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‘Drake Advantage’ marketing campaign fails to impress by Lizzie Pine


“Drake advantage –the way we see it.” The way students see it? D+. In a direct mail marketing campaign to prospective students, the Drake University Marketing and Communications department and the Admissions department partnered to approve the Drake Advantage campaign created by Stamats Higher Education Marketing. Launched in July, this promotion was sent to high school juniors and seniors to inform them about Drake. Debra Lukehart, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication for Drake, said the main purpose of

admission advertising is to catch the prospective student’s attention amidst the clutter of other college and university mail. “We didn’t just want students to understand the irony, we wanted them to turn the page,” she said. “For schools that aren’t in the Ivy League, it’s a real challenge to get noticed in any way. The strategy is to get people not just to notice, but to want to learn more and engage in the material.” Furthermore, she said “the headlines have judged the campaign before measuring the effectiveness.” The department had 921 high school students participate in online concept testing to see if the material would be successful, Lukehart said. Most of the respondents were from the Midwest, and the results were positive. Over 75

percent indicated the cover grabbed their attention either “a little or a lot.” Almost 90 percent felt it was unique compared to other institutions’ materials. More than two-thirds affirmed attending Drake would give them an advantage, Lukehart said. More than 60 percent of respondents said a Drake Advantage brochure would make them want more information about Drake, with 3 percent less likely to want more information, Lukehart said. The online concept testing was chosen over focus groups to prevent bias from group dynamics. Since Drake Advantage’s launch, inquiries—consisting of calls, e-mails, information cards and other reques


Drake team to play first American-style football game in Africa this May A climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and volunteering will conclude the trip by Matt Moran

Sports Content Editor

Drake will make a historic leap for sports when it travels to Tanzania to play the first-ever American football game on African soil. The Bulldogs will face the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico in the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl on May 21, 2011, in Moshi, Tanzania, with Mount Kilimanjaro filling the horizon in the backdrop of the stadium. Both teams will partake in community service projects during their two-week stay. Both will host a youth clinic open to all children in the area, and then work at the Kitaa Hope Orphanage in Moshi, which houses children between four- and 12-years-old. The squads will also build an addition to the orphanage.

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THE DRAKE FOOTBALL TEAM will travel to Tanzania, a country in Africa, on May 17 to make history by participating in the first ever American-style football game in Africa. After three days of volunteering at the orphanage, both sides will climb the massive Mount Kilimanjaro. Africa’s tallest mountain reaches 19,340 feet, and each team will take different routes to the top. The six-day expedition will result in both teams hoisting their respective university and na-

Student Senate broadcasts its first podcast by Ann Schnoebelen

Staff Writer

The first podcast of this year’s Senate recorded mostly routine business measures. Over 150 committee applications have been distributed, and the Student Activities board has publicized its fall schedule of events.

tional flags at the summit. “This has all come together in an amazing way,” said Drake Head Coach Chris Creighton, whose Bulldogs dropped a 28-14 decision to Lehigh last Saturday. “I cannot tell you how excited I am to do this with our football team and our new friends down in

Listeners making it through the first few minutes, however, will also hear a candid conversation over the nationwide stir Drake University’s “D+” recruitment campaign logo has caused. Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears opened the discussion by addressing Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari. Vice President Spear said he’d been contacted to comment on the campaign by organizations such as the Des Moines Register. Dean Bakari said that at a meeting he’d attended with provosts and Tom Delahunt, vice president of admission and financial aid, and Deb Lukehart, executive director of marketing and communications, the “D+” had drawn mixed reviews. “The feedback was all over the place,” he said. “There were those that said it was really

Mexico.” Global Football, a Texas-based football events organization, will coordinate the trip. Global Football President Patrick Steenberge has produced football events in 18 different countries since 1996.


great and those who voiced some concerns.” When the issue was brought up for open discussion, a long list of senators indicated a desire to express their opinion.

Most were less than impressed, but few gave the entire “Drake Advantage” campaign a bad

SENIOR RYAN T. HENDERSON, from Lenexa, Kan., passed away this weekend unexpectedly. Officals have yet to release cause of death.

Student found dead early Sunday morning by Lizzie Pine


Drake University senior Ryan T. Henderson was found dead in his car Sunday morning. He had visited his friend’s 27th Street apartment for approximately an hour the night before. Henderson wasn’t seen until 6 a.m., when he was found in his car at the apartment’s parking area slumped over in the drivers’ seat, according to the police report. Police found a small bag of marijuana in his pocket. The university is cooperating with the Des Moines police in the investigation. In an e-mail message sent to students and staff Sunday morning, President Maxwell shared the passing of Henderson, a senior from Lenexa, Kan. “It is my painfully sad duty to inform you that at approximately 6:30 a.m. today Ryan T. Henderson, a senior from Lenexa, Kan., was found deceased at an off-campus location. On behalf of all of us at Drake, I want to express our deepest sympathies to Ryan’s family, friends and the Drake Family as a whole, and offer all possible support as we absorb this tragedy. It is at times like these that we must be able to rely on one another for solace and comfort; if there is anything at all that Maddy and I can do to be of help, please do not hesitate to let us know. Drake University is cooperating with the Des Moines Police Department in their investigation of the death, and we are told by the authorities that at this point there are no signs of foul play or any threat to the campus community. I will share additional information regarding the investigation and plans for services as we learn more. Student Life staff members are prepared to provide all necessary support to students and connect them to available resources for counseling services.”

>>PRAYER VIGIL Intervarsity Christian Fellowship will be hosting a prayer vigil for Ryan Henderson at 7 p.m. tonight in the Morehouse Ballroom. review. “It’s just that cover. Once you open it, you can see it and understand,” said Sen. Seejo Valacheril. “It’s just that initial reaction.” Vice President of Student Activities Greg Larson said he thought too much clarification was needed in order to send the right message after students saw the D+ logo. “If you have to explain it that way, maybe it’s not working as well as it should be,” he said. Others, such as Sen. Megan Hutcheson, questioned why the university hadn’t used the resources already available in its students at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to design the website and brochures. “I don’t understand why they don’t reach out








BIKING WHILE INTOXICATED 1:44 a.m. Aug. 24 A security officer observed a male adult who was swerving from one side of the sidewalk to the other near the Olmsted Center, attempting to ride a small bicycle. The male got off the bike and attempted to run. He was stopped and police were called. The subject was arrested for being intoxicated. The bicycle was confiscated. 9:39 a.m. July 31 A male adult requested admittance into the Knapp Center to retrieve property he had left. He said in the early morning hours of July 31 he was chased by three juveniles who had beaten him up. He jumped the stadium fence and hid his property. He then left and went to his residence located in the 2900 block of High Street. Police were called to the scene, and they found that the male was listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The subject was advised on trespass for the Drake campus.

8:51 p.m. Aug. 13 Security and police responded to an area near Old Main based on report of a domestic assault. A 37 year-old female who had just gotten out of the hospital said her boyfriend was throwing dough-balls at her near 50th Street and Kingman Boulevard. She did not appear to have been running. A friend was called and arrived shortly after, stating she could stay at her house for the night. 2:42 a.m. Aug. 14 Security responded to the 1300 block of 31st Street based on report of a domestic situation. An intoxicated male student


and his ex-girlfriend had been arguing. Due to the male’s condition, security saw him to his residence a short distance away in the 1300 block of 32nd Street. Upon entering the residence, drug pipes and marijuana were in plain sight. Police were called and the student was arrested for drug possession. The dean of students was notified. 12:40 p.m. Aug. 16 A male student reported a male of about 50 years of age with gray hair and a blue shirt, riding a gray mountain bicycle in the 1200 block of 30th Street. The man on the bike became upset as to how he perceived the male student was driving his motor vehicle. He flipped off the student and started screaming about how he was going to kick his rear end and how there was going to be a fire. The cyclist then fled northbound. 1:40 a.m. Aug. 17 A security officer observed a male passed out near Meredith Hall. He was awakened after several tries and the underagefor-drinking male student first said he lived with his parents and then decided he lived at 3212 Forest Ave. He said he had been drinking at a bar

Drake student charged with sexual assault of fraternity brother by Lizzie Pine


A Drake University student has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse. Senior Anthony Bertolone allegedly assaulted a fellow fraternity brother at the Sigma Chi house various times throughout the past year, according to police reports. The victim had no recollection of the incidents and learned of it through pictures and videos found on Bertolone’s computer. The victim said he believes he had been drugged repeatedly, and previously had no reason to suspect Bertolone of anything, according to police reports. He said they were

friends and had never been in a sexual relationship. The allegations are being investigated by the Des Moines Police Department and Drake officials, according to Drake’s statement. “When sexual assault does occur, the University is committed to responding in ways that promote recovery for the victim and appropriate consequences for the assailant,” officials said. “The President’s Cabinet has been at work reviewing and implementing recommendations from the Task Force on Sexual Assault and Coercion that met throughout the spring, and we will continue to do so,” said Drake President David Maxwell. Bertolone’s membership in


the fraternity and lease in the house have been revoked. Bertonlone’s arraignment is scheduled for next Monday.

SAB to present comedian Tig Notaro this Friday by Nicole Mittelbrun

Staff Writer

Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is coming to Drake University tomorrow night. The show, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, will take place at 9 p.m. on Pomerantz stage, and is open to the public. “It’s a great way to start off the weekend, and you can meet students on campus,” said Allie LeClair, SAB entertainment co-chair. Notaro has appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Program” many times, and has also been a guest on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “She is awkward, but funny awkward,” LeClair explained. Greg Larson, the vice president of student activities, said that he is excited for Notaro to perform at Drake. “Tig Notaro has shared the stage with some of the nation’s most humorous individuals on the NBC show ‘Last Comic Standing,’” Larson said. “I had a chance to see her this past spring with other members of SAB, and we knew she’d be a wonderful addition to this year’s comedy line-up.” This is just the beginning of events and shows organized by SAB this year. Larson said that SAB has some type of event lined up for every single week this semester. “A new programming tactic we are trying out this semester is a lot more weekend programming, primarily occurring on Friday nights around 8 or 9 p.m.,” he said. “Consistency is important when it comes to programming, and that is something Drake students can look forward to this year.” Nick Lund, the SAB entertainment co-chair,

explained how they schedule acts. “We get in contact with their agents. Also, the National Association for Campus Activities conference is huge for making connections. We mostly work with agents out of Chicago; it’s cheaper travel-wise, plus they try to sell the acts so they push them on us too.” SAB is working hard to make sure that students are more aware of shows. “Time after time, SAB receives feedback that students don’t know what is happening on campus in terms of programming. We have an obligation to not only bring the best entertainment to campus, but to try as hard as we can to ensure students are aware of it,” Larson explained. Larson said that SAB would also like to improve by making stand-alone shows more like events. “Instead of just bringing a comedian to campus for a 60 minute show, we will work with our theater department to do teasers or mini performances during the day or involve different cultural organizations in a cooking show series where their ethnic foods are prepared and students can learn about each other’s heritage,” Larson said. “There are tons of things we can do and Drake has a lot of untapped talent that should be put up on stage.” Students interested in getting involved with the events SAB organizes can join a committee or offer their suggestions to an SAB member. “We have Baby Wants Candy scheduled for parents and family weekend, and Stand Up for Diversity is coming in October,” LeClair explained. Students can stop in the SAB office, located in the Student Life Center, to make suggestions for future events, or e-mail ideas to Larson, LeClair or Lund.


(This opportunity is) life-altering for our students; we’d like to consider Drake a pace-setter for higher education. This is a tremendously exciting historic opportunity. Drake is the place where dreams come true. — PRESIDENT DAVID MAXWELL, SEE PAGE 8

located in the 2300 block of University Avenue and always gets into the establishment because he is in a fraternity and it is no problem. He called a friend who walked him back to his residence. The dean of students was notified. 2:49 a.m. Aug. 20 Security responded to Jewett Residence Hall based on report of an unconscious female in the lobby. It was determined the underage-for-drinking female had been drinking at a bar located in the 2300 block of University Avenue and was highly intoxicated. She was reluctant to answer questions and tried to run from the area several times. She would not give her correct address. She gave addresses that were found to be not true. Police were called and she eventually gave her address of 1305 34th St. Police took her to the residence and it was determined that she actually resided there. Residence Hall staff were present at Jewett and are aware of the situation. 1:07 a.m. Aug. 21 Security officers and a resident assistant of Ross Residence Hall observed a male slumped against a car in a Drake parking lot located in the 1200

FROM PLUS, PAGE 1 ts—have increased by over 60 percent. The caliber of students submitting the inquiries isn’t yet known, Lukehart said. In addition, traffic to the page has more than doubled, eliminating the attention from the past week. Admissions counselors say the materials are working in the environments they were meant for, prospective high school students. “It’s attention-getting,” Rachel Kauffold, senior marketing and broadcast news major said. “It definitely cuts through the clutter.” Some people argue this campaign hurts seniors, but Kauffold said it can be a positive challenge for the seniors. “I’m interested to see after all the buzz has dies down, what the long-term effects will be like three months from now,” Kauffold said. Other students don’t see it as a positive challenge. “It reflects on the university poorly, because if you’re trying to sell the university to high schoolers, it sounds like you don’t need good grades to get in,” said Lizzie Callen,

block of 32nd Street. The underage-for-drinking male student said he merely walked into a bar in the 3000 block of Forest Avenue and no one checked his I.D. His driver’s license showed he was underage-for-drinking and he had no fake I.D. on his person. The resident assistant allowed him to stay in his room until his friends returned. The dean of students was advised. 1:12 p.m. Aug. 21 A female student walked into a light pole at 27th Street and Forest Avenue, sustaining a cut near her eye. A staff member drove her to a medical facility. 11:46 p.m. Aug. 25 A female student stated she was walking with friends on the north side of the street in the 2800 block of University Avenue when a male on the south side of University exposed himself. Her friends didn’t see anything and thought she was joking until she told them all to hurry to the residence hall. 8:03 a.m. Aug. 26 A female student reported that someone had gone through her motor vehicle while it was parked in a Drake parking lot between 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 26. Fifteen a first-year graphic design and english double major. Susan Clausen also thought it was embarrassing. “These campaigns reflect the school and therefore us,” the senior advertising major said. “D+ looks like we have a low standard of grades.” Dan Clinton, a senior management and marketing major thinks we should get attention in a better way. “To come out of school with a marketing degree from a school that has an awful marketing campaign doesn’t look very good,” he said. People from all over the country have heard about this campaign. In Michigan, the Drake Soccer team received criticism for the advertising. “We were just warming up and a 45-year-old man just laid into us about the D+ program,” said Matthew Reindl, a senior soccer player and marketing major. He said the people didn’t know where Drake even is, but thought it was a dumb campaign. Drake hasn’t had very positive publicity recently, and many students are concerned this only adds to the negativity. “I think if they’re drawing

FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 to such a good program,” she said. Many senators also pointed out that the controversy had its silver lining. “Rest assured we’re differentiating ourselves,” Sen. Kayleigh Koester said. “We can be proud that Drake is a high enough institution that people want to talk about us.” Sen. Nate Bleadorn seemed to agree.

dollars in coins were stolen from her unlocked vehicle. It is also possible that a check book and iPod were taken as well. 6:20 p.m. Aug. 26 A female student reported she placed a store bag of clothing outside her third floor room in Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall shortly before 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 26. She then left and returned at 6:20 p.m. and found that her bag of clothes was missing. The student went to the third floor women’s restroom and observed two feet and her bag in one of the stalls. The victim told the suspect to shove her items out of the stall. The only description given of the suspect is that she was wearing tan and pink flip-flops. 2:18 a.m. Aug. 28 A male student reported he was being followed by a female student. The female student was found and said she wanted to talk to her former boyfriend, but he wasn’t willing. The female had a fake driver’s license that was confiscated. Later in the day, the female had the male arrested for simple assault because of an altercation they had previously. The dean of students was advised.

attention, as they’ve obviously done, maybe they should do it more positively to draw away from the bad publicity we’ve gotten the past year and a half,” said Tim Stewart, a creative advertising and marketing double major. However, Lukehart believes Drake’s reputation is strong enough to overcome this. “When you read about all the good things Drake does, people know our reputation is strong and solid, not that we’re a substandard school,” she said. “When you look what’s happened at Drake in the past year compared to other schools, we haven’t gotten a fraction of that.” The Drake Advantage direct mail campaign was mailed months ago, and the only current reference to it is in the prospective students section of the Drake website. “We’re looking at ways to maintain the intent of the campaign, but respond to the concerns expressed by our constituents. In hindsight, we shouldn’t have let our community off guard by not letting them know what we were doing.”

“If nothing else, people are looking at us,” he said. “Any publicity is good publicity.” Students can access the entire conversation through the podcast at iTunesU, located on the Campus Life tab in blueView. Sen. Michael Riebel announced that Senate would be trying out the new podcast system for about a month, then evaluate its effectiveness. “We’ll give it four weeks,” he said. “Think about it, talk about it. We’ll see how it goes.”







Our condolences go out to Ryan Henderson’s friends and family.

Letter to the Editor

Campaign upsets marketing professor


know that the upper administration is likely experiencing tremendous levels of feedback of all kinds about the D+ campaign. And I would imagine that there is some stress that goes along with it. But given that Drake’s main page still boasts the headline, “Drake reports positive results from innovative recruitment campaign,” the only message that faculty, staff, students (and likely the world) are getting from top administration at Drake is that this campaign was the right thing to do and it is having a big positive effect on the university. Over the weekend, I have been able to think of little else. I can hold my tongue no longer.

I sincerely hope that top administration at Drake realizes that not all publicity is good publicity.

I teach marketing. I do research in marketing. I have a Ph.D. in marketing. I don’t think I’m arrogant. I know stuff, but I’m far from the ultimate authority on all things marketing. The bottom line is this: Drake University has little to gain from this campaign. It has everything to

lose. I say little to gain because our enrollment numbers are at an all-time high. Numbers have seemingly increased year over year ever since I came to Drake in 2003. And it has always seemed to me that the objective of Drake is not to grow and expand overall enrollment significantly. We don’t want to double the size of the University. That said, a campaign to dramatically increase enrollment when we are already bursting at the seams in terms of classroom space doesn’t seem like an appropriate advantage. What do we have to lose? Our reputation. Our image. Our dignity. Things that have been built for over a century. As I Google “Drake university D+,” I find over 3,900 hits. The vast majority are summed up by one common headline. “Drake University’s D+ Logo Earns a Failing Grade.” And it isn’t just the first two pages of results. Page 19 has that headline in the Chicago Tribune. I don’t need to run down the list of major and local news outlets, not to mention the blogs, that are carrying the story. Anyone paying attention already knows. And anyone paying attention must also know that the articles strongly communicate the negative aspects of the campaign.They quote top execs at major ad firms who call the program a failure. One quote really illustrates my own take on this: “There are a lot of bad ideas that cut through the clutter and, for those guys, it’s just a bad idea. They’re too good of a school for that.” I’m not going to even question whether or not the campaign is “working” based on the

metrics of increases in inquiries, applications, campus visits and web traffic (although I might question what kind of student is responding). The concerns that are literally keeping me up at night are these: Now that all this negative press is out, what will the conversion rate look like next year? How many people will actually come to Drake after students and parents get wind of “Drake Earns a Failing Grade?” What about graduate students? In the College of Business and Oublic Administration, all our grad students are local. And they are a different target market than high school students. I know we are an undergraduate institution, but the 500+ grad students that pay tuition every year for CBPA programs generate a ton of income. What about outreach programs? I’m teaching marketing to a group of top level managers at the ITA Group next month as part of the CBPA’s Business Leadership Certificate Program. I feel that in order to establish readibility, I have to start my session by saying I had nothing to do with this campaign. What about donors? What about alumni relations? What about graduating students interviewing for jobs and grad schools? The list of potential negative effects is endless and cannot be overlooked. I sincerely hope that top administration at Drake realizes that not all publicity is good publicity. I can’t imagine that friends, neighbors, donors, alumni, and members of the board of trustees aren’t coming at them with reactions similar to mine. I have to admit I’m a little selfish. I also am

concerned about the marketing major, the largest major in the CBPA and one of the largest on campus. I have been approached by friends, family and acquaintances asking me if I had something to do with this campaign. All they see is “marketing” and they know that I am in the marketing department at Drake. They don’t know the difference between the Department of Marketing and Communications and the CPBA’s Department of Marketing. I would bet money that incoming freshmen don’t know the difference either. Why would a student want to major in marketing if that was the department responsible for the D+ campaign? So yes, I worry about the level of enrollment in my program. I think that the campus community deserves more of a response than “we are convinced that this campaign is the right campaign and it is succeeding.” I, for one, would like to see the D+ logo disappear for good. From everything I’m reading and from my interactions with other faculty, students, staff, etc., I’m not alone.

Andrew Norman Associate Professor of Marketing College of Business and Public Administration Drake University

Top 10 reasons you know you go to a D+ school


Drake Relays: This is by far the

best event that takes place at Drake University. A three-day track and field competition which consists of Olympic athletes, over 20,000 spectators and a broadcast completely run by students. We have it all.


Business Record named Drake’s Business program the best in the area for the fourth straight year. I’ve never taken any classes in the business school, and I still know Dean Blum is awesome. Hooray for the business school! You did not receive a D+.


Painting: To describe

this as a great part of Relays is an understatement. You won’t understand Street Painting until you’ve spent a couple of days trying to get all of the paint out of your hair. A 3000-person paint war? You can’t beat it.



Business School: The Des Moines

Beautiful Bulldog Contest: I

used to think bulldogs were not very pretty dogs. Wow, was I wrong! Porterhouse (2009 winner) and Meatball (2010 winner) are possibly the cutest dogs I have ever seen. I love that the university has real bulldogs at all events. So adorable.


First-Year Residence Halls: Now

that I’m a sophomore, I really appreciate the freshman dorms. The fact that I couldn’t move the wardrobes crushed me when I moved into the upperclassman dorms. For once, I wish I were a freshman again… wait… No, I don’t. Just kidding.


Paul Revere’s Pizza: If you’re

worried about the “Freshman 15,” don’t go here. This classy late-night pizza place has to-die-for breadsticks and it is the perfect pick-me-up food.


Drake Diner: This is another famed

restaurant off campus. You don’t even have to look at the menu; a burger and shake are all you need. It almost brings you back to the ‘50s–if only the servers wore roller skates.

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Student-Faculty Ratio: Trust

Drake Football: Next May, Drake

me, with the ratio at 14-1, you never want to skip a class. The professor will notice and it won’t be fun mumbling your way through an excuse. Plus, skipping a class wastes about $250 each time you miss. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to throw that money away.

Student Involvement: We definitely

So, if you think about your passions, PLUS all the opportunities Drake has to offer, I give the university a D+. “When it comes to choosing the college that fits you best, there’s simply no higher grade.”

will be the first American football team to play in Africa. We may not be the Alabama or Ohio State of college football, but we certainly have made a name for ourselves.

don’t receive a ‘D+’ in this category. We have a problem of over-involvement. I think it’s safe to say that Drake has one of the highest percentages of students involved on campus compared to many other schools.

REBECCA MATALONI COLUMNIST Mataloni is a sophomore news/internet and music major and can be contacted at

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Comedian Tig Nataro 8:00 P.M. Pomerantz Stage Friday, September 10

Bus fairs from Des Moines to Chicago as low as $1 by Emily Tozer

Staff Writer

Gone are the days of high-priced plane tickets or parents making long round-trip drives to bring home students from college. Since April 2006, Megabus has been offering inexpensive, express city-to-city transportation. On May 4, Megabus added a new route that will cater to the needs of many Drake students: Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago. Before this option became available, students often relied on Greyhound buses or Amtrak trains to get home. Lindsey Eichwald, a Drake sophomore, took the Greyhound home last year for fall break. “It was nice when I was a freshman and didn’t know anyone from Drake with a car who could have driven me,” Eichwald said. The Greyhound, however, had a few problems. “I remember it being over $100 to get home,” Eichwald said. “With the delay, it ended up taking seven or eight hours instead of five.” Another Drake student saved his parents the nine-hour drive by taking the Amtrak train home, and still prefers it to the alternatives. “Trains are a phenomenal way of transpor-

Megabus adds Des Moines route tation. You go through all these old towns that are really cool to look at,” sophomore Benn Isacksen said. The cost of a train ticket is about equal to what the cost of gas would have been, but still more expensive than a Megabus ticket. Convenience is also problematic with this option. “The nearest station is about 45 minutes south of campus,” Isacksen said. He also reported that the seven-hour trip felt much shorter than it was. Lindsey Summers, a sophomore, had a positive first experience with Megabus. “The bus was maybe 10 or 15 minutes late, but overall it was pretty timely,” Summers said.

Summers took the double-decker bus over the summer to visit friends in Des Moines. “I bought my ticket two weeks in advance, and the tickets were only $24 each way,” she said. As with most tickets, the further in advance that a student purchases a ticket, the cheaper the price. Summers’s only complaint was that the trip on the bus takes six hours whereas driving usually takes five. The bus leaves from Des Moines at Walnut Street and Fourth Street and arrives at Union Station in Chicago. “It made a stop in Iowa City, where a good amount of people got off, and you just have to plan for someone to pick you up,” said Sum-

mers. Matthew Brousil, who took Megabus from Chicago to Drake to visit his girlfriend, had quite a different experience. “The bus was 40 minutes late,” Brousil said. “It seemed like they weren’t prepared for how many people there were, and they ended up splitting up the people who were going to Iowa City on a separate bus.” Before you shell out the big bucks for a Greyhound ticket or call your parents to request a ride, check for route times and rates.

Students for Women’s Issues looks to redefine norm by MEGAN BANNISTER

Staff Writer

The members of Drake’s Students for Women’s Issues (SWI) group are not those who come to mind when picturing the stereotypical, college-age feminist woman. In fact, not all of them are even women. A prime example is senior Andy Johnson, who became involved with the group as a freshman and now holds the position of treasurer. “Men as feminists are sexy,” Secretary Erin Meek said. “Men who respect women are sexy.” This year, the members of SWI made it one of their goals to attract a larger portion of those “sexy” males at Drake to get involved with the organization. This is an objective that senior and SWI president Jen Henry hopes will help

eliminate the stigma that feminism and issues that affect women are not relevant to men as well. However, the overarching objective of SWI is to create an environment in which college-age students can meet to discuss controversial topics such as gender norms, modern feminism and double standards, Henry said. “I came to Students for Women’s Issues last year after meeting Jen,” said Vice President Sheila Brassel. “She was the established feminist, and I just had a bunch of feelings and ideas that I wasn’t sure what to do with.” Throughout the year, SWI works hard to turn those ideas into actions, with events such as performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” in late February and a month dedicated to the celebration of women that takes place in March. SWI also sponsors a Body

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Men as feminists are sexy. Men who respect women are sexy.

–Erin Meek

“It’s being able to feel good in your own body,” Henry said. “Taking care of yourself and doing things that let you honor and love your body.” The group’s first event of the year, a Sexual

Awareness Week will be held from Sept. 13-17, and will focus on the startling fact that the most dangerous time for a woman starting college is during the first six weeks. Events for the week are open to all students and will center on safety, including a speaker on male victims of sexual assault as well as a self-defense class for women. On a weekly basis, SWI meets at 1155 28th Street on Tuesday nights to discuss issues of gender in the news, and work to dispel the stereotype that feminism is reserved for only those who choose not to shave their legs and hate pink. “Bras were never burned,” Brassel jokes. “That never happened.”

SWI meets at 1155 28th Street on Tuesday nights.

Don’t take the bait! Scammers who phish for your personal data can be very convincing. But if you know what to look for, you won’t be lured in.

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Tempting – the one word that could accurately describe the mouth-watering feeling that overwhelms the taste buds as one walks in to La Mie. The full pastry case greets customers with whispers of “Eat me,” which is only beaten out by the black board behind the counter that shouts an even more enticing selection. Fruit pastries, scones and breads wrapped-up for purchase are most abundant at 7 a.m., when the café opens. From then until 4 p.m. the shop is frequented by professionals in suits, old friends catching up and the regulars. Not the typical coffee shop, like the others in this series, La Mie offers great coffee that pairs well with its food offerings. It’s not the grab-and-go cup from Starbucks, which is usually not any better paired with any of its freeze-dried pastries. Instead, a La Mie beverage is the perfect French-cuisine contrast to the quick, corporate cup of coffee. Owners Joe and Christina Logsdon, according to the café’s website, have worked to cultivate “an atmosphere as vital and energetic as their customers.” Manager Nicholas Perchero with his authentic accent de Francais (French accent), is also a testament to La Mie quality. The manager appears to run the shop with a standard of efficiency, as three of the shop’s employees arrive right on time and jump in ready to serve. “La Mie is unique in the sense that we are a bakery. We make everything from scratch -- the pastries, the breads; we use only fresh ingredients and don’t freeze anything,” Perchero said. Perchero, standing in front of a counter of bowls heaping with strawberries and apples, said the fruit pas-

tries and the ciabatta bread are the most popular items on the menu. The café has established a reputation in the Des Moines food community since its opening over seven years ago. The only other bakery in the area to do this is South Union bakery, and other local vendors, such as Mars Café, include the fresh quality breads on their menu. The attention paid to quality ingredients is also apparent in their attention to ambiance. Fresh sunflowers decorate each modern-esque table as the hanging, minimalist light bulbs seem to swing to the soft Coldplay tunes in the background. The only thing that could make the environment that much more enjoyable would be a free Wi-Fi connection. La Mie is only a few blocks away from the Drake University campus, in the Shops at Roosevelt strip on 42nd St. Because of its close proximity, students like sophomore Ryan Price like to grab a sandwich, such as the turkey with swiss cheese, bacon and mayo, between classes. “La Mie trumps my usual McDonalds ventures by a longshot,” Price said. “I originally discovered the café when I went there with a professor, and I have been going about every other week since.” For students, the menu averages around $5 for items such as egg-andsausage panini sandwiches, and omelets with shaved ham and baby swiss. Junior Laura Swenson enjoys the unique offerings and comfortable atmosphere of the café. She recommends the Terragon chicken salad sandwich with chilled lemonade for a lunchtime pick-me-up. If classes get in the way of visiting the shop, stop by La Mie’s booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market, Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon.

What is PHISHING? Phishing is a fraudulent attempt — usually through e-mail or fictitious websites — to steal your personal information. The best way to protect yourself from phishing is to learn how to recognize a phish.

A few important tips to remember when using your Drake e-mail account: • Never respond to an e-mail request for personal information. Neither Drake University nor any reputable organization will ever request personal information or passwords via e-mail. • Never follow links in an e-mail suspected to be phishing. If you are unsure about a link, hover the cursor over it. If the text in the link within the e-mail does not match the link address, DO NOT click on it. • Use up-to-date browsers and software. • REMEMBER — It is better to err on the side of caution than to have your account compromised. If you provide your password and your account is taken over, Drake University’s entire e-mail system could be affected. For more information visit: and click on PHISH or contact the Drake Support Center at 515- 271-3001.






“Go-To” Professors Professors proven to go out of their way to promote student success by Jessica Mattes Features Editor

RHA hosts Labor Day concert by OLIVIA YOUNG Staff Writer

Summer is a time for music. Chicago, Ill., has Lollapalooza, Manchester, Tenn., hosts Bonnaroo and there’s Van’s Warped Tour and Pitchfork. And Drake University has the Residence Hall Association Music Festival. While the RHA Music Festival wasn’t quite on the same level as Lollapalooza, it provided low-key entertainment for the students who stayed on campus for Labor Day weekend. The festival took place at the Kragie Newell Agora in Helmick Commons last Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The four artists: Crystal City, Benn Isacksen, Egon’s Unicat and the Atudes played for about an hour each. A small crowd of about 20-25 people gathered at any given time. Some students worked on homework or studied in the grass nearby; passers-by, drawn by the sound, often stopped to listen for a few minutes. The breezy afternoon was perfect for outdoor music, but the amount of students gone for the holiday weekend greatly impacted attendance of the festival. This, however, was expected, Residence Hall Association president Sean Walsh said. “We realize a lot of people go home for Labor Day, but there should still be activities for people who stay,” Walsh said. Walsh organized the festival over the summer along with sophomore

Emily Lee, the service chair for RHA, and sophomore Christina Guerrero. “The festival is more RHA-sponsored than organized,” Lee said. “I communicated with RHA, and Christina found the bands. “Christina and I helped organize the music for the First Year Finale last spring, and since then we’d been talking about having something similar over Labor Day weekend,” Lee said. The team chose the Agora because of its central location, Walsh added. “We estimated quite a bit less attendance than normal, but the Agora is a place where we could catch people walking by, and you can hear the music from all the dorms,” he said. The varying music styles at the festival provided something for everyone. The bands featured different sounds, from acoustic guitar and solo vocals to blaring electric guitars and drums. In addition to his own songs, Drake sophomore Benn Isacksen sang covers of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” He played colorful acoustic guitar riffs and joked and laughed with the crowd. Egon’s Unicat was loud and energetic. With two fall inflatables in tow (a Halloween cat and a Thanksgiving turkey) the two band members filled Helmick Commons with the sounds of guitar-driven rock and eclectic vocals. Guerrero said all four bands were volunteers and, while most were local

Arts & Sciences Dr. Summerville wears many hats as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He believes that the reasons students are reluctant to reach out may be because of embarrassment, fear or a simple lack of recognition. A common dilemma that arts and sciences students may experience is the challenge and demand of inner disciplinary education. “I try within context of policy to accelerate student success,” Summerville said. “Different students adjust differently into college.”

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artists, one band, Egon’s Unicat traveled from the Illinois Valley, Ill. Guerrero added that she focused on finding bands that would capture the interest of passing students and entertain a crowd. “I used to book shows back home in Chicago, so I had experience with bands,” Guerrero said. “I looked for groups that were well known for stage presence to draw a crowd.” And while the reaction from the crowd was positive overall, the diminished crowd was a downside. “It’s good, but no one is here,” sophomore Heather Hall said. Sophomore Janna Lauer agreed. “It’s been fun so far, but this isn’t the best weekend to have it,” Lauer said. “It wasn’t very well publicized; I didn’t know about it until this morning.” RHA music festival may not become an annual event, but members wish to continue bring bands to campus. “I love working with bands, so I hope I can plan more events in the future,” Guerrero said. Walsh and Lee both agreed. “It’s a nice event to get RHA’s name out there, and to catch people stopping by,” Walsh said. “It didn’t cost anything so I could definitely see it happening again.”

Business & Public Administration Annette is the career services manager serving the College of Business and Public Administration and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She constantly assists with professional development, communicating job openings to students and coordinating career events. Students seeking guidance connect with Watson frequently. “The No. 1 concern students have is creating a solid resume and polishing the detail and format of the document,” Watson said. “I encourage students to meet with me as well as seek out other resources on campus.” The career center provides many resources on professional development, including how to write resumes and cover letters, etiquette tips and more.

Annette Watson 201 Aliber Hall 515-271-4715

Pharmacy & Health Sciences Jenny Tran is the director of student programs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She works with students on a daily basis to answer questions, create academic plans and explore campus opportunities. Tran’s days are filled with e-mails, phone calls, student meetings and general advice. “I think students should always ask for help when needed,” Tran said. “Drake has amazing resources for students, but it is up to each student to take advantage of resources on campus. “As a go-to person, it is important to provide accurate and timely information for students. I encourage all students to utilize all resources that their college or school offices.”

Jennifer Tran 110 Cline Hall 515-271-1803

Journalism & Mass Communication Carla is the assistant to the dean of journalism and mass communication and constantly deals with students and support services. She represents students of every age and grade in an on-going circle of schedules while managing add/drop questions that often find a way to Meredith 119. “I always try to make students feel comfortable at orientation,” McCrea said. “I suppose some students are still intimidated or feel like they should know it all.”

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Education Professor Drake is the director of student teaching and clinical associate professor of the education school. Unfortunately, he will be retiring after spring semester—take advantage of his friendly services while he’s available. “I learn names as quickly as I can,” Drake said. “I encourage my students to ask questions. I let them know I’m here for them, they are not here for us. Most important, I want my students to know I am someone they can visit with anytime.” Drake promotes class attendance, keeping in touch with professors and advisors and more than anything: Get involved!

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Bulldogs lose season home opener Drake struggles to climb out of early 21-0 hole, falls 28-14 to Lehigh University

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THE DRAKE BULLDOGS lost their home opener, 28-14, to Lehigh last Saturday. This marks the first week-one defeat since losing to Northern Iowa in 2006. The Bulldogs take on Missouri S&T this Saturday.

by Jack Thumer

Staff Writer

The Drake football team dropped its season and home opener to Lehigh University 28-14 on Saturday, despite a second half charge that almost erased Lehigh’s early 21-0 lead. Lehigh senior running back Jay Campbell rushed for three touchdowns and 93 yards on 22 carries to lead the Mountain Hawks’ attack. Before the game, Campbell had only rushed for 60 yards in his career for Lehigh. With the loss, the Bulldogs suffer their first week-one defeat since falling to Northern Iowa at Drake Stadium in 2006. Lehigh has now beaten Drake in consecutive matchups, the first in 2008 when the Mountain Hawks shutout the Bulldogs in Bethlehem, Pa. “Lehigh is a seasoned, veteran team,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said in an official press release. “They are

well coached and a physical, disciplined team that didn’t turn the ball over.” The first half of Saturday’s game belonged entirely to Lehigh. After a quick Bulldog three-and-out to start the game, the Mountain Hawks wasted no time with an efficient 10-play, 69-yard drive that resulted in a Campbell 2-yard touchdown run. After Drake stalled again on offense, Lehigh picked apart the Bulldog defense for another touchdown drive that took just nine plays to go 80 yards. Campbell found the end zone for the second time, this time from three yards out. After exchanging punts, Lehigh’s offense went right back to work. The Mountain Hawks successfully converted three third downs to march down the field yet again. Chris Lum’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Craig Zurn concluded Lehigh’s 11-play, 87-yard drive that gave them a 21-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game.

Drake had a chance to get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter, but senior kicker Billy Janssen hooked a 32-yard field goal attempt as time expired. The Bulldog offense was non-existent in the first half, only totaling 37 yards. “We just have to be more consistent,” junior tight end Ben Sabal said of his team’s offensive performance. “We had opportunities, we just have to be more sound.” Early in the third, however, the Bulldogs offense finally started clicking. Led by senior running back Tom Kostek, Drake pieced together an 11-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to cut the lead to 21-7. Kostek capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. He ran for 43 yards on the game, with 34 of them coming on that drive. The Drake comeback continued in the fourth when junior quarterback Mike Piatkowski hit junior receiver Drew Blackmon for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the lead to seven. Piatkowski completed five of seven passes on the 12-play, 89-yard drive. “It was just a matter of executing, and when we did in the second half, good things started happening,” Creighton said in an official press release. The momentum swung even further in Drake’s favor when they recovered a pouch kick on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Bulldogs the ball on the Lehigh 22-yard line. Lehigh’s defense came up with an important stop, however, causing three straight Piatkowski incompletions and sacking him on fourth down to give the ball back to their offense. Now in control of the game, the Mountain Hawks marched down the field and Campbell put the game away with a 28-yard TD run – his third of the game – to put Lehigh up two touchdowns with four minutes left. Piatkowski was sacked, and fumbled on the next drive, giving Lehigh the ball and the opportunity to kneel out the clock. Lehigh finished the game with a 420-177 advantage over the Bulldogs in total yards and won the turnover battle 2-0. Lehigh also stifled Drake on the ground, only allowing them 29 rushing yards. Now 0-1, Drake is back in action next Saturday as they travel to Rolla, Mo., to take on Missouri S&T.


New Talent Steps Up At Bulldog Classic Cornish and McDermott turn in top performances by DOMINIC JOHNSON Staff Writer

MEN Last year, Drake men’s cross country lost its top runner, Jeff Grassmeyer, to graduation. Throughout the offseason, one couldn’t help but wonder who would step up to fill Grassmeyer’s shoes. After this past weekend’s Bulldog Classic at Ewing Park in Des Moines, it looks like those shoes may be filled by Tim Cornish, a sophomore transfer student from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Cornish performed admirably in his first meet as a Bulldog, running to a fifthplace finish with a time of 12 minutes and 50 seconds to cover the 4,000 meter course. He was less than 15 seconds behind the Bulldog Classic’s champion, Iowa State’s Danny Ducharme. Cornish was not the only Bulldog running his first meet at Drake to place in the top 10. Freshman Omet Kak, a former two-time Iowa State prep track champion from North High School in Des Moines, finished in seventh place and only three seconds behind Cornish with a time of 12 minutes and 53 seconds. Just two seconds behind Kak was freshman Brogan Austin, the 2009 Iowa Class 3A individual state cross-country champion. Cornish believes that the addition of these freshmen will help the team grow throughout the year. “We have some star recruits such as Brogan Austin and Omet Kak, who both collected Iowa State Titles during high school,” he said. “If the team is running well I wouldn’t rule out a top-three finish (in the Missouri Valley Conference).” Over half of the men’s team is in their first year at Drake, and head coach Dan Hostager is excited about the young squad’s potential.

“It will take some time to adjust and develop at the Division I level,” said Hostager. “There is a ton of potential, but it can’t be rushed.” Also finishing with times under the 13-minute mark was a trio of returning Drake runners composed of junior, Matt Jurysta, and sophomores Charlie Lapham and Colin Hagan. Hostager believes that this team’s success will rely heavily on senior leaders Mike Bumgarner, Colin Coomer and Luke Schaefer. As the freshmen adjust to the longer distances that make up college meets, these seniors, as well as a handful of juniors, will have to pick up any slack. The returning runners are looking to prove themselves after last season. “We didn’t finish last year’s fall season very well and this group has been extremely motivated ever since then,” said Hostager. “It certainly showed this past spring with some track success and they all put in a great summer of training.”



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1. Casey McDermott

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WOMEN For the second straight year senior Casey McDermott destroyed the competition, taking her second Bulldog Classic individual title. McDermott finished with a time of 14 minutes and 42 seconds over the 4,000 meter course. The second place finisher crossed the finish line over 30 seconds after McDermott. Coach Hostager believes that McDermott can do even better this year than she did last cross-country season. “Casey has led our women’s team for a while now, and had an excellent summer of training after her outstanding track season this past spring,” he said. “If she can bring the confidence that she has on the track onto the cross-country course she is headed for another huge year.” The women’s squad didn’t rely solely on McDermott, though. Senior Tara Scieszinski finished in fourth place with a time of 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Both the men’s and women’s squads will be focusing on becoming race-ready for the upcoming meets in Minnesota. This Friday, the team will head to the University of Minnesota for the Oz Memorial Meet and then travel back to Minnesota at the end of September for the Roy Griak Invitational.

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Drake teams go 1-1 over the weekend Men’s team wins opener, drops overtime decision by Eduardo Zamarripa

by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

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The Drake Bulldogs men’s soccer team has a lot to live up to this season. An Elite Eight berth, a knocking off of a well-known program in Ohio State and an epic 6-4 shootout versus Boston College will be tough to top. The team started working its way back to that status this past weekend as the season got underway with two matches on the road. In the three exhibition matches that the Bulldogs have played, they’ve won all three of them in shutouts versus Loras College, UMKC and Coe College. And now the regular season is starting up. The Bulldogs are coming into the new season with a heavy burden of the no? 14 national ranking on their backs. And graduating six senior starters will challenge them as well. “We’ve got some good leaders on the team still,” junior Thomas Ostrander said. “We really want to accomplish something for ourselves this time and not be known as ‘last year’s team.’ It’s tough with the national ranking, we can’t sneak up on anyone, but we also want to live up to it as well.” But in their first game, they broke through and took down the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Friday night. Senior Kenan Malicevic netted the only goal, and what turned out to be the game-winner, in the 65th minute of the game as he deflected a shot into the top right corner off an assist from junior Hunter Kennedy. An understated part of the game was redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec’s play. Facing a total of 26 shots and tallying a career-high nine saves, Kadlec put in a strong performance for the Bulldogs. “Spectacular way to start our season after we graduated so many kids and losing Matt (Kuhn) for the year, to go on the road against competition from a strong Big Ten program is a huge achievement,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “We didn’t do ourselves any favors, we created some good chances, but it will take a few weeks to become a cohesive unit. “

The Drake Bulldogs men’s soccer team has a lot to live up to this season. An Elite Eight berth, a knocking off of a well-known program in Ohio State and an epic 6-4 shootout versus Boston College will be tough to top. The team started working its way back to that status this past weekend as the season got underway with two matches on the road. In the three exhibition matches that the Bulldogs have played, they’ve won all three of them in shutouts versus Loras College, UMKC and Coe College. And now the regular season is starting up. The Bulldogs are coming into the new season with a heavy burden of the no? 14 national ranking on their backs. And graduating six senior starters will challenge them as well. “We’ve got some good leaders on the team still,” junior Thomas Ostrander said. “We really want to accomplish something for ourselves this time and not be known as ‘last year’s team.’ It’s tough with the national ranking, we can’t sneak up on anyone, but we also want to live up to it as well.” But in their first game, they broke through and took down the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Friday night. Senior Kenan Malicevic netted the only goal, and what turned out to be the game-winner, in the 65th minute of the game as he deflected a shot into the top right corner off an assist from junior Hunter Kennedy. An understated part of the game was redshirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec’s play. Facing a total of 26 shots and tallying a career-high nine saves, Kadlec put in a strong performance for the Bulldogs. “Spectacular way to start our season after we graduated so many kids and losing Matt (Kuhn) for the year, to go on the road against competition from a strong Big Ten program is a huge achievement,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “We didn’t do ourselves any favors, we created some good chances, but it will take a few weeks to become a cohesive unit. “

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Drake off to scorching hot 9-0 start Bulldogs go 3-0 at Hampton Inn Drake Invitational



by David Johnson

Staff Writer

The Drake University volleyball team has dug, set and spiked its way to an undefeated record of 9-0 to start the 2010 season. Drake made quick work of the UMKC Kangaroos at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City on Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs won in three straight sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-20). Senior Angela Bys led the Drake attack with 12 kills, while Emily Heffernen and Alisa DeBerg Roth both finished the evening with seven kills apiece. Senior Alana Wittenberg provided a defensive stronghold with 16 digs and Caitlin Johnson paced the attack with 19 assists. “We are truly off to a great start,” said Head Coach Phil McDaniel. “However, we realize that we have to continue to work hard and come out and play to our best ability.” The Bulldogs took a bite out of the competition during the Hampton Inn Drake Invitational over the weekend, with victories over Green Bay, Southern Utah and North Dakota. The victory in the championship game against North Dakota (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 15-12) proved to be the Bulldogs’ biggest test of the season as it came down to the final set after Drake had jumped out to an early two-set lead. Wittenburg was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player with 84 digs over the course of three matches. Bys and junior Mikayla Sims were honored with slots on the All-Tournament team. The hitters combined for 63 kills through-

out the tournament. “There are still many things we are working on knowing we now have a target on us with people talking about our success,” freshman Beth Blackman (wrote) in a blog entry on the volleyball athletic site. “We are not going to let up and keep pushing through.” The Bulldogs are coming off a 22-12 (10-8) campaign in the 2009 season. Drake returns six senior leaders while adding five freshmen and two transfers. In addition to the six seniors, junior Michelle Reidy is coming off a Second Team All-MVC season. Emily Heffernen was a member of the 2009 MVC All-Tournament Team and was named to the MVC AllFreshmen Team. “We have an experienced team,” said McDaniel. “I want to make sure the veterans set good examples for the newcomers.” The Knapp Center will host its second volleyball tournament of the season this weekend when the Hampton Inn Bulldog Challenge brings Green Bay, Stephen F. Austin, South Dakota and Idaho State to town. The team will see its first action in the tournament on Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Green Bay. The Bulldogs have all ready defeated the Phoenix twice this season. McDaniel encourages the student body to make its way to the Knapp Center both this weekend and next Tuesday when instate rival Iowa comes to Des Moines. “We love to play in front of all the home fans and students who come out to show the team support,” said McDaniel. “We are thankful for all the fans.”


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Bulldogs to compete in the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania FROM AFRICA, PAGE 1 The former Notre Dame quarterback has worked with the NFL, Super Bowl Host Committees and the American Football Coaches Association. “There are not too many times in life where you can do something truly historical,” Steenberge said. “It’s an honor to be asked to be a part of this.” Steenberge said it took seven months to find an opponent for Drake, and Creighton was thrilled with the opportunity to play against the CONADEIP All-Stars. Steenberge also hopes to negotiate television packages with a documentary for the entire trip. “We want to make playing football at Drake University one of the most incredible experiences in these guys’ lives,” Creighton said. CONADEIP Drake’s opponent will be chosen from the CONADEIP Conference, which will begin its inaugural season this fall. The conference will be made up of the long-dominant private universities in Mexico. Steenberge said he was extremely impressed with the level of football from the schools in the conference, which have played for over 105 years. A team from the conference has won the national championship each of the last 20 years. “I was shocked to see the weight training, nutrition and coaching,” Steenberge said. “It’s a very sophisticated level of football.” Drake athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb said the CONADEIP All-Stars serve as a perfect match as an opponent because they share the same values as Drake University. “Not only do they (CONADEIP) love the game as much as we do, but they share the same commitment to both academics and athletics,”

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THE BULLDOGS will begin their journey to Africa May 17 and return to America May 31 after participating in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, helping to build an orphanage and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the 19.34-foot mountain. she said. Eduardo Martinez de la Vega, CONADEIP president and health promotion director at Universidad Iberoamericana, said he takes great pleasure to be involved with this project with Drake. He also made an early prediction for the game next spring. “Without a doubt, we have the best football program in the country (Mexico),” he said. “The all-stars from CONADEIP will be a nice surprise for everyone.”


Giving Back The orphanage service project will be coordinated through the efforts of Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS), an Iowa-based nonprofit organization based in Ames. Del Christensen, executive director for IRIS, said the project “matches so well with our mission to connecting Iowans with people worldwide.” The organization’s mission is to promote international understanding, diversity and peace by connecting Iowans to communities across the world. Christensen is excited for the opportunity to encompass multiple nations in this service project. “Involving three different countries is a truly historic endeavor,” Christensen said. Drake president David Maxwell said this trip will be a powerful example of an athletic team fulfilling the mission statement of the university. “(This opportunity is) life-altering for our students; we’d like to consider Drake a pace-setter for higher education,” Maxwell said. “This is a tremendously exciting historic opportunity. Drake is the place where dreams come true.” Tanzania and Mount Kilimanjaro Creighton experienced mountain climbing in Germany and Austria back in 2003, and is excited for his team to have the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically on the mountain. “Being in another country and climbing a mountain are two things that changed my life,” Creighton said. Drake and CONADEIP players will play under the shadow of Kilimanjaro and then spend six days attempting to reach the peak. The mountain overlooks the city of Moshi, which has never experienced anything like American football before. “Tanzania has no awareness of American football,” Steenberge said. “We’re going to open

the youth clinic to any young person in the area. We want to have equipment where we can donate 1000 footballs.” Creighton said his team will greatly benefit from the new experiences and will be forever changed by the life in Africa. “Seeing things and doing things that you normally don’t do…you can’t help but be changed by being in that environment.” Cost Not surprisingly, the trip will be very costly to the program. Hatfield Clubb said it will cost about $4000 per person, but the team has undergone “aggressive fundraising.” Creighton said his goal is to take every single player on the trip. He said the team will raise money by receiving donations for points or sacks each game. The donations will go into one pot, and the program will do its best to nullify any significant costs. Drake fans can support the team by donating funds at All donations are tax-deductible. Family and fan travel packages will be available through Anthony Travel beginning Sept. 15. They will include round-trip airfare, accommodations, local tours, service projects, a safari, game admission and more. After nearly two years of preparation, Creighton’s dream is becoming a reality. “All of the strands that have come together have just blown my mind,” he said. “I think it was just meant to be.”

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Teams depart USA and Mexico

May 18

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to Moshi

Phone: (515) 271-2151 Cashier’s Office: Make Payments, Pick up Refund and Payroll Checks, and Request Transcripts Location: 115 Old Main

May 19-20 May 21

Phone: (515) 271-3805

2507 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Practice, Youth Clinic, Safari Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, Drake vs. CONADEIP Mexico

May 22-24

Youth Orphanage Service Project

May 25-30

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

May 31

Flight Home

Times-Delphic 09/09/2010  

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

Times-Delphic 09/09/2010  

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