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BULLDOG VICTORY Drake men’s soccer team took home a Bulldog win last Wednesday, defeating the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos, with a come-from-behind victory, 3-2. PAGE 7 SPORTS


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New coach on the block Maxwell to decide on e-mail platform change

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Over 30 new committee members and interns were appointed to the Drake University Student Senate at this week’s meeting. “We’re pretty proud of these committee placements,” said Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears. “Hopefully you guys like them, too.” Along with the motion of appointment, Spears read each new Senate member’s name, several of whom were present. New business also included Sen. Michael Riebel’s report from the Technology Department on the “e-mail migration project.” “[The project] would mean getting away from Zimbra and that contract, and moving towards either Gmail or Hotmail platforms,” Riebel said. “They’re the two they’re looking at right now.” The President’s Cabinet, which includes university President David Maxwell along with the university vice presidents, provost, and others, will be making the final decision. But, Riebel said, the department is looking for student feedback and a survey will be sent out via e-mail to measure reactions to a switch. “Make sure you guys fill this one out,” Riebel said. “If you don’t like [the results of the project], don’t complain about it because you had a chance to give your input.” The meeting also featured Vice President for Alumni and Development John Smith as a guest speaker. He thanked the senators for their work at the university, and garnered a few chuckles when he told of his own failed campaign for student body president while a student at Drake. The real purpose of his visit, however, was to inform Senate of an upcoming fundraising initiative and to invite them to a volunteer summit with other members of the faculty and the Board of Trustees. “It’s going to be a four-hour presentation that is going to be filled with a little bit of energy, a little bit of excitement and a narrative of stories,” Smith said. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari also made a proposal later in the evening that generated a powerful and positive response from the senators. “In light of the recent tragedies that we’ve had, I’m not sure what the mood’s like


Drake Law School celebrates Constitution Day with conversation

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EVAN AUSTIN spent the last four years as the assistant coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Two weeks ago he made the move to Des Moines to become the head coach of the Bulldogs.

New men’s tennis coach Evan Austin goes from badger to bulldog by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Drake’s new men’s tennis head coach Evan Austin has a knack for taking unranked teams to the NCAA tournament, and taking those NCAA tournament teams and turning them into some of the best squads in the country. Austin, who spent the last four years as the assistant coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, arrived on the Des Moines, Iowa, campus just two weeks ago, and he is fully prepared to turn the Drake team into a dominant one. Austin has shown an affinity for taking a young, unranked team, like this year’s Bulldog squad, and turning them into a NCAA powerhouse. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Austin became a coaching pro at a tennis club in Naples, Fla., before he got a call from his old assistant coach, Greg Van Emburgh, who had just received the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. “Greg gave me a call when I was the head pro at a tennis club down in Naples, but wanted

to get back into competitive tennis,” Austin said. “His assistant position had opened up and he asked me if I was interested in doing it, and I haven’t really looked back since then.” There he became Van Emburgh’s first assistant coach, and the two took on a tennis program that was treading water in the Big Ten Conference. In just his first year in the college tennis world as an assistant coach, Austin took the young Badger squad to the NCAA tournament’s second round for the first time in school history. With the confidence of tournament success and a new national ranking, he continued to help the team grow and move up in the NCAA Division I rankings. Austin continued to assist heavily with recruiting, increasing the team’s strength. In his fourth and final year at Wisconsin, the Badgers reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. “It was great to see a program go from unranked to up there with elite teams,” he said. When Jimmy Borendame left Drake abruptly this August for Middle Tennessee State, Aus-


In celebration of Constitution Day, nationally recognized law professors Ian Bartrum, assistant professor, and Miguel Schor, visiting director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center, spoke to a packed room about the Constitution’s influence in America and abroad Friday afternoon in Cartwright Hall. The program titled, “The Constitution as a Conversation” drew upon Bartrum’s and Schor’s expertise in an event designed to celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of a citizen’s input in shaping the Constitution. “The Constitution is a focal point for a much larger conversation,” Bartrum said. “The framers gave us means, not an end, to govern.” Bartrum went on to say that the Founding Fathers of this country purposely left the Constitution vague at times and that society can shape what the Constitution means. To take part in this shaping process, one must be vocal and Bartrum said this then presents the following question: Who gets to take part in conversations that shape the Constitution? Naturally, lawyers and judges primarily engage in conversation about the Constitution but Bartrum said that, “all of us can take part in the conversation and, by doing so, we can shape constitutional meaning.” Bartrum cited the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and various social movements throughout history, such as the Civil Rights Movement, as cases when people took up causes, had “transformative Constitutional conversations” and made ethical arguments as to why the Constitution should be amended.

“ ” The framers gave us means, not an end, to govern.

–Professor Ian Bartrum

Taking a slightly different angle, Schor, whose research includes comparative constitutionalism and constitutional law, primarily spoke about constitutional design and how the document has a powerful global impact. Schor said the Founding Fathers set a new precedent when they created the Constitution. Even while creating the document, the founders knew that it might need to be altered in the future, Schor said. “The power to amend the Constitution was a breakthrough in constitutional de-


Students gather for 24 hours of prayer by Becca Mataloni

Staff Writer

Bibles, chairs, devotionals, paint, blankets, journals-silence. That is the sound of prayer. Members of the various Christian organizations on campus gathered Tuesday at 8 p.m. for a

24-hour prayer session that ended Wednesday at 8 p.m. Stations were set up in the Morehouse ballroom where people could pray for Cliffton Murove, Ryan Henderson, the campus and the world, through art. Many students who participated in the event believed it was no coincidence the prayer room was scheduled just days after another

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PRESIDENT MAXWELL spoke at the memorial for Cliffton Murove last Thursday (right). A 24-hour prayer was held last week for students to remember those lost (above).

Drake University student passed. “There was so much emotion,” said Amanda Steele, a member of InterVarsity. “When you walked into the room, you transformed, and it was so peaceful.” A station in the prayer room was devoted to Murove and Henderson. People dipped their thumbs in yellow paint and “lit” a candle painted on a poster in memory of the two men. Stickers covered a map of the world as people prayed for countries who need help with faith. A book placed below the map explained where each country stood on Christianity. There was also a map of campus where people could write prayer requests based off the places on the map. Steele said the purpose of the maps was to pray for the brokenness on campus and in the world. “We want to be united with the other Christian organizations on campus and become one unified group,” she said. Amy Woodside, a member of InterVarsity, said that there are

many stereotypes around campus about the Christian organizations and they want to get away from that and be united as one. Crayons, paint and colored pencils were available at the art station for those who wanted to show their prayers through art. “Prayer is supposed to be natural and conversational,” Woodside said. “This is a way to get out of your comfort zone.” Carliann Conner, a member of Campus Fellowship, said that the art station was a good way for people to profess their faith because some do not have words to express it. In the second year of having a prayer room, members of all Christian organizations were able to come to a peaceful room and unite as one. “I think it’s very peaceful to have a place outside the chaos of class to spend time with God and be encouraged by others who are there for the same reason,” Conner said. “It’s my favorite thing every year. I wish we could have it all the time.”




MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

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It was really good, I’m so glad I went. It was definitely more fun than the studying I should have been doing. —AMBER NIEMAN, SEE PAGE 4

Self-defense class educates students about ways to prevent assaults by JESSICA LANG

Staff Writer

Students for Women’s Issues (SWI) sponsored a series of events in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. To wrap up the week, SWI hosted a special self-defense class to educate students about what to do in the event of an attack. SWI President and senior Jen Henry noted that the first six weeks a woman is on campus are the most dangerous, and that it is even more important to prepare women to defend themselves. Women were reminded to never walk alone, be aware of their surroundings at all times and to avoid distractions such as talking on their cell phones. Class participants learned how to break free of wrist holds and how to escape being choked, pulled by the hair or from an attacker who has pinned them to the ground. Women who took the class felt more prepared to handle an attack than when they first walked in, and left with a sense of empowerment. For most participants, the techniques that they were

taught were brand new. Junior Xiang Xiang Liew would like to see a self-defense class become a regular event on campus. “At least now I have a sense of what to do, but after one class I don’t know that I would be able to stay calm [during an attack] and remember the moves,” Liew said. “but if I was able to practice them and build muscle memory, I would feel more confident.” Overall, students enjoyed practicing moves with each other and thought the class was a fun learning experience. Because of a spike in attacks and student concerns, SWI events have received greater response and participation compared to previous ones. Although the organization is Students for Women’s Issues, both women and men are encouraged to get involved. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. SWI-planned events include Body Image Week in November and the Vagina Monologues in February. It will also sponsor another selfdefense class in the spring. If you would like to get involved, send an e-mail to swi.drake@

Helpful Tips and Reminders: - Use the heel of the palm or a hammer fist to strike the attacker. - Try to strike pressure and knockout points such as the browbone, floating ribs, groin and neck regions. - Kick the front of the attacker’s knee and hyperextend their elbow, if possible. - If the attacker has you pinned, thrust your hips upward then roll to break free.


Lecture brings the Constitution to modern application sign,” Schor said. Schor believes constitutions are “cornerstones and building blocks of democracy,” and he views the U.S. Constitution as a global project. He urged the audience to look at other constitutions and see what we can learn from them. When comparing the U.S. Constitution to that of other democracies, Schor points out that some countries have guaranteed rights, such as healthcare and education, written in their constitutions, whereas the U.S. does not. Schor also said that the U.S. has one of the most difficult constitutions to amend. Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Kathleen Richardson, who also teaches communication law, attended the event. She acknowledged how hard it is to change the Constitution but wondered, “If it were easier to change, would people still hold it in such high regard?” Whether it’s the U.S. Constitution or the constitution of another country, Schor noted, “What’s interesting about the Constitution is that it is not just law, it mobilizes people to action.” In his closing, Bartrum said, “Whether you like it or not, the Constitution is an ongoing conversation and on this Constitution Day, I urge you to get informed and get involved.”


tin applied for the position, ready to begin his career as a head coach. After meeting with Drake athletics and the men’s squad, Austin was hired over a coach from Niagara University in N.Y. Now in just his second week as head coach, Austin is feeling confident that this Bulldog squad can grow into a dominant force in the Missouri Valley Conference, and, if his experience at Wisconsin is an accurate prediction of the future, a dominant force in the Top 25 rankings as well. “It is a great opportunity to build a program here,” “and I think there are a lot of great things that can be done here,” he said. The players and coach are still getting to learn more about each other and grow as a team right now, but both are excited for


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the spring season when everyone has grown accustomed to each other. “He has a great amount of experience in recruiting,” said junior Ryan King. “He seems to be a very approachable coach who will help out the program tremendously.” “We have a lot of the parts in place,” Austin said. “We definitely have high expectations right away and we aren’t going to sit around for things to happen; we are going to go after it.”



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Student feedback requested for e-mail survey on campus,” he said. He explained that the university had received e-mails suggesting a campus wide event, probably an all-night affair with music, dancing, entertainment and food meant to buoy spirits and build community. He wanted to gauge interest in Senate and begin preliminary discussions on organization. He described it as a “community-spirited event,” but said that he was “not exactly sure yet what it’ll look like.” A tentative date has been set for early October and Senate agreed to work with other campus organizations to

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WEDNESDAY Theme: Transportation Day Tandem bikes and giant tricycles will be available for students to ride around campus. A Toyota Prius hybrid car will also be displayed.


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Gaga a gimmick

Personally, I don’t understand the hype. The costumes and the stunts all seem to be just a ruse to get famous quick and to make people talk.


ishnet tights, metallic platforms and pointy shoulder pads finished off my friends’ Friday night outfits. Climbing into a cab, they should have been going to an all night dance party, but really they were just sick. Not stay at home with the stomach flu sick or 104-degree fever sick; they caught the Gaga fever, and it’s a hard one to shake. From her days at Tisch School of the Arts in New York in 2003 to releasing her first album in 2008, Lady Gaga has been nothing but weird, and it’s just continued from there. This woman has sold over 15 million albums worldwide by talking about someone’s “Poker Face.” Gaga also sings about “Liking it Rough” and taking off “Our Fancy Pants.” But it’s more than just crude lyrics that have inspired Lady Gaga fans to show up in droves at her concerts. Lady Gaga’s personality is just as eccentric as her lyrics. Bringing Kermit the Frog as her date to the 2009 Video Music Awards, Gaga made another one of her famously confusing public appearances. Even when heading to the supermarket, the singer goes out in full costume and makeup. Clearly, she is not one to push that celebrities are real people, too. Personally, I don’t understand the hype.

The costumes and the stunts all seem to be just a ruse to get famous quick and to make people talk, even if it isn’t always positive things being said. However, I have to give it to Gaga, she doesn’t beat around the bush about her desire for fame, naming her first two albums “The Fame” and “Fame Monster.” She’s even using her fame status to preach abstinence to her young fans. Handing out condoms at all her shows, Gaga told The Huffington Post about her celibacy, and her desire for her fans to hold off on sex and “get to know people.” Sounds pretty hypocritical to me, coming from a woman who sings about “disco sticks.” What if all of our favorite celebrities survived on gimmicks alone? When I hear Lady Gaga’s name, her singing voice isn’t exactly the first thing on my mind. Whatever happened to the sophistication and culture of the performing arts? What once used to be a nation’s refined taste has now shifted unto gyrating divas like Gaga. If we want to continue seeing talented people become icons let’s ditch the gimmicks and the pointy shoulder pads, and rely on our art.

HAYLEY MASON COLUMNIST Mason is a sophomore PR and magazines major. Mason can be contacted at AP Photo

‘He isn’t too liberal in his politics’ Rachel is now single. Whenever an eye-catching announcement on our Facebook newsfeeds declares that a friend is in a relationship or is single, many of us embark on some serious investigating—a.k.a. creeping. Questions flood our “creeper” thoughts: Who is involved? What happened? How did I not see that coming? While scanning my newsfeed last week, I caught a surprising development: Rachel, a friend from my hometown, was newly single. She had been with her boyfriend for years so the news was quite shocking. I had to investigate. I clicked on her page and was not surprised by what I found. Rachel’s statuses were a roller coaster of thoughts including lyrics to Iyaz’s “Solo” song, “I miss him” admittances, inspiring quotes by Marilyn Monroe and “I hate the world today” declarations. Photo albums were removed and favorite quotes were changed. Not a trace of her now ex-boyfriend remained. The most interesting part of Rachel’s new page was the “About Me” section. It no longer said things about her. “About Me” was about what her future boyfriend should be like. It includes a list of 40 qualifications for Mr. Right to win her affection. My first thought, while reading her list was, “Such a man cannot exist.” It is a good plan

to hold standards for those of whom we date. However, this list was quite specific. Too specific in my opinion. It is the type of list that you keep secret in your diary and do not post on Facebook. It is the type of list that will prevent any man from making the cut. With such stringent requirements, it is easier to be elected president than to score a date with this girl. One of Rachel’s more specific requirements, which is not a requirement for the presidency, is the following: He isn’t too liberal in his politics. I laughed when I read this. The reasons being: 1. She is a republican. 2. It adds to the proof that the term “liberal” is sloppily used. The definition of liberalism is “a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties” (thank you, Mr. Webster). Three main elements are found within this definition: belief in progress, belief in human goodness and belief in the protection of political and civil liberties. Progress is a major part of life. If progress wasn’t made, we would still be living in caves and wild berries would be the main source of food in

our diets. If you do not believe in progress, you apparently like the confines of a cave and tooth decay due to blackberry seeds lodged between your teeth without floss to remove them. “The essential goodness of the human race” can be explained different ways, but is this: If you believe humans are naturally just, you paid attention while reading Plato’s “Republic.” If you believe humans are naturally unjust, you should probably get yourself two things: a new group of friends who have positive attitudes and a copy of “Republic” ASAP. The final part in Webster’s definition of “liberalism” is the base of American ideals: protection of political and civil liberties. Need I say more? If you happen to need further explanation, please refer to your copy of the Bill of Rights or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Either may help. Why am I explaining the definition of liberalism? An underlying assumption about liberals is that they are Democrats. This assumption is not correct. Republicans can be liberals, too. Anyone is a liberal as long as he or she believes in the freedom of the individual. Anyone is a liberal if he or she believes that the government guarantees them individual rights and civil liberties. Democrats are liberals. Republicans are liberal. Independents are liberal. Moderates are liberal. Americans are

liberal. Therefore, what does Rachel mean by requesting that her future boyfriend not be “too liberal”? Does she dream of residing in a cave while eating berries and living an anti-American existence with her Mr. Right? Knowing Rachel, this is probably not what she is shooting for. She meant to say that she is not looking for a guy on the far left of the political spectrum (Mary Matalin probably wasn’t looking on the left end either, but James Carville apparently changed her mind about that). So instead of asking her next date whether he is liberal or not, maybe Rachel should whip out a diagram of the political spectrum and have him point to where he’s at on there if it is so important to her. Alternatively, she can just put her political prejudices aside and have a good time.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

FEATURES Poets slam on Pomerantz Stage



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SAB attempts to bring educational entertainment to campus by Ryan Price

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This past Friday night, the Student Activities Board Campus Impact Committee caused some mayhem on Pomerantz Stage when they brought in the Mayhem Poets from New York City. Mayhem Poets is a trio slam poetry group that travels the country, engaging audiences in their performance slam-poetry. Made up of Kyle Rapps, Scott Raven and Mason Granger, the Mayhem Poets poeticized fun, controversial and even entirely taboo topics. In one poem, the poets created an imaginary “plannasium” that can fly across oceans and is complete with a gymnasium inside. In another poem, Rapps vividly described roaches crawling everywhere to a visibly distressed audience. The audience seemed even more disturbed, but laughed along the way, at a poem about the under-appreciation of proctologists. It wasn’t all humor all the time though; the Mayhem poets also discussed weighty topics like racism, religion and memorializing one poet’s mom. Rapps, in an intense poem about racism, declared, “I’m prejudiced against the human race for being prejudiced against itself.” “They really tried to connect and engage the audience,” said Alex Kramer, a first-year who came to the event after looking the poetry group up online. “Slam poetry is a unique and creative way of sharing ideas.” Other students seemed to agree.

This was Erin Hassanzadeh’s third time seeing the Mayhem Poets perform, and she didn’t want to miss out on them performing at Drake. “It’s something so different—it’s refreshing; it makes you think,” Hassanzadeh said. “It’s good to do something that provokes you once in a while.” That was one reason the Campus Impact Committee brought them in, said Alex Caskey, one of the committee’s co-chairs. “Campus Impact’s goal is to bring something to campus that changes or educates the student body,” Caskey said. Caskey noted the relaxed but exciting atmosphere. “It was more like friends hanging out and joking than a presentation,” Caskey said. “We don’t want to bring in lectures, we have enough of those during the week.” The poems indeed educated and changed the students present. It may have even made some relationships awkward. “Here’s what she’s thinking about him,” Rapps said, pointing to two students present, “nipples.” Or it may have changed some students’ eating habits. In one poem Granger discussed a war on bad dietary habits. “The unhealthy greased meats and sweets retreat,” he said. Even though it was Hassanzadeh’s third time seeing them perform, she still became emotional at Rapps’ poem about his late mother. “I’ve heard it three times and I still teared up during it,” she said. At one point during the performance,

Hassanzadeh leaned over to her neighbor and whispered, “They’re too good to have no one here.” The small audience was the only disappointing part of the night for most students present. With 34 students in attendance, many more could have experienced the performance poetry. “I loved it, too bad more people didn’t come to it though,” Kramer said. “It was a great experience people missed out on.” The Student Activities Board liked the turnout for a Friday night and a lot of people had fun, Caskey said. “I wish more people would’ve been here,” Hassanzadeh said. “The more people you have for these types of things, the better the show will be.” Hassanzadeh saw the Mayhem Poets the last two times with 500 other students from her high school and said it improved the performance. The small group didn’t affect anyone there as most of the students laughed and clapped their way through the night. The small audience didn’t seem to affect the poets either. “Our whole motto is we want to be poetry rock stars or something,” Rapps said.

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74th annual Sweetheart Sing Fraternities and sororities vie for the title by Jessica Mattes

Features Editor

Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and many more celebrity acts will face off Wednesday and Saturday in Sheslow Auditorium. How did Drake University get such an allstar cast? Greek students from every chapter are putting together a short song and dance performance in order to compete for the title of Sweetheart Sing Champion. “It’s about the Greek community coming together and putting their best, creative foot forward to raise money for a good cause,” junior Michelle Lippoli said. Lippoli and sophomore Ryan Price are members of the Panhellenic Council which has dedicated many hours to planning the “greatest hits” themed extravaganza. Sweetheart Sing annually packs the theater attached to Old Main and is hosted by Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils. By popular request, the groups are adding a Wednesday night show for all students. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. All funds raised will go to The

Children’s Cancer Connection (www. The Cancer Connection’s mission is to “enhance the quality of life for children and families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support.” “Sweetheart Sing has increased in popularity over the years,” Lippoli said. “Unfortunately, last year we had to turn away many people due to the capacity of Sheslow Auditorium. In hopes of increasing our donation to The Children’s Cancer Connection and allowing more people to see the show, we added the Wednesday showing. Anyone can attend, but it is geared toward students.” Saturday, parents are invited to join the parents’ weekend fun. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7, available only in advance, and can be purchased in Olmsted Breezeway Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Wednesday 2 to 5 p.m. Both Wednesday and Saturday shows will be critiqued by a panel of judges; students should come ready to perform! “The show is always very entertaining and promises to have some good laughs,” Lippoli said. “If you are looking for something to do with your parents this weekend, be sure to come to the 74th annual Sweetheart Sing!”

Gourmet dorm cooking Chef Jordan and SAB presented a Latin feast by Bailey Berg

Staff Writer

As students walked into Parents Hall in Upper Olmsted last Thursday night, they were greeted with crisp white linen, candles, Latin music piping from the speakers and their very own maracas to take home. Positioned on the tables,were baskets of chips, bowls of guacamole and salsa, pitchers of lemonade and platters of Latin-inspired brownies. At the helm stood Chef Jordan one of the catering staff members at Drake, armed with burners, beef and tomatoes, as well as a myriad of other supplies and ingredients for making numerous dishes for the Latin themed cooking show. The show was in honor of National Hispanic heritage month. On the wall behind Jordan, a screen projected a close-up view of the food being prepared, so students could get right up in the action. One lucky student was even able to work side-by-side with Jordan and help prepare some of the meat for the fajitas. The event was put on by the Campus Impact committee of the Student Activities Board. Committee member Jessica Hamilton explained that the purpose of the show was to “do things the students can learn from, and take away and reproduce in their normal lives.” In the 20-minute segment, Jordan taught about 50 students how to make the same salsa and guacamole that is used in Drake’s very own dining halls, as well as tacos, fajitas and brownies with chipotle chili powder mixed into the frosting. While Jordan made much of his food on the burners, he explained how all of the cuisine he was making could also be made in microwaves in the dorms. “Everything can be made in a dorm room,

and it only takes a few minutes,” Jordan said. “You can have people over and say ‘Hey, I have salsa and fresh guacamole.’ It’s so easy.” Freshman Amber Nieman said that she really enjoyed the show. “I loved the guacamole!” Nieman said. “It was really good, I’m so glad I went. It was definitely more fun than the studying I should have been doing. Although the brownies were a little too spicy for me.” This isn’t the first time that SAB has done a cooking show, and certainly won’t be the last. “Last year we did a show about Southern cooking,” Hamilton said. “We also did easy dorm room food, as well as one other, and they were all really, really good. This year, we’ll be doing No Make Desserts, which will be on Oct. 12. We’ll also do easy Thanksgiving foods right before Thanksgiving, and in the spring, one right before the Super Bowl, we’ll do one about easy Super Bowl foods.” The events are funded through the student activity fee every student pays as a part of tuition. La Fuerza Latina paid for the maracas and Drake Athletics donated $1000 to be used toward the cooking shows. While it was a relatively short program, a lot of work went into planning the event. Hamilton and the rest of her committee have been working since summer to prepare for this, and other Student Impact events. They planned everything from the meals, to how they were served, to how the room was set up. Hamilton urged fellow students to join one of the six SAB committees – Relays, Homecoming, Campus Impact, Public Relations, Entertainment and Bands. “I encourage everyone to stop by our office, opposite of the Student Life Center (SLC),” Hamilton said. “Anyone in there can help them get signed up for a committee. It’s a lot of fun.”

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The mobile app world Smartphone applications keep Drake students connected by Lauren Horsch

Staff Writer

Is there honestly an app for that? Smartphone users these days are bombarded by a vast array of phone applications (more commonly known as apps) that can either be very useful, or very unnecessary. Many users have applications that they use on a daily basis, and of course the rogue one they never use. Every day smartphone users have a myriad of apps that can predict the weather or kill some time with a simple game. Assistant professor of advertising Dorothy Pisarski recently attended a luncheon sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Des Moines, where she heard Cello Vergara from the digital production agency, Propaganda Three, talk about the growth of apps in the advertising world. Pisarski learned about the competitive world of smartphone applications, where it can take up to two months before an app is approved by moderators at one of the big three smartphone companies. The oldest of these brands is BlackBerry, which was initially targeted more toward the business world. The Apple iPhone was soon to follow and the newest of the three is the Google developed Android Platform. “An application can simply be the same as a website one can find online or a stand-alone interactive package,” Pisarski said. She uses a HTC smartphone that, like the Motorola Droid,

uses Android operating system. Her phone came preloaded with many applications, such as Gmail. A smartphone user can get more than just the preloaded applications by downloading hand-picked applications from various venues. Owners of an iPhone can simply go to the online iTunes store, Droid users can purchase apps from the Android Market and those who have a BlackBerry can use the BlackBerry App World. Most applications are relatively inexpensive, and there are thousands of apps that customers can download for free. Apps have to go through quite a rough process before users can enjoy them. A more serious application goes through many stages before it can be put on the market. Pisarski noted that the speaker said the approval process involved filling out forms, loading in the program to the company and then waiting until it is approved or denied. Apple Inc. uploads all of the applications once a week for approval and sends back a few comments about the application’s status. What applications do smartphone users use? First-year student Coy Clark is an avid Droid user. While he admits he is not a “huge app person,” he does frequently use his eBay, Pandora and weather applications to simplify his life. Other apps he uses include Skype, Google Sky Map, Whoopee Cushion and, of course, Facebook because he is “addicted to it.” Clark also enjoys a function on his phone that allows him to speak what he wants to text.

Instead of typing a simple saying, he can speak it into the microphone of his Droid and it will automatically transfer it to text form. Another function that makes his life easier is his GPS application. iPhone user Chris Goodwin, a first-year prepharmacy major, also uses various applications on his smartphone to keep up with his friends and the current news. One of his favorite apps takes all headlines from news media and puts them together. He utilizes the Weather app, a banking app, various games and the Facebook app. Goodwin said Facebook is the app he uses most because it is “convenient to keep in contact with friends.” Goodwin said he there are some apps he doesn’t use, for example, the preinstalled stock market apps because it doesn’t pertain to him as much as the others. His most useful app on the other hand, is his e-mail app—he has his personal and Drake e-mail accounts linked to his phone. “If a teacher has an announcement, I can get it right away,” Goodwin said. Monica Papuga, a junior public relations major, is a BlackBerry user who has applications such as Twitter, Facebook, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), BlackBerry App World, Social Beat and Weather Eye. She uses her BBM all the time because it no longer limits her text messages to 150 characters. She can even send full-length e-mails if necessary. “As a public relations major, social media is

really important,” Papuga said. She also uses her Facebook and Twitter apps frequently. One of the more odd applications she has heard of is the National Geographic Birds app. Another helpful app for her is the Navigation App that acts as a GPS that updates daily and can predict delays in traffic and even report the gas prices of nearby gas stations. Pisarski uses applications, too. She notes that the USA Today app is helpful in finding out headlines and scores from recent sporting events. She also spends a lot of time using an app called Jewel, which is a game much like Bejeweled. An app she doesn’t use too often is the Memory Trainer app. “I realized that I don’t have to be tethered to a computer anymore,” Pisarski said. Now she can get most anything she wants or needs on her smartphone. Whether smartphone users run on a BlackBerry, iPhone or Andriod platform, they are bound to have at least one app downloaded. The purpose of an app can be highly practical, like a State Farm application that can help report auto accidents, or purely for fun with games like Bubble Wrap or Jewel. People who own a smartphone can customize their apps to fit their lifestyle, which is why phone apps are growing in popularity. The mobile phone is one of the most important devices a college student carries around. No matter which smartphone you own, or what you are looking for, “there is probably an app for that.”

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“I told them I love them and I would take this team over any other team any day. We have what it takes to be great. We’re not there yet, but we’ve shown we can be,” said Drake Football Coach Chris Creighton, on his team’s 1-2 start.


Bulldogs dealt first loss at Evansville Team bounces back for straight-set win at Southern Illinois, continue play by Matt Moran

Sports Editor

Drake had its 14-game winning streak snapped at Evansville in five sets on Friday, but recovered for a sweep of Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill., on Saturday. Both matches marked the start of the Missouri Valley Conference season, and the Bulldogs’ once undefeated record now sits at 15-1. Drake dropped the first two sets to the Purple Aces on Friday, 25-23 and 25-17, before rallying to win two straight, 25-22 and 25-18. In the decisive fifth set, the Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season, dropping the game 1512. Head Coach Phil McDaniel was not particularly happy with the way his team started the match. “We had a target on our back,” McDaniel said in a Drake press release. “Everyone in our league wants to be the first to hand us a loss. We weren’t mentally prepared (Friday night). “I was disappointed with the way we started. Evansville came out fired up and we didn’t execute our defense. We came out scattered.” Senior Angela Bys continued to lead the Bulldog charge, topping the team with 16 kills. Sophomore Emily Heffernen added 15, while Alisa DeBerg Roth had 12. Junior setter Caitlin Johnson had 44 assists, and senior Alana Wittenburg had 39 digs. McDaniel was much more satisfied with the team’s performance on Saturday against the Salukis. Drake looked much more like the team which held the nation’s best record heading into the weekend, sweeping the match 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17. “I really liked the way the team bounced back tonight coming off a tough loss,” McDaniel said in another press release. “It was good for us to come back with our experience. Knowing that the conference is as tough as it is, we needed a split.” It was Bys again who led the Bulldogs, finishing with 17 kills and 10 digs. It was the senior’s eighth double-double of the season. “Angela had a great game,” McDaniel said.

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THE DRAKE VOLLEYBALL TEAM works to set up a spike. The Bulldogs started off 1-1 in Valley play this past weekend. “She led our offense today.” Heffernen and junior Michelle Reidy both delivered nine kills for Drake. Johnson missed a double-double by one dig, finishing with nine and adding 28 assists. Defense was the key to victory, as the Bulldogs tallied seven blocks and held Southern Illinois to a .098 attack percentage. Drake countered with an attack percentage of .284. The team returns home this Friday, when it hosts Bradley in another MVC tilt.

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This Week in Bulldog Sports CROSS COUNTRY Roy Griak Invitational, 12:20 p.m. for women, 1:10 p.m. for men

WOMEN’S TENNIS Friday/Saturday/Sunday @ Northern Iowa Invitational, all day

WOMEN’S CREW SOFTBALL Saturday, Head of the Sunday vs. Minnesota State Des Moines Regatta @ (DH) @ Buel Field, noon Birdland Marina, TBA

MEN’S SOCCER WOMEN’S SOCCER Tuesday @ Depaul, 4 p.m. Thursday vs. North Dakota State, 7 p.m. @ Cownie Saturday @ Saint Louis, Soccer Complex 7 p.m. Sunday vs. Evansville, FOOTBALL 1 p.m. @ Cownie Soccer Saturday @ Valparaiso, Complex 1 p.m.


VOLLEYBALL Friday vs. Bradley, 7 p.m. @ Knapp Center Saturday vs. Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. @ Knapp Center

Bulldog freshmen make their mark Schuling, Fisher, Dusek lead charge for Drake women The Drake women’s soccer team is off to a 4-2-2 start, with much thanks to its freshman contributors. Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa) – Schuling is off to a scorching start to her college career, and leads the Bulldogs with eight points in as many games played. In addition to her fivepoint effort on Friday, the midfielder had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win at North Dakota State. Megan Fisher (Ankeny, Iowa) – Fisher has been a pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs defense, scratching the scoring sheet in two games this year. The Ankeny High School defender notched a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over UNLV, and tallied her second goal of the year last Friday against UMKC. Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill.) – Dusek has scored twice this season, finding the back of the net in two Drake victories. Dusek scored off an assist from Fisher in the victory over UNLV, and then added a score against North Dakota State. The midfielder has appeared in every game this season. FILE PHOTO

Schuler leads Drake romp of UMKC, Bulldogs win 5-0 by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer

On a beautiful September night, playing for the first time this season in front of their home crowd, the Bulldogs made everything look so easy. Led by an all-around performance from freshman Brittany Schuling, Drake took advantage of their set-piece opportunities to overpower the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a whopping 5-0 victory. “After being on the road for so many games, it was nice to get out to Cownie and play in front of the home crowd,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said.

Schuling was the star of the evening, as she recorded three assists and tallied a goal herself. The rout began when junior Danielle Figliola connected on a header following a Schuling corner kick shortly before the 30-minute mark. Ten minutes later, the Bulldogs scored once again off a Schuling corner kick, and this time it was senior Bailey Dorrington heading in the cross for a 2-0 lead. It looked like Drake would go into the break with a two-goal advantage until the Bulldogs were able to capitalize a last-second breakaway. Freshman Generve Charles recorded the assist, with Schuling giving the home team a comfortable 3-0 lead heading into halftime. “We were creative in our movement up top, and our backs are comfortable starting or join-

ing in on the attack,” Horner said. As Drake controlled the tempo and the possession of the ball, UMKC certainly did not have luck on their side. An own goal in the 63rd minute marked the fourth score for the Bulldogs. With 20 minutes remaining, freshman Megan Fisher found the net after another Schuling corner kick to finalize the score at 5-0. The Bulldogs outshot the Kangaroos 23-7, with freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch earning her fourth shutout of the season. “We made some adjustments defensively tonight that still need some tidying up,” Horner said. “But our players should feel good about earning the shutout.” Last season, Drake was able to squeak out a 2-1 victory on the road against UMKC. This

time around it seemed the Bulldogs could do nothing wrong. Drake generated countless offensive chances, scored off three corner kicks and did not allow any goals. “We had players tonight that wanted the ball and worked to impact the game and good things happen when our central players are hunting for the ball,” Horner said. This was the first match of a six-game home stand that includes matches against conference foes Evansville and Illinois State. If Friday night’s match was any indication on how the Bulldogs are planning on playing every home game, Missouri Valley Conference rivals won’t want to be coming to Cownie any time soon.


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Drake falls at Montana State Piatkowski injured in second quarter by Elizabeth Robinson

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SENIOR DEFENDER NICK FOSTER blasts the ball down the field in Drake’s 3-2 win over UMKC last Wednesday night.

Drake scores six goals in consecutive home victories by Skylar Bergl

Staff Writer

Thomas Ostrander’s bicycle kick put the Bulldogs past the University of MissouriKansas City Kangaroos on Wednesday night at Cownie Soccer Complex. In the 80th minute of the game, the shot proved to be the game-winning goal and lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Drake battled through the elements on Saturday again at Cownie, earning a 3-2 win over Loyola. The squad moved to 3-3 on the season. Red shirt Junior Charlie Schwartz set up Wednesday’s winner with a header on the right side of the box, and helped drop UMKC to 2-2-1 on the season. The Bulldogs opened the scoring ledger in the 14th minute, when junior Hunter Kennedy connected on an unassisted goal. John Bayron Sosa of UMKC squared the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute, and also helped give the Kangaroos the lead in the 61st minute when he nailed a loose ball off a corner kick into the net. Just a minute later, however, the Bulldogs evened the tally at 2-2 as red shirt junior Michael Noonan intercepted a pass and

put a shot past goalkeeper Ken Cooper of UMKC. “I was really pleased with both the performance and the result (Wednesday night),” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. “Letting the early lead slip away after we were so dominant in the first half was a little bit disappointing at halftime, and then to go down 2-1 despite playing very well out of the gate and outshooting them was slightly frustrating, but our journey this year will be all about incorporating freshmen.” Holmes pointed out the ability of the upperclassmen to turn into leaders after losing six senior starters to graduation this past spring. “We added Nick Marshall as a starter for the full 90 today at the back, and more importantly than adding and integrating the freshmen will be having the upperclassmen evolve and develop as leaders,” Holmes said. “So many of them played such a part last year in our run to the Elite Eight, but always as a supporting cast. Now you can see Michael Noonan, Thomas Ostrander, Charlie Schwartz and Nick Foster are really the guys that carry the team, and as they go, so will the team.” Leading the shot total in the game was junior Michael Thaden with seven shots while

Noonan and Kennedy contributed four and three shots, respectively. Red shirt junior goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec pulled in five saves for the Bulldogs as well. Due to the last two meetings between the schools, the Kangaroos came in winning the last two regular season match ups between the teams. “Our rivalry with UMKC, because of our Kansas City connection, is always a good game,” Holmes said. “We had lost the last two years in a row, so for a new team to come out and get a result is special.” On Saturday, Schwartz and Ostrander struck in the first half to put the Bulldogs on top 2-0. Loyola responded with a goal in the 22nd minute. Freshman Garret Crall found the back of the net in the 63rd minute for what proved to be the game winner. Crall’s first collegiate goal came off of a corner kick from Schwartz. Loyola added another goal in the 82nd minute, but its comeback attempt was stopped short by the Bulldogs. The Ramblers outshot Drake 14-7. Kadlec had four saves. The team returns to action this Tuesday when it travels to Chicago to take on Depaul.

The Bulldogs moved to 1-2 on the 2010 campaign after a 48-21 loss against No. 22 Montana State on Saturday, possibly due to junior quarterback Mike Piatkowski’s game-ending injury. Drake faced former Head Coach Rob Ash who coached the Bulldogs for 18 seasons and had the most victories in Drake football history. “There’s something about the competition that’s friendly, but still serious,” Ash said in a Drake press release. “You want to beat your good friend. That’s how I feel about this game.” Drake got off to a slow start in the beginning of the game. In their first two possessions, Montana State scored two field goals, leaving the Bulldogs with no points in the first quarter. After a three-and-out first possession of the game, the Bulldogs held the ball and marched down the field for 76 yards. The lengthy possession resulted in a Piatkowski pass intercepted by Montana State senior Arnold Briggs on the Bobcats’ 4-yard line. The first quarter ended shortly afterwards with a score of 6-0. Both teams put points on the board in the second. Montana State started with the ball on its own 39-yard line and carried it down to Drake’s 2-yard line, ending in a field goal by junior Jason Cunningham. The Bulldogs retaliated with a touchdown pass from Piatkowski to freshman tightend Dan Hohenstein, who ended the game with five catches and 62 yards. The action continued after the Bobcats scored a touchdown in their next possession, providing them with some breathing room at 16-7. With around five minutes left in the half, Montana senior Jason D’Alba was charged with two roughing-the-passer penalties, which caused Piatkowski to retreat to the sidelines. Following the incident, sophomore Cody Seeger stepped in as quarterback for the remainder of the game. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said about the penalties. “As soon as Seeger got settled down he played well. It was his first college game action ever.” Montana State came back strong in the second half. In its first three possessions after the break, the Bobcats scored a field goal and two touchdowns, increasing their lead to 39-7. Following Montana State’s long string of scoring, the Bulldogs fought back with two touchdowns in their next two possessions, consisting of runs by Seeger and senior Pat Cashmore. Drake ended with no points in the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats added a touchdown and field goal, finishing the scoring. Regardless of the final score, Creighton was proud of the Bulldogs and the way they played. “I told them I love them and I would take this team over any team, any day,” he said. “We have what it takes to be great. We’re not there yet, but we’ve shown we can be.” The Bulldogs ended with 21 first downs and 286 total offensive yards, including 131 passing yards by Piatkowski and 94 by Seeger. Drake will play their third straight away game against the Valparaiso Crusaders next Saturday.



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Drake Fall Invitational

Hawkeye Invitational Results Host Bulldogs dominate compiled by Matt Moran | Sports Editor

Team 1. Iowa, 301 2. Ball State, 309 3. North Dakota State, 317 4. Illinois State, 321 5. South Dakota State, 322 6. Drake, 323 6. Northern Iowa, 323 8. Creighton, 328

Individuals 10. Hadley Jennings, 77 13. Christy Wittmer, 79 24. Kaitlyn Mauk, 83 29. Michelle Mathwick, 84 41. Chelsey Falk, 87

McKie, Ballivian win doubles title by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

In the first two days of the Drake Fall Invitational, the Bulldog men’s tennis team won a doubles title in the top flight and has set themselves up for two possible singles titles in the final day of the tournament. The duo of sophomore James McKie and senior Mauricio Ballivian would dominate the A Flight bracket, losing only nine games total in four matches. The tandem defeated opponents from Northern Colorado, Gustavus Adolphus College and Creighton before facing another Drake duo, sophomores Jean Erasmus and Ryan Drake, in the final. All four Bulldogs felt good to be back on the court this season and felt like their doubles play has improved since last season. “I think we struggled a bit in the beginning, but then by the second match we got our rhythm together,” Erasmus said. The team of juniors, Jonathan Hadash and newcomer Sean O’Grady, ended up losing its first two matches before catching fire against South Dakota State, taking the doubles set 8-4. Both players carried that momentum into their singles matches on the second day of the tournament. Hadash won both of his matches on the first day of the singles draw with commanding straight set wins over his Creighton and Gustavus opponents. In the final day of the tournament, Hadash will go up against his teammate Ballivian, who also cruised through the competition to reach the semifinals. Both players are looking forward to playing each other, “The first days are always trying to adjust,” Hadash said. “I just continue to do my best to play and win.” On the other half of the top flight, McKie will be awaiting the winner of Hadash/Ballivian, after McKie won all three of his Saturday matches in convincing fashion. “It is great to have an all-Drake final,” Ballivian said. “It means I am happy with the performance of the team.”

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SENIOR MAURICIO BALLIVIAN sets up to serve at the Drake Fall Invitational this past weekend. In the C Flight, O’Grady won all of his Saturday matches to make the final, giving Drake a chance at a second singles title and third title of the tournament. The Bulldogs won’t have a chance to win the B Flight, as sophomore Drake was unable to overcome his opponent in the quarterfinals of the draw. Despite posting a number of victories, Head Coach Evan Austin sees this weekend as just a decent start to what the Bulldogs can accomplish this season. “We were a little rusty, which was to be expected,” he said. “We got what we needed to out of today, and the final day will test how resilient we are.” The final results for the tournament will be available in Thursday’s issue.



MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010


Yoni Solomon by Kristen Smith

Copy Editor

Yoni Solomon, 21, is a senior creative advertising major at Drake. This past summer, he interned at MTV in Chicago, Ill., Working for Comedy Central and Spike, specifically. A typical day included editing TV show reels, playing “Rock Band,” and walking around the set of “Transformers 3.” Between working long days and being mistaken for Shia LaBeouf, Solomon learned valuable lessons about working in the professional world. The TimesDelphic sat down with Solomon to talk about his experiences and advice he has for students looking for internships. photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photos Editor

Q What did you do at your internship? day: I mostly worked for Comedy Central and Spike. They had a A Alottypical of reels, such as things for the “Colbert Report,” and I had to edit parts

of those shows so that the sales companies could see the whole show without advertisements. That way the companies could see things that they would be interested in advertising in. I would also facilitate a lot of financial deals. I handled a lot of paper work, basically anything that had to do with securing a deal as far as advertisement placement, so that all parties involved knew how much money involved was being transferred.

Q What was the most challenging part? biggest challenge was to walk in and not be intimidated, especially with a A The company like MTV. You’re with a tremendous amount of big shots, and you just have to hold your own and act professional. Once I did that, they saw me as part of the group, and relied on me to get stuff done. Just go in with your head held high; you got the internship for a reason. If you don’t have the confidence to do that, you won’t learn anything.

Q What was the coolest thing you did? A

A lot of crazy things happened (it’s MTV), but what was really cool was that they were filming “Transformers 3” right outside my building. The set was closed off, most people couldn’t even get in, but on my way out of work I was able to walk around the set.

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Q Did you meet anyone famous? Q I actually didn’t meet anyone really famous; no one from “Jersey Shore,” A No, sorry, no Snookie sightings. Although one day I was talking on the phone with A a friend from Drake while I was walking around on the set of “Transformers,” and suddenly people started pointing and staring at me. I couldn’t really figure out what was going on. I thought, “What, is there a hole in my pants? Am I having a bad hair day?” Then one of the guards behind me started laughing and said, “That’s pretty funny.” I said, “What is?” and he said, “They think you’re Shia LaBeouf.”


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I’ve definitely put a lot of thought into going back to MTV. Right now, I’m focused on graduating, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I ended up in Chicago, LA or New York, working for MTV.

Was this your dream summer? Absolutely, without a doubt. Anytime you can go and work for a company like that you have to appreciate the fact that a huge company, such as MTV, would even look at you. One of the biggest things I took from them is how they enjoyed working. It was a crazy office and I enjoyed my job. I had fun, which was the most important thing.

Did you ever think you’d work for MTV? No, I did not. I had already secured another internship for the summer, but the second I interviewed, it just felt right. Everybody was exactly the way you think they’d be, the vibe of the whole place was really cool.


Did you have any friends there with you, or did you make new friends?


I didn’t know anyone going into the job. But it was a funny coincidence, because the only other intern in my building for the summer was from Iowa. The dress was pretty casual, so I showed up in jeans and a Drake T-shirt, and the other intern showed up in an Iowa T-shirt. We joked and talked about who is better at basketball for a good 45 minutes.


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What do you hope to do in the future?

Did anything you learn at Drake help you? The professors here, especially the professors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, are very hardcore about deadlines; they set a deadline and expect you to meet it. That definitely carried over into the professional world; if the job wasn’t done on time, they could let me go whenever they liked. Being prompt and learning how to follow through with any task is something everybody should learn how to do by the time they leave here.

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