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The Global Exchange

A record number of international students now study at Drake, students study abroad by ERIN HOGAN

Staff Writer erin.hogan@drake.edu

“I’m definitely a mommy and daddy’s little girl,” said senior actuarial science major Krystle Anil. “I Skype with my parents every day.” Anil is an international transfer student, studying in the U.S. for two years to complete the degree she started at Taylor’s University College in Malaysia. She is one of 310 international students enrolled at Drake. There are an additional 55 students that are considered Drake international students but are here for a year of practical training rather than classes. This spring, the Drake international programs and services office set two records: most international students studying at Drake and most Drake students studying abroad. Director of International Programs and Services Gretchen Olson attributes the increase in Drake students abroad to the particularly large sophomore and junior classes. “Bigger classes mean there’s a higher demand,” Olson said. “And faculty and advisors are really encouraging students to take advantage of studying abroad, and students are following up on that.” While the economy may seem like an easy deterrent for students being able to travel outside the United States, Olson said many programs froze their prices to keep up enrollment as the economy took a downward turn. According to Olson, 85 Drake students of all ages are studying abroad this semester. Some of the hot-spot destinations for students include Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. The most difficult part of the application process, Olson said, is figuring out which courses to take and how to apply them to one’s degree. “Applying for a visa has become pretty complicated, too,” Olson adds.

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A look into the blogs some Drake students are keeping while abroad

RIANE MENARDI

VITALIY PEREKOV

JESS WAGNER

Junior magazines and news/Internet double-major, Hyderabad, India “India is built on tales of gods, goddesses, kings and queens, and the finest luxuries in the world. I’ve seen more marble than I knew existed and am entirely overwhelmed by the sheer size of every temple and mosque we’ve visited. But imagining how people used to live and seeing how people live now is almost heartbreaking. I’m just now starting to realize the disconnect.”

Junior politics and history doublemajor, London, England

Junior law, politics, and society major, Fès, Morocco

“Saturday we toured Liverpool by bus this time, as a tour guide told us about the childhood of the Beatles. We visited the schools and homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. They were not too extraordinary. It was sort of like the Mount Rushmore of the UK. Everyone should see it once, but maybe never come back out of their way to see it.”

“Next we had lunch with one of the host families in Rabat at their home. One thing I like about Rabat is the decrepit buildings. Many of these are homes from the middle ages, definitely showing the age on the outside. However, get past the unassuming walls and there are gems within. They aren’t built to impress people, showing off their fancy exterior. Instead, they are inviting places that are warm and open to visitors within.”

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Nearly 10 percent of firstyear students don’t return Former Drake students weigh in on why they transferred by MATT NELSON

Staff Writer matthew.nelson@drake.edu

More than 900 first-year students started their college experience at Drake University in the fall of 2008. In the fall of 2009, 95 didn’t come back. “I miss my friends terribly,” said Kendsie Hunter, now a junior at Michigan State University. “I can’t

wait to see all of them next time I visit Drake.” At Drake, students are close. They know each other’s habits, majors and schedules. The small campus size facilitates communication on numerous levels: One student’s roommate might be a friend’s coworker as well as the star of the basketball team. When someone transfers, the leaving hurts. But where do they go, and why? “The reasons (for transferring) are completely varied,” said Rachel Boon, director of institutional research and academic compliance. “(They range) from changing majors, to financial problems to the desire to be closer to family, friends or a significant other.” Around eight to 10 percent of Drake University’s undergraduate

class will not return from one year to the next, Boon said, which amounts to around 300 to 350 students. Some, such as Hunter, changed career options within their first two years. Hunter, originally a magazine journalism and international relations major, realized she needed a change after she studied sustainable development in Uganda. “Drake did not have a development program within their international relations department,” Hunter said. “I knew that in order to really gain expertise in development studies, I would have to transfer to a stronger program.” Chelsea Evers, a sophomore at Iowa State University, came to Drake for its magazine program and

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SECURITY REPORTS SHADY BUSINESS 4:42 a.m. Feb. 16 A security officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the alley behind the ROTC building at 1153 24th St. A male adult exited the vehicle and, when being questioned, reached for the security officer’s utility belt and coat. He then removed the mace from the belt and began to spray the officer. The officer gave chase and police were notified. The subject was found a short time later by police and security in the 1300 block of 22nd St. He was hiding in anther vehicle that he had broken 9:15 p.m. Feb. 9 Police and security responded to 29th and Clark based on report of four males vandalizing property. Gang-related graffiti was observed on three sides of

a Drake Real Estate property, but there were no suspects in the area. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 Security responded to the le-

into and refused to come out. He had to be removed forcefully when he resisted officers. He was charged with robbery, burglary and was advised on trespass as pertains to the Drake campus. The perpetrator stated to an officer that all he did was steal some speakers. At 8:12 a.m. on Feb. 16, a male who lives in the 1300 block of 21st St. reported his vehicle stolen, and it was the same vehicle driven by the perpetrator encountered by the security officer. gal clinic based on report of a dog on the loose that had been captured and had no owner. Security called animal control and they removed the animal from campus.

1:02 a.m. Feb. 11 Security responded to Jewett Residence Hall based on a female forcibly vomiting in a second floor restroom. Upon arrival, no one could be located.

It was later determined that a female student had gotten sick and was expelling contents of her stomach. She stated she thought she had food poisoning as two other people on her floor had it as well. 8:38 p.m. Feb. 12 A female student reported someone stole her cell phone from the laundry room in Crawford Residence Hall between 8:15 and 8:17 p.m. on Feb. 12. 1:55 a.m. Feb. 13 A female student reported she was arguing with a male in the 2500 block of University Ave. when she grabbed him by the arm and he then pushed her in the snow. The female stated she was OK and that the male told her he was not a Drake student. The female stated she encountered the subject outside a bar located in the 2300 block of University Ave. She

declined to file a police report. 11:15 p.m. Feb. 13 A security officer observed a vehicle run a stop light at 28th and University and run into a bus belonging to a bar in the 2300 block of University Ave. Everyone involved stated they were OK. Police were called and the occupants of the bus left before information could be gathered and were last seen walking east on University. 10:21 a.m. Feb. 15 A female student reported her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by a 93-year-old male at 32nd and Carpenter. There were no injuries. They exchanged information.

Transfer students find opportunities after leaving the university FROM TRANSFER, PAGE 1 and was eager to work for “Drake Magazine.” She loved working for the publication, but slowly realized that it wasn’t what she wanted to do. “While I liked writing, I couldn’t see myself spending four years writing papers and articles,” Evers said. “On the flip side, I was double majoring in graphic design. I absolutely loved my art classes. I had never been given that freedom before.” Evers quickly developed an affinity and passion for graphic design and discovered a renowned program at ISU. She made her decision. “The first semester at ISU was hard,” Evers said. “I was forced to take 19.5 credits to catch up with the other design core freshman, make a portfolio and apply to my graphic design program. I didn’t have any of my own friends.” Evers decided that if she didn’t make it into

the graphic design program, she would consider returning to Drake. “I really did miss it,” she said. “Alas, I made it in and the last year has been pretty awesome.” While Hunter and Evers like their new surroundings, they occasionally wonder about what could have been had they remained in Des Moines. “It would have been cool to work for ‘Drake Mag’ for another semester, take part in (Drake) Relays and street painting,” Evers said. “Yes, I’m glad I transferred, but there are things I miss. Small classes, a random roommate I just clicked with; but I had to do what was best for me. I know I made the right decision.” Hunter says she still keeps in touch with her friends. “One thing that I really miss about Drake is the close community,” she said. “Michigan State has over 46,000 undergraduate students, so I miss the small, discussion-based classes and getting to know my professors.” n

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ANDREW HALE talks to students about the importance of the U.S. hockey team victory over Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Residence Life hosts forum to discuss Olympic culture by ZACH POLKA

Staff Writer zachary.polka@drake.edu

“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” said famed broadcaster Al Michaels during the 1980 Winter Olympics. In the semifinals hockey game, the underdog United States beat the Soviet Union 4-3. Residence Life sponsored an open forum discussing “Miracle on Ice: the 1980 Winter Olympics” on Monday night at Pomerantz stage. The event was part of the Engaged Citizen Program. The forum involved questions discussing ways the game was symbolic of the relationship between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., the importance of the game during a time of conflict and if the Soviet Union’s loss was an indicator of their slowly crumbling regime. First-year pharmacy student Andrew Hale co-hosted the event and said the program was

to focus on the 1980 games and how the U.S. hockey win was a “metaphorical victory” of U.S. democracy over the U.S.S.R. “Russia has always been a contender of the U.S.,” Hale said. “And sporting events are bigger than just the sporting event themselves.” The 28 students who attended watched the Olympics and enjoyed free snacks provided. “I liked the informal way they went about it, and I think a lecture would have been too much,” said sophomore health sciences major Katelin Zaeske. Senior business major and resident assistant Steve French co-hosted the event with Hale and says the program ran smoothly. He credits the turnout number to the time of the event. “It’s hard to engage residences to attend these programs, especially from the 5–6 p.m. time period because many students are going to class and getting dinner,” French said. “It’s encouraging some stopped by and grabbed a snack before they went to their next stop.” n

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JESS WAGNER, second from left, is currently studying abroad in Morocco, traveling to various cities across the country.

Record number of students international, abroad FROM GLOBAL, PAGE 1 Students study through a variety of programs, but the American Institute for Foreign Studies is the most highly attended this semester, with 17 students involved with that institution. “I like seeing the variety in programs because it shows me that students are really choosing the programs that are right for them,” Olson said. As for the 310 international students enrolled at Drake, Olson accounts for Drake’s growing popularity through word-of-mouth reviews, available financial aid opportunities and the ease of transferring credits with many international institutions. Of the 365 international students, over onethird are from Malaysia. Anil is one of those 162 students. In addition to talking to her parents on Skype every day, Anil also participates in the Malaysian Student Association and the International Student Association.

ISA president Earl Lee said that all international students are automatically admitted to the organization when they arrive at Drake. Anil calls the organization a “home-base of people.” “There are lots of events so we can figure things out as a team,” Anil said. One of the biggest perks to MASA and ISA is the events that feature international foods. “We’re used to a very different diet where I’m from,” Anil said. “We have rice all of the time and we’re not used to all of the cheese that’s here. There’s so much cheese.” Anil said that the Asian cuisine station in Terrace Court Dining “isn’t bad.” “It’s the closest to what we’re used to,” she said. Anil will graduate in December. Like most seniors, she is concerned about finding a job. The only additional stressor is that she has to find a job within three months of graduation or her visa restrictions will require her to return to Malaysia. n

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MingleStick

MADNESS With new technology and social networking, what happened to good, old-fashioned RYAN PRICE COLUMNIST

This past weekend, about 10 of us from Drake attended a regional leadership conference in St. Louis, Mo. Before attending the conference, we registered online and received several confirmation e-mails. We could have joined the Facebook group, followed the event on Twitter or even gotten text message alerts on our cell phones. Before we left for the conference, we received numerous messages in our inboxes saying we had to register our “MingleSticks” for the conference. According to the e-mails: “The MingleStick is a one-click, keychainsized device providing a major digital upgrade to how networkers exchange contact information and connect on social media. The MingleStick enables all attendees to connect with a single click of a button! And the device is an excellent conversation starter and ice breaker.” We all breathed a sigh of relief. We were concerned at first that “MingleStick” was a colloquial reference to something else for which we didn’t care to register. Is that really what our generation has come to, though? Do we honestly “connect with a single click of a button?” And what if I want to become friends with the other attendees and not just mutual “networkers?” I remember a bonfire I had with some friends last summer. It was an awkward gathering of nine girls and guys who didn’t normally hang out. I counted throughout the night and I remember at one point eight people were texting or playing games on their phone. I had fun watching them. Our generation is often in one another’s presence, but are we really with each other? In Survey of Sociology with Linda Evans last

semester, our class had to read an essay by Stanley Eitzen entitled, “The Atrophy of Social Life.” In it, he wrote how more than 8 percent of our society is living alone than lived alone last century. He wrote about the careers we humans have replaced with jobs and the homes we have replaced with houses. I bet if he wrote the essay today he might mention how some friends have been replaced with Facebook friends; maybe some massages have been replaced with “pokes.” The last decade was nothing short of a revolution in social networking. Before 2000, you may have been jailed if you mentioned how you couldn’t wait to connect with others via your MingleStick. Your parents may have hid you from the neighbors if you began speaking of some fast 3G service that lets you stalk anyone, anywhere, anytime via a book of faces on something you call “iTouch.” I love new technology just as much as the next person and I love everything it simplifies. But there is one thing that is best left not simplified: relationships. Call me primal, but I like being able to see what someone looks like before they go through Photoshop. I might even like smelling their pheromones or actually poking someone to annoy them. I like connecting with others using my human brain and their human brain, instead of a “keychain-sized device.” I wish I didn’t have to start up conversations with strangers on the DART bus, but when I do I find I have more to learn from them than I do from my iPod headphones or even my “USA Today” app. Drake is here to prepare us for the real world, not the virtual one. So let’s take advantage of new technology when it benefits us, but let’s put it down once in a while and actually learn from each other. And sometime soon I’d be up for some good, old-fashioned mingling.

I love new technology just as much as the next person and I love everything it simplifies. But there is one thing that is best left not simplified: relationships.

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STORIES FROM THE DORM

With the first round of tests over, it’s time to switch which library you go to.

Where do you think … … is the best place to study abroad?

THOMAS BRADSHAW

First-Year I would probably go to Oxford in Britain, and I would study chemistry or biochemistry there because it would open up new opportunities and it would be a good experience with various cultures.

Junior

Senior

AMY WOODSIDE

I am in the pharmacy program so I couldn’t do it. I could have done it freshman or sophomore year, but it just didn’t work out.

BENJAMIN JULIAN

I went to China because it’s a nontraditional location. Europe’s great, but getting to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East—it’s an experience you’ll just never have again.

KATHERINE HUNT

First-Year I would go to Egypt because it’s pretty much where so much writing originated, and since I’m a writing major, it would be great to see the historical significance.

MICHAEL RIEBEL First-Year

I would go somwhere warm because I don’t like the cold.

Price is a first-year rhetoric and politics major and can be contacted at ryan.price@drake.edu.

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MOVIE: Shutter Island | Preview

Scorcese and DiCaprio pair up once again on the much-anticipated “Island” by MATT NELSON

Staff Writer matthew.nelson@drake.edu

“Shutter Island,” the long-awaited film collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, hits theaters tomorrow with a force equal to the Category 5 hurricane essential to its plotline. The mind-bending tale is adapted from a novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, an author used to seeing his work on the silver screen. His 2001 novel, “Mystic River,” was adapted into a feature film in 2003, snaring several Academy Awards. “Shutter Island,” set in a prison-like hospital for the mentally insane, differs considerably from Lehane’s earlier work in terms of content and tone. The story of both the novel and film revolve around the U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio), who travels to the Ashcliffe Hospital on Shutter Island to investigate the impossible disappearance of a murderess. The year is 1954, when tensions surrounding the Cold War are high and methods of psychiatric healing seem more like torture than treatment. A powerful hurricane traps Daniels on the island, which becomes increasingly menacing and treacherous as the film bears down. Scorsese became involved with the project after he was exposed to the script. “I didn’t know anything about the story,” Scorsese said in press notes provided to ‘The TimesDelphic.’ “I started reading it at about 10:30 at night and I needed to go to bed… I found I could not put the script down and was constantly surprised by the different levels of the story.” Scorsese said he was influenced by the classic film noir genre, specially movies such as Otto Preminger’s “Laura,” Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 “Out of the Past” and the WWII thriller “Crossfire.” “This is the type of picture I like to watch, the kind of story I like to read,” Scorsese said. “… What’s interesting to me is how the story keeps changing, and the reality of what’s happening keeps changing, and how up until the very final scene, it’s all about how the truth is perceived.” The cast and crew prepared for the movie partly by watching the documentary “Titicut Follies,” the at-one-time banned 1967 film which explored the treatment of patients at a hospital for the criminally insane. The film unflinchingly depicted inhumane discretions such as patients stripped naked and chained to cell walls. For the part of Daniels, Scorsese wanted long-time collaborator DiCaprio. “Having worked with ‘Leo on Gangs of New York,’ ‘The Aviator’ and ‘The Departed,’ I thought immediately that he should do this,” Scorsese said. “We have a way of working together now and I had faith and trust in him as an artist to achieve the many psychological and emotional states that Teddy has to reach, and to transform throughout. Have I seen him do this before? Not to this level, I think. As he gets older, he goes deeper and deeper.” It didn’t take much for DiCaprio to sign on. “A lot of things about this character appealed to me,” DiCaprio said. “Teddy comes to Shutter Island devoted to solving a mystery and to uncover what is really going on, but he has his own in-

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LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND MARK RUFFALO, investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital and its unethical, illegal practices. nermost agenda and secrets. He’s in a situation where there’s a lot more to his journey than there at first appears to be. One of the great things about the story is that it’s constantly jarring you. It works on so many different levels; it’s like a giant layer cake.” DiCaprio said that filming for the movie became difficult at times. “If there wasn’t a crane dropping water on you then it was guys with fire hoses or a giant fan blowing air into your face,” DiCaprio said. “But the result was that it ended up feeling very real to us. It added to the sense that these characters are confined to this island, that there’s really no way out, and to the increasingly emotional impact to which the story builds.” n

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by KATHY HUNT

Staff Writer katherine.hunt@drake.edu

Whether you have an interest in wrestling or not, the WWE: Raw event was an unforgettable spectacle. It was the perfect mix of the wrestling that many fans adore mixed with the theatrical entertainment that keeps even the disbelievers fascinated. Before any WWE event, there is an unparalleled amount of energy and drama. WWE: Raw on Monday at Wells Fargo Arena was certainly no exception. To kick things off, there were many so-so matches with some names like Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston, who both lost. Also, Sheamus, the current heavyweight champion, made an appearance. The level of intensity did not let up as Bret “Hit Man” Hart called out Mr. McMahon on his acts of humiliation and threatened to take him down. But McMahon did not show, and Hart publicly announced his retirement. When leaving, Hart’s limousine was hit, and he was taken away in an ambulance. Although there was no update on his condition, McMahon eventually did arrive. This was much to the displeasure of the crowd. Interesting? Yes. Surprising? No. To increase the already astronomically high levels of drama, Jerry Springer guest hosted and held a special edition discussing hidden WWE relationships. From Brie being a transvestite to Kelly Kelly being pregnant with Hornswoggle’s child, it was truly a drama-charged mess worthy of a high school passing period. Finally, it was time for the big event. John Cena versus Triple H, which meant time for some big action. Before Triple H made his entrance into the arena, Batista warned Cena via satellite of his return next week to defeat him live on Raw. Finally, the match began as Cena and Triple H started duking it out with pump kicks and slams. Then, out of nowhere, Sheamus comes out and pummels both Cena and Triple H. The wrestlers definitely put on a crowd-pleasing show and it was made even better with the energy and superstars. One of us even got to shake John Cena’s hand as well as grab MVP’s autograph. All in all, it made for an unforgettable night. Maybe if the acting was just a bit better, it would truly make WWE: Raw a five-star show with top ratings. n

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From medicine to art, professor discovers a passion by ANDI SUMMERS

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TRADE-CARD AD IMAGE, for Soapine soap, is part of Metrick-Chen’s studies.

With her beginnings as a Medical Student at the University of Illinois, who knew that Lenore Metrick-Chen would one day become an art history professor at Drake University? “I thought I wanted to be a doctor—I was into biology,” Metrick-Chen said. “I was in a class, Cells and Organelles, and it trained me how to read what we saw on the microscopic slides.” After taking a break from school and then transferring to the University of Chicago, in Chicago, Ill., she went into cultural studies. That is where she took the class that changed it all: Art and Revolution. It was an art history class focusing on the art of the French Revolution, and that was the moment Metrick-Chen knew what she wanted to do. Instead of exploring cells and organelles, she took the skills she learned from photos courtesy of LENORE METRICK-CHEN looking at microscopic slides by looking at what is there and why it is there, combined METRICK-CHEN, with her two daughters, started her college career as a med with her love of culture and delved into art student and, after isnspiration, changed her major. She is now a professor of art and design. history. “I would be the best (student) I ever It is at this time that she started looking “A lot of people think art is one picture could be,” Metrick-Chen said. “I wanted to get straight As and be thorough from the in to contemporary art, and the search be- after another; when you curate it is like a gan to study why journey of pictures creating a narrative, by start. I kept quitting people want art to how they are working together,” Metrickother majors, but be moral. Chen said. “It’s like opening a book. You this was heartfelt.” After looking have to put all the things together, with the After finally for the beginnings connections you start to see.” locking down a maof what people In the future, Metrick-Chen plans to jor, Metrick-Chen have found to be curate a few shows, one being on contemA lot of people think art received a joint moral in art, she porary Chinese art. n Ph.D. from the Uniis one picture after anothtraced it back to versity of Chicago er; when you curate it is the Chinese Excluin the Committee like a journey of pictures sion Acts. At that on Social Thought point in history, creating a narrative, by and the department people from China of art history. Her how they are working towere not allowed dissertation was gether. to enter the U.S. entitled “Collecting but that is the time Objects/ Excludwhen American – PROFESSOR LENORE ing People: Chiart museums were nese Subjects and METRICK-CHEN collecting their art. the American Art Metrick-Chen Discourse, 1879E-mail suggestions to also likes oversee1900.” ing art shows and “I find that the tdfeatures@drake.edu most fascinating is the art of our own worked at the Des Moines Art Center on Grand Avenue before working at Drake. time,” Metrick-Chen said.

GIANT CHINESE VASE, one of the subjects of MetrickChen’s studies. Was made for and displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876.

R o t c Army program, early class offers fitness, leadership by NATE HEINEKAMP

Staff Writer nathan.heinekamp@drake.edu

Three times a week, around 40 of your fellow classmates are already up busting their butts in ROTC, while you sleep soundly through the morning and pound on the snooze button. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and is a premier army organization featured all around America and here at Drake. GoArmy.com describes the ROTC as “one of the best leadership courses in the country that will teach you firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army.” Mary Honeyman, a first-year student and ROTC member, said that ROTC is an army officer program that stresses leadership, both inside and outside the army. The morning class exemplifies this through intense physical exercise. A typical day for Honeyman starts early— very early compared to even the dreaded 8 a.m. class. She gets up at 5:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to start off her day. It’s the length of a normal class and, if you register, it is counted as one college credit. The class is open to anyone, and newcomers are welcome to come check it out at any time. Honeyman is unregistered, yet still goes three times a week. Her motivation is not only to get in better shape, but

to also eliminate the pressure of finding time to workout hanging over her head all day. Honeyman said that ROTC is an enlivening way to start off your day, and has proven to be the perfect cure for the infamous “freshman fifteen.” The class is open to people of all skill levels, and they encourage you to go more than once to see results. Participants and instructors alike said that the more students go, the more improvement they see. An added bonus to the class is that it can start at anytime. “This is for anybody,” Honeyman said. “I convinced my friend in Triathlon Club—who is particularly fond of his abs—to join, and I beat him in a sit-up count. I encourage you to go to see the real results.” If the intensity is intimidating, these morning workouts are not intense all the time. The instructors frequently throw in fun games to keep it fresh and exciting. There are also a number of teambuilding exercises, coupled with life lessons that can teach participants how to manage a group outside of the training regimen. A common misconception is that being involved in the ROTC means you have to join the Army. There is absolutely no obligation, and the morning workout should be looked at more as an army physical readiness class. ROTC is also involved in the community. The program hosts Veterans Day memorials each year to honor those who have fought. n

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Bulldogs survive Southern Illinois battle by MATT MORAN

Staff Writer matthew.moran@drake.edu

Freshman center Seth VanDeest can’t bear watching a game from the sidelines, benched for foul troubles. “It’s been a problem for me all year,” VanDeest said about his fouling. “I can’t help the team from the bench.” VanDeest picked up his second foul with 10:55 left in the first half. At that point, Drake led Southern Illinois 13-8 and VanDeest had six points. He sat for the rest of the half and the Bulldogs trailed 32-30 at the break. VanDeest returned with a monster start to the second half and led Drake to a 79-72 victory over the Salukis on Tuesday night at the Knapp Center. VanDeest finished with 14 points and was Drake’s best answer for Southern Illinois freshman center Gene Teague. Teague, a 6-foot-9, 290-pound force out of Brooklyn, N.Y., finished with game highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. “He’s got about 70 pounds on me,” VanDeest said. “So I was trying to use my quickness to get around him. He’s a great player.” VanDeest scored six points to lead Drake on a 9-0 run that ended with a three from the corner by senior Adam Templeton to give the Bulldogs a 41-38 lead. Southern Illinois battled back as Teague drew the fourth foul on VanDeest with 8:34 to play. Teague’s free throw tied the game at 50. The combination of freshman Reece Uhlenhopp and senior Bill Eaddy did a tremendous job down low in VanDeest’s absence. VanDeest came back into the game

with 4:53 on the clock and Drake trailing 60-59. On the next possession, senior Josh Young shook off a tough shooting night and knocked down a long three to give Drake a lead it would never relinquish. Young finished 2-for-11 shooting and had 13 points and eight rebounds. “Josh (Young) didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but led the team in rebounding,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. Senior point guard Craig Stanley returned from injury to play big minutes down the stretch. Stanley finished with nine points in 18 minutes. Phelps said he did not expect his point guard to play that much, but let the flow of the game take over. “I meant to just ease him back in, but he ended up being a huge part of what we needed tonight,” Phelps said. A Carlton Fay trey got the Salukis back within 70-67 with one minute left, but junior Ryan Wedel closed the door with clutch free throws. Wedel led Drake in scoring with 17 points, including 9-for-10 at the line. Southern Illinois guard Tony Freeman scored 14 points in the first half, but Drake held him to just four in the second. “We didn’t execute our game plan on him in the first half,” Phelps said. “The second half we had more sense of urgency. Everyone in the game knew where he was.” Another difference in the game was turnovers and freethrow shooting. The Salukis turned the ball over 16 times compared to the Bulldogs’ six, and Drake shot a whopping 75.6 percent on 41 free throw attempts. Drake will take on Cal. State Northridge on Saturday in the annual Bracketbusters game. n

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FRESHMAN SETH VANDEEST bodies up against a Southern Illinois defender in Tuesday night’s game at the Knapp Center. VanDeest led the team in scoring with 14 points.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Love is all they got: Drake tennis outplayed The Drake women’s tenseason against the Kansas nis season so far can be comJayhawks. Despite a 1-6 loss, pared to lines uttered by Igor Krizman won at the No. 2 in the Mel Brooks comedy, singles slot with a 7-5, 6-2 “Young Frankenstein.” victory. “Could be worse.” *A day later, Drake took “How?” to the courts again to battle DOMINIC JOHNSON “Could be raining.” the Kansas State Wildcats. Despite four home losses Another 1-6 defeat was in COLUMNIST and six losses overall, the the cards for the Bulldogs, Roger Knapp Tennis Center but this time Demos crushed has kept the women’s squad her opponent 6-2, 6-2 at the out of the elements. No.2 singles slot. See? It could be worse. *A week later on Feb. 5, Drake’s in-state But there is a light at the end of the tunnel rival, Iowa State, traveled to the Roger Knapp in the forms of sophomore Gaby Demos and Tennis Center. A third straight 1-6 loss befell freshman Manca Krizman. Both players have the young squad. Once again the team won held their own in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles at the No. 2 singles slot with Krizman raising slots and in No. 1 doubles against some of the her level of play, this time with a close, come nation’s top players. -from-behind, three-set victory with a score of In all seriousness, the Bulldogs have faced 4-6, 7-6, 10-7 a schedule that most Division I teams would *A day of rest had the Bulldogs looking dread seeing. With big names like Kansas, rejuvenated as they took on the University of Iowa State, Nebraska and Air Force among Illinois-Chicago, with a 3-3 tie heading into the opponents, the team is learning their the final match. Luck wasn’t on the squad’s strengths and weaknesses as they go. Unfor- side this time, though, as sophomore Jessica tunately for them, nationally ranked teams Aguilera lost 3-6, 3-6 at the No. 4 singles slot. like Nebraska have a way of making those *On Feb. 13 Drake took on their first naweaknesses emerge. The Bulldogs are looking tionally ranked opponent in No. 51 Nebraska. forward to this weekend as an opportunity to The Huskers swept all singles and doubles snag some wins and flex their muscles. Here is matches, but Krizman, playing at the No. 1 a recap of the season so far. singles slot, battled her opponent to a tight *On Jan. 30, the Bulldogs started their third set before a loss. n

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FRESHMAN ALI PATTERSON returns a serve at a match at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center early this season. The team’s two weekend duals will take place at home.

Drake looks to weekend for potential turn-around by DOMINIC JOHNSON Staff Writer dominic.johnson@drake.edu

The women’s tennis team does not pay attention to the phrase, “down and out.” Despite a rough 0-6 start to the spring season, the squad is looking to snag their first victories at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this weekend. The Bulldogs face Rockhurst University and Gustavus Adolphus College, neither of which have Division I status, but are some of the toughest competitors in Division II and III tennis, respectively. Sophomore Amanda Aragon thinks that two wins this weekend could be the turnaround the team needs to excel in a difficult Missouri Valley Conference this year. “The beginning of the year has been tough because we’ve played some really big schools right off the bat, but hopefully our matches this weekend won’t be as rough.” Despite losses to big schools like Kansas and nationally ranked opponents such as Nebraska, the young Bulldog squad is beginning to learn their team strengths. Although they may not be able to out-muscle their opponents, they are developing a much stronger mental game. “We are learning to play smarter,” Aragon said. “We can’t hit as hard as we may want to, but we are placing the ball better.” Despite having a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, the lack of senior leadership won’t be a problem for the team. “Gaby (Demos) is our coach-appointed captain, but everyone on the team has their own leadership role,” Aragon said. Drake is hoping to use match experience, something a young team can’t usually claim, to their advantage when hosting Rockhurst on Saturday: This will be the Hawks’ first match of the season, and their team hasn’t played any collegiate matches since Oct. 18. Last season, Drake beat Rockhurst at their place in Kansas City by a score of 7-0.

“We’ve beaten Rockhurst and Gustavus in the past, because they aren’t huge programs,” Aragon said. A win on Saturday would provide the team with a lot of confidence as they go against one of the finest Division III tennis institutions in the nation in Gustavus Adolphus. Despite a 7-0 victory last season against the Minnesota college, they are always fierce competitors with a deep history of quality players. Gustavus is known as a tennis powerhouse in Minnesota, second to the University of Minnesota, one of the top Division I teams in the nation. The Gustavus men’s team is known for recruiting high-level tennis talent from the upper Midwest, which has spread over to the women’s team as well, making them no easy match despite their small-school status. This season Gustavus has a record of 4-2, but lost their only match against a Division I team, fellow MVC team Northern Iowa, by a score of 1-6. “The key to winning this weekend will honestly be to just play within ourselves and with confidence,” said freshman Ali Patterson. Patterson and Aragon believe that winning the doubles point in both matches this weekend will be a quick boost of confidence to start the matches. Aragon said that the team has become more aggressive in doubles as a whole and is now working on improving doubles strategy. “In practice, we have been working a lot on doubles since it’s an important aspect of the match,” Patterson said. “Winning the doubles point is crucial and can give you confidence and a mental edge over your opponent.” Saturday’s match will start at 11 a.m. in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Sunday’s match against Gustavus Adolphus begins at 2 p.m. n

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Drake ups play, preps for UNI Stat leaders look to keep Bulldogs on win streak vs. UNI by TIM WEIDEMAN

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Senior Monique’ Jones has a score to settle. In fact, the entire Drake women’s basketball team has a chip on its shoulder heading into tonight’s game against the Northern Iowa Panthers. Four weeks ago, Drake’s season was shaping up to be something special. The Bulldogs had won four of their last five games and were starting to make a statement in the Missouri Valley Conference. Then the Panthers came roaring into the Knapp Center on Jan. 22 and dismantled the Bulldogs 59-46 in front of 3,126 fans—an entire seating section of whom were cheering on Northern Iowa—and a Fox Sports television audience. It was Drake’s first home loss of the season. Jones said the Bulldogs are looking to “pay back” the Panthers after Drake’s sloppy play doomed the team in the first effort. “Mostly why we lost the game was mainly on us,” Jones said. “There were too many turnovers. We didn’t shoot the ball well. Our defensive principle wasn’t there.” The Panthers’ shocker dropped the Bulldogs to 11-5 overall and 4-3 in Missouri Valley Conference games. Drake shot only 32 percent from the floor in the loss and suffered from an 11:55 drought in the first half in which the Bulldogs committed eight turnovers. Northern Iowa scored 22 points off of Bulldog giveaways. “They came in here and they cleaned our clock,”Head Coach Amy Stephens said. “They were physical, they out-hustled us. They just wanted it more than we did.” “Our first UNI game was the worst game of the season,” Stephens said. The UNI game was only the beginning. Drake would go on to lose its next four games before finally finding wins against

Evansville and Southern Illinois last week. The Bulldogs are now 12-10 overall and 6-7 in MVC play but could be returning to early season form. While Jones was the only Bulldog to reach double-figures against the Panthers with 11 points, Drake has had four players score in double-figures the last two games. Jones, sophomore Rachael Hackbarth and junior Kristin Turk have scored in double-figures the last two contests. Sophomore Amber Wollschlager contributed an 11-point effort against Evansville and senior Jordann Plummer scored 14 against Southern Illinois. Jones said so many contributors helps confuse opposing teams’ defenses and will be key against Northern Iowa. “The other team can’t just rely on one person,” Jones said. “A balanced attack will help a lot.” Stephens said the team is playing better now than they were when Northern Iowa traveled to Des Moines. “We’ve been playing better defense,” Stephens said. “We’ve played more unselfish on the offensive end and we’ve been more aggressive. We’re going to need to carry that over to our game on Thursday.” Meanwhile, the Panthers (11-12, 7-5 MVC) have won four games in a row and won’t go down without a fight. Jones said limiting the Panthers’ shooters, such as sophomore Jacqui Kalin, whose 15 points per game are tied for fifth in the MVC, are a focus for the Bulldogs. Stephens said tonight’s game will determine the tempo for the remainder of the regular season and heading into the conference tournament. “Now we have a chance to win momentum,” Stephens said. “One win is not momentum. Two wins, you know, maybe you’ve got something started. Now, can we take what happened (this weekend) positively and take it on the road with us?” Stephens said the threat of being swept by a conference team and wanting to avenge their previous loss should be enough motivation for the team to “play more inspired” this time around. “We’d like to think that our team is really excited about this game,” Stephens said. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in Cedar Falls. n

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JUNIOR GUARD KRISTIN TURK puts up a shot, scoring in the double-digits in the last two games. Turk, Plummer and Hackbarth’s recent scoring histories prove that the team’s offense lies mostly in the hands of those three athletes.

Valley teams picked to play in Bracketbusters by SKYLAR BERGL

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From turf to track Pettaway brings power to track and field arena by EDUARDO TAMEZ

Staff Writer eduardo.tamezzamarripa@drake.edu

Senior Anthony Pettaway was not supposed to be a Division I track and field athlete. In fact, you’d be more likely to find an athlete of his size and stature on a football field. “At 225 pounds, I’m the heaviest sprinter you’ll find,” Pettaway said. Pettaway, too, thought he’d end up in a different sport than the one he came to Drake to participate in. “Football was definitely my first passion,” Pettaway said. “I always had my mind set on playing football.” But a confrontation with his high school football coach led to a change of heart, “and that’s when I got into track and field.” Despite his affinity for football, Pettaway has a lot of respect and passion for what track and field entails. “Track and field means hard work, dedication and leadership,” he said. Pettaway’s best memory of the sport at Drake occurred during Drake Relays his sophomore year, when he had an excellent time in the 4x200 relay: a record that Pettaway hopes to beat this year. As for Relays, Pettaway is setting the bar very high for himself. “I expect myself to do pretty well. I’ve worked hard and I’ve been injury-free,” Pettaway said. “In past years I’ve had nagging injuries, so I hope this year I can go pretty far.”

Head Coach Natasha Brown, who is both the women’s and men’s head coach, has enjoyed coaching Pettaway. “Working with Anthony has been a lot of fun. He’s such a great guy to have around,” Brown said. “He comes to practice every day and calls me ‘Ms.’ not coach. He’s the only one that does that.” Brown also discussed Pettaway’s size and his work ethic. “No matter what I tell him to work on, he does it. Anthony’s been a lot of fun to coach,” said Brown. “And it’s funny how big he is for sprinting. He’s got so much power; he’s a good-sized guy and a football player.” A Colorado Springs native, Pettaway refers to coming to Drake as “pure fate” and admits to missing his family more than anything, as well as the weather back home. “I miss my family, that’s the main part. And there’s no humidity.” Pettaway said. Sincere, candid and dedicated, Pettaway has certainly been an important part of the success the men’s track and field team has enjoyed the last couple of years and has formed a lot of significant relationships with the track team. “My closest friend would be (junior) Clarissa LaFlora,” Pettaway said. “We’ve been friends since my sophomore year and we can always talk to each other no matter what.” When he’s not practicing track and field, Pettaway enjoys working out, playing video games and of course, playing football in his spare time. “I would be a quarterback or a defensive end, definitely,” Pettaway said. A senior marketing major with a management concentration, Pettaway may be facing an even bigger transition in the summer after graduation. Pettaway has been engaged since Valentine’s Day of 2009 and will be getting married in August. Upon graduation, Pettaway is planning on attending Pittsburgh State University for graduate school to continue the off-field success he’s had at Drake. n

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SENIOR RUNNER ANTHONY PETTAWAY began his athletic career as a football player, but continued athletics at Drake with track and field. Pettaway said he looks forward to the snow melting before the outdoor season starts.

The Missouri Valley Conference basketball standings have been a source of some surprises, but also of some disappointment—especially for Drake fans. But based on some of the upcoming games for many of the Missouri Valley teams, the future bodes well. With three of the 11 ESPN BracketBusters games on ESPN2, the MVC has a chance to be on the national stage and impress. UNI hosts borderline NCAA Tournament team Old Dominion; Wichita State hosts Nevada; and Missouri State travels out to Utah State to see if any dreams of the big dance can be spoiled. UNI seemingly has a stranglehold on the conference. With an overall record of 22-3, 13-2 in conference, the Panthers clinched at least a share of the MVC title. However, their 7-foot center Jordan Eglseder was suspended for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and will miss three games—the first of which the Panthers dropped against Bradley on Saturday, 68-59. “It’s unfortunate for the Panthers, but I think a ball club of their caliber shouldn’t miss too much of a beat,” said Associate MVC Commissioner Mike Kern. “It could hurt them psychologically, especially having a 7-footer of his skill level. But we’ll see how that plays out down the road.” After UNI and Wichita State, the MVC is more jumbled than a game of Boggle. From Illinois State sitting at 9-6 in conference all the way down to Drake at 6-9 in conference, there are seven different teams that sit in between them. With all 10 teams in the conference heading into action against one another in the next few weeks, big shifts in the standings are a possibility. “The coaches are looking at the schedule ahead game by game as they should,” Kern said. “But history will tell you that you don’t want to be playing in that opening round game on Thursday. The fewer games to win the championship the better.” After this week of games, there are only two more chances for teams to build up their resumes. The BracketBuster games are Friday and Saturday and the final round of conference games follow them, Feb. 23-27. Could it bring about multiple seeds for the MVC? “In the past couple years, there’s a growing trend of non-power six conferences not getting at-large bids,” Kern said. “I think in a league as good as ours, we deserve them. We’re a strong enough conference to get in and maybe win a couple games in the NCAA Tournament.” With a huge couple weeks ahead for all the teams of the Missouri Valley, the rankings could have a major shift as the season draws to a close. The Bulldogs have their work cut out for them as they sit near the bottom of the table. But with dates coming up Missouri State on Feb. 24 and Evansville on Feb. 27, they have a chance to leap up multiple spots with some clutch wins. n

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Hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bicycle Collective brings new life to old wheels by TYLER O’NEIL

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The Des Moines Bicycle Collective is one part chop-shop, one part recycling center and one part university. The collective takes in old, dilapidated bicycles and refurbishes them to be resold or leased. In 2009, the shop sold or gave away 315 used bikes. The not-for-profit organization also disseminates information about bicycle trails and provides classes on bike safety and repair— making it an interesting destination for any Drake student on two wheels. n Counter clock-wise from left: A “classic” Scwhinn Breeze single-speed bike complete with fenders, chain guard, basket and bell for only $75. • Volunteer Gordon Mayer tinkers with the

breaks on a bicycle. More than 100 volunteers give a total of 1,200 hours of their time help the collective refurbish bikes every year. • A folding sign outside the collective’s storefront at 617 Grand Ave., a quick 2-mile bicycle ride from Drake University. • Gervase Gallant, a volunteer and Bicycle Collective board member, repairs the gears on a bike that will later be sold. • A box of random washers from scrapped bikes are recycled on new ones. Collective shop manager Alex Anderearnes said “Well, I don’t take the trash out very often.” • The Des Moines Bicycle Collective has several workbenches and a full array of tools for volunteers to use. Anyone interested in using the tools can trade an hour of volunteering for an hour at the bench working on their personal bike. The collective also offers repair classes for $25 a night or $80 for a fourweek course.


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