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November election season begins Students meet Vice President Biden, participate in campaigns by Jackie Wallentin
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The regulars at Java Joe’s found a surprise Tuesday morning as they entered the East Village coffee shop. Vice President Joseph Biden was sitting down at a table talking to fellow Democrat supporters. Fifteen days after President Barack Obama held a backyard discussion at Drake University’s Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb’s home in Beaverdale, Biden visited the state. Biden rallied Iowa Democrats in support of U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell’s re-election campaign. Boswell, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, faces Republican Brad Zaun, an Iowa state senator, in the Nov. 2 election. The race is in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers 12 counties including Polk County where Drake is located. Before his appearance at Java Joe’s, Biden attended a fundraising luncheon for Boswell, speaking in front of the 200-person crowd. Biden and Obama are spending much of their time campaigning for Democratic candidates as the election approaches in hopes of overcoming Republican-leaning voters, according to the Associated Press. Several members of the Drake Democrats attended the event at Java Joe’s and met Biden.
This close political atmosphere is what I came to Drake for.
–Sophomore Heather Boone
“We’ve been working closely with Boswell’s re-election campaign,” said Heather Boone, sophomore external vice president of the Drake Democrats. “One of the campaign’s field managers called to tell me about a small Boswell event happening in the morning with a special guest.” The field manager could not tell Boone who the guest was, but he did mention that Biden would be in Iowa. The students also were not allowed to tell anyone about Biden’s appearance at the event to prevent excessive crowds and media coverage. Biden spoke informally to the crowd of approximately 30 about the major issues concerning the Nov. 2 contested election. Biden shook the hand of each member in the crowd and chatted while posing for numerous photos, according to Boone.
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MEMBERS OF THE DRAKE DEMOCRATS attended Biden’s impromptu rally on Tuesday. “I was so grateful to meet him,” Boone said. “This close political atmosphere is what I came to Drake for. Last year I did not do much politically. Getting to meet Boswell and Biden was a really cool way to reinforce that Drake was the right place to come to.” First-year students Mariam Vahdat and Kevin Protzmann intern as canvassers for Boswell’s campaign, part of the Democratic community project Organizing for America. Drake Democrat Co-Presidents Ryan Price and Aaron Mohr also attended the event with members Bryan Hays and Jamie Burch. “I was very impressed,” Protzmann said, who was told about the event by his boss. “Biden is a high-ranking politician, stopping by in a Des Moines coffee shop. It’s inspiring that a man with his position still maintains contact with the public.” Vahdat says Biden talked to a number of members of the Iowa legislature at the event. The students introduced themselves to Biden, and he asked them questions about themselves. “It was almost like a pep talk to get people to vote,” Vahdat said. “I loved it. Biden is more than just a politician to me; he’s a nice guy. It was cool to actually meet him.” Also, Drake College Republicans hosted a voting rally with Zaun and Liet. Governor nominee Kim Reynolds in Levitt Hall Tuesday morning. Boswell and Zaun are scheduled to make a joint appearance on Iowa Public Television tomorrow night. Early voting was available to students on Oct. 12-13 in Olmsted. The congressional election is Nov. 2.
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE LEONARD BOSWELL welcomes Vice President Joseph Biden to Iowa on Tuesday morning.
>>VOTING The congressional election will be on Tuesday Nov. 2.
DUiN welcomes new editor-in-chief after former one resigns by Sonya Brauchle
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Drake University Independent Newspaper, or DUiN has made some changes in staff this year and welcomes new Editor-in-Chief Molly Bochanyin. DUiN is known around campus for stirring up responses to its entertaining and satire-based content. In past issues, the magazine has commented on Greek Life and Hubbell attire, as well as provided new and improved pick-up lines to use and hyped up stereotypes for amusing ends. Because the magazine is not for profit and not actually associated with Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, some of the restrictions that are placed on publications, like Drake Magazine, don’t apply. For example, DUiN has the
luxury of using fake ads that the contributors create. They also can use Internet-based photos without fear of retaliation. The format often doesn’t conform to usual magazine or newspaper format, but can be in different shapes and sizes. The staff is dedicated to making the content interesting, funny and a bit edgy, but it’s called “independent” for a reason. Rachel Kauffold, vice chair on the Board of Student Communications, commented on the new staff appointment. “Molly Bochanyin has basically acted as the editor for DUiN since the start of the school year, and advisor Jeff Inman has nothing but high praises for her and recommended her to the BSC as the new DUiN editor,” Kauffold said. Bochanyin was appointed after the previous editor withdrew from Drake and thus forfeited her posi-
The Board of Trustees Campus Master Plan has brought about the renovation of numerous classrooms, the construction of the Hubbell North dining spaces, and beautification of the 27th Street walkway through campus over the past several years. Beginning this fall, brand new signage will be installed to continue the beautification of Drake’s campus. Exterior and interior building signage will accompany way-finders and informational kiosks in the next phase of the Campus Master Plan. Installation of $300,000 worth of signs, funded by Drake’s capital advancements fund and approved by the Board of Trustees in 2006, will begin this fall and be complete by summer 2011. Matt Van Hoeck, Senator-at-Large and Buildings and Grounds Liaison to the Board of Trustees, updated fellow senators at Thursday’s meeting of coming signs. “The signs are intended to transforms Drake’s campus aesthetically,” said Van Hoeck, “Many of the board members commented that when they went here, the campus was just a cluster of buildings in the middle of a neighborhood. The signs will make campus look more ‘stately. The signs are classy and will look good.” Jolene Schmidt, Director of Operations and Support Systems, added that the signs address grievances voiced by students, parents and community members over the past several years. “There has been a complaint for years from visitors, staff members and students that the Drake University buildings are not clearly marked,” said Schmidt. Contributors to the Campus Master Plan included not only on-campus groups of students and faculty but also off-campus groups including city officials and neighborhood residents. Future plans for outdoor campus aesthetic improvements include a corner marker project that will lead to the installation of gateways on the four corners of campus (31st and University; 30th and Forest; 24th and Forest; 25th and University). “The corner markers will have an impact on students coming here,” said Van Hoeck, “They will really distinguish the campus from the neighborhood.” Plans for the granite corner markers are in the works now, with plans to approve the designs at the January Board of Trustees meeting.
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MOLLY BOCHANYIN is the new editor-in-chief for Drake University Independent Newspaper, or DUiN. tion as editor. The Board of Student Communications had to work fast to fill the position with the first issue coming up soon, and the need for leadership was imperative. “The upcoming issue is close at hand, so putting out applications
for editorship would be too long of a process for the tight schedule,” Kauffold remarked. “Molly was already handling things very well, so we asked her if she was willing
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THE OLMSTED CENTER is just one of many building throughout campus receiving new signage this fall. All exterior and interior signs are to be remodeled by summer 2011
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Soccer all-star Bailey Dorrington talks to the TD
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She leads vocally and by example, on and off the field. She is a solid defender who has been vital in all of our games
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SECURITY REPORTS One of the females cut her finger in the process and an athletic trainer was present and provided first aid.
BYE, BYE BIKE 10:34 a.m. Oct. 7
A male student reported his bicycle was stolen from the bike rack or railing on the west of Herriott Residence Hall between 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 6 a.m. on Oct. 4. He stated he locked his bike, but sometimes it does not secure properly. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 A male student reported his unattended book bag containing his laptop was stolen in Cline Hall between 12 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. The victim reported at a later date that the property was recovered.
6:28 p.m. Oct. 5 Security responded to the Bell Center based on report that someone had broken a glass panel to a racquetball court. It was determined that two female students were pushing a cart and it got away from them crashing into the glass.
9:25 a.m. Oct. 7 A male student reported a magazine salesman sold him magazines at Carpenter Residence Hall at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 7. The student then Googled the company and found there had been many complaints and he cancelled his check before it was cashed. Security personnel wrote an e-mail to the listed company advising their people of trespass for the Drake campus. However, the e-mail website (atlanticcirculation.com) was not recognized by the e-mail client. Soliciting is not allowed on the Drake campus and magazine salespersons have been a problem on the Drake
campus over the past several years. In many instances the students purchased magazines and never received their magazines nor did they receive their money back. Please contact the security office (515-271-2222 or merely 2222 if a campus phone) if a salesperson approaches you on the campus. Normally these solicitors approach residence hall students in their rooms and they are normally well dressed and are usually college age males or females. 6:13 p.m. Oct. 8 Security responded to Herriott Residence Hall based on report of a suspicious acting male. The male who was not associated with the university was advised on trespass.
3:30 a.m. Oct. 9 A security officer observed an adult male who certainly fit the criteria of an intoxicated person. He was cooperative, but wasn’t sure of much to include his address. He did know his sister’s phone number. She was called and picked him up. 3:02 a.m. Oct. 10 Security responded to 32nd and Carpenter based on report of a sick person on the ground. The male adult not associated with the university was having trouble breathing. Asked if he had asthma or any other problems the male said “No, not at the apartment.” A Drake student friend advised he had athletic asthma when he played sports in high school. The male stated he had consumed a small amount of alcohol.
5:29 p.m. Oct. 10 Security responded to the intramural fields based on report of an injured person and that fire/rescue need not be called. A male student had an ice pack over his face and stated he had a collision is a soccer game. When he removed the ice pack it was immediately determined he needed stitches in his lip. A friend took him to a local hospital for treatment. 11:22 a.m. Oct. 11 A female student advised someone broke a window out on her vehicle and stole her purse while it was parked in the 2800 block of University Avenue. The purse was later recovered by a police officer in the area. Her money was missing.
Lt. Gen. Gard discusses new START treaty Gard says threat of terrorists and nuclear weapons strain security of the country by Tad Unruh
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One blast and a giant mushroom cloud spews up into the sky, covering the entire New York skyline, while thousands of buildings are vaporized and an unimaginable death toll surpassing anything that the human world has ever seen exists. This is what retired Lt. Gen. Robert Gard Jr. addressed during his lecture Monday night in Cline Hall. It encompassed many claims on the renewing of START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), the lack of security when handling nuclear weapons and the threat of terrorists or unruly governments using these weapons.
The greatest threat to the security of the United States is the detonation of one or more nuclear devices on one of our cities.
–Lt. Gen. Robert Gard Jr.
“The greatest threat to the security of the United States is the detonation of one or more nuclear devices on one of our cities or on our vital national security interests abroad,” he said. Gard is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He served over 31 years in the military and now exclusively works as the chair of the Center for Arms Control and NonProliferation based out of Washington D.C., according to the organization’s website. He began his lecture with a striking assertion. According to Gard, there are currently more than 23,000 armed and nuclear devices, and 111 sites to launch them from in over 13 countries worldwide, which is a big concern. The actual START I treaty is a renewing of an earlier treaty formed during the Ronald Reagan presidency, and was signed by President George H.W. Bush in July 1991. It capped the number of weapon-deploying systems and facilitated on-site inspections for each country, and hoped to facilitate more dismantling of these nuclear weapons. Gard said it was brought into effect because “between 1950 and 1980, 32 incidents almost
triggered nuclear launches, and 12 were considered near misses almost concluding in nuclear holocaust.” The new START treaty will make improvements, including aggregates that limit U.S. and Russian warheads to 1,550, which is 30 percent lower than the old START treaty, according to a White House press release. It is being discussed by the Senate, but has hit a bit of a snag, according to Gard. “The Senate must provide its advice and consent to a resolution and ratification by a 2/3 majority, requiring over 7/8 Republican votes, of which there are two at the moment,” Gard said. Lack of support in the Senate could slow down the bill, and it would be left hung out to dry. Gard hopes this is not the case. Drake University Assistant Professor of Politics Mary McCarthy attended and helped with the lecture. She felt that Gard made a strong assertion toward the U.S. government. “His main point was that the new START is intimately connected with the larger, global nonproliferation regime,” she said. “In relation to that, one of his most forceful arguments was that if START is not ratified by the U.S. Senate, ‘we can kiss the nonproliferation regime goodbye.’” Throughout his speech, Gard went through some valid points on how to help make the treaty pass, including expressing interest to one’s senators, and protesting. He used scare tactics to inform. For the better part of five minutes, he described the damage a crude nuclear device would create in a moment-by-moment basis if it were detonated in Times Square in New York City during peak hours. “In the first few seconds, everything within a mile’s radius would be vaporized,” he explained. “All of those two miles out would receive severe burns and die of radiation poisoning. The entire blast radius would be uninhabitable for decades.” The play-by-play worked on many of those in the audience. “When he told that story, the entire room was silent,” junior Ian Weller said. “You could hear a pin drop. He really couldn’t have gotten his point across better.” Gard will continue to canvass universities and the nation to make his ideas heard. The START treaty is still passing through the Senate committees. Still, his biggest concern is that the treaty will not pass. But with his lobbying and those across the nation becoming more concerned with the implications of the START treaty not passing, he believes there is still hope for the rest of the nation.
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LT. GEN. GARD led a talk on Monday night concerning the new START treaty.
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FROM DUIN, PAGE 2 to take the official title, as she was at the BSC meeting on Friday, and she said yes.” Instead of going through the usual practice of appointing a new editor, Kauffold said the
board moved forward quickly to get DUiN back in action. “We suspended the normal rules of appointment and appointed her as the new editor-inchief of DUiN,” she said.
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Have a fun, safe fall break. We could all use some time off.
First-year students adjust to the college lifestyle
remember so clearly going into high school and being told that the next four years would be the fastest and most fun of my life. I heard the words, acknowledged how often they were spoken to me, and didn’t really take into consideration that they may in fact be true. High school flew by and left me with great memories. But now, I’m in college and the same words are being spoken once again: “These will be the fastest, best years of your life!” I was told that college is a whole new ball game–it’s a brand new lifestyle. I was told to look forward to fun, responsibility, independence, lots of studying and the general excitement that comes with college. I’m now halfway into my first semester, and I’m realizing that, for the most part, what I was told was pretty accurate. My lifestyle has definitely changed after being at Drake for only a few months. I would say it’s changed for the better. For a while, being at Drake felt like being at camp. I lived with my friends, I had so much free time, I was meeting all sorts of new people; college was a breeze! While most of that remains true today, after the first few weeks of being on campus it seemed to hit me: I am not at camp…
I’m in college! The new lifestyle began to settle in. I realized that the difference from high school to college is so extreme and you don’t truly notice it until you experience it. There is so much newfound freedom in college, such a different way of connecting to new people you meet, a new mindset and focus on schoolwork, new habits, hobbies, interests; simply a new way of life. Once this set in, the fact that I really am in college became real. So many things have changed just in the few months I’ve been here. For starters, I’ve realized that despite all the clothes that fill my closet at home, my wardrobe is lacking. After going through 12 years of Catholic school and always dressing according to dress code, I could really use some normal, everyday clothes—now that I can wear whatever I want. In high school I was so used to having a very set-in-stone schedule: school, after school activities, dinner, homework, sleep, repeat. Now, I have a much more flexible schedule, more time to do more things, but at the same time, I have more things to balance. Making adequate time to get schoolwork done, getting involved in activities that I’m interested in, having a social life and somehow attempting to find time to sleep
on top of it all can be difficult. Something else I’ve had to really watch is what I’m eating and whether I’m getting enough exercise—I don’t want to gain the freshman 15! More free time means more time to munch and sit around as opposed to being out and active. Setting conscious goals to actually eat a balanced meal and get some sort of exercise every day has helped make that issue a little less daunting. There’s so much more responsibility and self-regulation in college. I expected this need for even more responsibility, and so far I think I’m doing a pretty good job of staying on top of things. I’ve learned so much in the two months I’ve been here that has helped me really, truly adapt to life at Drake. I have learned that early morning runs are the best way to wake up, that Hubbell omelettes are excellent (especially if you get just the right person to make it) and that I can make it to Meredith from my dorm in hardly any time at all. I have learned that RAs and PMACs are awesome to have around, that although a reading for a class may seem short, it will actually probably take a significant amount of time and that watching TV shows or football games with big groups is absolutely the way
to go. I’ve discovered so much diversity, made random but valuable connections with people I wouldn’t have expected, had an actual quality discussion with a professor about something other than the material being covered in class and had countless experiences that I know will be lasting memories. So, I really am in college, not just at camp. It kind of took awhile for it to dawn on me that this whole new part of my life is actually starting, but it’s real and I’ve realized that. To all other first-years, and all Drake students in general, I wish you the best this year and in years to come at Drake!
ELIZABETH ROBINSON COLUMNIST Robinson is a first-year magazine major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breaking up is hard to do—no matter your position Neil Sedaka had it right; breaking up isn’t easy. Whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee, hurt is bound to follow.
Although it may seem like the easier position of the two, no one likes hurting people (at least if you’re a good person you don’t). I recently read an article on collegecandy.com about the etiquette of breaking up. Miss Manners offered these tips: -Break up face to face -Avoid using clichés -Don’t say, “I love you” unless you actually mean it -Don’t hook up/get caught with another guy too soon Her overall rule, though, and the most important: Be respectful. No matter what this guy has done to you, leave with the upper hand. Be the classy mature woman you would want to be remembered as. My own tip for breaking up is to wait out your deci-
sion for a bit. In the days following a breakup, you may desperately miss that person. After being with them for so long, you may come to realize how much time you spent with them and may no longer know how to fill it. And in today’s world, grabbing your cell phone, or communicating via Facebook with your ex is all too easy...don’t! While you may miss them for now, wait at least two weeks before taking any action. That way you can decide if you really miss them as a person, or if you just miss companionship in general.
My hard and fast rule for breaking up: You get two days to wallow, two weeks to be sad, and then go on with your life as usual. If he broke up with you, he obviously couldn’t see all the wonderful things you had to offer, or perhaps you just weren’t compatible. Move on!
Romanceforeveryone.com gives its tips on moving on: -Figure out who is in your support network -Remove reminders of the relationship -Minimize contact with your ex -Don’t start dating immediately -Hang out with your single friends My No. 1 pet peeve about people who have just broken up is reading all about it on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t feel the need to update everyone on your friends list about your feelings via status updates! No matter what, remember things happen for a reason. Dating is all trial and error, and eventually, things will work out for the best. Read more at http://www.thenonstoplife. blogspot.com
HAYLEY MASON | COLUMNIST Mason is a sophomore magazine and public relations major and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Cursed Bands: Why are these three bands so troubled? Tragic deaths within popular rock bands caused by curse or coincidence, Wendlandt says neither
hen you think of the Temptations, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, what do you think of ? Is it the catchy tunes? The great live performances? Those are things that you should remember, but also remember this: these bands have had the worst luck when it comes to mortality. All of them have tragically lost important members at inopportune times. I’ll start with the Temptations. From their “Classic Five” era in the late ’60s, when it had its biggest hits, four of the five members are dead. David Ruffin, lead singer on hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” died of a cocaine overdose in 1991. Eddie Kendricks, lead on “Just My Imagination,” died of lung cancer in 1992. Paul Williams, the baritone singer who was called the glue of the group, committed
suicide in 1972 and bass singer Melvin Franklin died of a hemorrhage in 1995. It was truly sad to learn about the band’s fall and the tragic ways that they lost their lives. When you look at Lynyrd Skynyrd, it all goes back to one single tragic day. On Oct. 20, 1977, the small plane that they were riding in on the way to Baton Rouge, La., crashed in a forest in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie Gaines. The band decided to end their reign as southern rock kings as they felt that they couldn’t go on without their frontman Van Zant. After the crash, in which everyone was seriously injured in one way or another, things went downhill for each of the band member’s health. Guitarist Allen Collins psyche deteriorated and
he died of pneumonia after a car accident in 1990. Bassist Leon Wilkeson died at age 49 of liver and lung disease and keyboardist Billy Powell died in 2009 of a heart attack. The Allman Brothers are known only for two deaths, but they are eerily similar and creepy at the same time. In 1971, the main string section was Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, but within a year both would be dead. Duane was known as one of the foremost guitarists in the world when he died in a motorcycle accident. He swerved to avoid a semi and slid 100 feet with the bike on top of him. Oakley died the same way almost a year later within 100 yards of where Allman died. When looking back at these three stories, you’ve got to ask if it’s kind of creepy that each of the bands had members die tragically. The
answer would probably be yes, but is there any correlation between them? I don’t think so, but you cannot deny that it is slightly disturbing that all of them are tragic. So, are they cursed? I don’t think so.
MIKE WENDLANDT | COLUMNIST Wendlandt is a sophomore broadcast major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Corrections An Oct. 7 Times-Delphic article, “Law School hosts bipartisan forum on Iowa politics,” contained several inaccuracies about the selection and retention of state and federal judges. Iowa does not elect its judges. According to the Iowa Judicial Branch website, Iowa voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1962 that replaced the election of judges with merit selection and retention elections. Under this system,
a nonpartisan commission reviews the qualifications of applicants and interviews candidates. The commission then forwards a slate of nominees to the governor, who makes the final appointment. State judges stand for retention election near the end of their term of office. If a judge receives a simple majority of “yes” votes, the judge may serve another full term. This selection and retention process
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The article also neglected to mention the Nov. 2 retention election of three Iowa Supreme Court justices, Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices Michael Streit and David Baker. The three were part of a 2009 unanimous ruling that allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry. At least two groups have launched efforts to oust the justices. We apologize for the errors.
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Run in or watch the Des Moines Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay next Sunday, 8 a.m. at Nollen Plaza. Register online at www.desmoinesmarathon.com.
Community members experience a night in a homeless shelter Reggie’s Sleepout raises awareness and money for homeless youth by Erin Hassanzadeh
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Sleeping in a cardboard box wouldn’t be the typical Saturday night adventure for many college students, but this weekend Iowa Homeless Youth Centers is offering a different way to raise both money and awareness for the issue of youth homelessness. This year marks the fifth annual Reggie’s Sleepout held by IHYC. The event was founded in 2006 in honor of a young man named Reggie Kelsey who spent his entire childhood in the Iowa foster care system. A mere three months after aging out of the system, Reggie was found dead in the Des Moines River. Reggie endured much hardship throughout
his life. As a teen, he was functioning at the level of an 8-year-old, and he often feared what would happen to him once he was on his own. Upon release from the foster care system, Reggie began a cycle of moving from one shelter to the next. Reggie did not receive support or guidance. His life was cut short. In the midst of this tragedy, Youth & Shelter Services, Inc., along with IHYC, created a plan to assist individuals like Reggie, who are aging out of the foster care system. The program, now referred to as PAL (Preparation for Adult Living) aims to ease the difficult transition into independence. Their services include support for things like monthly stipends for transitioning teens. On Oct. 16, IHYC is asking individuals to “Sleep Under the Stars So Kids Can Reach
Them.” The sleepout will take place on the field of Drake Stadium. Participants can register from 3-7 p.m. on the day of the event. Senior accounting and management major Amanda Sykora attended Reggie’s Sleepout last year with a group of her Alpha Kappa Psi friends. “What’s great is that it gets off-campus people involved,” Sykora said. She also mentioned the great Drake student turnout last year. The event is open to students and community members, and includes free food, awareness activities, speakers and a box-building competition. Last year there were box arrangements ranging from a standard box to extravagant palaces complete with plastic skylights. Some larger groups had sponsors for their boxes. Judges will
assess all of the boxes and declare a winner for the sleepout. “We are in our little bubble at Drake, and we may not always see these sad stories happening, but it’s good to be reminded that they are,” Sykora said. The 2009 Reggie’s Sleepout was successful. With funds of over $165,000 raised and 1500 participants, this year’s event will be an equal success. With approximately $45,000 raised so far, Reggie’s Sleepout continues to bring great awareness to the sometimes forgotten, but very real, issue of youth homelessness in Iowa. Bundle up, grab a sleeping bag and a group of friends and show your support this weekend for Reggie and many other people going through the same hardships.
SAB No-Bake Cooking featured sweet college options by Kaila Swain
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Sodexo’s Chef Jordan brought his expertise to the table for the No-Bake Desserts Cooking Show held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Parents Hall. The Student Activities Board (SAB) organized the event, and the Residence Hall Association and Drake Athletics co-sponsored. Jordan asked three volunteers to help him make chocolate-dipped strawberries, no-bake cookies, scotcheroos, a chocolate mousse pie and a lemon mousse pie during the show. Sophomore Shelby LaTona was most excited about the chocolate-covered straw-
berries. “I never thought I could use fresh fruit in a dessert that I could put together in my residence hall,” LaTona said. Jordan made all the desserts with a saucepan and a hot plate, but said anyone can use a microwave to heat up the chocolate. First-year student Lexie Balgeman was anxious to try the oatmeal no-bake cookies. “My sister and I used to make no-bake cookies, so I’ve had them before,” Balgeman said. “I just love them.” Approximately 40 people came to enjoy the non-baked sweets, but it was a smaller turnout than SAB had expected. “Though we were expecting 60 to 65
people, the food and demonstrations exceeded our expectations,” said Alex Caskey, SAB Campus Impact co-chair. “Overall, it balanced out, and turned out to be a great event.” Caskey and co-chair Jessica Hamilton made a list of items to put on the menu. Sodexo narrowed down the list and added the chocolate mousse pie to the mix, which received the most applause from the audience when Jordan completed it. “People think chocolate mousse is gourmet, but it is really easy to make,” Jordan said as he topped it off the pie with chocolate drizzle. The next on-campus event for SAB will be a visit from ghost speaker, Rosemary Ellen Guiley on Oct. 26.
photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor MORE PHOTOS from SAB’s No-Bake Cooking Show on the back page.
Bargain Basket funds Des Moines Junior League Local thrift shop give revenue to nonprofit
Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer
Wednesday: Decorate the campus pink Thursday: Speaker Dixie Beyers at 11 a.m., location TBD
Friday: Wear Pink! Monday: Bowling for Boobs Fundraiser at Merle Hay Lanes 6-9 p.m.
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by Erin Hogan
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Local thrift shop filled, bursting the seams with TLC. Coats? Check. Halloween costumes? Check. Vintage clothing and accessories? Check. Many shoppers are looking for alternatives to big-box retailers to do all of their one-stop shopping. The Bargain Basket, a local thrift store run by the Junior League of Des Moines, may be just the place. In 1974, the Bargain Basket was a one-day rummage sale sponsored by the Junior League. The namesake was transferred to the store, which opened in the Drake Neighborhood in 1980. Store manager Penny Stovall said she was not sure its exact proximity to the university at that time. Stovall has been at the Bargain Basket for 11 years. The shop moved to the East Village area of downtown Des Moines four years later. And, in 2006, they opened the store the League currently operates at 560 E. Grand St. It is located about two blocks south of Highway 235, just off the Penn Street exit. The Bargain Basket accepts donations from Junior League drives, local businesses and community members. It sells clothing for men, women and children, accessories, housewares, toys and shoes. All items are gently used. The store features brand names such as Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Merona and other Target brands and Old Navy. Less expensive brands are the cheapest options at the Bargain Basket. The profits from the store fund several Junior League community programs, including Girl Power, I-read and after-school tutoring.
Girl Power is an annual event that allows middle school girls to explore different career opportunities. I-read and after-school tutoring are coordinated through the Des Moines School District. The Junior League also donates clothes they cannot sell to local shelters. Stovall said the operating budget for the store was minimal. It is mostly staffed by community volunteers. This keeps more money circulating directly into the community projects. What makes this store truly distinct is the boutique department. This features everything from a vintage wedding dress for only $100, to a Calvin Klein cropped leather jacket for $45. These are definitely the high-ticket items. The majority of the stock is priced in the $4 to $25 range. Guys can expect more excitement than holding their girlfriends’ purses at the Bargain Basket. When most guys go shopping, their goals are usually to purchase items as close to what they’re looking for in as little time as possible. There is usually not the “thrill of the hunt” that ladies tend to gravitate toward when shopping. The Bargain Basket could be an easy fix for college-age guys. It houses an extensive menswear collection, with everything from buttondown shirts to T-shirts, jeans and pants to shoes. Or, for those about to enter the professional world on a budget, there is a selection of about 20 suits of different weights, styles and sizes, most priced at $50. The Bargain Basket began its annual coat sale last weekend and will continue until they are out of stock. So, perhaps instead of searching for a vintage-inspired winter coat or waiting until your parents buy you one for Christmas, you can take a trip to the Bargain Basket to find a real vintage coat for a price that won’t break the bank.
THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010
Unknown Component featured at Mars Cafe Keith Lynch performs Unknown Component’s latest work in Des Moines Monday by Kensie Smith
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Usually the band comes out first. Guitars are strung, the drum beat starts, lights go up and a slight bit of fog hangs in the air over the stage. At Mars Café on Monday night, there was no such intro; just one man, a tip jar and $5 case of CDs for sale. Unknown Component, also known as Keith Lynch, premiered his new album “The Infinite Definitive.” Lynch, an Iowa City native, is the total package. Self-taught, he can play the guitar, drums and piano. Independently produced, the Unknown Component project began back in 2002. Lynch weaves the lyrics and melody together as well as all the album artwork. “I like to think I’m creating something original,” Lynch said. “It’s kind of like a foreign language—the combination of melody, lyrics and notes.” He played at Mars Café back in 2008 with the launch of his first album, “In Direct Communication,” and decided it was a worthy place to play again. What is better than a frothy Cosmonaut paired with new music? Lynch took the small café stage, after the café’s weekly session of “Scented Vinyl,” with the first song off the album, “Moving out of Frame.” The indie tunes were smooth, folksy and refreshingly unrefined as they reverberated against the windows to a small, but eclectic crowd of students and locals. “He sounds smooth, it’s easy listening and would be good to listen to with headphones and coffee,” Colin Hagan, a Drake University senior, said as his friends tapped their toes with a slight nod of agreement. Lynch graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in philosophy, which he cites as being one of his main inspirations for his music. “It’s about the deeper questions in life,”
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Lynch said while setting up for the show. “Everybody has important questions and everything is changing all the time.” Many of the musical intros demonstrate that Lynch understands the connection between rhythm and the progression of a song. However, some of the lyrics blend in against the background of lackluster chords. Lynch could benefit through review and collaboration with different music producers, but being the self-made prodigy that he is, listeners know he will bring an authentic voice to each performance. The night’s performance got better the more confident he became and the longer the night went on. Being a full-time musician keeps Lynch on the road most weekends. Next week he’s hitting Chicago, then Elmhurst (a Chicago-suburb), Omaha, Neb., and then it’s off to Madison, Wis. He confessed that his favorite type of venue to play is outside. Getting the word out in the world of underground music can be tough, but Lynch has been garnering media attention in music magazines, such as Big Takeover, and radio airtime on the “UnderCurrents” station. Would you like to support up-and coming artists? Purchase Unknown Component tunes on iTunes or on the website, http://unknowncomponent.com. There, listeners can also join the mailing list, purchase T-shirts and the entire catalog of the first eight albums with almost 100 songs, for only $14.99. Lynch is going places, and he’s prepared to write his own future. He said all interested listeners should watch the newest music video for the song “Electric Dissolution,” made overseas by an interested producer in Paris. This follows the last video directed by a 16-year-old from Ukraine. “I’m fully committed to the music,” Lynch said. “I want to be successful, and right now I’m just working on enjoying myself.”
UNKNOWN COMPONENT’S album The Infinite Definitive released Oct. 12.
Local comedians compete to perform with Johannsen by Charles Garman
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It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. If that is really the case, the Court Center Comedy Competition (C4) may just be Iowa’s newest flu shot for people who are bored and looking for some entertainment. One of the many features of the second annual Iowa Comedy Festival, presented by Terrible’s Casino, C4 serves as a tournament of sorts for aspiring comedians from across the nation. The event is the largest stand-up comedy competition in Iowa. Over the past month, the list of comedic hopefuls has been narrowed from a
whopping 45 down to the final 10, who will perform tonight. The finalists were selected by both the audience and a panel of judges who voted on the contestants’ overall funny-factor during a five-minute individual routine. The first-place winner will take home a $1,000 grand prize, provided this year by Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Company. The top three finishers in the finals will have the opportunity to open for the Iowa Comedy Festival’s special guest, comedian Jake Johannsen, at the grand finale showcase on Oct. 16. A national-headliner and Iowa City native, Johannsen attended Iowa State University during the early 1980s, leaving after three years to pursue a career in comedy. In 1994, he was nominated as
“Best Male Stand-Up Comedian” for the American Comedy Awards. Johannsen also boasts a record 36 appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Those in charge of the event are excited about the tournament’s success so far. “It’s obviously a fun experience for anyone involved,” said Joel Fry, a local comedian and the host of C4. “The audience gets a night of laughs and the contestants, win or lose, get some sweet stage experience. The entire Iowa Comedy Festival is an awesome and unique event that should prove to the world that Iowa is about more than just corn.” The final round of performances and voting for the final three competitors for C4 will be
held tonight at 8 p.m. at the People’s Court club. Tickets will be $10, a low price to pay for a night of laughter where the audience gets to voice its opinion on who’s bringing down the house and which comedians shouldn’t quit their day jobs. Drake junior psychology major EJ Walter has always fancied himself a comedy buff, and plans to attend the final round of the competition. “I’m really looking forward to going,” he said. “Ten bucks is pretty cheap for live comedy. I’m glad that Des Moines has awesome stuff like this available. And maybe next year I’ll have the confidence to enter the competition myself.”
An up-and-coming Wisconsin band, Meridene, releases album “Something Like Blood” by Erin Hassanzadeh
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Sounds like: Motion City
Group Members: T. Carl Ives,
Soundtrack, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World
Paul Brandt, Dave Power and Britta Hetzel
Best Tracks: “Everyone’s
Band Website: meridene.net Record Label: Ample Down
Waiting”(Great for crusin’ in the car), “Written Like Mad Sonnets”(If you enjoy Motion City, this song is for you!), “Juliet, They’ll Eat Us Alive”(A little more intensity, pushes the envelope lyrically.)
With over 2,200 fans on MySpace and 450 Facebook followers, the young group Meridene must be doing something right. The four person, Eau Claire, Wis.-based group recently released its sophomore album, “Something Like Blood,” with hopes to build off of the success of their 2008 debut album, “You’re Not Pretty, You’re Worse.” “Something Like Blood” is a step in the right direction for the young group. It presents an indie/rock/pop sound similar to Motion City Sound track infused with a pinch of Death Cab for Cutie. The album presents a good range with a little bit of everything, from somber odes, to downright catchy foot-tappers. I appreciated the casual intensity of the album; however, the vocals were underwhelming average and nothing special. While I would’ve liked more vocal excitement from the lead singer, T. Carl Ives, the original lyrics and instrumentals brought the album back up a notch. Overall as a listener, I was a happy camper. With time and additional albums to mature its sound, Meridene has great potential. For a sophomore album coming out of Wisconsin, “Something Like Blood” is well developed and executed. Their success in the college circuit does not surprise me; Meridene is definitely a group worth watching for in the future.
THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I just tried to take it one injury at a time. Every injury gave me the opportunity to start fresh. I looked at the other people on my team and I thought, if they can do it, I can do it.” -Senior soccer defender Bailey Dorrington, on overcoming numerous injuries to continue playing for the Bulldogs.
Drake turns to youth to return to the top by Matt Moran
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Despite returning just one senior and starting the season with 12 freshmen and sophomores, Drake Head Coach Mark Phelps is watching all the pieces to his 2010-2011 team come together. The third-year Bulldog coach has assembled the top recruiting class in the Missouri Valley Conference for two consecutive years, according to league coaches. Without a winning season in the Valley since Drake’s NCAA tournament appearance in 2008, fans are ready to see results. Phelps believes this young squad has enough weapons to make noise in the MVC. “I like the chemistry we’re starting to develop,” he said. “We have a lot of newcomers this year, much like last year, so we’re in the same boat.” Drake returns six sophomores from last year’s squad, the first of Phelps’ top recruiting classes. Phelps is excited about how much each has improved in the offseason, especially center Seth VanDeest, who grew another inch and added 20 pounds to his frame. “We told him to grow an inch, he did. We told him to put on weight, he did,” Phelps said of his 6-11, 238-pound sophomore captain. “There’s a little chip on his shoulder the way he plays.” VanDeest, who made the MVC All-Freshman team last season, has established himself as one of the conference’s best post players. He started all 33 games last season while averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. His career-high 45 blocks set a Drake freshman single-season record, and was good for second in the Valley. VanDeest said he is more prepared for the season-long grind after a year of experience and a summer in the weight room. “It’s a long season,” he said. “I got a taste of it last year, and I’ll take that experience into this year.” The Bulldogs will look to VanDeest and senior co-captain Ryan Wedel for leadership. Wedel is the team’s top returning scorer from last season, averaging 11.1 points per game. He played half the season at point guard, but with the added depth at that position, Wedel will return to his preferred shooting guard role. “I feel a lot more comfortable from the twospot, playing off the ball,” said Drake’s top three-point shooter from last season. One of the biggest questions the Bulldogs face is who will step up to replace the school’s all-time scoring leader, Josh Young. Young was
an exceptional talent who was capable of single-handedly winning games down the stretch. “No one is going to go into the phone booth and come out as Superman — or Josh Young,” Phelps said. Phelps believes the team has enough scoring to make up for Young’s absence, but worries the team may suffer through rough patches offensively due to the lack of experience. “We have a lot of scoring, but not seasoned scoring,” he said. “There are not a lot of guys who have done it in college, or in the Missouri Valley Conference.” The team boasts one of the most athletic freshman classes it has seen in years. Led by 2009-2010 Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year Rayvonte Rice, Drake fans should be excited to see the explosiveness this group brings to the floor. “[Rayvonte] squatted 500 pounds the first time he stepped up to the bar,” Phelps said. “Those guys [freshmen players] have responded well. They have demonstrated a certain level of toughness I’m really excited about.” In addition to Rice, the Bulldogs welcome point guard Karl Madison and wingman Jeremy Jeffers. All three are expected to contribute right away, and Madison will compete for the starting point guard job, primarily with junior Frank Wiseler. “Karl… he is amazing,” Wiseler said. “Amazing defender, amazing point guard. He is a very intelligent player.” Phelps said Wiseler has the most experience running the show, and he started the last 14 games in 2010 at point guard. Wiseler has been sidelined by an injury, but his recovery is ahead of schedule, and he is expected to return for the season opener at the Knapp Center against Texas Southern on Nov. 13. Redshirt freshman David Smith and junior transfer Kurt Alexander are also expected to compete for the job. “We have four guys that can play point guard,” Phelps said. “Each brings different things to the table; Frank has the most experience, Kurt brings scoring, Karl is a terrific defender and David brings size. “It will be fun to see how this shapes out.” Another newcomer to the Drake squad on game day will be 6-8 forward Jordan Clarke, who had to redshirt last year after transferring from Vermont. The team will depend on the sophomore to make up for the loss of Adam Templeton, who was second in the Valley in rebounding. “Rebounding will be an emphasis for our team,” Phelps said. “Jordan needs to rebound in games like he did in practice last year.” Sophomores Ben Simons, Aaron Hawley
Three goals in seven minutes lift Bulldogs Snap two-game losing streak, improve record by Eduardo Zamarripa
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Drake scored three goals in a seven-minute span, and freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch posted her seventh shutout of the season, as the Bulldogs rolled over Southern Illinois Edwardsville 3-0 at Cownie Soccer Complex last Sunday. It was the last non-conference match of the year for the Bulldogs, which snapped a twogame losing streak and improved their record to 8-4-3. “It says a lot about the players we have, to lose a tough conference game on Friday night, travel through the night and come out with the energy and determination that we did,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. Drake started the game pressuring the opposing defense, as it was able to generate scoring opportunities early on. Freshman Paige Dusek had her shot deflected in the 17th minute as the Bulldogs tried to open up the Cougar defensive front. It wasn’t until the 26th minute when junior Danielle Figliola finally put Drake on the scoreboard. The goals kept on coming after that. Dusek found sophomore Laura Moklestad, who put her shot past the goalkeeper in a oneon-one opportunity to make the game 2-0 in the 28th minute. Moments after, it was sophomore Tara Zika who scored her first goal as a Bulldog in the 33rd minute, giving Drake a three-goal cushion
that allowed them to control the pace of the game the rest of the way. “Our girls followed the game plan, and by finishing some of our early chances it completely changed the dynamic of the game,” Horner said. After a rather one-sided first half, the Cougars challenged the Bulldogs in the second half and generated some scoring chances. However, Litch and the rest of the defense held on tight and registered the shutout. The Bulldogs outshot the Cougars 18-14, with Dusek leading the way with a career-high nine shots and an assist. “Today’s shutout sets the standard even higher for our defense, especially as we go into our final conference games,” Moklestad said. “We applied all of the advice from the coaches with our motivation to win.” The offensive explosion could not have come at a better time for Drake, which faces a pivotal match at conference rival Creighton on Thursday. “It was really important for us to break our losing streak,” Moklestad said. “This game has given us the confidence and encouragement we need to go beat Creighton on Thursday.” Drake will hit the road looking to halt its two-game conference losing streak, and hopes to bring its offensive rhythm when it faces the Bluejays. “Against Creighton, we need to build on the momentum we built with our game today,” Moklestad said. “We need to continue finishing our scoring chances while maintaining our solid defense.”
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Drake senior punter Billy Janssen has earned the College Football Performance Award Football Championship Subdivision National Punter of the Week for his efforts in the Bulldogs’ 39-34 loss at Jacksonville last Saturday. Junior wide receiver Drew Blackmon garnered an honorable mention for the College Football Performance Award Division I Foot-
ball Championship Subdivision Receiver of the Week. Janssen had three punts for a total of 156 yards. His average of 52.0 yards per punt broke the Pioneer Football League record for punting average in a game. One of Janssen’s punts included a careerlong 67-yard blast on his first kick in the opening period. Blackmon hauled in a career-high nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville.
DRAKE WILL TURN TO ITS LONE SENIOR, RYAN WEDEL, for leadership and perimeter scoring. Wedel was named co-captain along with sophomore center Seth VanDeest. and Reece Uhlenhopp return after productive freshmen seasons. Simons, who also noticeably added muscle in the offseason, teamed up with VanDeest and other players from the Big Ten and MVC to play five games in Europe for the Global Sports Academy All-Stars. Smith was also a member of that recruiting class, but decided to redshirt after seeing limited action last year. “I just look to contribute when I play,” Smith said. “The chemistry has been good. They (the
freshmen players) feel very comfortable and fit right in.” The team officially starts practice this Friday, and will open the season with an exhibition match at the Knapp Center against WisconsinParkside on Nov. 6. “I’m excited about our potential, and excited about competing,” Phelps said. “We’re going to take it one day at a time; maintain the approach we have right now, and things will fall together.”
THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010
Dorrington dazzles as backbone of Drake by Eduardo Zamarripa
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SENIOR BAILEY DORRINGTON was recruited as a midfielder, but has become the team’s most valued defender.
Senior Bailey Dorrington has been the leader of the Bulldog defense ever since she took over at the centre back position. For someone who shows such dominance in that spot, it’s surprising that Dorrington was not meant to be a defender at all. “Bailey was recruited as a midfielder, and over the last two seasons she has developed into a staple at centre back for us,” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. Dorrington was a successful offensive player during high school, setting a school record at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with 118 career goals. She also led the team to three state championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007. However, with then-senior Blair Nelson moving from centre back to centre midfielder, and then-centre back Katie Sauer graduating, the Bulldogs needed someone to fill the vacancy. “It was really hard; I had never played centre back at a high level,” Dorrington said. “It was quite the process, but my coaches and the upperclassmen helped me make a smooth adjustment.” Despite seeing some time at centre back her sophomore year, it wasn’t until last season when Dorrington started 20 games at centre back for a Bulldog squad that made it to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semi-finals. This year, she has commanded a defensive front that has registered seven shutouts, which is a huge reason why Drake owns an impressive 8-4-3 ledger. “She leads vocally and by example, on and off the field,” sophomore Laura Moklestad said. “She is a solid defender who has been vital in all of our games.” A marketing major, Dorrington has stepped up to fill the role of emotional leader on the field, and has become a mentor to the younger players on the squad.
“Bailey is compassionate, and that makes her very good with our younger players,” Horner said. “She wants her teammates to succeed, and helps to get the most out of them.” Junior Melanie Fielder recalls the kind of impact that Dorrington had when she first arrived to Des Moines. Fielder, who comes from Burbank, Calif., had a tough time adjusting to life away from home. “Bailey has been there for me since the beginning, even before I had verbally committed to Drake,” Fielder said. “Being from Los Angeles, and her from Iowa, it takes a special person to leave such an impact at such a young age.” That’s exactly the kind of leader that Dorrington has grown to be — a reliable, vocal and consistent soccer player who leads by example. After all, it’s not like Dorrington has not had to face adversity of her own. In addition to learning to play a different position, Dorrington has battled injuries throughout her career. In her freshman year, Dorrington split open her forehead and suffered a concussion against then-nationally ranked No. 3 Florida. She has also had back problems and knee problems. Last season, Dorrington tore her ACL. “I just tried to take it one injury at a time,” Dorrington said. “Every injury gave me the opportunity to start fresh. I looked at the other people on my team and I thought, if they can do it, I can do it.” Playing in her final season for Drake, Dorrington’s charismatic personality off the field will be sorely missed in the Bulldog locker room. “Bailey is fun-loving, carefree, great to be around and motivating,” Fielder said. “She loves to take care of others and is always there whenever you need her.” As for all those long trips on the road, there will be lasting memories that will never go away for a young Bulldog squad. “I can attest to the fact that she thinks she is better at any card game than she actually is,” Horner said. It will be difficult to replace a player like Dorrington; a well-rounded individual, who was
named to the MVC academic honor roll last season, and became the leader for the Bulldogs. “Going to a school like this, playing Division I soccer for a school that I love; it’s been the experience of a lifetime,” Dorrington said. “Drake has overall made me a better person academically, soccer-wise and relationship-wise.” Hopefully, the Bulldogs will continue their early season success to send Dorrington off with a fitting finish to her career. “Never a dull moment with her,” Fielder said. “We lived together for about three weeks one summer, and it was non-stop laughs. We’ve had the nights of just sitting in and eating brownies, and the nights of getting all dolled up and having some fun. I’m going to miss her so much next year.”
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Aguilera takes home MVC Individuals title
Drake fall intramurals in full swing
by Dominic Johnson
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Last Sunday, Drake junior Jessica Aguilera defeated Northern Iowa’s Krissy Lankelma in straight sets to take the State Farm Missouri Valley Individuals title at the No. 4 position. On a day where the on-court temperatures reached the upper 90s, Aguilera’s match was just as much about fitness as it was about tennis. Luckily for Aguilera and the Bulldogs, Head Coach Paul Thomson has been working with his young squad on enhancing its fitness, which Aguilera believes helped her to her first MVC Individuals title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lankelma. “I felt in way better condition than the first couple of tournaments,” she said. This was the first time Aguilera and Lankelma had played each other, leaving both players without a definite strategy before the match began. With the heat as a contributing factor, Aguilera benefited from wearing her opponent out and taking control of the points early and often. “It was my first time playing against her,” Aguilera said. “So I had to just fight and do my best.” Aguilera set the tone early, taking charge of the games, which the Bulldog said were a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. In a match that was decided on vital points, the Drake junior found the weakness of her UNI opponent and exploited it throughout the match. With Lankelma clearly being strongest on her forehand side, Aguilera focused on disrupting her backhand and upsetting her confidence. “Coach told me to keep moving her and to attack the backhand,” Aguilera said. “He said to play to win and not play to not lose.” Aguilera believes that she has improved mentally since last year and is more confident in her game. It showed as the match entered the second set. Every point by Drake’s No. 4 singles player was deliberate and smart, helping her win the biggest points of the match. “The games were always close, but I won the important points which broke her down,” she said.
Intramural sports have options for everyone by Sonya Brauchle
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Aguilera is looking forward to bringing the momentum and confidence gained from her first MVC title into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark., starting on Oct. 21. Thomson believes that every one of the players on his squad has improved in some area, and believes that will help them in the tournament. “I told the entire team that they have all improved since the fall began,” he said. “Some more than others, and in different ways, but everyone has improved.”
Thomson believes the ITA Central Regional is just another step in the long run of the season. Ideally, the team will be reaching its full potential months from now during the conference tournament of the spring season. “But truly, it is all about what their perception is of what they [the players] think they can accomplish,” Thomson said. “It doesn’t really matter what I think they can do, only what they believe they can do.”
with Jessica Aguilera
hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia favorite thing about home: Nice weather all year long
favorite place to eat in Des Moines: The Cheesecake Factory favorite movie: The Notebook dream job: Manage my family farm at home
favorite tennis player: Roger Federer
favorite Drake memory: Cooking parties at my friend Linda’s
favorite professor: Professor Amy Vaughan
favorite tennis memory: Winning Drake Invitational singles and doubles titles freshman year
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Drake University intramural sports are a great way for both student-athletes and full-time students to get involved on campus and in athletics. There are 23 options offered throughout the year, from a free throw competition to pickleball. The only requirement for being on an intramural team is that you must attend Drake. Even faculty and professors can participate, but student-athletes cannot participate in the intramural sport that is the same as their NCAA sport. For fraternities and sororities, intramurals are a great way to enahnce brotherhood and sisterhood among members. Second-year pharmacy student Jared Frost, a member of the Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, said how important it is to play intramurals to create positive relationships between members. “My fraternity participates because it’s a fun way to promote brotherhood,” Frost said. “Intramurals keep us in shape, and are a great way to de-stress before pharmacy tests, which come almost every day.” Frost also commented on the importance of having a place to participate in sports after a high school career full of team-based athletics. “I play in intramurals to stay in shape and fuel my competitive nature,” Frost said. “I was a three-sport athlete in high school, so I’ve always been a competitive person, and the competition in intramurals is usually pretty decent.” Senior Alpha Phi member Sarah VanLandegen said that playing volleyball with her sorority sisters is one of her weekly highlights. “It’s so fun to get together with my closest friends and play other sororities in a sport I love,” VanLandegen said. “I miss the camaraderie that comes along with a team sport, so it’s great to get that feeling back again in college where I don’t play a varsity sport.” Junior Katelyn Jamison has participated in 3-on-3 volleyball, co-recreational volleyball, women’s volleyball, co-recreational basketball, women’s basketball, indoor soccer and floor hockey at Drake, and has had a great experience. “Intramurals are a great way to stay active and involved on campus,” she said. “They are important because they allow students to participate in fun activities without a huge time commitment, and they are a great way to meet new people.” The intramural program is facilitated by Matt Gasser, and all games take place in the Bell Center or at the intramural fields, which are a few blocks north of campus. Both Frost and Jamison praised the organization of the programs. “The system is organized well,” Jamison said. “There have been some complaints about the referees, of course. Other than that, I like the system.” In the fall sports postseasons, Jamison will participate in women’s competitive volleyball and Frost in recreational and co-recreational volleyball, and outdoor soccer. “The best part of intramurals is getting everyone on the team pumped before and during the game,” Frost said. “Everyone knows that Phi Delta Chi is a dominant force in the Drake intramural leagues, and we plan to keep it that way.” Playoffs continue after fall break, so stop by and support your Drake intramural teams as they aim for campus victory!
THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010
Dorm cooking still delicious, even without baking
STEVEN THEISEN stirs chocolate as it melts. It will be used to dip strawberries in.
Students helped create easy no-bake desserts last Tuesday with the help of Sodexo chef Jordan. The Student Activities Board hosted the event. Students were given samples of chocolate-covered strawberries and marshmallows, scotcheroo bars and no-bake oatmeal cookies. There were 39 people there to enjoy the delicious cooking lesson. photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor
THEISEN AND NICK LUND melt chocolate and miz peanut butter with other ingredients to make scotcheroo bars.
BROOKE PORTER enjoys Sodexo’s pre-made chocolate mousse pie during SAB’s Cooking Show.