ROWING The women’s rowing team opened its season with the Head of Des Moines Regatta on Saturday, battling rain and local opponents.
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Student presses assault charges against fellow student
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Students come together to color the windows of Meredith Hall by Lauren Horsch
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Homecoming week is blasting off here at Drake University. This year it started off with the “Blast Off Lunch” at Hubbell Dining Hall on Saturday, and continued on with the window painting at Meredith Hall and powder puff football game on Sunday. Homecoming co-chairs Ashley Seidel and Megan Browning are both excited for this year’s homecoming celebrations and, of course, the traditional window painting at Meredith. The process for planning homecoming week begins in the spring semester of every previous year when the homecoming committee holds a brainstorming session. Once some of the final decisions are made the Student Activities Board is surveyed for their opinions of the themes. This year’s winner was “Bulldog Blast Off.” A tradition that started at least 10 years ago is the painting of the windows of Meredith Hall. Over 20 organizations have participated this year. The organizations had to come up with a rough sketch four days prior to the event and have at least one team member attend a ladder training session before they could get down to work. “Other than that there are no other requirements,” Seidel said. Greg Larson, the president of SAB, added that the paint is supplied for the organizations involved. “I think it is really cool to just see the ideas people have go from paper to windows,” Lar-
son said. Planning for the window painting involved getting the word out to organizations and hiring a window cleaning company to help avoid any frustrations with the paint later on. While window painting was in full swing, the bystanders were able to watch and cheer on participants in powder puff football in Helmick Commons. Painters from the Alpha Kapi Si business fraternity were especially excited for the opportunity to have a window. “It’s great – We’re a business fraternity so we get to show off our creative side,” said team member Amanda Sykora. Two other particpants, Rachel Bump and Robin Sautter were also enjoying their time outside painting and the opportunity to shed light on their organization. “It’s [window painting] is a good way to show what organizations are out there,” said Bump. Sautter also added that it was “beautiful” on campus for the event. This year, there are a few new aspects of the homecoming celebrations. One of those is the Live Band Karaoke in Helmick Commons on Oct. 1. Live Band Karaoke is taking the place of “Yell like Hell” which had been losing participation from groups. Now, karaoke is a more individual event that would be a “fun event anyone can come to,” Browning said. Along with the Live Band Karaoke, SAB is working very closely with the alumni department during the week to help with the annual fundraiser. Browning also encourages everyone to attend because there will be free food and giveaways at almost all of the homecoming events.
A Drake student was taken to the hospital during the early morning hours of Sept. 19 after being punched and beaten with a wooden stair rail, according to a Des Moines police report. The victim was in his residence at 1219 34th Steet at 12:30 a.m. when junior James John Hoopes trespassed and broke through two doors to enter the room where the victim was located. Hoopes beat the victim with a wooden stair rail in the head and repeatedly punched him, according to a Des Moines police report. The victim later received treatment at Mercy Medical Center for a nasal fracture, a black right eye and bruising and swelling of his forehead and the back of his head. The victim pressed civil charges against Hoopes. Hoopes was arrested Thursday following the investigation on charges of willful injury and assault with a weapon. Des Moines police took Hoopes to the Polk Country Jail and set bond at $5,000. His bond was posted on Friday. Both Hoopes and the victim live together and are members of the same fraternity. Hoopes is now removed from the fraternity and is living off campus. Dean of Students Sentwali Bakari says the university is taking the report seriously and is fully investigating the matter.
>>HOMECOMING WEEK Monday 9/27 Comedians Lee Camp & Nicholas Anthony 8 p.m. | Pomerantz Stage Tuesday 9/28 Outside Movie: Avatar 8 p.m. | Helmick Commons Wednesday 9/29 Homecoming Carnival 4:30–7:30 p.m. | Helmick Commons photo by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Staff Photographer
STUDENTS paint the windows of Meredith Hall to celebrate Student Activities Board’s Homecoming 2010: Bulldog Blast-Off.
Thursday 9/30 Quietdrive Concert 9 p.m. | Pomerantz Stage
Delta Sigma Pi presents appeal to use Knapp Center by Ann Schnoebelen
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Delta Sigma Pi President Amanda Otten is facing significant opposition as she tries to bring a new community charity event to Drake’s campus, and she appealed to Student Senate for support during their meeting on Thursday. Otten, a senior, says they have been trying for a year to organize an event with the March of Dimes Foundation, a non-profit organization benefitting premature babies and their mothers. “There’s never been one done in Des Moines yet,” she said. “So it’d be a really big deal and a way to get the community on campus as well.” But, she told Senate, she’s encountered some obstacles while planning, mostly in dealing with the university’s athletic department. Conflict is centered around Otten’s desire to use the Knapp Center as the site for the event, and in particular, on the use of the gym floor. The main focus of the event is for participants to tape a design on the ground and use dimes to fill it in, an activity Otten said the athletic department worries will damage the floor’s surface. “I know that the conservation of the gym floor is a big deal and it would cost a lot of money to repair if something were to happen to it,” she said. “However, I feel that this would be a great opportunity for Drake.” She asked Senate for help. “I was hoping to get some support and backing in a way that we could convince them to let us use the center,” she said.
Sen. Reed Allen was quick to step up in favor. He said that as the former president of Delta Sigma Pi, the March of Dimes Foundation had actually approached their community chair with interest in using Drake as the site for the fundraising event. He, too, faced resistance in the name of protecting the gym floor.
The floor is covered during some events, like graduation, but Allen said, “we were told in talking to them (the athletic department) that it costs a lot of money and time to put that floor down.” He and Otten both voiced their concern that other locations aren’t as well suited for what the organizers want to do. According to Otten, the hope is to have carnival games and other attractions to encourage visitors to stick around for a while, not just come to lay some spare change down on the floor. She’s also looking at teaming up with media outlets and food vendors from around the Des Moines area.
“My vision is huge,” Otten said. “I kind of need the space for it.” Several senators mentioned that the floor was new and very expensive and that they appreciated the effort to maintain it. However, every person who spoke was in favor of finding some sort of compromise. Some were more forthright than others were. “I understand the importance of keeping the Knapp Center pristine,” Sen. Megan Hutcheson said. “But we are also a small school where we don’t have a lot of other space. So the university is going to have to find a way to handle it. Either we have a new space, or they need to let us use it.” As this situation was time sensitive, however, Hutcheson proposed an alternative solution in order to move planning for this particular event forward. She suggested using the Bell Center floor as a space for the dimes and tape, and using other places within the facility for the games or activities that Delta Sigma Pi was planning. Sen. Kensie Smith and Sen. Amanda Laurent also offered their outspoken backing. “This is a really big thing, this is a lot of money raised, this is a lot of Drake students involved, this is a lot of community potential,” Smith said. “I’m willing to support this with whatever means necessary.” Allen said he would move forward to find ways for Senate to provide Delta Sigma Pi with the help they were requesting. “To me it’s a $9,000 potential we could raise for a charity,” he said. “Seems like the university, in my opinion, should do everything in its power to make that available to a student organization.”
‘Baby Wants Candy’ impresses Drake crowd.
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No wonder there are so many issues involving sex today. People are trying to emulate their heroes in the music industry.
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‘Baby Wants Candy’ impresses crowd on Friday
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BABY WANTS CANDY members performed in Sheslow Auditorium to a crowd of over 300 as part of Parents Weekend activities. They performed an original, improvised musical based off things called out by the audience. The group is from Chicago. by Ann Schnoebelen
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The six-member cast belted out songs with lyrics like, “I’m freakin’ Meatloaf,” “Rock, rock the sock” and “It’s in my toes, it’s in my butt, it’s in my head.” An opera addict and R2-D2 made brief appearances, and a frenzied duel took place between an imaginary cello and a pretend piano. The not-so-typical musical was a creation of Baby Wants Candy, a Chicago-based improv group who begins their act by asking the audience to name a never-before-seen musical. Friday night’s audience in Sheslow Auditorium shouted their suggestions and the original musical, “My Best Friend is Meatloaf ”
began. Those who missed it will just have to ask someone who was there, as the group never repeats a show. Every aspect is made up on the spot, and even the piano, guitar and drum players from the band are improvising. The event was a part of Parent and Family Weekend, and brought in a crowd of over 300 Drake students, parents and faculty. First-year student Kayli Mermka brought her parents from Fort Dodge, Iowa. Her father, Dennis, had never seen an improv show before, and said he did enjoy it. “It was better than what I thought,” her mother, Stacy, added. First-year student Molly Peterson even participated in the event, going onstage as a volunteer at the start of the show. The cast had her describe her day, then proceeded to act out
what her dreams that night could be composed of as a result. “I thought it was great,” she said. “It’s really hard to be impromptu and musical. Ten out of 10.” During the show, Chris Witaske played a hasbeen Meatloaf, the musician, who was making a comeback from his motorized scooter (made from a stationary chair being pushed around by fellow cast members). The story progressed to encompass a family feud between a rock ‘n’ roll loving little boy, Nick Semar, and his classically trained uncle, Nathan Jansen, as well as a love story. Nothing quite says “romance” like three grown men doing ballet leaps across the stage during the ballad. Another song where Semar jumped onto Witaske’s lap as they were pushed around on the
“scooter” got big laughs from the audience, as did a crack about the Drake Relays. The players garnered more chuckles from the parents by making off-base references to Meatloaf lyrics and songs. The event opened and closed with performances by Drake student improv group D.I.C.E.Y. During the show’s final act, Baby Wants Candy invited them onstage for a game of “Freeze” and they all took turns replacing each other in short scenes. “It was a blast,” said Baby Wants Candy player Aidy Bryant. “We were glad we could play with them at the end,” added fellow performer John Hartman. “They were really good hosts.”
General Cullen to discuss rights of terrorist suspects
E.T. Meredith Center Internship Panel Meet students who had super summer jobs and learn ways to find a fun and interesting internship. When: Tuesday Sept. 28 at 7 pm. Free to Public.
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POWERDER PUFF GAME Various groups competed for the title of homecoming champion
Retired Brigadier General James Cullen will discuss rights of terrorist suspects tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Meredith Hall room 106. The lecture is part of the Fall 2010 Foreign Policy series, sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship and the National Security Network. Cullen enlisted in the army in 1969 and retired in 1996. He held many positions throughout his military career. Prior to retirement, Cullen served as chief judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He also held a position in the development and implementation of training programs for over 2,000 Army Reserve Judge Advocate officers across the country. Cullen received many awards and medals during his career, including the Distinguished Service Medal. The talk will be about “human rights and accused terrorism suspects.” Cullen gives lectures around the country to raise awareness about human rights and to encourage a better understanding on the handling of terrorist subjects. Cullen also heads the real estate and construction practice at a law firm in New York City. Cullen is considered an authority on the rights of suspect terrorists. In late June, he was
a signer for the Constitution Project, Beyond Guantanamo. The declaration is a human rights document supporting federal court prosecution of terrorism subjects. The declaration advocated for the president and congress to support the policy of treatment and trial of suspected terrorists. It also stated that having remaining detainees in Guantanamo is not appropriate and is contrary to American values. National Security Network works with experts to create a solid national security policy and organize speaker series to talk about national security issues. This is Drakes CGC’s third year sponsoring the speakers and film series. Cullen’s lecture is an opportunity for students to learn about critical perspectives from experts around the country. “So often we hear 30-second sound bite opinions about the issues in our country,” said Darcie Vandegrift, Interim Director of the CGC. “Whether we agree with their opinions or not, we come away knowing more about the issue.” The Center for Global Citizenship has lectures and films planned for the academic year that appeal to students of all majors, with topics ranging from human rights to psychology to theater studies. Cullen’s lecture is expected to have about 80-100 students and community members attend. To learn more about the series and CGC events and activities, visit: drake.edu/ international/cgc.
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My boyfriend is super clingy, and needy. I’m extremely independent and just need space! How do I tell him to back off without being rude? —Desparate for Space
He said Thank you for writing in. I understand your concern that you do not want to come off rude when talking about needing space to your boyfriend, but you need to tell him what you want. To explain why he might be acting this way, he is probably insecure about your relationship and feels that he needs to be with you all the time. If you have never said anything to him about how this bugs you, it comes off that you are fine with him being around you all the time.
If you feel suffocated, just tell him to go hang out with his other friends and maybe set up a couple nights a week where you guys hang out with other people. If you talk to him and get him on the same page in your relationship, you both will be able to work through it and become a stronger couple.
MICHAEL RIEBEL COLUMNIST COLUMNIST Riebel is a sophomore Calder is a junior public relations major. accounting/ finance major. Jen and Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a stage 5 clinger here. Let me tell you I had to put a lot of thought into this question. This is a very tricky situation and I am sorry you are finding yourself placed in it. My first piece of advice would be to try and nicely explain you need to do some things alone and encourage him to do the same with friends and other people. For example: “Oh, honey, I would love to go to the library with you, but I just think it’s best if I go alone to get some work done” or “I’m just in a bad mood and want some alone time.” You can also explain how absence makes the heart grow fonder and a couple hours or days apart from each other won’t kill him or your relationship, it will actually enhance it. Honestly, if he doesn’t get the memo after you trying to explain nicely, you may need to be rude. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for; however, a small tiff or fight about this now could prevent a huge blow up down
the road. Be firm and stand your ground and say, “Listen man, I need my alone time!” Being an independent woman myself, I know how difficult it can be to find someone to let you run wild and alone sometimes. However, if this problem continues after giving Michael’s and my advice a shot, you may need to cut ties, if only for a little bit, to make him realize how important your space is and how much you pride yourself on being independent. The reason he is probably so clingy is that I am guessing you’re a pretty cool person, considering you wrote in to us, and he may only be doing this now because he is afraid to lose you. Calm his fears and let him know he is important to you, and if he cares enough about you, in return he will give you space. Always remember you deserve the best and don’t settle for anything less.
How to sound smarter than you actually are
e’re not all geniuses. If we were, we’d all be at Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. Not to insult anyone’s intelligence, but sometimes we (myself included) get in situations where we talk to people more intelligent than we are. It can be awkward and embarrassing. So how do you cope with not being at the same scholastic level as some of your friends? Learn the names of important national and Iowan politicians. For Iowa, know that the governor is Chet Culver (Democrat), our senators are Chuck Grassley (Republican) and Tom Harkin (Democrat), and our representatives are Leonard Boswell (Democrat), Bruce Braley (Democrat), Steve King (Republican), Tom Latham (Republican) and David Loebsack (Democrat). That’s all you need to know. Simply by knowing their names and political affiliations, you will seem smarter than most of the average Iowan residents. Hopefully, you know Barack Obama is our president, and he is a Democrat. The vice president is Joe Biden (also a Democrat). Hillary Clinton is the secretary of state, Eric Holder is the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security is Janet Napolitano. Those are all
very important people who have potential to come up in conversations. Sometimes people have a better vocabulary than we do. Don’t waste time reading the dictionary. Learn words that most people have probably never heard of, and learn to use them in sentences that are vague and in no way hint to the meaning of the word in order to insure your apparent superiority of random word knowledge. Here is a small list of some words: • Absquatulate (v)- to flee – They had to absquatulate. • Anacoluthia (n)- lack of grammatical sequence or coherence (especially in a sentence) – Anacoluthia is a problem with many papers. • Tintinnabulation (n)- tinkling sound (like bells) – Do you hear that tintinnabulation? • Brobdingnagian (adj)- gigantic, enormous – That is one Brobdingnagian man. • Hobbledehoy (n)- an awkward, gawky fellow – He sure is a hobbledehoy. Few people know of these unique words,
and there are many more out there. By looking at dictionary.com you can find many obscure words and even subscribe to the word of the day. Know what’s in the news. This doesn’t mean you have to actually know what’s going on in the U.S. That’s crazy talk! No, just read the headlines and skim articles online. You don’t even have to understand them. A few good topics to know: • Iraq War • Oil Spill • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban Do your friends read books and try to talk about them with you? How annoying! Do they expect you to actually read? Well, thank goodness for Wikipedia and SparkNotes! Here are a few titles you should be aware of: • “To Kill a Mockingbird”- The story of a girl named Scout, a colored man who gets wrongly jailed and killed, and a pale guy named Boo Radley that no one likes, but who turns out to be the good guy. • “Catcher in the Rye”- The story of a whiny boy who got kicked out of his prep school and instead of going home, he stays in New York.
• “Twilight”- A ridiculously annoying girl falls in love with a sparkly vampire. No real plot beyond that. • “Harry Potter”- An unloved child attends a school for magic and is constantly attacked by a crazy semi-immortal guy with no nose. And of course, these are not the only books people deem “noteworthy” to read. With Wikipedia and SparkNotes, you may never have to actually read a book again. If, while socializing with people potentially smarter than you, they talk about something you don’t know, just say that the topic is one that you are far too emotional about to discuss any further. Then Google it later if you feel the topic might come up again. I hope that with these tips you can one up your smart friends and show them what’s what!
LAURA WITTREN COLUMIST Wittren is a sophomore magazines/open journalism major and can be contacted at laura. email@example.com.
Sexuality in music overshadows fine-tuned lyrics When I look back on the past almost two decades of my life, I can’t help but notice the downward spiral that is lyrics for popular music. Listen to some of the music from the early ‘70s and ‘80s, and then listen to the top 40 today. Do you hear a difference in the lyrics? If you don’t, you’re either not paying attention or didn’t actually listen to it. So listen again. Now do you hear it? I bet you do.
No wonder there are so many issues involving sex today. People are trying to emulate their heroes in the music industry.
When the British Invasion started, and bands like the Beatles and the Dave Clark Five started cranking out hits, their lyrics stood for love.
Now, listen to Drake or Kanye or Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” You can’t say that it’s about love. It’s about making love. There’s a huge difference, and it’s one I cannot support. When the late ‘80s turned into the ‘90s, that generation started to get sick of the crooning love songs that were popular. They decided to turn songs into the hard-rocking rhythms and include the sexual innuendos that we now hear in some of the most popular songs during that era. Now, I know that there are songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s that are unsavory, such as The Doors’ “The End,” or the obvious “I Want to Make Love to You” from Foghat, but they were made in moderation because of the audience. The world back then was a lot more conservative, and it was easily offended by those types of songs. I am in the same mold. We don’t need that kind of message in popular music. No wonder there are so many issues involving sex today. People are trying to emulate their heros in the music industry.
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When I listen to music, I enjoy a song that tells a story. Probably my favorite song is “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” by the Temptations. It tells of a man who looks out his window each day and imagines that he’s marrying a girl who he hasn’t even met. Eddie Kendricks serenades us with the words, “But in reality, she doesn’t even know me.” Thus ends a story of love and heartbreak. The man finally realizes that he’s imagining the whole beautiful scenario. It is a song of tenderness and emotion, not just physicality and mindless fornication. Now, I admit that I’ve listened to some of the raunchy songs when I was younger and didn’t know better. But now that I’ve grown and I started paying attention to the lyrics, I can see how offensive they really are. So, now I’m going to give a song lyric, and you can guess the meaning behind them. I’ll start in the ‘70s. - “But every time I see your face, I get all choked up inside.” (The Four Tops, 1965) - “And dream of a girl I used to know. I closed
my eyes, and she slipped away.” (Boston, 1976) - “We’ve got each other, and that’s a lot for love.” (Bon Jovi, 1986) Now, we get to the ‘90s and 2000s. - “Release yourself upon me, and free the lines of chastity, unleash your sexuality, on me.” (Bloodhound Gang, 1995) - “It’s getting hot in here. So take off all your clothes.” (Nelly, 2002) Do we really need songs like the last two? Do we need all this sexuality in popular music? I don’t think so.
MIKE WENDLANDT COLUMIST Wendlandt is a sophomore broadcast news major and can be contacted at mike. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Science Colloquium series encourages students
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Periodic tables. Bunsen burners. Lab goggles, research papers and equations. These are a few of the components of science that divide those who love science and those who don’t. To a scientist, the list reminds them of experiments and studies they love. To others, the list may remind them of experiences they’d like to forget. But the goal of the Science Colloquium Series at Drake University is, essentially, to encourage science for all. The series aims to make students feel more at home with the sciences while learning about the latest research, said Associate Professor of Chemistry Maria Bohorquez, who has a doctorate in chemistry. Organized by the Drake University Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI), the series is comprised of lectures by leaders in the science community and emphasizes cutting-edge research and practical application of the sciences, Bohorquez said. “The Science Colloquium Series is part of the mission of DUSCI in terms of promoting the sciences,” she said. Bohorquez, the chair of the chemistry department at Drake and head of DUSCI, started the Colloquium Series in 2005 to provide “a venue, essentially, for students and faculty alike to learn.” Bohorquez has organized the series since its advent in 2005, when Charles Nelson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, gave a lecture called “The Kinematics of Ionized Gas in Nearby Quasars.” “I basically do all the work,” she said, smil-
ing. “First I talk to professors within the sciences to get their input. Then I contact the speakers and talk to the marketing department.” The work continues up until the day of the presentations, Bohorquez said. Brochures must be printed, posters must be put up and before each lecture, researchers must be introduced. “You promote the sciences through education,” Bohorquez said. “Because, of course, if you have the knowledge on a particular topic, you’ll be better equipped to express your opinion about it.” Does the series cater only to science students? The colloquiums are open to students of any discipline, Bohorquez said. “They exist for all of us to learn about each
Some people, when they think about science, it’s like they panic. Just relax, calm down and let your brain learn about it. — Maria Bohorquez
others’ fields and to understand that there is a connection between them.” “The idea is ‘Let us all enjoy learning, even about an area that is not related to what we study,’” Bohorquez said. The lectures touch on varying topics. These include psychology, pharmacy, physics, chemis-
try and math. Robert Hampton, department of psychology assistant professor of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., rang in the fifth year of the Science Colloquium Series with a presentation titled “Cognition in Rhesus Monkeys: Recognition, Recall, and Self-Reflection.” The lecture was presented in Olin Hall on Friday, Sept. 3. The second lecture in this fall’s series took place Friday, Sept. 17. Joel E. Ringdahl, assistant professor of psychology, traveled from the University of Iowa Pediatrics Department to present on the “Assessment and Treatment of Sever Behavior Disorders: A Scientific-Method Based Approach.” “I’m one of the few members of the staff at Iowa who’s not a practicing doctor,” Ringdahl joked as he introduced himself. “I’m not a real doctor.” Students and faculty filled Olin Hall 206, leaving only a few empty seats. The atmosphere in the room was relaxed, and put all present at ease, despite the scientific subject matter. This accessibility is a common aspect of the series, as Bohorquez said. “Some people, when they think about science, it’s like they panic,” she said. “Just relax… calm down, and let your brain learn about it.” “It’s not like somebody’s going to ask you to take a test,” she said. The presentation itself focused on the process of scientific diagnosis of behavioral problems. Ringdahl began by explaining the difference between two approaches to answering a research question: group design and single-subject design. “Group design is good for determining answers to broad questions, such as ‘Is a certain
medication effective?’ Or, ‘What is the relationship between these two variables?’” he explained. “Single-subject design is what we use to answer more individual questions, like ‘Will this medication work for me?’” Ringdahl used these explanations to move into an analysis of case studies that employed single-subject design. He told the story of Jack, a boy who was 7-years-old when he was referred to the Pediatrics Center. “Jack had been previously diagnosed with autism and severe mental retardation,” he said. “He had a high rate of problem behavior in the attention condition: He’d learned that pulling his mother’s hair was a good way of getting her attention.” Ringdahl then related how, through singlesubject design, Jack was diagnosed to show problem behavior only when he needed attention. It was then determined that Jack could be trained to ask for his mother’s attention in a different way: by tapping a picture of his mother. In this way, Jack’s problem behavior—pulling his mother’s hair—was, for the most part, eradicated. The information in Ringdahl’s presentation was easy to understand, yet enlightening—perfect for both the science-inclined and those with other academic interests. Still to come this semester in the Science Colloquium Series is a presentation by Dr. Scott Cable of the University of Sydney, Australia. This lecture is titled “Student Perspectives on Learning in the Laboratory: Data from the ASELL Project,” and will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. this Friday in Olin 206.
Drake Theater Arts Department raises $560 for its programming by Heather Hall
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Have you ever wondered what the Drake University Theatre Arts Department does on a Friday night? Last Friday night you could find them in the Fine Arts Center begging their family and friends for money. Or, as Monica Lani, the master of ceremony for the evening, would say more eloquently, a way to “ask for pocket change to restore a shrinking art.” “The money goes to Drake Theatre People, an organization for the theater department,” said Ben Ranaan, a senior in charge of organizing the event. “It will help fund events and student productions that don’t get support from the theater department, for props and stuff.” Each class (first-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors) performed music and scenes from a different decade, and then at the end of the night, the audience could put money into whichever class’s jar they liked best. It was a fundraiser, but also a competition between the classes. “There was a different leader for each class,” Raanan said. “They were given a decade and then they could assign songs and scenes however they wanted.” The freshmen opened the evening with selections from the Golden Age of Theatre, the 1940s and ‘50s. The women performed “America” from “West Side Story” and the men did a rendition of “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat” from “Guys and Dolls.” Then, Tanaya Thomas and Moria Sutherland did a scene from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and they ended their section with another Guys and Dolls song, “Kids.” The sophomores were up next with the Obscure ‘60s and ‘70s. Kent Reynolds and Maura Gillespie sang, “I Won’t Send Roses” from “Mack and Mable,” one of the most memorable scores of all time about a director in love with his lead actress. April Culver and Tyler Lubinus acted out a scene from “Rhinoceros.” Luke Tourville performed “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago” with six women of the department. “I think the idea for the fundraiser is incredible,” said Maura Gillespie, a sophomore musical theater major. “It’s really fun and entertaining. Plus, we get to show off.” The ‘80s and ‘90s consisted of huge extravaganzas: large casts, big props and special effects. Shows such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent” and “Cats” first came out during these years. The juniors presented selections from these shows, but not quite to the extent of a Broadway show.
“Now this is a low-budget production, otherwise all of our fundraising would go to smashed chandeliers,” Lani joked. Ken Matt Martin, the only male in the junior class, started the spectacle portion of the evening with “Feet’s Too Big” from “Ain’t Misbehavin.” Katie Englen reminisced about the class’s freshman and sophomore years with “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Lauren Knutson and Briana Wright performed “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent. And, despite the pleas of her fellow classmates, Carrie Gabbert sang a lovely “Memory” from “Cats.” In the last decade, there have been many productions that were not quite as amazing. Musicals such as “Shrek,” “Legally Blonde” and “High School Musical” have been the best that the millennium has produced. The seniors of the theater department chose pieces from some of the better productions in the last decade. “Please Don’t Touch Me” from “Young Frankenstein” was sung by Cayla Marie Wolpers. Makha Mthembu did a scene titled “Tomorrow’s Wish,” and Sierra White sang “A Part of That” from “The Last Five Years.” Raanan sang a touching “Light in the Dark” from “Next to Normal,” and the emcee, Lani, performed a rated R scene from “Professional Sex Ed” titled “Sexual Education.” The evening then ended with “Lesbian Love Story” from “The Wild Party,” sang by Emily Draffen. The 39 performers raised $559.60 all together. The freshman class won the competition by raising $243. If you’re interested in checking out the talents of the theater department at Drake, be sure to see the production of “Bare” showing Nov. 11-14.
MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010
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DOGTOWN hosted over seven performers at this weekend’s festival. Neighbors and businesses got involved with the event, despite the poor weather conditions.
Dogtown Fest attracts area residents despite weather by Megan Bannister
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Some have banana-shaped seats. Some are zebra print. Some look like they belong in a circus. Some display more patriotic themes. Some look like they simply shouldn’t be operational. All roll past on two wheels. Lining the street outside of Mars Cafe, are over 20 custom, vintage and uniquely modified bicycles. The display is part of Dogtown Fest, an annual event held between the 2200 and 2500 blocks of University Avenue in Drake’s Dogtown neighborhood. “It gets people to know one another. To celebrate where they live. To tear down barriers and intermingle, just come out and enjoy,” Dan Koenig, owner of Yankee Doodle Dandy Tattoo and chair of Dogtown Fest, said. Defined by the event’s Facebook page as a “three-block neighborhood block party,” the festivities of Dogtown Fest, which took place on Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m., included a variety
of craft and food vendors, such as mobile units from Mr. Bibb’s Barbeque, Woody’s Smoke Shack and Food in Motion. The event closed the street to traffic for the second year in a row, marking the fifth Dogtown festival after a oneyear hiatus. Koenig has been a member of the Drake Area Business Association for 12 years and sees his business’s involvement in the event as a necessary action in order to maintain neighborhood presence. Also the owner of Ichi Bike in Beaverdale, Koenig led the organization of the first bike show during Dogtown Fest this year. Unfortunately, the damp, autumn weather of Iowa seemed to be a crowd deterrent, resulting in only a few dozen attendees to the festival over the course of the afternoon and evening. “The weather was much better last year,” Shannon Enfield, a returning vendor said. “But when things get slow we chalk it up to getting to visit with a lot of new people and have a nice time anyways.” Enfield is the owner and designer of Michaeleen, a small business specializing in beaded jewelry made of semiprecious stones and
sterling silver. Along with her husband, Enfield returned to Dogtown Fest as a vendor for the second time. Despite being small in number, the attendees of Dogtown Fest remained high in spirit and enthusiasm. As street performers sporting blue and purple hairpieces taught moms with toddlers in tow how to hula-hoop, kids and parents alike peddled up and down the street on customized bikes. “I always think anything that brings people out is a good idea,” Enfield said. “Having neighbors and students in one area with a variety of activities like food, shopping and music is a positive community experience.” David Rodriguez, the district manager and operator of the Dogtown H&R Block, never considered becoming involved in Dogtown Fest until one of his associates came to him with the possibility as a way to increase the business’s community visibility. Although the branch is only operational from Jan. 1 to April 18, Rodriguez believes it is important for the business to remain a part of the community, even outside of the tax season.
“Any visibility and opportunity to bring people together and bring people from other parts of the city to see what there is to offer here is a good thing,” Rodriguez said. As residents mingled with local business owners like Koenig and Rodriguez, a line-up of live artists peppered the crisp air with a variety of sounds, usually unbeknownst to the Dogtown area. The program included appearances by musical groups Tyborn Jig, North Of Grand, Bob Tyler & the Restless Hearts, Final Mix, John O’Connell, Lesson 7 and D-Bess, as well as disc jockeys DJ Tucker and DJ Alex Brown. From paying musicians to hawking T-shirts, consulting on tattoos and whirling up and down the 2300 block of University Avenue. on a myriad of colorful bicycles, it is clear that Koenig is involved in every aspect of Dogtown Fest. When one of the event volunteers reports a snafu with a band in the live music booking, Koenig replies simply, “We’ve got to make it work.” And based on the zeal of the residential crowd, he has.
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PLAY OF THE WEEK
Junior nose tackle David Witkiewicz turned on the burners with a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown to open up the second half for the Drake football team.
Bulldogs split weekend matches versus Valley foes Drake takes down Bradley, suffers loss to Northern Iowa by Tad Unruh
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SENIOR SUSAN CLAUSEN sets the ball to a teammate against Bradley last Friday. Drake defeated the Braves in four sets, but lost to No. 16 Northern Iowa on Saturday.
The Bulldog volleyball team played to an even 2-2 record in the Missouri Valley Conference at the end of the weekend, dispatching Bradley on Friday and dropping Saturday’s game to rival Northern Iowa. The team now has an impressive 16-2 mark early in the conference season. The Bulldogs dropped one set against Bradley, but defeated the Braves quite easily on Friday night. Winning the first two sets, then slipping in the third, Drake ended the night strong in the fourth. Highlights of the night included senior Susan Clausen notching 20 assists and a career-high 11 digs, and sophomore Emily Heffernen with 12 kills. After the first match in the home stand, Drake put up a great showing and looked toward nationally ranked No. 16 UNI on Saturday as its next big test. The Panthers boasted a strong middle defense that caused more trouble for the Bulldogs than the Braves did. A record 1,800 fans came out to cheer on the Bulldogs against their vaunted rivals in the Knapp Center. Before Saturday, Drake was 10-0 at home. But the streak, just as its early-season winning streak, was no longer meant to be. The Bulldogs were beaten in a tough battle in four sets, in which each set was decided by less than four points. The fourth set included five separate ties before UNI seized the match. The battle went all the way to the end, lamented Head Coach Phil McDaniel, but he is optimistic for the rest of the season. “We fought really hard tonight, as hard as we’ve fought all season long,” he said. “If we can continue that the rest of the conference season,
then that will definitely be awesome.” Clausen talked a bit about the differences between the two home games this weekend. “I thought we played very clean against Bradley,” she said. “But against UNI, they dug up a lot of balls that we put down and in the end, ended up beating us.” UNI has proved to be one of the bigger challenges on the Missouri Valley Conference schedule. The Panthers are now 4-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs played them in a great match and feel they can continue to improve. “We feel that if we continue to play as hard and as solid as we did tonight, then the wins will come for us in conference if we keep up the intensity and drive,” McDaniel said. Those wins in the conference will come at a high price as next weekend they head to Terre Haute, Ind., and Normal, Ill., to face familiar opponents, Indiana State and Illinois State. The road wins are crucial in any conference schedule, and there is a sense of urgency among the team, feels Clausen. “It would be very nice to go 2-0 against those teams,” she said. “It is very important to win on the road. To take away wins from teams on their home court is always good.” Constantly improving throughout the rest of the conference season is only a plus. These next coming months will be testing for the experienced Bulldog squad. As long as McDaniel instills in his team that they have the will to win, then he feels it will happen. “Every game is going to be well contested,” he said. “We need to go in with the goal to be competitive every night. And, lastly, we want to set the tone early, especially in the Valley so we can carry it through the rest of the year.”
Late goal dooms Drake at Saint Louis, lose 1-0 by Skylar Bergl
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The Drake men’s soccer team suffered a devastating loss as Nick Maglasang struck the winning goal with 57 seconds to go in double overtime for host Saint Louis. The Billikens escaped with the 1-0 win and saw their record grow to 2-2-1 while the Bulldogs’ ledger dropped to 3-5 on the season. Saint Louis knocked the Bulldogs out of the 2008 NCAA tournament in the final minute of the second period of overtime, much like Saturday’s game. In the 107th minute, senior Evan Harrison came up with back-to-back shots, each of them coming up short in the end. Just a minute later, the game nearly ended on a shot from Adnan Gabeljic except for a diving save by Bulldog keeper Jordan Kadlec. Kadlec ended the game with a match-high six saves. “Jordan was once again a real force in goal and I thought our back four was much more organized than it has been the past few games,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said. The Billikens outshot the Bulldogs in the match 21-10 while junior midfielder Michael Thaden tallied a game-high three shots. “I’m hugely proud of the effort tonight,” Holmes said. “To go to play a 10-time NCAA champion on their homecoming and to hold our own for 109 minutes is very encouraging.
“As young as we are, any road game at a perennial national power is always going to be a challenge. To go somewhere like this and deal with a big wind for half a game is a testament to the improvement we’ve made over the course of the last month. The lesson for our boys is that when golden opportunities come, you have to capitalize.” Outshot in the first half 9-1, the Bulldogs saw their best scoring chance come when freshman Brian Grand got behind Saint Louis goalkeeper Nick Shackelford for an uncontested shot, but got under it and sent it high above the crossbar. Another opportunity presented itself when junior Charles Schwartz nailed a shot from outside the box just wide right. It was a game of missed opportunities up until the golden goal, as a bouncing ball made it past a Saint Louis defender and to the foot of junior Thomas Ostrander, who sent the ball high and wide of the net. “What is most exciting is that, despite the fact that most of our players coming off the bench are young, they have added enthusiasm and skill to our line-up,” Holmes explained. “We continue to be a work in progress, but I’m excited by what I saw tonight.” As the game ended 0-0 in regular time, it went to an evenly matched overtime period where the Billikens caught the goal with just 57 seconds left on the clock to earn the win. The Bulldogs return to action this Tuesday as they play a rematch of their 2009 NCAA tournament opener, hosting Western Illinois at 7 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex. FILE PHOTO
Bulldog teams turn in strong performances
Kak, McDermott lead charge at Roy Griak Invitational against top competition on Saturday by Dominic Johnson
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Sophomore Omet Kak finished 69th to pace Drake at the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn., on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished 17th overall in the 8,000-meter race. The last time the Drake men’s cross-country team competed at the Les Bastad Golf Course on the University of Minnesota campus was two weeks ago, and the Bulldogs came away with a firstplace finish. That finish propelled the squad to a ranking of 13th in the Midwest region according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, but Drake entered into this past weekend’s invitational with a ranking of 11th in the region. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their ranking of 11th was put to the test by many other nationally ranked teams from outside the Midwest. Two powerhouses from the Southeast region took the top spots at the meet, with Duke and North Carolina State taking first and second, respectively. Drake, the only Missouri Valley Conference team at the meet, beat out Loyola-Chicago, another team ranked in the region, but finished two spots behind South Dakota State University, ranked 12th in the region. Drake’s 11th place ranking may be taken over by the Jackrabbits on Sept. 27, when the next regional ranking release is published. The Bulldogs were once again led by their young talent, with Kak and freshman Brogan Austin finishing in the top spots for the squad. Kak’s final time was 25 minutes, 45 seconds. Just 15 seconds behind him was Austin, who finished in 80th place. Junior Ben Jaskowiak once again raced well for the Bulldogs, finishing just outside the top 100, yet inside the top half to come in third for the Drake squad. “This was the first time our newcomers had ever run an 8,000-meter race and I thought they adjusted well against a very
strong field,” Drake Head Coach Dan Hostager said in a Drake press release. Sophomore Tim Cornish, freshman Doug Brady, junior Colin Hagan and senior Mike Bumgarner all placed in the top 125 in the meet. There were over 200 runners competing at the meet. Drake returns to Des Moines for next week’s race, as Grand View hosts the Grand View Invitational on Friday.
Many of the runners on the Drake women’s cross country team improved their times from last year’s Roy Griak Invitational to place Drake in 22nd place at this year’s meet. The 2009 meet brought only 191 runners from across the nation, while this year 300 runners competed in Falcon Heights, Minn. Senior Casey McDermott once again finished first for the Bulldogs, with a time of 22 minutes and 44 seconds, which was six seconds faster than her time at the meet last year. McDermott was the only runner for Drake to finish in the top 100, coming in at number 88. Seniors Tara Scieszinski and Meredith Bell both improved on their times from last year, with Scieszinski placing second for the squad, and Bell finishing sixth. Scieszinski ran a 23:38 to place 139th while Bell finished with a 24:09, good for 160th. Freshman Erin Poss and seniors Lindsay Smith and Katie Coomer finished third through fifth. Freshman Amanda Marwitz was the final runner across the finish line for Drake, placing 178th, running the course faster than over 100 other runners. Drake was the only Missouri Valley Conference team at the meet. The winners of the Bulldog Classic, Iowa State, placed third, two spots lower than their first-place finish at last year’s meet. The team will return to action on Friday at the Grand View Invitational in Des Moines.
Roy Griak Invitational Results MEN Drake: 17 out of 22 69. Omet Kak, 25:45 80. Brogan Austin, 26:00 103. Ben Jaskowiak, 26:19 111. Tim Cornish, 26:40 117. Doug Brady, 26:48 121. Colin Hagen, 26:52 122. Mike Bumgarner, 26:56 WOMEN Drake: 22 out of 29 88. Casey McDermott, 22:44 139. Tara Scieszinski, 23:38 143. Erin Poss, 23:48 151. Katie Coomer, 23:59 160. Meredith Bell, 24:09 178. Amanda Marwitz, 24:52 compiled by Matt Moran Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bulldogs post three singles victories by Dominic Johnson
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Drake wins PFL opener at Valparaiso by Caleb Copley
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In a game where defense was the prevailing factor, Drake held off a late rally from Valparaiso and won 21-19 to begin its Pioneer Football League season. The Bulldogs held Valparaiso to 158 yards offensively and forced two turnovers in the contest. After David Witkiewicz returned an interception to start off the second half, it seemed like Drake would cruise to victory, considering how tough the defense was playing. However, Drake turnovers combined with 10 penalties allowed Valparaiso to chip into the lead in the fourth quarter. “Defensively we played pretty good,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said in a Drake athletics press release. “But our offense in the second half didn’t help our defense like we needed to do.” It was a tale of two halves for the Bulldogs and, more specifically, for redshirt freshman Cody Seeger, who made his first collegiate start at quarterback. The first half was much
kinder to him and the Bulldogs than the second half was. On the third play of the game, senior defensive end Dain Taylor recovered a fumble. Following the recovery, Seeger came onto the field and led the team to a 10-play, 42yard drive that was capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run by Pat Cashmore. After a touchdown to start the second, the Valparaiso offense was held to seven yards throughout the rest of the quarter. It was in the second quarter when Seeger led a brilliant drive in which he converted a long third down by scrambling for 15 yards, and then finishing off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Steve Platek. Unfortunately, things stalled for the Drake offense after that. Despite great starting field position for the Bulldogs throughout the third and fourth quarters, the offense could not take advantage, and turned the ball over. A holding penalty by Troy Whitmer negated a 33-yard touchdown run by Trey Morse. All these plays prevented Drake from getting things going offensively. The Bulldogs were held to just 19 yards in the second half.
“If we don’t commit those penalties, we probably have a different offense in the second half,” Creighton said. In the fourth quarter, two costly turnovers by Seeger allowed Valparaiso to get back into the game. However, with the game on the line, the Bulldog defense shut the door on Valparaiso and with one minute and 49 seconds left in the game, ran out the clock. Seeger managed the game well, despite two turnovers. He threw his first touchdown pass and had 50 yards rushing on the day. His favorite target was freshman tight end Dan Hohenstein, who led the team with five receptions for 30 yards. Linebackers Ben Morrison and Tyler Moorehead led the Bulldog defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. “It is college football and my hats off to Valparaiso,” Creighton said. “They definitely came to play. They have a young team, are well coached and fought hard, giving themselves a chance to win the game.” Drake returns home this Saturday when it takes on Marist at 1 p.m.
The Drake women’s tennis team took part in the University of Northern Iowa Invitational this past weekend at Byrnes Park in Waterloo, Iowa. The Bulldogs posted three impressive singles wins on Friday, the first day of competition, before Saturday’s inclement weather forced all 12 teams of the tournament into the Black Hawk Tennis Club in Waterloo, with only four courts available for play. In singles play, sophomore Manca Krizman began Friday’s play by defeating Emily Rogers of Northern Illinois in straight sets. Krizman dominated her opponent, winning the first set 6-0 and then continuing the momentum to take the second set, 6-2. “Manca played really smart,” said junior teammate Earlynn Lauer. Lauer played convincing tennis herself, with another straight-set victory for the Bulldogs. After winning the first set in a close tiebreaker, she held the momentum for the rest of the match, posting a 6-0 score in the second set over her University of South Dakota opponent. Unfortunately, Missouri’s Maureen Modesto defeated Lauer in the next round, 6-1, 6-2. Just like Krizman, senior Jessica Labarte faced off against a Northern Illinois opponent with similar results. Labarte defeated NIU’s Sarah McLaughlin 6-4, 6-4. Labarte played UNI’s Jessica Kunzelmann in the next round, but lost 6-4, 6-3. “I played well and it was a close match,” Labarte said. “It was a few key points here and there I needed to close on and I would have won.” Drake juniors Amanda Aragon and Jessica Aguilera fell in their first matches of the tournament, with Aragon falling to Callie Ronkowski of North Dakota and Aguilera falling to Peta Forsyth of Minnesota. Doubles did not run as smoothly for the Bulldogs, as Aragon and Labarte lost to Missouri, 8-2, and South Dakota, 8-4. Krizman and Aguilera teamed up to convincingly defeat the Minnesota duo of Forsyth and Kantar, 8-5. “Our doubles still needs some work, but everyone seemed more confident in their singles play and definitely made fewer errors,” said junior Gabby Demos. The team is looking forward to continually improving over the course of the tournament as it begins to find its own strides, and as the new head coach learns how to best coach his players. The Times-Delphic will have more coverage from the UNI Invitational in the next issue.
Fisher tallies fourth goal as Drake ties North Dakota State by Eduardo Zamarripa
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It was not a night meant for soccer by any means; the game had to be moved from Cownie Soccer Complex to Drake Stadium. On a rainy and muddy night, the Bulldogs were able to fight back from a second-half deficit and rally to earn a valuable tie against North Dakota State last Thursday. Led by a penalty kick score from freshman Megan Fisher, her fourth goal of the season, the Bulldogs tied up the game late in the second half and could not capitalize their opportunities in overtime as the match concluded in a 1-1 tie. The first half saw both teams struggle to find any kind of rhythm as they battled to a scoreless halftime draw that did not generate much excitement. “We made the first half harder for ourselves than necessary, as we were a bit flat and we couldn’t seem to adjust to the wind and didn’t do the little things early enough, but we improved as the game went on,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. For awhile, neither team was able to open up the scoreboard. It wasn’t until a North Dakota State corner kick that the game broke loose. Brooklyn Dyce headed in the score with 25 minutes remaining in the second half. Drake was unsuccessful in its attempts to open up the North
Dakota State defense, but caught a break when the Bison were called for a hand ball inside the box. Fisher converted the score with 12 minutes to go in the second half and Drake carried the momentum into the overtime periods. The Bulldogs missed a couple of one-on-one opportunities in overtime which could have propelled them past the Bison. Sophomore Laura Moklestad misfired a good chance in the first overtime period and freshman Generve Charles could not finish a few opportunities that could have given them the win in the second overtime period. North Dakota State outshot the Bulldogs 10-7, with freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch holding the Bulldog net intact with her three saves. “The elements tonight made for a very different game than we were hoping for,” Horner said. “I’m happy with our ability to come back from a goal down to equalize.” This was the last match for Drake before conference play begins. The Bulldogs boast a 5-2-3 ledger and are excited to begin what they have prepared for during these early weeks: conference play. “This was our final prep game before starting conference,” Horner said. “If we are able to retain all that we have improved upon throughout our non-conference season, Sunday should be a very good game.” Details for Sunday’s game against Evansville will be available in Thursday’s issue.
Crew battles weather in opener by Matt Moran
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The Drake women’s rowing team opened its fall campaign with a strong showing at the Head of the Des Moines Regatta last Saturday. The team battled cold rain and wind in addition to its opponents. The team’s best finish of the day was fourth in the women’s club double race, out of nine teams. “We handled the weather well for the most part,” Drake Head Coach Charlie DiSilvestro said. “We didn’t let the cold rain keep us from rowing. During the races, the girls did a good job of blocking out the weather and focusing.” The Bulldogs competed in four of the 34 races on the day. The team also placed fourth out of seven in the women’s collegiate novice four race. “We weren’t expecting the weather as bad as it was today,” junior captain Kat Moore said. “But it was good that the team refocused and made the best out of a less desirable situation.” Saturday was the first of four fall meets for
Drake. The team will return to practice and begin training for its next event, which is the Quad Cities Classic in Moline, Ill., on Oct. 9. The Bulldogs are coming off their first season as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The team placed fourth in the conference meet last spring. DiSilvestro is looking for improvement as the fall season progresses. “From what I saw today, we could work on getting stronger technically,” he said. “We should also increase conditioning, which is typical for this point in the season.” Still, DiSilvestro was happy with the Bulldogs’ effort in dealing with adversity. The weather proved to be quite a factor in the outcome of most races throughout the day. DiSilvestro said the team chemistry needs to improve. “The girls could work on getting to know one another and trusting each other,” he said. “They need to believe in each other and row hard as a team.” Staff writer Monica Worsley contributed to this article.
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JUNIOR ALI WALSH dribbles the ball past a North Dakota State defender in Drake’s 1-1 tie last Thursday.
MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010
Drake Battles Minnesota State in Sunday twin bill by Matt Moran
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The Drake softball team continued its fall season on Sunday, taking on the Mavericks of Minnesota State in a doubleheader. The fall season is used as a tune-up for the spring, which is the official season for the sport. The Bulldogs use these games to fine-tune their skills and get a look at younger
Teacher’s Night October 5th 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
$1.00 6pc. Nuggets October 8th, 9th, 10th
players who may contribute down the road. Drake returns a dominant pitching staff, led by seniors Jenna DeLong and Brynne Dordel. Both ranked in the top three in earned run average and opposing batting average in the Missouri Valley Conference last year. Details from Sunday’s games will be available in Thursday’s issue of The Times-Delphic .
Prize Drawings Mountain Bike/IPOD October 11th
See What’s New at “Your”
Limited Product Availability
Every 50th Inside Customer Receives a $10.00 Gift Card October 7th
$1.00 Biscuits & Gravy October 1st, 2nd, 3rd Breakfast Hours Only
**Check out the NEW Lobby with FREE Wireless Internet and Flat Screen TV**
Ronald Appearance October 3rd 1:00 p.m. Show @ 2:00 p.m.
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