that do not involve a remote or a boardwalk (unless it’s a real one). 3. Stop neglecting your friends. He or she may be the love of your life. And no, I can’t give you sex. But I’d still like to think I have plenty to offer. Before Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now) came along, we used to have fun and hang out all the time. Don’t be so dependent on your significant other that you refuse to see old friends or meet new ones. If you’ve been spending all your time with your significant other, it wouldn’t kill you to hang out with your friends once in while. You might even remember how much you like their company and think, “Why don’t I do this more often?” Preferably meet with friends during good and bad times. It doesn’t count when you only seek out friends in your time of need, like after a fight, because the focus is still on your relationship.

And if a friend makes a visit specifically to see you, please send your significant other home. If not, this scenario usually involves a third wheel or an awkward double-date. It’s fun to meet the person you’re dating, but he or she is not the one I came to see. Set aside some time to see the friend you’ve abandoned. To sum it up, I’m happy for my friends’ relationships, but it’s hard not to be envious of your friend’s significant other when you’re replaced. I’d be lying if I said jealousy wasn’t a small motive behind this column. However, a bigger motive was the fact that I miss my friends. So go out and have fun with your girlfriend or boyfriend when you want. Just please don’t forget about the relationships with your friends.

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Are you ready to A “Raw” look at the wrestling world Divas by KATHY HUNT

Staff Writer

>>Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster The wrestlers and divas of the professional wrestling entertainment world are renowned for their rock hard bodies. How do they keep up the intense regiment of fitness? With healthy diets and rough workouts, you can find smackdown power. too. John Cena, WWE wrestler and body builder offers a guide to gaining a rocking body. He focuses on the arms and suggests mixing lifiting with cardio.

JOHN CENA’S STATS Age: 32 years old Height: 6 feet, 1 inch Weight: 240 lbs


Buff, brutal, aggressive men are usually among the first terms that come to mind when thinking about Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment. But what about the women—the girls who walk around and talk to the other wrestlers in the shortest and tightest clothing possible? There’s more to them than meets the eye. I had the opportunity to interview Eve Torres (for professional purposes she goes by her first name), one of the wrestling Divas of the WWE. Eve started with the WWE in 2007. She entered into the 2007 Diva Search not because it was instant fame, but because it was right up her alley with a life full of athletics, entertainment and gymnastics. It encompassed everything she is passionate about. Although there is no denying that all of the wrestling Divas are downright beautiful, most people fail to see beyond the tight shirts and miniskirts. “They’re not just eye candy,” Eve said. “These are strong, powerful women.” For example, Eve puts herself through rigorous workouts every single day, even when on vacation. Although Eve does not have a typical workout she still finds a way to exercise, like going to the gym or taking a dance class. Eve graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While her accomplishments are many, Eve says she is just like everyone else. Like typical college-age students, her biggest weakness is procrastination and her greatest strength is her will and determination to get things done. She also said that some of the things she learned in college really helped her out in making the shift from college to WWE. The all-nighters, dedication to classes and the mentality of grinding it out really eased the transition. I asked Eve what she couldn’t live without. After some thought, she answered her iPhone because it has all the necessary elements of her life in one device. I also asked Eve the age-old question about a genie

1. Seated one-arm dumbell and overhead extension Sit on a bench with dumbbells raised above the head, so that the upper arm is vertical and elbow is extended. To begin, lower the dumbbell as far is comfortable behind the head, which usually results in the weight touching the upper back. Pause to feel an intense stretch along the entire length of the triceps before raising the weight back to the starting position, making sure to keep the upper half (i.e. the biceps and triceps) of the working arm stationary. Do multiple reps and repeat on opposite side for balance and kinesthetic symmetry.


Just beginning? If you’re a beginner and find any of the exercises too difficult, try going through a shorter range of motion, and then gradually increasing the depth and weight. Also, there are useful machines that allow you to do the exercise with less than body weight.

granting her three wishes. First, Eve wants a shot at the Diva’s Championship. Second, Eve wants the ability to always make the right decision. Last, but not least, she wants enough support to take care of the disasters happening throughout the world, especially with the recent Haiti earthquake. Eve believes college students need to use their degree and pursue whatever it is they want to do for the rest of their life. Still, however, Eve stresses 20-somethings to still have fun. “When you graduate, you will still be very young,” she said. More than anything else, Eve told me to remind everyone that all of the WWE wrestling divas are very talented as well as beautiful and positive. A lot of hard work goes into the perfect bodies that grace the rings every Monday, Thursday and Friday nights for Raw, Smackdown and ECW. n


A. -Weakness—procrastination, learned in college -Strength—determination, drive, always get stuff done

Q. What is the top thing you can’t live without? A. I can’t live without iPhone—can’t go anywhere without music, communication and music.

Q. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be and why? A. 1. A shot at Diva’s cha mpionships 2. Ability to always make the right decision 3. Enough support (financial and everything), especially with disasters for everywhere—financial and support to third-world countries.

3. Parallel bar dip Selecting parallel dip bars that are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, lift the body up using a neutral grip (palms facing your body) until arms are fully extended and torso is nearly upright. (The closer your arms are to the sides of your body, the greater the triceps stimulation.) In this starting position, the knees are bent at 90 degrees and ankles are crossed. Without letting your elbows flare out, keep the body as straight as possible. Straighten the elbows to lift the body back up, until arms are fully extended.

What–WWE Monday Night RAW Where–Wells Fargo Center When–Feb. 15 @ 7:15 p.m. Price–$66, $46, $36, $26, $16

Q. What are your greatest weaknesses and strengths?

2. Close-grip chin Hang from an overhead bar using a narrow, underhand grip. Pulling, rather than jerking, lift the body till the chin approaches the bar. Lowering slowly, return to the starting position and repeat. (If you have trouble lifting your bodyweight, Cena recommends using an assisted version with a machine.)

>> Get your wrestling on

Q. What do you plan on doing after the WWE? A. One, fall back on my degree: business and engineering. Two, I’m not making definite plans—opportunities present themselves. I like to keep an open mind.

Q. What was the hardest thing about going from an academic college student to a nationally known wrestling diva? A. It really helped out, the mentality of grinding it out and pulling allnighters really helps with dedication. It’s not as gla morous as people think it is.

Q. What inspired you to try and win the 2007 Diva Search? A. It was an exciting job prospect and it encompasses everything I”m pas sionate about—entertainment, athletics and gymnastics,


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Drake Broadcasting System Shining a spotlight on the stars – 94.1 the Dog, DBS TV and Drake Relays by KRISTIN SMITH

Staff Writer

The Drake Relays are fast approaching and the Drake Broadcasting System will make sure students don’t miss any of the action. DBS broadcasts the Relays live on channel 16—the only organization to do so—and is completely student-run. It is the largest student-run broadcast system in the nation. Senior DBS President Mark Carlson is continually impressed with the DBS team. “They work hard and always do a good job, especially with the Relays,” Carlson said. “They create a very good product.” Relays are the biggest event of the year for DBS and all Drake students are encouraged to get involved. “It’s a great experience,” said junior Stacy Issen, Relays coordinating producer. “It’s really fun and you get to see a different side of the Relays.” Students that have only a small amount of camera experience will be trained and will get to work throughout the Relays. “We’re always looking for camera people,” Issen said. “You can work a two-hour shift or you can work all day if you want.” Carlson said one of the best ways students can kick off their broadcast experience is to volunteer during the Relays. “Come in and run a camera, move cables, go in the production truck and see what it’s all about,” he said. Students do not have to be journalism majors to participate in DBS. It is an opportunity open to the whole university.

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“It’s a lot of fun,” Carlson said. “And it’s an experience that’s very unique to Drake.” Besides the Relays, DBS runs other television broadcasts including “DrakeLINE,” a newscast which airs on Thursdays at 4, 5 and 6 p.m., and “D U Know?” which covers campus events and airs on Thursdays at 4:15, 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. “Anybody can propose a show and we can absolutely get them on the air,” Carlson said. “Starting your own show is a lot of work, but it’s one of the greatest opportunities we offer.” Show ideas have ranged from cooking to sports to sitcoms. Senior Executive Producer Joe Barlow, who ran “Words with Joe Barlow,” suggests joining the DBS team because it is valuable real-world experience. “In a lot of journalism jobs now, you have to know how to shoot, edit, write and report,” Barlow said. “And it’s good to do all of that by helping out with DBS shows.” Working on a show is exciting, but it takes a lot of help to make a wonderful product, he said. Usually the best time to start a show is at the beginning of the semester. Mid-semester opportunities include working as a cameraman and editing for shows. Handling in-studio cameras exposes students to broadcast technology and is one of the easiest things you can do, Barlow said. If students are not into the technicalities of broadcasting, they shouldn’t be discouraged. They can get involved by writing a script. “If you show us a script and we like it, we can try and get a crew and actors together for you,” Barlow said. Creating a show is an excellent way for students to get their name and work known around campus and in the public. Drake not only has its own television studio, but also broadcasts on a station that reaches viewers in Des Moines. “Anyone in Des Moines with cable can watch channel 16 and, in turn, can watch your show,” Barlow said. DBS also runs a radio station, 94.1 The Dog, which broadcasts 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday. The Dog plays top-40 hits and student disc jockeys perform live whenever possible. “It’s a learning process,” Carlson said. “It’s very hands-on.” There’s no limit to what type of radio show students can propose. “If you write a proposal for a hard rock show, we’ll give you an hour to do a hard rock show,” Carlson said. The Dog also broadcasts commentary on football, men and women’s basketball, and other important athletic events. “Another unique aspect of DBS is that first year students can sit courtside and call a Division I basketball game,” Carlson said. DBS gives students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in front of and behind the camera, and on the radio. “It’s easy to get involved with DBS,” Carlson said. “And of course, we have a lot of fun.” n


MOVIE: Valentine’s Day | VERDICT:

of romantic comedies

Star-studded “Valentine’s Day” breaks expectant hearts by MATTHEW H. SMITH

Staff Writer

It’s only one day a year, so you have to make it count. Flowers. Candy. Hysteria. Oh yeah—and love, too. That’s right. It’s Valentine’s Day again and that means the one month for romantic blockbusters. This year, audiences don’t have to look very far. You see, Hollywood had an idea to make a big-budget film with a huge cast that would profit off an already hopelessly commercialized holiday. And thus the movie “Valentine’s Day” was born. There’s no need to go into plot details. It’s all kind of jumbled together anyway. The gist goes a little something like this though: People fall in love, they fall out of love, they find new love. It’s the same old story. “Valentine’s Day” boasts one of the best casts ever assembled on the big screen. But the characters are so thin and one-dimensional that no one really gets a chance to do much of anything. Some actors, like the Academy Award-winning Kathy Bates, are only on the screen a matter of minutes. Whatever made all these actors flock to such fluff in the first place remains a mystery. Surely director Garry Marshall brainwashed them. After all, he is the director of the classic “Pretty Woman.” At this point in his career he can do anything he wants. There are some actors who shine brighter than others. Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner, who play best friends, are adorably charming together. Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts make an awkward airplane conversation seem like the most natural thing in the world. Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway are cute and clumsy as they try to start a relationship with one another two weeks after meeting. Yet as the film progresses, you feel like you’ve seen a lot of it in other movies. And you have. There’s nothing wholly original about “Valentine’s Day.” The characters are all pretty much the same. There’s a familiarity with each of them, like running into an old friend and saying, “Oh, hi, I remember you.” “Valentine’s Day” is supposed to be the pinnacle epic of romantic comedies. But it’s just not. While it offers some entertaining moments and a few good laughs, there’s something essential missing—a plot. While couples may rush to the theater now, “Valentine’s Day” will be nothing more than a dull prick from Cupid’s arrow by the time the weekend’s over. n

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ASHTON KUTCHER AND JENNIFER GARNER, best friends as he delivers a surprise boquet of flowers. Other celebrities that appear in the intertwining plot include Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Carter Jenkins, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Biel, Taylor Lautner, Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates and Taylor Swift.

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STELLAR STATS Drake’s record for career 3-point field goals, now held by senior guard Josh Young.


Bulldogs finish strong in lengthy Iowa State Open by JACK THUMSER

Staff Writer


THE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES traveled to Ames for the Iowa State Classic this weekend.

The Drake track and field teams had another productive weekend with a strong showing against tough competition—including schools such as Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa—at the Iowa State Classic in Ames. The meet, which started early Thursday and didn’t conclude until late Saturday evening, featured strong performances in long distance and field events. Head Coach Natasha Brown was impressed by the teams’ performances. “It’s the longest meet ever,” Brown said of the three-day event. “The meet went well and we once again had improvements.” On Friday, the Bulldogs had impressive performances on both the men’s and women’s teams. Sophomore Ben Jaskowiak led the men’s team with a 14th place finish in the unseeded 5,000-meter run. Junior Mike Bumgarner finished just after Jaskowiak with a time of 9:08.29, good enough for 21st. The women’s team was led by junior long jumper Ari Curtis, who finished 15th in

the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 10.75 inches. The Bulldogs also placed four runners in the top 60 in the unseeded 3,000-meter run, with junior Meredith Bell finishing in 34th in 10 minutes, 29:51 seconds. Also in the top 40 were senior Tara Scieszinski, freshman Elle Yesnes and freshman London James. The Bulldogs continued the success on Saturday with more positive results in both track and field events. Junior Tyse Samani led the women’s team with another impressive performance in the high jump. Samani finished tied for seventh place with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches. Last week Samani completed a jump of 5 feet, 7 inches, and Brown said she is excited about her consistency. “Tyse continues to be consistent at 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump, which means she has a bigger jump in her to come,” Brown said. The Bulldogs also had a lot of success in long distance, led by seniors Jeff Grassmeyer and Nicole Braunsdorf in the seeded 3,000-meter. Grassmeyer finished fifth with a time of 8 minutes, 18.28 seconds. Braunsdorf came in

13th with a time of 9:57.97 and junior Casey McDermott was close behind with a time of 10:01.85 and a 17th place finish. Senior Caitlin Able finished with a time of 58.16 seconds in the seeded 400-meter, good enough for 32nd place. Sophomore Kirsten Lake finished 22nd in the 800-meter with a time of 2 minutes, 17.10 seconds. The men also ran well in the 800, placing two runners in the top 31. Sophomore Charlie Lapham finished 20th with a time of 1:54.97 and senior Kevin Earl finished 31st with a time of 1:56.44. “Kirsten Lake dropped over a second from last week,” Brown said. “Earl and Lapham had good runs as well.” Another top finisher for the Bulldogs was Beth Hamling, who finished 10th in the unseeded 400-meter with a time of 57.73 seconds. Senior Courtney Heinz and junior Katie Coomer finished in the top 60 in the unseeded mile. The Bulldogs now have just one more warm-up event before the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships at the end of the month. Drake will be back in action this Friday in the UNI-Dome Open in Cedar Falls. n


Drake opens with Minn. tourney by DAVID JOHNSON

Staff Writer

The Drake softball team opened its 2010 season with a split on Friday in the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. The Bulldogs lost 5-2 in the season opener against Iowa State. They bounced back later in the afternoon with a 5-0 victory against tournament host Minnesota. Fielding woes and an untimely walk hurt the Bulldogs in the opener. The two infield errors, in combination with the walk, led to four Cyclone runs in the top of the third inning. Drake scored a run in the bottom of the third and another in the fifth. Iowa State added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to secure the win. “We didn’t pitch well, didn’t hit well, and didn’t play defense well,” said Head Coach Rich Calvert about the game against Iowa State. “But you will have those kinds of games during a 50 some game season.” Junior Jenna DeLong (0-1) pitched all seven innings giving up five runs on five hits. She finished the game with six strikeouts. Left fielder Kelsey Kahler led the Bulldogs offensively in game one. Kahler went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Kahler got the offense started with solo home run in the third inning and added a single in the fifth knocking in Carrie Hatfield. Hatfield had a triple and Erin Mollohan contributed a double. Torey Craddock and Delong both singled before being stranded on base. Drake missed out on a few scoring opportunities by leaving six runners on base throughout the game. The Bulldogs got their first victory of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Gophers. “We did everything well in game two,” said Calvert. “We did a nice job in all three departments.” Junior Brynne Dordel (1-0) threw a two-hit shutout in game two. Dordel allowed only four Minnesota base runners and avoided the Gopher bats with seven strikeouts.

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DRAKE SOFTBALL PLAYERS worked off the rust this weekend with their season-opener in Minneapolis, Minn. The team earned a 5-0 win over host school Minnesota after dropping the ball for a 5-2 in its first game against Iowa State. After missing out on scoring opportunities in the first, second, and fourth innings, the Bulldogs broke the tie with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Elena Leon led Drake with three hits, two RBIs and 2 runs scored. Leon tripled in the fifth allowing for Kahler to score from first base for the game’s first run. Bridget Shields followed up Leon’s triple with a double-scoring Leon. Shields went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Two runs is all the offensive support Dordel would have needed to secure the victory. Ho-

ever, the Bulldogs continued to reach base and cross home plate while adding three more runs in the sixth. Mandy Osborn got the inning started with a single to center field followed by a two-out single by Kahler. Leon then picked up her second RBI on a single scoring Jaimie Duffek, who had pinch run for Osborn. Shields then walked to load the bases for Erin Bly. Bly singled to right as both Kahler and Leon scored. Bly finished the game with two RBIs on two hits. Osborn went 2-2 with a walk, and Kahler added two runs on two hits.

The games took place in the Metrodome, home of both the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings, as snow was on the ground outside the dome. “It was nice inside,” said Calvert. “72 degrees and sunny.” The Bulldogs should see plenty of the actual sun when they travel to the Sleep Inn Classic in Denton, Texas, this coming weekend. They will play Buffalo, North Texas, Sam Houston State, Colorado State and Arkansas in the round-robin style tournament. Play begins against Buffalo with a 10 a.m. start on Feb. 19. n


Brigham Young drops Drake in Colo. by DOMINIC JOHNSON Staff Writer

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SOPHOMORE RYAN KING stays poised, preparing to swing through for a shot. The team recorded its first loss in Colorado this weekend.

The Drake men’s tennis team suffered their first loss of the season Saturday to No. 60 Brigham Young University by a score of 6-1. BYU came into the match riding a wave of momentum, having upset No. 53 University of Denver on Friday by a score of 4-3. BYU used the momentum to their advantage, starting off strong in doubles. The Bulldogs lost all three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0 at the start of singles play. All the Bulldogs’ singles losses came in straight sets, but freshman Jean Erasmus was able to confidently dispatch his opponent at the No. 5 slot by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Junior Mauricio Ballivian, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the week, lost his first match of the dual-match season. Firstyear James McKie, playing in the No. 2 slot, suffered his first loss since October 2009. Senior Gui Marsiglia, sophomore Jonathan Hadash and first-year Ryan Drake also lost their matches in straight sets. Undefeated Brigham Young proved to be the most difficult opponent the young Bulldog squad has faced yet. BYU is the first nation-


ally ranked opponent many of the freshman players have battled. “BYU came at us harder than Memphis did,” Erasmus said. “Their attacking game was much better.” Drake said that this first loss isn’t going to leave the players hanging their heads, though, and that they will use this match as a learning experience for playing the nation’s best teams. “We had opportunities in singles and doubles and we didn’t take them,” he said. “We recognize which points are the most crucial now and we will all step up and take them from now on.” The change in elevation from Iowa to Colorado was another opponent the Bulldogs had to face in the match Saturday. The thinner air at such high elevations causes the tennis ball to float in the air longer, giving the team more comfortable with the air a true home-court advantage. “I think we hadn’t totally adapted to the higher elevation here, but this is no excuse,” Erasmus said. “We are a solid team.” The Bulldogs are hoping to take advantage of the doubles matches the rest of the season to get an early boost against tough teams. “The doubles matches are what win tight matches,” Erasmus said. “We have been working hard on our volleys and serves, so a

doubles point will give us a little extra confidence that we can use in singles and it will really motivate us.” Erasmus believes the team will bounce back and compete with ranked teams due to the team’s extraordinary heart. Ballivian has been leading the team and is building his team’s confidence back up after Saturday’s match. “Mauricio (Ballivian) always motivates us,” he said. “He motivated us after the match even though he had a tough loss.” Erasmus also pointed out the fighting spirit of Drake, who had been battling sickness all last week. Despite the loss at the No. 6 singles slot, Drake never let up. “I was fighting like crazy today, coughing every point, but the guy was good,” Drake said. “He is battling hard,” Erasmus said of Drake. “Like he said, he can’t stop coughing, but he definitely won’t give up.” The Bulldogs look to have both Drake and sophomore Cesar Bracho back to full strength for the next away match against the University of Minnesota this Saturday. The Bulldogs are hoping to build up their resume before returning home Feb. 24 for a matchup against Big Ten rival Iowa. The match will be at 6 p.m. in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. n







Bulldogs back on track with wins

Turk lights up team, court with energy, assists against Evansville Thursday by TIM WEIDEMAN

Staff Writer

Drake junior Kristin Turk and sophomore Rachael Hackbarth were all smiles after the Bulldogs shook off their five-game losing streak against the Evansville Purple Aces, 6948, Thursday evening at the Knapp Center. After missing four games because of an ankle injury, Turk recorded a game-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs. “Kristin Turk brings so much energy and so much positive emotion and passion to playing the game,” Head Coach Amy Stephens said. Turk’s ankle was healed enough to have her spanning the court and making big plays. One of those plays included Turk sprinting after a wayward ball and making a blind, over-theshoulder pass to sophomore Alex Montgomery before the ball could escape out of bounds. “Her energy is unbelievable,” Hackbarth said. “She inspires me.” The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after seniors Monique’ Jones and Jordann Plummer sank consecutive shots to start the game. While Evansville’s Kaylan Martin hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 6-6 with 17:32 left in the first half, two free throws by Jones quickly gave the lead back to Drake. The Bulldogs would keep the lead for the remainder of the game. Drake went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half and outscored Evansville 19-8 in the final 9:31. Drake contributed 14 steals to Evansville’s 20 turnovers. The Bulldogs would translate those turnovers into 22 points. Hackbarth’s three steals tied Drake freshman Stephanie Running’s for a game-high. Hackbarth said the steals were a big part of getting the Bulldogs’ offense going. “It fueled us and got us going,” Hackbarth said. “We just kept fueling off of all the steals. Our defense is what got us going in the first half.” The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Purple Aces 45-32. The last time Drake topped its opponent in that category was against Evansville on Jan. 16. That was also the last game the Bulldogs won before losing five in a row. If high spirits and laughter from Turk and Hackbarth are any proof, it must feel great to be back on the winning side. Even during the losing skid, Turk said the team knew the win would come eventually and staying positive helped the team get it. “We really stayed positive throughout the whole thing,” Turk said. “It wasn’t that we weren’t competing, it wasn’t that we were down on ourselves, it wasn’t that we weren’t trying hard—we were. We just needed to sharpen up a few minor details.” The Bulldogs got help from all areas of the floor. Hackbarth nearly recorded a doubledouble with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Jones tallied 12 points. “I thought those two brought the energy that our team needed,” Stephens said. “We really had great balance tonight.” Sophomore Amber Wollschlager came off the bench to score 11 points and bring down

five rebounds. Stephens said the extra production was key for the Bulldogs. “We had four people in double-figures, which hasn’t happened in a long time,” Stephens said. Drake finished the night with 18 assists. Turk, Hackbarth and Plummer each had four to lead the team. Stephens said she was proud of how well the Bulldogs moved the ball. Stephens said that, despite the high-energy, big-numbers plays the team made, the one blemish in the final statistics sheet was Drake’s 20 turnovers. “We tried to make too many big plays,” Stephens said. “Again, we just need to keep it simple.” n

Drake dominates Southern Illinois while raising funds for Hoops 4 Hope by TIM WEIDEMAN

Staff Writer

Pink dominated the scene as the Drake Bulldogs recorded a 74-56 victory over the Southern Illinois Salukis while hosting the annual Hoops 4 Hope. 3,049 fans filled the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon to watch the Bulldogs and support the fight against cancer. The crowd was the third largest of the season for women’s basketball. Pink “True Blue” shirts were handed out as fans entered the doors and the players donned pink jerseys that were later auctioned off to

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SENIOR GUARD JORDANN PLUMMER puts up a shot during Thursday night’s game against Evansville. Plummer helped lead the Bulldogs to two wins this weekend, breaking the team’s five-game losing streak and will travel to face UNI Thursday night.

raise money for cancer research. Even the referees participated with pink whistles. Though the Bulldogs’ surroundings weren’t the typical blue and white, they still felt right at home winning their second-straight and improving to 13-10 overall and 6-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play. “I’m really proud of our players’ effort this weekend,” said Drake Head Coach Amy Stephens. Four Drake players scored in double-figures for the second straight game. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Rachael Hackbarth’s 18 points. Senior Monique’ Jones recorded her third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Junior Kristin Turk and senior Jordann Plummer accumulated 14 points for the Bulldogs. Plummer said the win helped the Bulldogs get back on their feet. “With any team, once you start getting hot, getting back-to-back wins, the confidence comes back,” Plummer said. “It’s a breath of fresh air.” Southern Illinois guard Christine Presswood drained a 3-pointer three seconds into the game before the Bulldogs could recover from the opening tip. Presswood finished the afternoon with a game-high 22 points and 5-for-8 from behind the arc. The Salukis (4-19, 3-10 MVC) controlled the tempo of the game for much of the first half. Their 58.8 percent shooting from the field and 60 percent 3-point shooting had the Bulldogs’ defense on its toes. A 3-point shot from Plummer would give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 3331, with 4:15 remaining before halftime. Drake would control the game from that point, ending the first half on top 37-33. Plummer said an “effective team defense” and “sticking to our scouting reports” helped the Bulldogs stifle the Salukis. Southern Illinois’ 22.2 percent shooting in the second half was a season low for a Drake opponent. Southern Illinois hung tight until two straight 3-pointers from Turk started a 15-4 run for the Bulldogs. The run gave Drake its largest lead of the night and helped put the game out of reach, 70-51, with 2:52 left to play. Stephens said the Bulldogs need to remain focused on “improving and building off a great home stand” as the regular season winds down. “We just have to continue to be more aggressive, be more consistent with our attempts at the free throw line and keep putting opponents on their heels,” Stephens said. “Defensively, we just have to make in-game adjustments consistently.” Stephens said she was pleased with how the Bulldogs faced adversity during the five-game losing stretch. “I felt like we got through the toughest stretch of our season with the two home losses and three road (losses),” Stephens said. “It doesn’t get any tougher than that, but we have to understand that we put ourselves there and that we can also take ourselves out of that situation.” Plummer said the team needs to focus on building on the recent victories. “It’s great that we won,” Plummer said. “Now we just need to continue to get hungry to win.” n


Drake drops two to UNI, Indiana State by MATT MORAN

Staff Writer

Drake had a chance to get back on the winning track on Saturday, but dropped a 76-66 road game to Indiana State. It was Drake’s second loss to the Sycamores this season. The Bulldogs made a season-high 15 3-point shots but still could not pull out the victory. Freshman Ben Simons ended his shooting slump by scoring 15 points on five for 10 3-point shooting. Simons had been shooting 21.7 percent from the arc over his last 16 games. Young led Drake with 21 points and six assists. Young shot eight out of ten from the field and scored all of his points in the second half. Young also passed Klayton Korver as the Drake all-time 3-point basket leader, with 243 treys. Korver had 241 from 2003-08. The Sycamores went on an 8-0 run to break a 49-49 tie en route to the 10-point win. Indiana State dished out 17 assists while committing only three turnovers. “Indiana State was terrific on offense,” Phelps said. “It’s tough to overcome those numbers on the road.” The Sycamores shot 16-for-18 from the free throw line while the Bulldogs only made five of seven. “It’s disappointing. We have to be better on defense,” Phelps said. “In order to make a comeback you have to make stops.” Drake jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with VanDeest scoring four in that stretch, but the Bulldogs were not able to hold on. Senior Adam Templeton had 12 points, on four 3-pointers, and added nine rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 39 percent from the floor. Drake battled the Missouri Valley’s best and led Northern Iowa 45-42 with 6:36 left on Wednesday. Then the Panthers went on a 15-0 run to claim the game and defeat Drake 57-48. Ali Farokhmanesh nailed two long, heartbreaking 3-point shots during that stretch to lead by eight and the Bulldogs never recovered. “Those were back breakers,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. “I’m proud of our guys to be able to play a very good

team to the 35-minute mark.” Both teams were on fire in the second half, dropping threes from all over the gym. Junior Ryan Wedel scored eight points in a span of three minutes before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Drake trailed 47-45 with 5:18 left at that point, and the game went downhill when he left. Wedel returned in the waning minutes, but it was too late. Wedel and senior Josh Young led the Bulldogs with 11 points each. Sophomore Frank Wiseler added nine. Adam Koch had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead Northern Iowa. Panthers’ center Jordan Eglseder, widely regarded as one of the best big men in the conference, was held to eight points and six rebounds. Freshman Seth VanDeest was the reason for Eglseder’s struggles. VanDeest’s presence was evident in the second half when he made a fantastic two-handed block on an Eglseder dunk attempt. On the next offensive possession he knocked down a fade-away jumper over Eglseder. “Seth is a great player and he will continue to be a good player,” Young said. “He is a savvy kid down low. We give him the ball and he makes great decisions.” Wiseler knocked down his first two 3-point attempts while Young made his first two shots as Drake jumped out to an early lead. Northern Iowa was ranked No. 19 in the country in the Associated Press poll last week. Phelps said he was happy with the effort against such a quality opponent. “They are at minimum an at-large (tournament) team,” he said. “They could cause a lot of damage in the tournament because they have good balance and play defense.” Northern Iowa outscored Drake 26-6 in the paint and 22-2 on second-chance points. Young said it’s important to build momentum heading into the conference tournament next month. “I don’t think in any way the team is discouraged. Obviously Northern Iowa is a good team,” Young said. “I think it’s really important (to build momentum). I think we have five games left here in the Valley and we’re going to try to get as many as those wins out of the way as we can.” Drake will return to the Knapp Center to face Southern Illinois on Tuesday. The Bulldogs earned a 70-65 victory over the Salukis on Jan. 9. n

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SENIOR GUARD JOSH YOUNG showscases his ball-handling, proving this weekend that he can not only score from inside the arc, but he can sink 3s. Young took the lead in Drake’s 3-point basket record during Saturday’s game against Indiana State.





VANCOUVER 2010 >>What you need to know.


EVENTS TO WATCH China’s Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo are expected to compete for the gold with Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. Two United States pairs are not expected to medal in the event, but could surprise.

Apolo Ohno

Figure Skating

Ice Hockey

Watch the best of the NHL as they compete for their respective countries. Canada is the favorite led by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby. Russia, led by Washington Capital and league MVP Alex Ovechkin, should also be competitive. The United States are led by Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane.

Bode Miller

The U.S. men’s bobsled team has captured one gold medal ever, back in 1948. The Canadian team has had a very disappointing history and will look to change their luck in their own backyard. The U.S. women’s team earned a silver medal in 2006 in Turin, Italy.


Shaun White


SHORT TRACK After winning the silver on Saturday night, this skater only needs one more medal to surpass Bonnie Blair as the most decorated American Winter Games athlete. Ohno took his success off the rink when he won Dancing with the Stars in 2007. ALPINE SKIING A mainstay on the World Cup circuit and an Olympic competitor since 1998, one of Miller’s most memorable performances includes losing a ski on the Stelvio downhill in Bormio in 2006 and skiing nearly the entire course on one leg. HALF PIPE Skate and snow’s favorite carrot top took the Torino games by storm when he won the gold medal for his performance on the half pipe. He’s the first athlete ever to win both Summer and Winter X Games titles.


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The biathlon in the winter Olympics consists of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Athletes ski around a cross-country track and the race is broken up by either two or four shooting rounds. Each round, the athlete must hit five targets. Each missed target results in a time penalty, and the shortest time wins. Curling is the combination of bowling and shuffleboard on ice. Each team consists of four players. Teams take turns sliding heavy granite stones across the ice toward a target. Two sweepers with brooms direct the path of the stone, and a final sweeper slows down the stone when it reaches the goal. Some refer to the sport as “chess on ice.” all photos courtesy of AP

Times-Delphic 02/15/2010  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, IA

Times-Delphic 02/15/2010  

Official Independent Student Newspaper of Drake University - Des Moines, IA