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Des Moines, Iowa • Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 • Vol. 129, No. 7 •

Harmon Fine Arts Center plagued by increase in criminal activity Drake Security says stolen items amount to $19,600 since May by Stephanie Sanyour

Staff Writer photo courtesy of DRAKE UNIVERSITY NEWS

SAMUEL ALITO was nominated as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President George W. Bush.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to give Opperman Lecture by Lillian Schrock

Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will deliver the Opperman Lecture in the Knapp Center at 3 p.m. this afternoon. Alito began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorary Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Today, Alito serves as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and was sworn in on Jan. 31, 2006. The lecture series is named after Dwight D. Opperman, who graduated from the Drake Law School in 1951. In 1988, he endowed and established the Dwight D. Opperman Lecture in Constitutional Law. According to Lisa Lacher, the director of media relations and public relations at Drake, this lecture is meant to “recognize the importance of constitutional law to the nation and to enhance its emphasis at Drake Law School.” “This lecture has become one of the most prestigious constitutional law events in the country,” Lacher said. The Opperman Lecture functions as a national venue for discussing and analyzing constitutional law. This year marks the 12th Opperman Lecture to take place at Drake, the first given in 1988 by Justice Harry A. Blackmun. The lectures typically take place every two years; however, they have taken place in consecutive years. Distinguished Professor of Law David Walker emphasized the importance of the Opperman Lecture and the significance of Justice Alito being at Drake. “It’s interesting and valuable to listen to them address a subject in a lecture, follow their reasoning and hear their point of view,” he said. “It’s something not that many people, faculty or students get the opportunity to do.”

Multiple thefts in the Harmon Fine Arts Center are causing great frustration and concern among students, security and faculty. According to Drake Security, the total loss from the thefts is around $19,600. This amount includes 13 computers, a digital camera, a projector, a DVD player and cash. Eleven computers, the DVD player and the projector belonged to a design lab on the third floor. The other two computers came from another room, the camera was from the costume shop and the cash was stolen from the band office. The thefts started around May 20 and continued throughout the summer until approximately Sept. 22. Drake Security has been working on this issue, but according to Captain Les Wheeler, this case is going to be hard to solve. “I’ve been working for Drake Security for 42 years,” Wheeler said. “This is a tough one.” Wheeler explained that the doors of the band office, the costume shop and the design lab remain open most of the day, and that there was no sign of forced entry. Also, no one reported anything or anyone suspicious to security during this time.

You don’t want to think that you have to watch things that closely. It’s impossible to be secure 100 percent.

–Educational Technologist Jerel Krueger

“Anyone can walk off the street and take what they wanted,” Wheeler said. Educational Technologist Jerel Krueger said that the facilities are opened for the benefit of the students. “We tend to have these facilities accessible to students,” Krueger said. “This can bring up some security issues.” Krueger said that the event has revealed some flaws, mostly in the doors. The doors

photo illustration by EMILY TOZER | Staff Photographer

THE HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER has seen an increase in thefts since the end of May. Drake Security is investigating the various situations fully. will now have a different configuration for a more secure set-up. “You don’t want to think that you have to watch things that closely,” Krueger said. “It’s impossible to be secure 100 percent.” Drake Security is increasing its checks of the building in all three of its regular shifts. However, it has been hard to tell whether the thief is someone from the inside or not. Security questioned whether the thief could be an outsider selling the items somewhere in the metro area, but nothing has been turned in to any area pawnshops. “It’s awful, and we don’t have enough evidence to prove it was someone from the outside doing it,” Wheeler said. The loss was not only financial, but also educational. Musical theater senior Sierra White said that the pictures for all of the students cast in this semester’s productions were in the stolen camera, delaying the work of the costume

Lacrosse club team begins first full season of competition

Drake continues to develop a ‘Culture of Philanthropy’

by Bailey Berg

Staff Writer

Four decades ago the Navy and John Hopkins played the first college Lacrosse game. Now, the sport that was once a niche only in New England and the Middle Atlantic, has spread across the country, down into Texas, as far west as California and Washington, and has even come here to Drake University. While not recognized as a club sport until last spring, efforts to start the team began in the fall of 2007, when Ben Shoff and Rien Zabor, now president and vice president, respectively, met at orientation and got to talking about their previous lacrosse experiences. “We talked about lacrosse, and the possibility of starting a team,” Shoff said. “We played catch every once and a while in Helmick, and a few people came up interested in lacrosse, and from there we decided to start a team.” There were no tryouts. Anyone who was interested, whether they had played in high school or had never touched a lacrosse stick before, was welcome. “We have gathered a lot of old equipment, so most people can try out the sport for free,” Shoff explained. “We like to keep the practices pretty low-key, because we want to have fun,” Zabor said. “We do a couple drills, do some scrimmaging,

shop. “We have to retake all of those pictures before we can design anything,” White said. Theater design tech senior Ashley Conklin is also frustrated by the criminal events. “It gets ridiculous because there haven’t been that amount of computers for years,” Conklin said. “Then all of the sudden it all gets taken.” Fortunately, Conklin was not affected academically by the events. “I’m glad I didn’t have anything stored in those computers,” she said. “People use them for classes.” John Holman, the head of the theater design tech area, is aggravated by the loss of the equipment. “It’s a frustrating setback,” he said. “It took a considerable amount of time to put it together and it’s used by all of our design tech students. It takes time and energy to recreate an important teaching tool.”

by Lizzie Pine


and hang out.” While lacrosse’s official season is in the spring, the team has a few games this fall, playing Cornell College from Mount Vernon, the University of Iowa and Creighton University from Omaha, Neb. Currently, the sport is at the club level, competing in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL), which consists of teams from around

Drake University is promoting a Culture of Philanthropy campaign to connect alumni to current students. John Smith, vice president for alumni and development, wants to get students involved in Drake’s philanthropy culture to include an appreciation for support. Instead of being apologetic in asking for money, he said Drake should be passionate about inviting others to share in keeping the institution strong. “What we would hope in a Culture of Philanthropy is to foster an emotional connection for our students, alumni and local community members to have with the university,” Smith said. He invites students and alumni to share their love stories with Drake



photo courtesy of RIEN ZABOR

DRAKE LACROSSE CLUB TEAM held a season opener scrimmage at Drake Stadium on Sept. 25.






Campus Community website officially launched

Letters to the Editor voice students’ opinions

Habitat for Humanity builds 20 houses in 20 days

Football team returns to Drake Stadium





THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010




DISORDERLY CONDUCT 7:57 p.m. Sept. 17

Security was made aware of several students stealing food and having a food fight in Hubbell South on the evening of Sept. 17 around closing time. 10:14 p.m. Sept. 16 A security officer observed three males acting suspicious in a Drake parking lot located in the 2900 block of Forest Ave. It was determined they were all underage-for-drinking male students and had a bottle of rum. The rum was poured out; the matter was coordinated with a resident assistant. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 A male staff member reported a DVD player was stolen from room 350 in the Fine Arts

Center. It has been determined the property was stolen between 2:25. and 6 a.m. on Sept. 16. 10:52 a.m. Sept. 17 Security, Mid America, police, and the fire department responded to 1445 29th St. based on report of a gas leak. It was determined a female adult hit the gas on her vehicle instead of the brake and ran into the gas meter. 3:46 p.m. Sept. 17 A male student reported his

sister’s (student) vehicle had been struck by another while parked in a Drake parking lot located in the 1300 block of 27th Street. 8:17 p.m. Sept. 17 Security responded to Crawford Residence Hall based on report of a young male vomiting in his girlfriend’s room. The male was an underage-for-drinking male student and the girlfriend was an underage-for-drinking female student. The male appeared to be intoxicated and the female did not, although she stated she had a couple drinks. The female stated she would look after her boyfriend for the evening. A resident assistant was present. 10:15 p.m. Sept. 17 A male adult reported his vehicle was keyed in a Drake parking lot between 8:15 and 10:10 p.m. while he attended the Roosevelt football game in the Drake Stadium.




But now that I can visibly see a difference in my body, the money isn’t that big of an issue for me. Since I am paying for the class, I know that I will attend every day rather than blowing off a workout at the Bell Center.

4:27 a.m. Sept. 19 Security and the fire department responded to Carpenter Residence Hall based on a fire alarm. There was no fire or smoke and it was determined that someone had pulled a pull station on the third floor that activated the alarm. There is a possible suspect in the case and the matter is being coordinated with fire inspectors. 10:49 a.m. Sept. 20 Police, security and the Des Moines Fire Department responded to 1427 30th St. (Drake Real Estate Property) based on a fire alarm. There was no smoke or fire and it was determined that the alarm was likely activated due to heat in the air. 10:55 a.m. Sept. 21 A female student reported a lap-top computer was stolen from the Student Senate office in the Olmsted Center between 11 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.


8:53 p.m. Sept. 21 A hit-and-run was reported to have occurred at 26th and University, and a motor vehicle accident occurred at 27th and Kingman a short time later. It was determined the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle struck two other vehicles near 27th and Kingman and then came to a stop. There were no injuries and the driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated. The victim of the hit-and-run was a guest of a Drake camp. It is unknown if the owners of the parked vehicles that were affiliated with the university. 11:58 a.m. Sept. 23 A Des Moines Detective advised they had arrested the suspect in the case that security reported on Sept. 20 regarding an aggravated assault at 1219 34th St. The student was arrested for willful injury, which is a class D felony.

parking lot located in the 2600 block of Clark based on report from a staff member of a suspicious person who had been panhandling. The male subject was recognized by security as a man who had been advised on trespass 16 times in past years and arrested 10 times. He ran, but was stopped in another Drake parking lot located in the 1400 block of 25th Street. Two witnesses stated he had earlier asked them for money, and one of the two told him he ought to go buy food instead of booze and drugs. The suspect stated he would do what he wanted to do and told the staff member he was going to push him. The staff member told him to leave and he walked away. Police were called and he was arrested for the 11th time and advised on trespass for the 17th time.

11:53 a.m. Sept. 23 Security responded to a Drake

Campus Community website officially ready for use Links events together in a collective calendar by Lauren Ehrler

Staff Writer

Uploading photos, updating your profile, posting events and joining groups — sounds like regular Facebook activities, but they are actually all aspects of the new Drake Community website for campus organizations. The site, which launched on Aug. 18, aims to make the group registration process more efficient. Registration paperwork was previously done in the Office of Student Life. Director of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Students Melissa Sturm-Smith hopes the system will make campus organizations more readily available to students. “The convenience factor is huge,” SturmSmith said. “It will give the best snapshot of what’s happening on campus. It will be instant and timely.” The Office of Student Life contracted with a company and has been working since mid-July to put the site into place. The Senate Student Affairs Committee was also a part of the creation process. Student Coordinator for Organizations and Activities Adam Lutz has also been involved in launching the site. Lutz has been testing the site’s features, fixing settings and creating tutorials for organizations to use. He compared the site to an “online activities fair” since groups will now be able to recruit new members year round. At the beginning of the year, all campus organizations had to register on the website. Now once students log on, they can see all of the organizations on campus and view their

How to access the Community site: 1. Go to and click on the Campus Life tab. 2. Click on the Student Life tab, then select Student Organizations

‘Bulldog Fever–Bleeding Blue’ pep rally this Saturday by Lauren Horsch

Staff Writer

Students in the Crawford Hall Executive Council (EC) have been taking leaps and bounds to create a unique program for this Homecoming Week: A pep rally this Saturday before the Student Activities Board tailgating event. The EC has been brainstorming, planning, and advertising for the “Bulldog Fever – Bleeding Blue” pep rally since its first meeting in early September, and the planning hasn’t stopped. “We had meetings throughout the week,” said Crawford Hall’s Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator Aliza Rosenthal. “We met early at our last EC meeting, spoke at other EC meetings and got SAB involved to ensure that this event would draw in a crowd of spectacular people.” The planning process for a large scale event like this pep rally is not always easy, but the Crawford EC worked through it. “The planning process was rough at first, but we learned to work together and get great ideas off of each other,” said Shardul Soni, the vice president of Crawford Hall. With the event drawing closer, the EC is forming committees to help execute all of the planned activities and to create special events. The pep rally will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Pomerantz Stage in Olmsted and will end at noon when students are urged to join SAB at Drake Stadium for tailgating. There will be snacks for attendees, said Soni. Other events include lawn games and photo

opportunities with Spike for either a monetary donation or a can of food that will benefit the local food bank. Cheers and possible special campus speakers to help “infect everyone with Bulldog Fever” will be there, according to Soni. Another event which other halls and groups will be able to participate in is the “Man Poms” competition where groups can create an original routine to perform for a prize. While the idea for a pep rally came up in the EC’s early meetings, they still have been working quickly, according to Rosenthal. While planning, discussion came up about whether or not the EC should collaborate with another oncampus organization. “Collaborating with SAB was a brilliant idea on their part, and I’m thrilled they’re getting such an awesome experience including the Drake Community,” Rosenthal said. All students are urged to participate in competitions and attend for a fun time. “Students will get a chance to meet other people, socialize with each other, gain a sense of community and overall just have a great time and get in the school spirit before the homecoming game,” Soni said. Rosenthal added that it would be an “awesome” event for everyone to attend to get pumped up before the homecoming game against Marist College.

What: Homecoming Pep Rally When: Oct. 2, 10:30 - 12 p.m. Where: Pomerantz Stage, Olmsted


FROM CULTURE, PAGE 1 as one way to connect. The Student Alumni Association is a new organization that connects students and alumni to engage both in the after-education Drake experience. “The idea is to have students connect with alumni, not just the people that graduated, but the alumni office in general,” said Amelia Mieth, a senior student alumni ambassador working on the marketing side of the Student Alumni Association. It’s really more than giving money, she said, it’s about seeing Drake succeed. “I hope we show them the value of maintaining a life-long relationship with the university and what that can look like,” said Jonathan Brendemuehl, assistant director of alumni and parent programs. “Our students aren’t thinking about being alumni while they’re here, and alumni want to know the students.” A student-alumni connection can be beneficial to both parties. Beth Heiter, assistant director for the annual funds program, runs the phone-a-thon program in which students call alumni and ask if they would like to donate to Drake. “The students get to see how they [alum-

FROM LACROSSE, PAGE 1 the Midwest, and includes schools such as UW-Madison, University of Chicago, Michigan Tech and Notre Dame. “We’re hoping to bump up the Men’s Club Lacrosse Association (MCLA), which includes teams from all around the nations,” Zabor explained. The super-sport, which combines aspects of hockey, basketball and soccer, has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the years. “I anticipate it being a school sanctioned sport within the next 10 years, due to lacrosse’s increasing popularity as teams are sprouting

information. Students can just browse, apply to join or show interest in any campus group or organization. “It makes it easier for students to connect with organizations and organizations to get to students,” Lutz said. Group administrators have the abilities to post minutes, polls, blogs, constitutions, photos, links and events on their group page. They can also control who sees the information they post. They can make it visible to group members, administrators or to the public. The overall goal is to make everything easier for groups and the Student Life Office, said Sturm-Smith. While each campus organization can choose to use the Community website at their own discretion, it is mandatory that groups use the website for event requests. After the request is approved by Sturm-Smith, the event will be shown on the Community calendar the Drake University calendar, as well as group members’ personal calendars. Another feature of the Community website is Facebook Connect. Whenever a group administrator posts an event or photo, they can then send that information straight to their Facebook page as well. Prospective students will also be able to use the website to view all of the organizations and their descriptions. Cate O’Donnell, president of the Outdoor Leadership Club, has already made use of the new Community website for her organization. She has posted pictures from last year’s events and enjoys using the site to e-mail members and to publicize Outdoor Leadership Club’s events. “Its basically like free advertising for our group,” O’Donnell said. “It puts everything in one place.”

ni] went about the things they accomplished in their life,” Heiter said. “Just being able to listen to the lives of the alumni can help the students say, ‘Yes, this is what I want to do.’” Aside from hearing alumni’s stories, many students get internships out of relationships with alumni, Heiter said. Also, students get a strong understanding of where the money comes from, such as their scholarships, or whom buildings are named after. In turn, alumni benefit from knowing students because it gives them a reason to donate. They want to put a face to where that donation is directly going, Heiter said. One way this campaign is putting a face to Drake is through love stories. There is now a video booth in Olmsted Center where students can record a video to share what they love about Drake over the next two weeks. Alumni are also invited to share their stories at “If alumni and students were able to connect more, they’d be more willing to connect with the university and give gifts,” Tess Wicks, a sophomore actuarial science and finance major, said. A Volunteer Leadership Summit celebrating philanthropy will be in Sheslow Auditorium of Old Main from 9 to 11:30 a.m. up throughout the Midwest,” Shoff said. “In fact, each year our freshman classes get bigger in terms of lacrosse players.” One of the challenges the lacrosse team faces is getting its name out there. “There is a lack of knowledge about lacrosse at Drake,” Zabor said. “Not a lot of people know about it or have played it, and so we’re working on trying to teach people, to teach Drake, and the players that are coming out how to play and become a better team.” For more information on the club, e-mail Zabor at, or check out the club’s website at: com/site/dulacrosse10/home.



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the BUZZ

Homecoming is a time for campus to come together to laugh and enjoy the company of other students ­­­­— take advantage of this year’s events.


Listen up Drake University men 5 9 12 1 13 6 10 2 7 11 3 8 4 All right, all the men on this campus listen up, because do I have some news for you. You better listen — I am about to let you all in on some huge secrets. Behold this list of things you think women like, but in reality, really hate.

Don’t text us if you have nothing to say. We would rather you not text us than text us crap. For example, “getting lunch now”….OK cool? Wtf am I supposed to do with a text like that: “nice, me too”? Only text us if you want a text conversation or something sweet like “can’t stop thinking about you.” We do not like it when you are overly nice. It just comes across as not genuine and it then makes us question everything. Be real with us; if you’re having a bad day, let it out. And sometimes, let me emphasize sometimes, we even like it when you’re slightly rude or jerky. Being too nice is just no fun and dull. When we make out at the bar with you it does not equal a relationship, not now or in the future. I don’t know how much simpler I can make that one.

The morning after a one-night stand, you’re trying to be Mr. nice guy — cuddle and give us a good-bye kiss or an ass-out, awkward hug because your guilt has kicked in and maybe in some sense you feel as though you took advantage of us. Well, we willingly decided to hook up with you, too, and we know it’s just a one-night thing. So just put your pants on and leave, please.

Hey guys, good news. We can pay for stuff, too! Do not act so macho that you pay for everything. A lot of women work and want an equal cut in a relationship in every sense. This is not the ‘50s, we can occasionally buy dinner or the movie or even both! Being a college student is hard and usually means you’re not rolling in the dough, so let your girlfriend pay every once in a while and put your ego and your money in your wallet for the night.

Really jealous guys are creepy and such a turn off, but so are the opposite. Never getting jealous is odd and just not natural. It’s nice when a guy gets a little jealous. Bad examples: “I do not want you talking to boys ever!” Or, “I hooked up with someone else…” “Oh, that’s cool.” Good examples: “Who was that guy you were walking with... Your other boyfriend? Just kidding.”This shows us you’re interested and a little jealous when other men hit on us.

Like this Monday’s “He said, She said,” women need space and many on this campus are independent. We love you (or at least like you), but do not need to be with you 24/7, nor do we want to. Give us space! I’m sure you want guy time or alone time, too.

Long distance is rough sometimes, and people feel the need when they are away from one another to over-compensate with long obnoxious phone calls. Once again, we like or love you, but we have things to do! It would be better to have two half-hour phone calls a day than one hour-long one. And do not feel as though we have to talk all the time because we are apart.

Please do not be overly sensitive. To a point, it’s cute and sweet, but when you are crying in our arms, that’s where we draw the line. We want a man here, not a man-child! So find your balls and use them. What is with guys and obsessing with being “FB official”? It’s freaky! Stop it! Why do we have to list it? Is taking our single status off not enough for you guys or what? Anyone who knows us or cares about us will know we are in a relationship, and anyone who asks, we will tell them we’re taken! So settle down, OK?!

This one is huge and is something each and every relationship is based on: trust. We would rather have you tell the truth to us than lie to protect our feelings or to spare them or yourself. If you cheated or made up rumors about us, or even had a simple lie, like I went to the movies with friends, or I have a lot of homework, when in reality you stayed in and chilled alone, we hate that. Just be open, upfront and honest with us and we will be much more understanding, because in the long run, lying will always bite you in the ass.

Do not let us get away with too much, like murder! Women push to find boundaries and if there are none, we will run all over you. Lay down the law, and do not be afraid to call us out when needed. Like “Hey you were kind of a snot to that girl,” or “You are not being very nice today.” Nicely put us in line when need be; if you really care for us you will. Romance. So important! But only nice if done correctly and if it’s genuine. Buying roses every week is not special. When least expected, it’s super romantic. Gifts and fancy dates when done too often can be too much and not romantic. Surprise us, and we might just surprise you back. So what have we learned here today? Well, women are a lot more like men than you thought, huh? Please keep this in mind next time any of these instances come up. Good luck fellas, and hope this helps.


Calder is a junior public relations major and can be contacted at


Student’s tuition subsidizing university athletic programs After reading USA Today’s feature on student fees paying for athletic programs, in the Wednesday, Sept. 22, issue, I was filled with disgust. Some schools at least had the cojones to charge an actual athletics fee, which for the most part was relatively minor. What got me, however, was the schools that don’t tell you where your money is going. Ranges of 10-23 percent of students’ tuition at some schools are given to the athletic department. Personally, I’m paying for an education, not to subsidize minority sports programs that I don’t support and will probably never witness compete. This is outrageous. With tuition constantly rising, at least 6 percent each

year, I would think that most people would want that money to go directly to funding their education, not sports teams, especially in the current economic climate where there is a need for penny-pinching. Perhaps my stance would be softened if I was confident efforts were being made to lessen costs when at all possible. However, even here at Drake, I see wastefulness. The women’s tennis team, a program that has little to no fan support and brings in no money, is playing in a tournament this weekend at UNI in Cedar Falls, a drive of little over 2 hours. However, they feel the need to stay in a hotel for 3 nights ­— FOR

Campus organization pushes for Knapp Center support I am writing in response to Monday’s article titled “Delta Sigma Pi presents appeal to use Knapp Center,” and hope to represent the views of a concerned student rather than the CBPA Senator. I believe Miss Schnoebelen did a fantastic job at educating Drake students about the background in this issue. However, there is a lot more to the story that in, my opinion, makes it even more unsettling. In addition to Delta Sigma Pi, Colleges Against Cancer has also been attempting to obtain the Knapp Center for their use for Relay for Life, an event that draws an enormous crowd every year and has been proven as successful. As a student, I believe Drake could use more than a little positive publicity after the difficult fall we’ve had so far, and refusing to allow student organizations to use the space that could allow them to raise even more money for charities does not make

sense to me at all. I urge you to contact the Athletics Department and ask them to allow us to use these facilities. In my opinion, excuses such as “it costs too much” or “takes too much time” are antithetical to Drake’s mission statement. Your support can ensure that we are given fair consideration rather than dismissed as unimportant. More than $9,000 could be raised by one of these events alone, and that is not an insignificant number.

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A COMPETITION THAT IS A 2-HOUR DRIVE AWAY. The Drake football team is nonscholarship, can’t compete in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) postseason and generates very little revenue. Despite this, they travel to such far-off places as Bozeman, Mont., Jacksonville, Fla. and Campbell University, N.C. Transporting 60 plus players and staff to these places is far from cheap. Could they at least take a beating at the hands of a FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) team and take a payout like most FCS teams do to help fund this? UNI is getting paid $500,000 to play at Iowa next year. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to be on

the hook for these travel arrangements when it comes time for budget assessments and the inevitable tuition increases come next spring. This is the only data I have to go off, but I’d love to see if the Drake administration would be willing to publish numbers of how much student tuition money funds university athletic programs and if Drake compares favorably to other schools. Signed, Ryan Hunt Hunt can be contacted at

“Opinion inappropriate for the university’s official newspaper” Laura Wittren’s article titled, “How to sound smarter than you actually are,” was not only in poor taste, but also incredibly offensive to Drake students. To start off this train wreck, Wittren writes, “We’re not all geniuses. If we were, we’d all be at Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale.” To undermine the quality of the school you attend is crazy! We all know Drake is an accredited university, but clearly we’re not very smart or else we’d go somewhere better. Later in the article she talks about how we shouldn’t be wasting our time reading the dictionary and learning new words when we could just use words no one has heard of to sound smart. As a future English teacher, for Wittren to write, “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!” is perhaps one of the most offensive things anyone has said to me. She then lists the books “Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Harry Pot-

ter,” and “Twilight.” The first two books were required reading in high school, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has not read them. To think that Wittren’s feeble summaries of these books prepares you for a conversation about literature is ridiculous. If the article was intended as sarcasm, it’s still not very good. If it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, the only other way I could interpret it is as a satire mocking the low intelligence of Drake students, which is equally insulting. Drake students are smarter than just knowing the names of politicians and two-sentence summaries of popular literature. The overall tone of the article toward Drake is absolutely inappropriate for the university’s official newspaper. Signed, Allison Millea and Brian Benish Millea and Benish can be contacted at allison.millea@ and

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FEATURES Des Moines offers new exercise technique DON’T. MISS. THIS.

Drake SAB is bringing Quiet Drive to Pomerantz Stage tonight at 9 p.m.

Kosama is full body and mind commitment, but can transform one’s body, inside and out by Megan Stein

Staff Writer

Working out is such a hassle—the hike over to the Bell Center to run on the treadmill seems like so much effort. Maybe it’s not laziness, but that everyone’s workout plan needs a makeover from time to time. Kosama is a 10-week program involving different exercise routines that will not only make working out more exciting, but will also whip anyone’s body into shape. Kosama Complete Body Transformation, which opened Aug. 16, uses the various exercises of yoga, kettlebells, kombat, plyometrics, upper body strength and lower body strength to completely revamp your body. The unique aspect of Kosama is that, not only do they spice up the routine throughout the 10 weeks, but also that they provide customers with services that are not available at your average gym, such as nutritional plans and a friendly environment. Ben Bjorholm co-owner of Kosama, at the downtown Des Moines location, described Kosama as a workout program that stands alone. The program varies from day-to-day, six days a week, making the exercises new and exciting every day. “It’s all about muscle confusion,” Bjorholm said. “We do modifications for every exercise so it truly is for all ages and all fitness levels.” Drake University junior Courtney King said Kosama is worth the $323 that she invested in the program. “As a college student, it seemed like a lot at first,” King said. “But now that I can visibly see a difference in my body, the money isn’t that big of an issue for me. I am paying for the class I know that I will attend everyday rather than blowing off a workout at the Bell Center.” Kosama provides customers with an online

nutrition plan that allows members to keep track of their daily diets, and the plan suggests healthier alternatives to our favorite everyday buffalo chicken wraps or ramen noodles. Bjorholm described this combination as “a total body workout for mental and physical health.” Junior Megan Iliff has been participating in the program since August and enjoys the nutritional aspect of Kosama. “The program not only encourages exercise, but good dieting habits as well,” Iliff said. “The online program gives you healthy meal ideas and tracks your daily intake.” The Kosama staff is another reason this program stands out. Bjorholm explained that Kosama doesn’t look for just applicant interested in a part-time job, but for someone who is dedicated to helping others succeed as a lifestyle. “We look for people who are energetic, that like to have fun and that live a healthy lifestyle,” Bjorholm said. “It’s not just another paycheck for them, the staff really cares about the members and their results.” The particular attention to detail pays off, and it is seen in the customer satisfaction. Both King and Iliff described the staff as the kind of butt-kicking trainers people need to be pushed to the next level. “The atmosphere is awesome,” Iliff said. “The staff is friendly and know our names. They encourage us and make the classes fun.” King seemed to agree with Iliff, as she described Kosama as a bonding experience on top of a great way to exercise. “Since we all see each other six days a week, we have become a unit,” King said. “People in the class, as well as the instructors, have been there through all of the changes, so we have become close. It is nice to have that consistency!” Considering the program is as intense as it is long, Bjorholm said that customers could be

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apprehensive at first. Starting a new program can be frightening, especially if you aren’t the type of person who likes to run three miles a day. After classes start up, however, members realize working out can be fun, and they quickly change their minds. “People are never looking around wondering what to do,” Bjorholm said. “We have coaches showing what to do and making it easier or tougher to fit personal fitness level. Everyone gets a good workout, whether you are training for a triathlon or if you spent the last 10 years

on your butt.” Kosama can change an entire body inside and out with time and commitment, and with the friendly, caring staff Bjorholm hires, Des Moines residents shouldn’t be afraid to walk in with zero experience. Kosama combines an intense variety of exercises with a nutritional plan and a happy-to-help staff. Bjorholm described Kosama perfectly: “It’s not just a workout program, but a total body transformation.”

Local coffee shop uses its own Panama beans by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

Surprises are usually positive, involving shouts of glee at birthday parties or holiday presents wrapped in bright red bows. Sometimes the best surprises come in small packages, or rather, small cups. Grounds for Celebration gives the right amount of pick-me-up to put that same sort of surprise party smile on your face. When evaluating the quality of a coffee shop, the first thing to note is the drink offerings. Quality can make up for lack in quantity, but Grounds for Celebration offers both. With intriguing drinks such as the Mate Latte, a yerba mate tea with mint honey and steamed milk, and Zebra Mocha, it may take a little too long to decide at the counter. “We offer a large selection of specialty drinks that make our store unique,” barista Alisha Reicks said. “My favorite is a concoction—iced almond milk latte with a shot of hazelnut—or whatever I’m feeling that day.” The only thing that can make seasonal drinks, like the pumpkin spice latte, taste better is the fact that customers can actually see the roaster where the store roasts the espresso and coffee beans. In fact, these coffee beans come from the company’s owners, George and Jan Rivera-Davis’ family’s coffee plantation in Panama. These fresh roasted beans are sent to the company’s other three locations in Windsor Heights, West Des Moines and Clive (called the Cozy Café). This coffee shop stop is like an all-inclusive resort; you don’t realize all of the offerings until you get inside. Not only is there a large selection of drinks, but also lunch offerings, pastries and gelato. One should always be skeptical of food at coffee shops, as it’s easiest for small businesses to import mass-produced products for easy retail. Grounds for Celebration swears by fresh quality for a menu that changes every five weeks for local and seasonal produce. “The chicken salad on a croissant and quiche are always on the menu because they’re

pretty popular,” Reicks said. The store offers the perfect-sized pastries, all baked on-site, ideal for that essay-writing snack. After one bite of the oatmeal cinnamon scone, you’ll feel right back at home in the kitchen after a long day at school with a gooey plate of mommade cookies. With one of the four locations right on Beaver Ave., a couple miles from the Drake University campus, the coffee shop is conveniently close for students. With a large patio, you will never have to fight for room on a nice day. Grounds for Celebration also has free Wi-Fi connection, perfect for tackling that e-mail inbox or research paper. However, the shop doesn’t see the large student population like other close-to-campus coffee shops, Mars Café and Smokey Row, do. “I would say 70 percent of our clientele consists of regulars,” Reicks said, which was easy to believe after she continued to greet two older customers by first name. Around mid-afternoon, the open, bright Beaverdale location, with featured local art on the walls, was half-full but not with students between classes. Instead, there were three couples of middle-aged women playing catch-up and showing off pictures of grandchildren, while an older man rested by the unlit fireplace with the local paper. Holly D’Anna, a senior Drake student, ventured to the Windsor Heights location over the summer for some sunshiny patio time. “When I went, I got a cappuccino smoothie with hazelnut flavoring,” D’Anna said The Beaverdale location also features a drive-through, so the hubbub of traffic that accompanies people quickly coming in and out is kept to a minimum. “I thought it was a nice place to even hang out,” D’Anna said. “I think it would be a very good place to study. It’s small, close-knit and even if it gets busy, the people that are actually there have real conversations.” If you want that specialty location to make your own, and become a highly-appreciated regular, visit Grounds to Celebrate. The store is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. so you can make sure to get your caffeine fix first-thing in the morning.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010


Habitat for Humanity takes on new project by Jessica Mattes

Features/Opinions Editor

Habitat for Humanity is currently taking on its largest project to date: Habitat 20/10 is attempting to build 10 houses in 20 days for families in need. “Habitat for Humanity was offered the opportunity to purchase the land and decided the best way to transform the property would be a blitz build format,” said Jenna Nathan, Habitat’s corporate outreach manager. The block on which these houses are being built was once a softball field and has been abandoned for several years. Applications were accepted for the new neighborhood and potential owners were selected by the Habitat for Humanity staff. New homeowners must be applicable to the three-step method, which includes need, willingness to partner and their ability to pay. All accepted applicants must put in 400


hours of sweat equity—working on their future home and neighborhood—as well as courses on financial management, home management and how to be a good neighbor. These houses are extremely affordable because of the 20-year, no-interests mortgages and volunteer labor. More than 3,000 volunteers donated time and effort to the project in the East Village of downtown Des Moines. “Over 80 percent is volunteer-based work,” Nathan said. “We had to hire a subcontractor in order to have a state license. Habitat paid for workers such as plumbers and electricians, but many donated their time and materials to the development.” A groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 3, but construction did not continue until Sept. 13. Habitat’s closing ceremony and 10 house dedications will take place Oct. 2. Habitat 20/10 added $1 million in affordable housing to the Des Moines community.

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“Drowsy Chaperone” produced experience for students Drake students and alumni work locally on productions at Des Moines Playhouse by Kensie Smith

Staff Writer

The theater has a power. It’s the power to take the audience members out of their normal everyday lives into a different time and place. For a couple of hours it doesn’t matter what’s on the to-do list, how the workday went or what’s due tomorrow. It’s a time for the brilliant mix of spotlights, scene shifts, catchy music and extravagant costumes. A bond is formed between the unknowing audience and the characters onstage as laughter, and sometimes tears is shared throughout the room. This strong bond wouldn’t be possible without the work of a long list of characters. From the starring actor to the set constructor, each serves an important role in telling a tale. Both Drake students and alumni are involved with producing the story of the Des Moines Playhouse’s current production, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show is an upbeat freefall musical within a comedy, narrated by a sarcastic, nameless aficionado, Man in Chair (Jim Benda). A bombshell Broadway beauty attempts to marry her “true love,” while the rest of the eclectic cast flaunts through each scene. The wedding seems as if it will never happen with the antics of her wealthy, loopy mother, two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, a self-confessed Latin lover boy, a theater producer with an agenda, a wannabe Broadway star and the supporting best man. The chaperone, who is chosen to watch and assist the bride on her big day, is fabulously tipsy throughout the hour-and-a-half production. The almost month-long production has taken tenacious support in all areas of the theater and three Drake University students took starring roles. “The Drowsy Chaperone” challenge required them to jump back to the days of prohibition, flappers, dapper men and an ambiance of moxie. Out of class and into the spotlight: Role of the student actor In her blonde wig, with a high-pitched voice and wide smile, Alexandra Beem knows what it’s like to be fully in character. Her character, Kitty, is a desperate second-string actress vying

for the center-stage spot that the main character, Janet Van De Graaff, will leave behind when she gets married. “Not only is it the perfect script, I mean, I struggle every night trying not to laugh, it’s just so funny,” Beem said. “But, we have a great cast, an absolutely amazing set and gorgeous costumes to play in. It’s been a joy to work with everyone I’ve gotten the chance to work with so far in this production.” The Drake junior vocal performance major and musical theater minor, found her future aspirations after watching “Cats” as a child and then later found her niche at Drake after taking vocal lessons with Professor Leanne FreemanMiller in high school. Beem also starred in her first Des Moines Playhouse production this summer as Mrs. Potiphar in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It can be a lot for students to be involved with a time-intensive production, university productions and still have time for homework and this crazy thing called sleep, but Beem is inspired by the audience’s reaction to a show. “Obviously, it takes a balance to level the two worlds, which is hard to master at first,” Beem said. “We only get so much time in a day, but I figure I may as well spend that time doing something I love, right?” Other students create onstage energy that radiates off the stage as well, such as Jim Kolnik, who dances and sings as an undercover gangster. The biochemistry and molecular biology senior Drake student found a love of theater starring as Linus in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” back in high school. Kolnik is also a musical theater minor, and found that “Drowsy Chaperone” was a good production to mature with. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as an actor because I was working with all these older adult members whom I learned a lot from and who I hoped learned a lot from me,” Kolnik said. Kolnik said it was especially hard to balance school with rehearsals that run up to three-anda-half-hours at times. Like most of the people involved with the production, it’s audience support that helps propel the success of the show. “To hear that non-stop laughter is so great and helps give me my energy on stage,” Kolnik said. Beem and Kolnik starred alongside Drake

alumnus, and scene-stealer, Nick Toussaint as the frisky fraternizer named Adolofo. “It’s been a joy to work with everyone I’ve gotten the chance to work with so far in this production,” Beem said. Hammering out the details: View from the set designer Tim Wisgerhof looks at the stage from a different creative point-of-view. The 1988 Drake graduate in theater has worked on all sorts of sets from the Des Moines Theater to New York, in theater, film and television (including MTV). He also comes with a 10-year background as the senior creative director for Saks 5th Avenue. “Drowsy Chaperone” was the first set he has worked on since moving back to the Midwest. “One of the reasons I came back to Des Moines was so I could be more intimately involved in the process,” Wisgerhof said. “Not just designing and managing a project, but also building it, engineering it and painting it.” Toward the end of the show there is an epic airplane that could just about take flight off the stage. Innovative designs like this, along with tree foliage and moving walls, all within the setting of a man’s apartment, help to make the story complete. Like the actors, Wisgerhof likes being involved with the humanistic connection to the theater. “It is really exciting to be involved in creating something three-dimensional with a group of people, where people are able to touch it and shape it and be physically a part of making it real,” Wisgerhof said. “And then to put that creation in front of real live people, it just doesn’t happen that often anymore, so to be able to make a living getting to do that is a real gift.“ This gift takes time. And a lot of it. Wisgerhof said he’s spent close to 1,000 hours total with the design and actual production of the “Drowsy Chaperone,” but that it’s a “labor of love.” Spreading the word: Through the eyes of an intern With a community theater like the Des Moines Playhouse, a large driving force behind success is marketing and public relations. Drake University senior journalism major Jessica Webb sees the hurdles of promoting a more obscure show firsthand with her job as the Play-

house marketing intern. “The most challenging thing is getting the buzz out about the show that’s not a big name,” Webb said. “Getting the community aware is key to success of any smaller production.” Webb works mainly with her boss and then with a larger marketing committee, to dreamup the best ways to promote each new show, from writing press releases, putting together programs, advertising around the local area and using social media. With the “Drowsy Chaperone,” and with any Playhouse production, this driving force is a large team effort. The main team is small, with only 10 full-time employees, and the close-knit group is what creates the special interconnected ambiance throughout the theater. “My co-workers make every day a lot of fun,” Webb said smiling. “The theater environment is something I’m not used to, and it’s the exciting, everyday challenge of finding new things to do that keeps it interesting.” The audience usually doesn’t see the larger team of volunteers that make the Playhouse productions run smoothly. Webb said she’s grateful for the base of 100-plus people that work with the set, lights, sound, costumes, ticketing and ushering for the shows. “The playhouse is a very special communitybased environment,” Webb said. “ It’s one of the reasons why I love it; everyone gets along so well.” She encourages everyone to come check out the Playhouse’s latest production. “Come see the show. It’s unexpectedly hilarious,”Webb said. Webb advised to look forward to the upcoming comedy “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.” The play, about some Alabama duck hunters who mistakenly believe they shot an angel, is by “Tuesday’s with Morrie” bestselling author Mitch Albom and will open Nov. 5. Whether it’s laughing at the drunken antics of the chaperone or singing the catchy tunes as you leave the theater, the Playhouse is sure to provide an escape. Special discounts for students are available for all the Des Moines Playhouse productions and vary between shows. For show times, tickets and information about the exciting upcoming plays, click to the website www. photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor

ALEXANDRA BEEM prepares for a night-time showing of the Des Moines Playhouse’s production of Drowsy Chaperone with fellow cast mates SO AND SO AND SO AND SO



THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010




“We should be competing at every tournament with the roster we have, but as soon as we can get rid of our dumb shots, we can meet the high expectations that we have for this team.” -SENIOR GOLFER BEN FREEMAN


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THE BULLDOG FOOTBALL TEAM practices its special teams. Drake will face Marist in its annual homecoming game Saturday. The Bulldogs took care of the Red Foxes 34-6 last season.

After a three-game road swing, Drake returns to Des Moines to host Marist by Elizabeth Robinson

Staff Writer

The Drake Bulldogs will return to Drake Stadium this Saturday to host the Marist Red Foxes for the annual homecoming game at 1 p.m. This will be the first game the Drake football team has played at home since its loss against Lehigh in the home opener nearly a month ago. After three straight road games, the Bulldogs hold a record of 2-2. Coming off of a tight 2119 win in its Pioneer Football League opener at Valparaiso last Saturday, Drake is hoping to play hard and come out with a victory at home.

“Our overriding goal for the season and every week is to reach our full potential and be the best,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. “Part of being the best is figuring out a way to win the game.” Marist (1-2) is coming off a 45-39 loss in its PFL opener at home against Morehead State last Saturday. Marist has 11 starters who returned from last year after a 7-4 season in which the Red Foxes tied their program record for most wins in a season. Saturday will be Marist’s first away game of the season and its second PFL matchup. Marist has scored an average of 26 points per game, and is scoring on 75 percent of its possessions in

the red zone. The Red Foxes also rank sixth in passing in the Football Championship Subdivision, averaging 305.3 yards per game. The Bulldogs won last week at Valparaiso largely due to a successful performance by the defense. Drake junior nose guard David Witkiewicz was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week after a 13-yard interception return for a touchdown. Drake is looking to continue its strong defensive play as well as step it up on the offensive end against Marist on Saturday. “We just need to be able to play consistently over all four quarters,” Creighton said. “We are really good in spurts, but we haven’t had a full

Witkiewicz earns PFL Defensive Player of the Week honors by Matt Moran

Sports Editor


Drake junior nose tackle David Witkiewicz was named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Bulldogs’ 21-19 victory over Valparaiso last Saturday. The defensive linemen made a highlight-reel interception in the second half. Witkiewicz batted the opposing quarterback’s pass, and swiped

the pick. He returned it 13 yards into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage after the break. Witkiewicz had three tackles, including a half tackle for a loss. Drake held Valpo to just 158 yards for the game. Witkiewicz has 12.5 tackles on the year, including 3.5 for loss. Witkiewicz has had a flare for the dramatic at Drake. In 2008, he blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt against Davidson as time expired. The Bulldogs won 20-17.

Taylor garners College Football Performance award


Senior defensive end Dain Taylor was a monster last Saturday and earned honorable mention honors as the College Football Performance Award Division I Football Championship Subdivision defensive lineman of the week. Taylor had six tackles, including five solo, and added a fumble recovery. He tallied three and a half tackles for loss. Taylor also recorded half of a quarterback sack and two pass break-ups. Taylor has gained quite a reputation as one of the top defensive lineman in the PFL. Taylor is the conference’s active career leader in tack-

les for loss with 39, and ranks sixth in the same category in the Football Championship Subdivision with 2.13 per game. Taylor led the PFL in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) last season. He was also second in the league in forced fumbles with four. He received All-PFL first team honors for his efforts. Taylor was named on the Football Championship Subdivision College Football Performance Award watch list as defensive performer and lineman of the year.

team effort over four quarters. I would really like to see that this week.” Drake played Marist for the first time ever last season and came out on top with six turnovers converted to scores for the 34-6 win. The Bulldogs are hoping to use their past experience against Marist, consistent performances by both the offense and defense throughout the whole game and the support of a home crowd to help them win on Saturday. “There are two parts to this homecoming,” Creighton said. “One is that we’re really coming home, so we’re really excited about that. We always like to play at home with support from the community.”

This Weekend in

Bulldog Sports


Today vs. South Dakota, Cownie Soccer Complex, 5:45 p.m. Saturday vs. UC Irvine, Cownie Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.


Friday @ Grand View Invitational, 5 p.m. Saturday @ Loyola-Chicago Lakefront Invitational, 11:15 a.m.


Friday @ Indiana State, 7 p.m. Saturday @ Illinois State, 7 p.m.


Saturday/Sunday @ Illinois State Invitational, 8 a.m.


Saturday through Oct. 10, @ ITA/D’Novo Men’s All-American Championships


Sunday vs. Illinois State, Cownie Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.


Sunday vs. Iowa Lakes CC (Paul Morrison Invitational), Buel Field, 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Indian Hills CC (Paul Morrison Invitational), Buel Field, 3 p.m.


Drake men’s golf places fourth in fall opener by Blake Miller

Staff Writer


The Drake men’s golf team stormed to a fourth-place finish at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Tournament on Tuesday. Seniors Ben Freeman and Cody Schweinefus tied for sixth overall. After finishing 11th at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., last week, the men’s golf team was back in Kansas a week later for the Colbert Invitational in Manhattan, Kan. The tournament was a two-day, 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18

played on Tuesday. After the first 36 holes, the Bulldogs stood in fifth place with a total score of 612, with senior Ben Freeman leading the way with a 146 total, good enough for fifth place individually. Despite the top-five standing, Drake Head Coach Scott Bohlender wasn’t pleased. “The first day was awful,” Bohlender said. “The second day got better, but we should be competing at every tournament.” The Bulldogs finished the third and final round on Tuesday. The Bulldogs shot a 299 total for the round, finishing with a 911 threeday total. Freeman shot a 76 on Tuesday, while Schweinefus had a 74. Both finished with threeround totals of 222.

“This tournament went pretty well, a good tournament for me,” Freeman said. “We should be competing at every tournament with the roster that we have, but as soon as we can get rid of our dumb shots, we can meet the high expectations that we have for this team.” The men’s team will have a quick turnaround, going to the Illinois State Invitational in Normal, Ill., this weekend.


The women’s team was also in action this week, competing in the two-day Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis. The team finished with a total of 945 in the three-round, two-day tournament, good

enough for an 11th-place finish. Senior Michelle Mathwick was the Bulldog’s low scorer, finishing the tournament with a score of 230, good enough for 22nd place individually. “I was happy with our effort in (Tuesday’s) final round to shoot our second-lowest round of the fall at 312, and have three players card in the 70s,” Drake Head Coach Leanne Smith said in a Drake athletics press release. “Michelle (Mathwick) had another great tournament for us and is showing strong leadership as a senior for our young team.” The Bulldog’s next tournament will be the Florida International Pat Bradley Invite on Oct. 25 and 26 in Fort Myers, Fla.



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Bulldogs sweep doubleheader Team wraps up fall season at home this Sunday

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DRAKE PITCHER BRYNNE DORDEL delivers a pitch while the Bulldogs set up on defense. Dordel tossed six scoreless innings in game one. by Sonya Brauchle

Staff Writer


Aguilera, Krizman team up for doubles title Duo posts 8-4 win in final over UNI by Dominic Johnson

Staff Writer

Two weekends ago at the Drake Fall Invitational, the entire Bulldogs’ doubles teams lost to University of Northern Iowa competition. This past weekend, the Drake women’s tennis team traveled to Waterloo, Iowa, in search of a little revenge. On Sunday, the doubles team of sophomore Manca Krizman and junior Jessica Aguilera capped off a weekend of solid doubles with a powerful victory over UNI’s Jessica Kunzelmann and Chelsea Moore in the finals of the Gold Flight. Not only was it a victory for the Bulldogs, but also the 8-4 score was a much-needed confidence boost for a squad that has been trying to improve its doubles results since last year. Not only was it an impressive Sunday victory, but a strong doubles tournament overall. Krizman and Aguilera posted decisive victories over all their opponents, including teams from Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. “We beat Iowa in the semis,” Aguilera said. “They are a strong team, and that was really motivating for us.” Impressively, this was the first time Aguilera and Krizman had teamed up in doubles, as Krizman and junior Gabby Demos fill the usual pairing at the first doubles slot. The entire team had spent the last two weeks practicing a more offensive and fluid form of doubles, stressing moving together as a team at the net as well as the baseline. The Bulldogs are hoping that the confidence brought upon Krizman and Aguilera’s win will translate to all the other doubles teams. “I don’t think we will keep being doubles partners,” Aguilera said of Krizman. “Manca and Gabby are a good combination; they have been playing together for more than a year now, and they can be a strong No. 1 doubles.” Aguilera continued her strong play on Sunday in singles as well, where she reached the final of the Silver Flight consolation draw on the strength of a straight-set win over South Dakota State’s Brooke Henry. Aguilera was in rhythm throughout the entire match, denying her opponent any sort of rhythm as she won every game in the 6-0, 6-0 match. “I just played smart,” she said. “I didn’t let my opponent play her game.” Due to rain throughout the weekend, the consolation final between Aguilera and Northern Illinois’ Kelly Phillips was not contested. Also in action on Sunday was junior Earlynn Lauer, who finished an impressive weekend with a victory over the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Beth Ganser in the consolation draw of the Bronze Flight. Continuing her weekend’s habit of posting straight-set wins, Lauer defeated Ganser 6-3, 6-4. “We played tough on Sunday, and were better prepared for the last day of the event than they were at the Drake Invite,” said Head Coach Paul Thomson. The Bulldog squad is looking forward to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individuals tournament which begins Oct. 8 in Normal, Ill. The tournament is being hosted by the Illinois State Redbirds. “I think the more matches we play, the more confident we feel,” Lauer said. “Even some of our losses this weekend were helpful in seeing how far we can push

The Drake softball team had a successful Sunday, sweeping Minnesota State in a doubleheader. The Bulldogs won the first, 7-0, and the second, 1-0, in 10 innings. Senior pitcher Brynne Dordel had a terrific outing in the first game, throwing six scoreless innings before senior Jenna DeLong finished the game with a perfect seventh inning. Dordel struck out five Mavericks while allowing one hit to get the win. In game one, Drake’s first run came in the fifth inning when freshman utility player Amy Pierce drew a bases-loaded walk to score sophomore Lindsey Vande Wall. Junior second baseman Torey Craddock then hit a double to clear the bases to give the Bulldogs the 4-0 lead. Sophomore shortstop Macie Silliman added three runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded triple. Freshman Jordan Gronewold started on the mound in game two, and threw six in-

nings, allowing no runs while logging five strike outs. DeLong came on in relief again, but had to work herself out of a bases-loaded, oneout fix in the ninth. She struck out the last two batters to retire the side and bring the Bulldogs’ into the 10th. Gronewold, Pierce, Liz Buck and Nicole Randel, the new freshmen on the team, are fitting in well and making the difference the Bulldogs need. In the 10th inning of game two, Silliman walked and moved around the bases to score on Pierce’s single up the right field line to give Drake the 1-0 victory. “The freshmen seem to be adjusting really well both to the pitching and the speed of the game,” Silliman commented. “This fall season is allowing them to see what it’s like in the spring. Jordan threw a good second game, Amy came up with a big hit and the others contributed great, both offensively and defensively. “As a team we were hitting the ball hard,” Silliman continued. “We got on base when

we needed to and pushed the runs across. We left a lot of runners on base, but by the time spring rolls around, we will be good to go.” The Bulldogs move their fall record to 3-1 and are pleased with their results so far. “We can improve on scoring runs. We need to get people on base and execute clutch hits,” Redshirt sophomore outfielder Sam West said. “I was very pleased with the first game but we needed to jump on them early in the second game and score some runs right away.” “These games are a good check-in to see where we’re at as a team and individually,” Silliman added. “I am excited to see what this year’s team is going to do. We have a solid group of upperclassmen along with experienced freshmen that will allow us to have a successful spring season.” The Bulldogs are back in action next Sunday against Iowa Lakes Community College and Indian Hills Community College in the Paul Morrison Invitational. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Buel Field.


Moklestad double gives Drake OT victory by Eduardo Zamarripa

Staff Writer eduardo.tamezzamarripa@drake. edu

Sophomore Laura Moklestad scored twice, and Drake came from behind for the second consecutive game to defeat Evansville University in their first conference match of the season. Moklestad scored her second goal of the match in the 98th minute, following a pass from junior Lauren Berner, giving the Bulldogs the golden goal victory. Playing its first Missouri Valley Conference foe at Cownie Soccer Complex, it was imperative for Drake to make its homefield advantage felt. “Each of our three home conference games are going to be ones where we have to get points from in order to achieve our goals,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. The Bulldogs did not get off to a very hot start. Even though they outshot the Purple Aces 9-8 in the first half, it was Evansville who struck first when it found the net after a Bulldog deflection in the 26th minute. With Evansville enjoying the first-half lead, Drake came out in the second half determined to get back in the game early on. It took them only seven minutes to tie the score again. Junior Danielle Figliola found Moklestad to level the score at 1-1 with a lot of soccer left to be played. Both Drake and Evansville wasted valuable scoring opportunities, as the tightly contested match headed into overtime. While Drake rallied from

photo by EDUARDO ZAMARRIPA | Staff Writer

DRAKE DEFENDER KATIE ANDERSON (6) advances the ball past a Wyoming opponent in a non-conference game on Sept. 19. behind against North Dakota State to earn an overtime tie last Thursday, the Bulldogs decided to finish off the comeback and earn three very important points early on in conference play. “At half time, we discussed how already this season we’ve been down a goal before and come back to win or tie,” junior Melanie Fielder said. “We needed to continue attacking and keep shooting.” Moklestad scored eight minutes into the first overtime session to end the game and propel the Bulldogs to a hard-earned 2-1 win. “Defensively speaking, we

were able to thwart several attacks by the Aces, primarily due to communication, help from the midfield and initiating quick counter attacks or long clearances,” Fielder said. On Monday the Missouri Valley Conference recognized Moklestad’s scintillating performance. In fact, two Bulldog players earned awards from the MVC. Moklestad was named MVC Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week. “Laura Moklestad has been such a hard worker for us this

year and is someone we have to have on the field,” Horner said. “She showed a lot of growth in that she wanted the ball and worked to make something happen and her efforts clearly impacted the game (Sunday) afternoon.” Drake will prepare to face South Dakota State today at Cownie Soccer Complex. This will be their last non-conference match of the season. “We need to remain focused, continue to talk to each other on the field, continue to play possession-orientated soccer and keep shooting,” Fielder said.

Moklestad, Litch Receive Missouri Valley Conference Accolades For her multi-goal effort on Sunday, sophomore Laura Moklestad was named Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player



of the Week. Freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch had nine saves to earn her second MVC Defensive Player of the Week award this season. Moklestad’s overtime golden goal gave the Bulldogs three points in its MVC opener against Evansville on Sunday. On the week, she led the team with two goals, four points, nine shots (six on goal) and one huge gamewinner. Moklestad is the first Bulldog to score more than once against a conference foe since 2007. It was also the first time this season she won offensive player of the week honors. Moklestad leads Drake in shots (26), shots

on goal (12) and game-winners (2). She ranks second on the squad with three goals. Litch made nine saves in a 1-0-1 week for the Bulldogs. She collected three in a 1-1 tie against North Dakota State last Thursday. Litch made six more saves on Sunday, including four while Drake was trailing Evansville, 1-0. She had a 0.86 goals against average for the week. Litch has been the only player for the Bulldogs this season to appear in the net. She has collected 58 saves and a 0.85 goals against average in 11 games. compiled by Matt Moran |Sports Editor



THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010


HAVE A BLAST THIS WEEKEND! Oooh … and Aaah … at the blue and white fireworks that will mark a historical moment for Drake University — the announcement of distinctlyDrake, the vision for our University’s future. Friday, October 1 9 p.m. Helmick Commons After the fireworks, stay where you are — that’s when the show really starts! Show off your talent, sing off-key or just get a little crazy with Live Band Karaoke. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Development and the Student Activities Board

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