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He was in his dorm room going through his e-mail when he saw the word “congratulations.” “At first, I thought it was just another weekly update because it said CPHS in the subject,” said sophomore pre-pharmacy major David Gardner. “Then I saw my name and I figured out what it was and just got really excited.” The e-mail read: “Dear David Gardner, Congratulations on meeting the requirements for conditional admission into the professional program.” The first person he called was his sister, then his parents, then fellow pre-pharmacy students. “I didn’t even know the seriousness of getting in until I wanted to call all my friends because I was so excited, but I kept hearing of more people wait-listed and denied than accepted,” he said. “That’s when I started to really understand how lucky I was.”
college’s admissions process from considered the student’s cumulative Mandated cap to the program Under pressure from an accredit- guaranteed progression, in which GPA, math and science GPA, intering body, admission criteria changed students who meet the minimum view, writing assessment and complethis year for Drake’s Doctor of Phar- requirements automatically have a tion of required hours and courses. spot, to a guaranteed consideration, “When you have had a program in macy graduate program. place for 26 years, it’s probNew to Gardner’s class lematic in making this big were a written assessment, of a shift,” Rospond said. a PharmCAS application, an interview requirement Clarity of and a cap to the program. communications The Accreditation Council Though the ACPE for Pharmacy Education mandated the changes in (ACPE) mandated two of 2007, it wasn’t until an afthese changes. ternoon Career, Academic The interview requireand Professional Success ment was part of a change (CAPS) course in the fall to all accredited pharmacy of 2009 that Gardner said programs in the U.S. in orhe understood that the proder to align with revamped – RAYLENE ROSPOND, Dean of the College gram had a cap. ACPE standards in 2007, “I remember exactly: according to the ACPE of Pharmacy and Health Sciences One guy raised his hand Web site. and asked, ‘How many “There was a cap this year because the ACPE told us that in which a student automatically has people will be accepted?’” Gardner we are set up to take around 110 to an opportunity to interview for a spot. said. Also, the admissions committee He said the answer was a maxi115 students,” said Raylene Rospond, dean of the College of Pharmacy and chose whom it would grant admis- mum number of 120. There were at sion based on different criteria than least 150 applicants from Drake’s preHealth Sciences (CPHS). These changes transformed the past years. The admissions committee pharmacy program and 200 outside
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applicants this fall. “You could look at everyone’s face in the room and see that we were all stunned—you could feel it.” Gardner said. “We’re competing for these spots and we could be packing our bags next year.” Sophomore Erin August, a representative for her class on the Drake Student Advisory Council, said that students were told of the changes but didn’t fully understand them. “We were the guinea pig class for this, so we did get walked through a lot of the changes,” August said. “They told us everything we needed to know; it’s just what people chose to pay attention to.” Rospond said that some students said the communication was sufficient to understand the changes. “We’ve had people come into the office that have said it was very clear that it was guaranteed consideration,” Rospond said. Some students, however, turned to
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The buzz on late-night Spike’s by CORI CLARK
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Satisfying your hunger with convenience is now a reality—and it doesn’t involve a packet of ramen in your dorm room. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., students can order from a new late-night menu developed by Hot Stuff Foods. Spike’s has adopted the menu to attract more business and to expand the variety of foods offered to students. The late-night menu consists of chicken taquito rolls, spinach and artichoke dip, mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers. There will also be four different flavors of chicken wings: sweet chili, garlic chili, bourbon and honey pepper, to go along with the classic Spike’s pizza and sandwich deli. General Manager of Sodexo, Dannie Crozier, developed the idea for using a buzzer system to alert students when their food is ready. This process will allow students to walk around Terrace Court and Olmsted while their food is being prepared. The customer approaches the cashier in Terrace Court to place their order. Food can be paid with using flex dollars, cash or credit. The cashier will then give the customer a restaurant-style pager to hold onto while he or she waits for their food. When the student’s order is ready, the cashier will
ring the student’s pager from a transmitter at the checkout. The buzzer will flash blue lights and vibrate. The students can then turn the pager in and pick up their food. Crozier hopes this new late-night menu will provide students with even more options to eat on campus and enjoy the Drake dining experience. n
Linking students to the business world Professors promote social Networking site LinkedIn by JACKIE WALLENTIN News Editor email@example.com
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THE ADVERTISING CAPSTONE held a silent auction on Tuesday to raise money toward a trip to the 2010 AAF National Student Advertising Competition in St. Louis, Mo. Items included a basketball and soccer ball signed by this year’s teams.
Social networking has become a phenomenon, with the majority of the population constantly connected to the Web. Interacting with news feeds, tweets and blog posts has become a daily necessity for most of the tech savvy. Now, this virtual networking universe has infiltrated the
business world. Connecting over 60 million professionals worldwide, online networking site LinkedIn provides a place for the exchanging of information, ideas and opportunities. According to the site, experienced professionals representing over 150 industries and 200 countries have created profiles and are ready to collaborate. “I’ve been on LinkedIn for three years,” said Kelly Everling, an assistant professor of public relations. “It’s been good to collect contacts in one area and then to see the contacts of my colleagues expand onto that. I’ve been able to strike business deals because of those.” Everling strongly encourages her students to link with her to join special interest groups and create rela-
tionships with professionals around the world. “One of my former students is abroad in Europe right now, and I told her to go through my contact list to look for people to meet with,” Everling said. “She was able to job shadow with someone in Italy and London, which I consider a success story.” Adjunct instructor of management and international business Timothy Johnson collaborated with a former student to create a group for Drake business graduate students on LinkedIn, which has grown steadily since its creation 18 months ago. Johnson has been able to gain
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But the bottom line is, if you can find someone … hold them tight and fight for them, because in the world we live in today, love can be as hard as finding a four-leaf clover. —JEN CALDER, SEE PAGE 3
FROM PHARMACY, PAGE 1 Drake University President David Maxwell with questions about the pharmacy admission process last Wednesday. One pre-pharmacy student broke down in tears in the Goodwin-Kirk Beach Room while explaining her experience. “I know that there has been a lot of confusion and obviously pain involved, but Dean Rospond, Renae (Chesnut) and Darcy (Doty) are ready to sit down with people and talk this out,” Maxwell said during the question-and-answer session, which was held as an RA programming event. Because many students expressed confusion after they received their admissions e-mails, Rospond began to investigate written communications between the CPHS and the sophomore class, starting from the beginning. The Dean’s review “I’ve basically just looked at all of the written communication from the first admission letter and all communication throughout their remaining two years,” Rospond said. The initial acceptance letter sent by Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Delahunt states: “In order to progress on to the professional pharmacy program, which begins in the third year of the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, you must satisfy the following specific academic requirements by the end of the fourth semester: 1) achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the required math and science courses. These courses include Biology 12, 13 and 95 (general biology and microbiology), Chemistry 1,2,3,4,107,108,109 and 110 (inorganic and organic chemistry plus labs), Mathematics 50 (calculus), and Statistics 60; 2) achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; 3) successfully interview for a place in the PharmD program, and; 4) successfully complete all pre-pharmacy course work.” The criteria left out of this list that students had to complete this fall for consideration were the PharmCAS application and the written assessment. Another letter, sent out from Rospond’s office four weeks after the admissions letter, provided further information on the program. The letter was an attachment to a package of general information about Drake. “I have to take full responsibility for that letter and as much responsibility for the confusion with it,” Rospond said. “In my view, there are still some questions with that attachment. I think it can be interpreted in different ways.” On Tuesday morning, Rospond both presented the letters and communications she reviewed and lent her opinion as to the way in which the admissions committee should proceed to members. She said she did not find any letters that mentioned the incorporation of the written assessment. “All we can acknowledge is that there has been confusion, and there has been variable information—we have to acknowledge that,” Rospond said. “And we have to move on from that and find
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RAYLENE ROSPOND held an open forum for sophomore pre-pharmacy students to allow them to express their thoughts, issues and concerns about the admissions process in the Medbury Honors Lounge on Tuesday night. the right solution to the situation.” The Dean’s verdict The CPHS, alumni, students in the professional program, admissions counselors, tour guides— these are a few of the many information outlets the pharmacy program influences. Rospond addressed this in Tuesday’s question-and-answer session. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you haven’t heard other things, because I don’t know the minds of 60 other people and what they’ve told you in an office or on a tour, or what an admissions counselor said,” Rospond said. She said the aim of the program was not to mislead students. “I’m here today to let you know that none of what has happened in this situation was intentional,” Rospond said. “Especially in the light of the admissions committee—they had none of this information. So they were working off the premise that all of those things had been communicated in a very clear fashion.” When asked why the committee didn’t have the information about inconsistencies in communication, Rospond took the blame. “The best way I can answer that is that I didn’t bring it to them,” she said. “You can blame me all you want and you can say that I should have, and I will agree—I should have known that.” Rospond also said that good can come out of this situation. “It tells me that there was a lot of work that I thought got done that didn’t get done, and a lot of work that has to be done as we look to the future,” Rospond said. “So it’s been a very valuable thing from my perspective.” Admission committee’s solutions The admissions committee is the panel that decides which stu-
dents are admitted or denied entrance into the program. Rospond said that their review conducted by the committee would go something like this: Compare the two materials—those the committee had at the time of application and those sent to students throughout their pre-professional years. Based on this comparison, was there a lack of clarity? With this information, will there be changes to the final admissions decisions made in June? If so, what changes? There are two ways this review decision could go. The first scenario: The committee can stick to this year’s new composite admission criteria for final admissions decisions in June. In this case, the decision in the conditional admissions emails students received last Friday would stand. The second scenario: The committee can decide to apply the criteria outlined in that initial letter students received upon admission. In this case, anyone who met the minimum requirements upon completion of their fourth semester would be admitted. “What I’d hate for somebody to do right now is to change majors and then see that the admissions committee goes with the broader criteria,” Rospond said. Rospond said the committee will not make the decision with the ACPE-imposed cap in mind. In addition, she said that she would need to communicate with the ACPE for this exception to be made. “We want to ensure that we meet all the needs to provide you with an exceptional learning environment,” Rospond said. “Historically, when there have been issues of broad concern, our faculty as a whole has been devoted to uphold the values and ideals and upholding our integrity and our promises.” n
Drake Choir singers prepare melodies for Midwest regional tour by MARY HONEYMAN
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This year, Drake Choir members will catch an early start to Spring Break. Instead of lounging in the sun, however, they will head east for their annual regional tour. The bus tour is scheduled to last from March 10 to 14, with stops planned at the Basilica of Saint Francis in Dyersville, Iowa, on March 10; at St. James Church in Chicago, Ill., on March 11; and on Saint Mary’s College campus in South Bend, Ind., on March 12. The singers’ final night is designated as a “bonding day” in Chicago. Members said they are excited to visit the different venues and spend time together. “Downtown Chicago will be the most fun,” Drake Choir President and senior Max Maher said. “It will be a time for people in the choir to get to know each other even better.” The trip serves not only to showcase the choir’s musical talent, but also helps to reconnect with alumni, connect with prospective students and challenge the choir to be vocally adjustable and compatible in different settings, says Director of Choral Studies Aimee Beckmann-Collier. Maher agrees and feels the tour will strengthen the choir’s musical skills. “(It) definitely brings new challenges to the choir,” Maher said. “Singing in different acoustics will be challenging and fun. Every day we sing in Sheslow (Auditorium), so [different
FROM LINKEDIN, PAGE 1 book endorsements, radio interviews and connections with colleagues and peers from all over the globe using the question and answer function that LinkedIn offers. “I absolutely encourage my students to embrace social media,” Johnson said. “I maintain a class blog for every class I teach, and I encourage them to try out Facebook and Twitter as well.” Having created a network of over 200 people, assistant professor of practice in marketing Mary Edrington has found LinkedIn beneficial from both a teaching and personal perspective. “In my professional life, I have used LinkedIn for contacts and consulting,” Edrington said. “It has been successful to help students find internships, full time jobs and volunteer opportunities.” Alumni are encouraged to continue to connect with the university past their graduation by creating profiles on various social networking sites, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr and
acoustics] will help us develop a better sense of musicianship.” For Beckmann-Collier, the tour will bring her back to her roots. “Dyersville was my parents’ hometown, and I have a lot of relatives there,” Beckmann-Collier said. Furthermore, St. Mary’s College is Beckmann-Collier’s alma mater. As president, Maher prepares speeches to encourage donations, but most of the costs are covered. Beckmann-Collier says the trip is funded largely by Drake University grants, but home stays and potluck dinners gifted by local residents and churches help cut costs. Throughout the trip, Beckmann-Collier hopes the students’ hard work shines through. “The goal of the trip is to allow people to see not only how wonderful our singers perform, but how well they serve as ambassadors for Drake University,” Beckmann-Collier said. n
Regional Tour Schedule: •Wednesday, March 10 – The Basilica of Saint Francis in Dyersville, Iowa •Thursday, March 11 – Saint James Church in Chicago •Friday, March 12 – Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana
Twitter. Edrington says alumni have had terrific success finding specific corporations and jobs through their networks. Despite LinkedIn’s advantages, Everling warns against inappropriate use of the site. “There has been backlash about constant updates on profiles,” Everling said. “People on LinkedIn use it for professional use, not personal. You need to use caution with up-to-theminute updates. It is not Facebook.” However, Everling believes LinkedIn provides a wide array of opportunities for students, of which they should take full advantage. “Students should capitalize on the contacts of their professors, intern coordinators and mentors,” Everling said. “Students can collect contacts and build their own online brand.” Besides its Web site, LinkedIn also has made networking available through a downloadable iTunes application and Twitter profile. “The world continues to grow smaller while our potential to network grows larger,” Johnson said. “To ignore the tools available to us is to ignore our own careers.” n
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Peace, Love & Happiness Just smile, and things will come together
he other day I was volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, and a little girl complimented me on my peacesign slippers because she was wearing similar ones. Then she pointed to the peace sign and asked me, “What does that mean?” I found myself actually having to think about how to explain peace, and the only explanation I came up with was peace is when everything is good and there are no problems. This got me thinking even more about the basic things a human should have in his or her daily life; the mantras to our lives—peace, love and happiness—and they sound so easy, right? According to Merriam-Webster, peace is “a state of tranquility or quiet, a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom,” and “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions and harmony in personal relations.” Having peace in your everyday life can be a real struggle in college, especially with all of the ups and downs.
but, anyway, find something the world we live in today that puts you at peace and try love can be as hard as findto do that at least once a day. ing a four-leaf clover. Love is clearly the most Last, but definitely not difficult to define, especially least, is happiness. My hope in college, where you love is that all of you TD readsomeone one day and then ers experience happiness at the next you don’t. But acleast once a day. The dicJEN CALDER cording to Merriam-Webster, tionary definition of happithe definition has multiple ness is “a state of well-being COLUMNIST parts: love is “strong affecand contentment, joy or a tion for another arising out pleasurable or satisfying exof kinship or personal ties”; perience.” Find someone or “attraction based on sexual desire affection and something that makes you happy, because it just tenderness felt”; “affection based on admira- makes life better all around. tion, benevolence or common interests” or, fiSometimes you have to force yourself nally, “the sexual embrace.” to be happy and that’s not fun, but that’s Yes, love is definitely not easy to define; lov- usually when you need it most. Studing someone is a gift and a demon that deceives ies say if you just smile, it can trigger you at the same time. Loving someone means your brain and put you in a betputting him or her before you and following ter mood, so next time you’re not through on what you say and working through happy, find something or someone to make you smile, even if that is a YouTube video or just a silly friend. These three things are so basic, yet sometimes so difficult to find and hold onto. If you can have all three of these in one day, consider yourself very accomplished for the day. Just remember peace is obtainable, whatever crosses your path together, whether it you just have is a friend or a lover. Sometimes in college, peo- to find it; love ple can love each other for the wrong reasons, is out there, like sexual pleasures, or because your friends are it is all around friends with that person—the list goes on and you and you do on. have people who But the bottom line is this: if you can find love you; and happisomeone who does follow the definition above, ness is all what you make hold them tight and fight for them, because in of life and how you take time
to make yourself content first. Good luck with this ongoing journey. I know things may not be perfect, but you can have it all every day if you want it badly enough. P.S. I’m back…
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Love is clearly the most difficult to define, especially in college, where you love someone one day and then the next, you don’t. Peace is a tricky thing to keep, because to be in a peaceful state you have to be in a peaceful environment with people who are also at peace. You know how when you’re around people who are stressed out or just in a bad mood, and they rub off on you? How can you have peace when you are around non-peaceful people? The best thing you can do for yourself is light some candles—oh wait, you can’t do that in the dorms—
We can’t drink but we can die for our country? Irresponsible drinking could stem from not being given the right
irst off, I know this is might sound like a teenager’s rant. I’m warning you that if you’re not open-minded, it’s going to sound like I’m just some 19-year-old who wants to be able to drink and not worry about the cops. That is not the case. The reason I am writing about the drinking age today is because I am worried about the friends we have taken care of after they drink to oblivion. I am writing because I appreciate our peers’ health. I am writing because I want to see mature handling of alcohol in our society. I am writing because we can kill others for our country, but we can’t have a beer as we write research papers on the complexities of pharmaceutical drugs, business ethics or quantum physics. I am writing because we have a system in place that, on balance, doesn’t make sense. And it is time we all come to our senses. A recent example of the failures of this system occurred this weekend when “The Des Moines Register,” in what I consider a grave breach of ethical reporting, published the names of sixteen “minors” who had been caught drinking at Peggy’s over the weekend. Why did they print those names on the front page? What good does it do for anyone? How does it help their story? And, more importantly, why are we, legal adults, considered “minors”? For example, this summer I plan on celebrating the Fourth of July. I plan on buying tons of explosives and firing them off in my backyard. This summer some of us might file lawsuits, or be sued. We might get a loan, or rent an apartment.
If I’m feeling really adlooked at the effects and they venturous I could star in a have concluded that our sysporn film, or if I’m bored I tem doesn’t work. It’s a new could just buy one. If “Ryan” initiative called the Amethyst doesn’t suit me much longer, I Initiative. could walk to the courthouse These presidents recogand change my name. nize, like most of us, that We can legally tattoo our our drinking culture is not RYAN PRICE bodies permanently. If any of healthy. They realize that you readers want one, I could when we put off sleep for COLUMNIST legally give you a lap dance hours to ensure that our for money. friends continue to breathe, I can enlist for the Masomething’s wrong. Part of it rines, or if the wars get worse I could be drafted may be with our friends’ responsibility, but we to serve in the military against my will. know these same students are also very academYet, we are considered too immature to con- ically and personally responsible. sume alcoholic beverages. This happens on a weekly basis. And this
So let’s, as students, improve our drinking culture. Let’s not laugh when someone poisons their body so much they throw up. But these arguments have all been made hundreds of times. The arguments have, unfortunately, almost attained a cliché status. So let’s look at the effects of a drinking age of 21. The presidents of 135 universities have
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doesn’t just occur at Drake, but at nearly every campus all across our country. Maybe if drinking were legal we would handle it more responsibly. For example, before I had a driver’s license I
took every chance possible to go golfing. Not of course, to golf, but to drive the golf cart. And I drove that golf cart like I was in NASCAR and the green was the track. Groundskeepers feared my name across the Midwest. The analogy is not funny, though, when it comes to alcohol. Alcohol is a substance that limits inhibitions, impacts physical capabilities and has the potential to kill. And our current policy does not work when it creates a culture where throwing up is often perceived as funny. There is no definitive solution. But we know prohibition doesn’t work from reading Drake’s weekly security reports. And we know that the way our student body drinks is not healthy. So let’s, as students, improve our drinking culture. Let’s not laugh when someone poisons their body so much that they throw up. Let’s stop bragging more about blacking out than getting good grades. And hopefully our administrators can acknowledge the law doesn’t work. Hopefully they can stand up for a healthier campus, a healthier state and a healthier nation. Maybe the Amethyst Initiative is not the correct solution. But, until I hear a better idea, I will support the goals of the Amethyst Initiative and creating a national discourse about the American drinking culture.
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King, queen, jack and mayor? Check-in with the newest social media by KENSIE SMITH
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If the name of the social media game is to know where others are at all times, then foursquare.com is taking that to a whole new level. No longer just the name of a childhood playground game, “foursquare” is a site where users can “check-in” when they arrive at a venue. The site launched last fall and joins a cyber family of popular social networking outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The forum integrates already established forms of networking and, once checked-in, the update can be set to instantaneously appear on a users’ profile or newsfeed. “Foursquare is a cross between a friend-finder, a social cityguide and a game that rewards you for doing interesting things,” according to the Web site. “We aim to build things to not only help you keep up with the places your friends go, but that encourage you to discover new places and challenge you to explore your neighborhood in new ways.” Getting connected can be completed within five minutes. The site is intended to be compatible with smart phones and the site application can be downloaded on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm Pre. Non-smart phone users can check-in via SMS by sending a text message to the number 50500. Cellular phones can travel anywhere and everywhere, so there is no place off limits. From coast-to-coast and across the world, the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower are all foursquare players. Around Drake University campus, check-ins can be at locations from restaurants like the Drake Diner to the residence and academic buildings such as Aliber Hall.
Businesses were some of the first users to spread the site, due to its marketing potential. Nathan Wright, the founder of Lava Row, a social media consulting, strategy and education firm, uses foursquare to connect with consumers. “We use foursquare on a personal basis and study how people use it to help our clients better understand the latest trends in social networking,” Wright said. The site offers the aspect of both a networking opportunity and as a game. Each time someone types in a location, or adds a new location, points are given. Users with the most points are highlighted on the “leader board.” Also, interesting locations will win users’ badges that resemble the embroidered variety Girl and Boy Scout emblems. But, instead of helping little old ladies cross the street, badges are given for staying out late on a school night or frequenting Mexican restaurants with margaritas. The idea centers around one of the site’s main goals to encourage experiencing new places and new opportunities in life. Visit a certain coffee shop every day or have all classes in the same building? People who check-in to a certain spot the most often are given the title “mayor,” until someone else powers into the position. Businesses, such as Mars Café and Smokey Row, often use the mayor status as an appeal to customers. On Tuesday, Mars Café offered free espresso to all patrons who checked-in. Wright said this is a “zero-waste” marketing technique, as it targets frequenters or people in close proximity. Drake students have caught on to the game and are getting into the habit of texting their location the minute they walk into an establishment. Adil Khan, a senior political science major, was
introduced to the site because of his friends. The competition aspect caught on and his profile boasts “mayor” status of four locations and seven badges. “It was like a hidden competition to see if I could check into more locations than my friends,” Khan said. “It’s kind of like Drake campus turned into a big game of Risk.” Autumn Rupkey, a senior magazines major, said the site is spreading to more of her friends. “I think the more people see it and the more mayor specials that are offered, the more people will start to join the network,” said Rupkey, who is the mayor of two locations and has 85 checkins. The one thing the site doesn’t explain to users, she said, is the check-in tallies are set for visits within 60 days. Foursquare has been critiqued for infringing on privacy, with its apparent big-brother like quality of where users are at. Wright, who also works as an adjunct professor of Internet marketing at Drake, said that the privacy settings are easy to use. “Like with any social network, privacy issues exist only with the individual user,” Wright said. “If you don’t want people to know where you’re at, at any given moment, you don’t use foursquare, or you get smart about foursquare’s privacy features. It’s that simple.” Unlike other social networking sites, foursquare can encourage personal interaction, by keeping busy students and professionals up-to-date with friends’ whereabouts. Foursquare may be the fad for social media gurus or the new wave of staying connected with friends. Either way, check-in to a new spot and cyber life will reward with a badge, but reality may reward with an experience. n
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ALBUM: The Monitor| VERDICT: Pop culture, raw lyrics combine with new-release Titus Andronicus by SKYLAR BERGL
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If you’re not familiar with Titus Andronicus, become so quickly. They’re loud and proud Jersey natives. But that doesn’t mean you’re going to get an episode of “Jersey Shore” recorded onto a CD. Far from it. While the full-blooded Italians of “The Shore” are out clubbing and getting drunk, the guys of Titus Andronicus are touring and consistently looking for any floor to sleep on. Their new album, “The Monitor,” is the band’s second release and only builds off of their last offering, 2008’s “Airing of Grievances,” which takes its name from a Seinfeld reference. That’s what is cool about Titus Andronicus: While it seems sort of gimmicky, they manage to rope many references into track and album titles, lyrics and intros, ranging
from pop culture to off-kilter. The opening track of album, “A More Perfect Union,” begins with a reading from the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It seems cheesy, but it gives them that distinct quality that not many other bands possess. But following the almost haunting opening are roaring guitar and raw vocals. Themed around the American Civil War, specifically the USS Monitor, the band has said that the release of this album is a tribute. “March 9th, 1862 was the day on which the Monitor and the Virginia did battle off the coast of Hampton Roads, Virginia,” blogged lead singer Patrick Stickles. “Releasing this record is our way of celebrating the 148th anniversary of this historic event.” Delivering fast-paced performances while still maintaining the harmony of his backing band, Stickles never overpowers his band mates. In fact, they add wondrous support on many tracks. “No Future Part Three: No Escape From No Future” provides the perfect example. As a sequel track to two tracks off their previous album, “No Future” starts with an off-the-cuff moment for the band. Somber and sluggish lyrics pour over the subdued backing. The track finally takes off as momentum picks up and Stickles’ voice once again shifts back into familiar territory. “The Monitor” is tighter and more focused than “Airing of Grievances.” And while certain tracks tend to ride the wave of length, it doesn’t lead the album astray. In fact, four of the 10 tracks run longer than seven minutes. The album closer, “The Battle of Hampton Roads,” is a whopping 14 minutes long. But don’t let that make your decision. With “The Monitor” we get the best of both quality and quantity. Making sure that each track
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is necessary, there’s more variety and emotion than usual from Andronicus, and that’s definitely a good thing. “Four Score and Seven,” an 8.5-minute-long barnburner, features languid piano and blues-oriented guitar lines. But halfway through the emotional pout fest comes the heavy drums and distorted guitar we’ve come to expect. Keeping with the emotional journey, “To Old Friends and New” becomes the prototypical ballad of the album. It may be cliché, but it works mightily well for this New Jersey alternative troupe. They tried something they didn’t on their previous album—and it pays off. According to Stickles, the album is a “concept album.” It uses the Civil War era as a narrative for their “hero” to leave New Jersey for Boston. All in all, “The Monitor” is chock full of a lot of good, but different elements. Quality music, experimentalism, Civil War references and Shakespeare plays all make appearances. Let the final song tell the story as it tells the entire narrative of the battle that the USS Monitor took place in. Call it a concept album, call it what you want, but more importantly take part in a growing band and experience their evolution firsthand. n
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On Feb. 4, a new group appeared on Drake University’s campus. While the members don’t hold meetings or plan activities, they agree on one thing: “Everyone is just fine the way they are.” According to the group’s Facebook page, Drake University Dead (DUD) is an “unofficial student group” that was created to provide an alternative option to Alive, a weekly Christian worship event sponsored by Drake University Campus Fellowship. Jared Hanel, the creator of DUD, posted that he “created the group because (he) recognized that there were students feeling persecuted and/or harassed by members of Alive.” The group does not necessarily plan to hold meetings in the future, but instead offers an online outlet for students who are frustrated by their experiences with Campus Fellowship, according to the Facebook page. While the group information online states that DUD is not aimed at any specific religion, it does say that it is intended to be “the opposite of Alive,” the name by which most students refer to Campus Fellowship. “It’s kind of like a support group for students who are bothered by people in Alive who push their beliefs on others,” said group member Anna Limbrick. Campus Fellowship is one of the largest student groups on campus with about 200 members, according to senior president Matt Poindexter. “Campus Fellowship is basically a Christian student organization that helps students know God better,” Poindexter said. The mission statement on Campus Fellowship’s Web site does not mention “persecution” or “harassment” in any way. It states that “Campus Fellowship is a group of college students from various backgrounds and different parts of the world who come together through multiple activities to seek God…Through all of this, we strive towards real and authentic relationships as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.” In addition to Campus Fellowship, there are other religious
groups on campus, such as Hillel for Jewish students and InterVarsity, another Christian organization. Why, then, is DUD so focused on Campus Fellowship? According to the Facebook group, the majority of members are frustrated with people from Campus Fellowship sharing their beliefs with others. Katherine Hunt, another member of DUD, said that she’s met quite a few “Alivers,” the name some students refer to as members of Campus Fellowship. While she acknowledged that she has made some friends within the group, she said that she is often uncomfortable spending time with them.
Religion is a touchy subject.
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“From my personal experience and from what others tell me, we know that a lot of people have been harassed,” Hunt said. “They tell us we’re going to hell if we don’t convert. Dead is a group where you’re not harassed about your beliefs and you can believe what you want.” Limbrick said that she knows people who have been befriended by Campus Fellowship members. She said that these same friends were “cornered by some Alivers” and this is one reason why she joined DUD. “I want to make it clear that I don’t hate the Alivers,” Limbrick said. “I just have a problem with what some of them do as far as pushing their beliefs on others. It’s really not doing anything to encourage people towards Christianity.” However, despite the emergence of DUD, there are still about
200 students at Drake who find their experiences with Campus Fellowship and Alive rewarding. According to Hunt, there hasn’t really been any response to DUD from Campus Fellowship. Tanner Davis, a sophomore involved with Campus Fellowship, has been a part of the group since he came to Drake. “It’s not a true organization,” he said. “It’s more of a lifestyle.” Davis said that the goal of Campus Fellowship, as he sees it, is to apply the guidelines and laws of the Bible to everyday life. Although Davis said that Campus Fellowship members believe in spreading information about the Christian faith, he denied that members of the group harass other students. “The Bible very blatantly emphasizes the importance of sharing the gospel and sharing the truth about Jesus and why he came,” Davis said. “As a group, I’d say that’s basically our main motivation.” Poindexter believes that the formation of DUD is another example of people reacting to a religious organization. He said that another group similar to DUD appeared his freshman year at Drake and dissipated some time after. “Religion is a touchy subject,” he said. “By nature of Campus Fellowship being a religious Christian organization, you get people who feel this way.” Regarding students being harassed or feeling overwhelmed by members of Campus Fellowship, Poindexter said that he would advise any of these students to contact him. “I’m an RA,” said Poindexter. “When there’s a conflict between two residents we usually advise that they go and talk to each other, because that’s the route to resolution. I’d also like to say that I’m sincerely sorry that people feel pressured. That’s not something we want to be part of our organization.” According to DUD’s Facebook page, the group is “aimed at giving [Campus Fellowship] a nudge, showing them that there are other ways of thinking and that everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe.” Whether or not this virtual “support group” grows into an actual organization, DUD is here for now and making a statement. n
Take a ride with Taxi
New band hits the streets with original rock sound by NATE HEINEKAMP
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Chicago-based rock group AM Taxi is set to make its debut with the album, “We Don’t Stand a Chance.” The release is set for June 8 on Virgin Records. AM Taxi is composed of lead singer Adam Krier, bassist Jason Schultejann, Chris Smith on drums, lead guitarist John Schmitt and Luke Schmitt on keys. The band has been gaining popularity since its conception in 2007, with a hardrock sound that is comparable to bands like The Ataris and Sum 41. When asked about his writing technique, Krier said he tries to “write songs about things people can relate to.” The single off the new album, “The Mistake,” centers on the theme of a relationship that should have never been. Krier’s writing style is up-front; the lyrics speak right to the listener. Other songs on the new album such as “Dead Street” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” also deal with the ideas of being out of place in your surroundings, being restless and wanting to get away to a new life. All the songs are relatable to just about anyone’s daily encounters such as problems with your love life in “Charissa” and broken promises in “Champagne Toast.” AM Taxi has toured with big name bands like The Spill Canvas, The Offspring, Sum 41 and
The Ataris in this past year. They’ve performed as opening acts at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and have made the rounds of most of the intimate venues on the Chicago music scene. U.S. summer tour dates are already lined up throughout the United photo courtesy of www.amtaximusic.com States. In an interview with “Metromix,” AM Taxi said to expect a lot of pure entertainment at their shows. “We pack a lot of energy. We’re going to take our 40 minutes and try to best represent ourselves.” AM Taxi has a unique sound, which the band claims came from their reverence of bands like The Wailers, The Clash, Ryan Adams, along with British invasion and garage punk bands. With a new record label and first album out this summer, AM Taxi is climbing the charts fast. They’re set to perform with The Spill Canvas, Tyler Hilton and New Politics in Iowa Falls on April 21. So hitch a ride—they’re going places. n
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STELLAR STATS Second half points senior Jordann Plummer scored in her final game on the Knapp Center court.
Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb follows just about every possible sport she can. The Times-Delphicâ€™s Dominic Johnson had a chance to ask her a few questions about the athletic programs here at Drake.
Which teams have surprised you most this year?
â€œCross country had the highest GPA of all the Division I teams in the country this past fall, which is unbelievable. Our menâ€™s soccer team played in the Elite Eight and demonstrated high character in their academics and their all-around play. They had more all-academic selections than any other team. Our volleyball team thoughâ€”17 women across all different majorsâ€”has a GPA of 3.56. That absolutely blows my mind.â€?
What do you think pushes our athletes to be good students?
â€œOur coaches do a wonderful job of recruiting self-driven and motivated individuals. They pick out those who they know want to succeed. Not only that, but they set a high expectation for these athletes. And here at Drake, itâ€™s key because even our athletes are a name in the classroom, not a number. If Josh Young doesnâ€™t go to class, the professor is going to notice.â€?
As the athletic director, how do you How does Drake truly show off our follow all these programs? â€œIt isnâ€™t easy, thatâ€™s for sure. But our sports student athletes? â€œI think that the surrounding staff, coaches and the individuals all believe that excellence in the classroom spills over onto the field. Itâ€™s really a synergy that demonstrates itself in sports. Our 350 Division I athletes have over a cumulative 3.0 GPA, which is truly impressive. It speaks to the athletes, that they value the school experience and are willing to work.â€?
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Resilient Bulldogs return strong
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The Drake menâ€™s tennis team is developing a rather convenient habit of coming back strong from their losses. Last week, the Bulldogs lost 6-1 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, yet on Sunday they bounced backn posting victories over Gustavus Adolphus College and Graceland University, 7-0 and 6-1, respectively. Despite lacking Division I status, both schools are among the strongest in their respective divisions. Drake took the court against the Gustavus Gusties, who are ranked No. 24 in Division III tennis this year. The Bulldogs were able to start off doubles strong as they grabbed the momentum from the get-go. With all the doubles teams breaking their opponentâ€™s serve multiple times, Drake swept the doubles matches with no Gustavus duo winning more than five games. Head Coach Jimmy Borendame believes his teamâ€™s doubles matches will fare much better now that his teams are getting more comfortable with each other. â€œI feel good with the teams we have going now,â€? Borendame said. â€œI think we have three good, solid teams.â€? At singles, the Bulldogs looked even stronger. No match went to three sets and many of the scores were 6-3 or better. Freshman James McKie played at the No. 1 singles slot for the first time in his career and posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Gustavusâ€™ best player. Later on Sunday, the Bulldogs played Graceland University, one of the strongest teams in the NAIA. With three players in the top 50, Graceland took the court, surprising the home team with its talent. â€œI didnâ€™t expect Graceland to be that good,â€? Borendame said. â€œBut our guys played well.â€? At doubles Drake showed an even better performance than earlier in the day. Each Bulldog team posted a win by
March Madness Mayhem
TAD UNRUH COLUMNIST Ahh, spring: The time of year when a young manâ€™s heart turns to fancy. Romantic walks, birds chirping andâ€Ś college basketball? Itâ€™s the time of year that encourages me to wake up at noon, grab my Capâ€™n Crunch and retreat to my proverbial â€œman/bro/basketballâ€? cave for the next three weeks. Itâ€™s time for March Madness, a 65team college basketball tournament. To many, the most entertaining aspect is the first four days of the tournament, which starts on March 14, where there are many upsets of good teams and surprises, complete with nonstop action. Whether you are a casual viewer or a hardheaded hoops guru, I can help you with five steps that are essential to making your tournament experience a great one! A bracket is your first key to a tournament-watching win. Tip No. 1: If you donâ€™t have a bracket, you are just about as useless as David after his appointment with the dentist. Youâ€™ll
a score of 8-3. Borendame has been focusing on doubles in practice so the players can get a quick confidence boost going into singles play. â€œThe main thing we have been working on is finishing the volleys, especially the high balls,â€? he said. â€œWe have to make sure we are hitting them low and hard to people.â€? At singles, the Bulldogs lineup was altered slightly as senior Gui Marsiglia took a rest. Replacing him at the No. 3 singles slot was sophomore Jonathan Hadash, usually the No. 5 singles player. Four of the Drake players took their match in just two sets, while freshman Ryan Drake won at the No. 6 singles slot by winning the third set in a super tie-breaker. â€œFor an NAIA school like Graceland to play a Division I school, it was definitely a big deal for them,â€? Drake said. â€œThey were playing with nothing to lose, but we handled the pressure well.â€? Drake believes that having two home matches in one day was a great way to get confidence back after an unfortunate away match against Nebraska. Also, Sundayâ€™s matches helped prepare the Bulldogs for their match against UMKC yesterday. â€œComing off of the last away match, these matches were good to get more confidence,â€? Drake said. â€œWe also got more practice with our doubles pairings.â€? Borendame spent this week preparing his team for Wednesdayâ€™s matchup with UMKC, last yearâ€™s Summit League Conference champion. So far this year the Kangaroos of UMKC have posted a winning record, with wins over fellow Missouri Valley teams Creighton and Southern Illinois. â€œThey are a tough team to beat the Salukis, who won conference last year, and to win against Creighton, who is better than usual this year,â€? Borendame said. â€œThatâ€™s definitely an accomplishment. Our guys will have to be ready for a battle. The UMKC match will be a good benchmark to find out where we are in the league before conference play.â€? n
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Not only did Drake’s season come to a close against Northern Iowa last Friday, but so did the career of four dedicated seniors. Seniors Bill Eaddy, Craig Stanley, Adam Templeton and Drake all-time career scoring leader Josh Young finished their Bulldog careers with a 5540 loss against the top seed Panthers. “It’s an emotional time for the seniors,” Young said after the loss. “The things you’re going to miss are the experiences you’ve had with these people.” Eaddy, a 6-foot-7 forward from Ypsilanti, Mich., was a coach’s dream as a role player. Eaddy has been the type of guy that could step into the game and do whatever the coaches asked of him. Whether that was to knock down the open three or battle with the opponents’ largest post player, Eaddy always gave maximum effort and needed energy boosts to the Bulldogs. Eaddy had a career-high 17 points in a win against Morehead State last season and was also part of the 2007-2008 team that won both the Missouri Valley regular season and tournament titles. Stanley, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Plano, Texas, transferred to Drake and spent his junior and senior seasons as a Bulldog. Stanley started 30 games at point last season and was the team’s primary option at the position this year before injuring his wrist. Stanley returned to play a shared role with sophomore Frank Wiseler. Stanley had 11 points and five assists last Thursday, playing a key role in defeating Southern Illinois in the first round of the MVC tournament. Stanley tied for the team lead averaging 2.7 assists per game. Templeton, a 6-foot-6 combo guard and forward from Rapid City, S.D., transferred to Drake and spent the final years of his eligibility as a Bulldog. Templeton started in 30
games last season and was one of the few experienced post players this season. Templeton averaged 5.5 points per game and 3.8 rebounds last year, but his totals shot up this year as he stepped into a larger role. Templeton averaged 9.8 points per game while leading the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. His 44.4 percent from beyond the arc was good for tops in the Valley. Templeton had 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 70-65 win at Southern Illinois on Jan. 9. “There were already a few tears dropped in the locker room,” Templeton said after his final game. “I’ve had a remarkable time at Drake University.” Young, a 6-foot-1 guard from Lawton, Okla., came to Drake and made his presence in the Valley known as just a freshman. He was named to the 2007 MVC All-Freshman and All-Newcomer teams. Young had a breakout season as a sophomore, leading the Valley in scoring at 15.9 points per game and being named to the 2008 All-Missouri Valley First Team. Young had 25 points in an upset over No. 8 Butler en route to leading Drake to the NCAA tournament. Young had six 20-plus scoring games as a junior and finished third in the conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game. Young was named to the All-Missouri Valley First Team again this season, and in addition to becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, set records for most career 3-pointers and free throws made. Young knocked down a fade-away, 10-foot jumper to defeat Southern Illinois in the first round of the MVC tournament last Thursday. Young finished the season averaging team highs 14.4 points per game and 2.7 assists per game. “He left a legacy for the young guys to follow in his footsteps,” Head Coach Mark Phelps said. “It’s been amazing,” Young said. “I’ve had difficult times in my career but those difficult times made me stronger.” n
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Starting senior guard Jordann Plummer, who leads the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game, sat down with The Times-Delphic with the Missouri Valley Conference tournament just around the corner. The Times-Delphic: What are your expectations for this year’s MVC tournament? Jordann Plummer: Like every team that participates in the MVC tournament, our expectations are to play hard and together as a team. We would love to win the tournament, and that trophy is up for grabs. Each team is entering its third season and everybody is 0-0. The tournament usually raises the level of play of each team involved. It will be four days of pure heart, determination and mental toughness. TD: How do you guys prepare for the tournament, knowing that you have to win it to make it to the NCAA tournament? JP: I would say the best way to prepare is by us practicing hard and being very coachable this week. We have a couple areas of growth that are easily correctable and if we can manage to make a change, we will be in great shape. The talent is there and the chemistry is strong. TD: What’s your biggest concern heading into the tournament? JP: I don’t think the team or the coaching staff has any concerns about heading into the tournament. As long as we play the game of basketball like we did back in nonconference season and in some games in conference play, we should be in great shape. TD: How would you describe this season? JP: This season has been a season of learning and growth. Our team has a lot of young players and they had an immediate impact on our team. The transition from a high school senior to a collegiate freshman is very tough. Every aspect of your life changes and you learn a lot about yourself and the game of basketball. TD: How would you describe this year’s team? What makes it special? JP: I would describe this team as a youthful
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JORDANN PLUMMER is one of five athletes selected for the Missouri Valley Conference 2009-10 Preseason All-Conference team.
and talented team. What makes this team special is how close-knit we are. Each team I have played on, I have memories that will last forever. With this team, and previous team members I have played with at Drake, I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I think that is what makes it special. The relationships that I’ve made over the years are what I will cherish the most, and this is what makes collegiate basketball special. TD: Looking back on the season, do you feel this team has fulfilled expectations? JP: No, I do not think we fulfilled our expectations this season. As a team, we wanted to be one of the top finishers in the Valley, but we fell short of that accomplishment. Other than that, I don’t think we fell short of any expectations. TD: Are there any regrets from your behalf on the team’s performance so far? JP: No, I think I have played my hardest for my team, game in and game out. I don’t have any regrets about anything that has happened this season. Everything happens for a reason and I think this season has taught our team a few things about handling adversity. TD: You are a senior and you recently played your last game at Drake. How does it feel to move away from Drake women’s basketball? JP: I feel like it is time for me to move forward in my life. There will never be an experience like college basketball. I will cherish the last five years I have played and supported Drake women’s basketball. TD: Did you ever think you would have this kind of success for a Division I program? JP: Initially, I did not. As a freshman I was told that I would be backing up Linda Sayavongchanh and playing about 10 minutes a game. She ended up having a couple of injuries and I was thrown into the starting lineup, and it was great experience. Since then, I have gradually gained the confidence of being able to compete and grow into a successful player here at Drake.
TD: What are you going to miss the most about this program? JP: I will miss the fans, the community and the overall atmosphere. Drake has a great reputation of being a quality women’s basketball program and I am glad to be a part of the program. TD: What’s your most memorable experience at Drake? JP: Watching the MVC tournament in 2007 and seeing my team win the whole thing in four days. Also, the entire experience traveling to Pittsburgh, Penn., and watching my team play a close game with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the first half. I got a chance to shake Pat Summit’s hand and watch Candace Parker play. TD: Would you say that are you happy with your decision of coming to Drake? Has it offered you everything you wanted academically and as a basketball program? JP: I am very happy with my decision to go to Drake. I can’t see myself going to any other school. The power of a Drake degree speaks volumes across America. Graduating from Drake is a privilege and I am glad that I was offered the opportunity to represent the school through basketball. TD: Do you think this program will continue to be successful after your departure? JP: Yes, I do. Drake has always been a winning program. Even this year we were a winning team, even though we did not reach our maximum potential. This team has a lot of talent and the recruits coming in will only add more talent and success for Drake.
TD: What are your plans after graduation? Is basketball still going to be a part of your life? JP: After graduation, I will hopefully have a job somewhere, preferably in my field of study (marketing and management). Basketball will still be a huge part of my life. I would like to play professional basketball if the opportunity presents itself after season is over. If not, I would probably look into coaching an AAU team or college level. n
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