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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





Times-Delphic 09/30/2010  

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

Times-Delphic 09/30/2010  

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