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Senators divide over issues of precedence debate. It is an issue that also faced resistance in the Senate last year, and Vice President of Student Activities Greg Larson said his feelings since then had not changed. “This doesn’t seem to me like that important of an event to fund so much money towards,” Slade said. “As an organizational senator, my constituents are the organizations,” Sen. Stephen Slade. “I don’t know that this would be the best decision to spend this on that when it could have higher impact through organizations.” But several of their colleagues disagreed. “I just feel like we’re all going to be seniors at some point,” Sen. Jenn Field said. “So I feel like we should pass it because we’re all going to want to experience this.” “I think that not funding this would not do justice to the seniors who are going out into the professional world and who have to sit in a professional dinner and not know which cup is theirs,” said Sen. Laura Menendez. Numerous senators voiced their opinions, broadening to include pos-
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Thursday’s Senate meeting was precedent-setting and tension-filled. Two particular motions brought up long and serious discussions. One, to allocate $1,020 to Collegiate DECA to attend the 2010 Collegiate DECA New York Leadership Academy, led to a noteworthy and unusual vote to override the customary stipulation that a duescollecting organization cannot receive one-time funding. DECA is an international association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship, according to its website. “This is something we come across every single year, and we do need to talk about it,” said Sen. Megan Hutcheson. “I’m not against changing that precedent, but if we do it, we need to state it and we need to stick to it.” Vice President of Student Life Byron Spears questioned the need to follow exactly what previous Senates had done. “We’re responsible for that precedent, but we set precedent ourselves,” he said. “We’re an entirely different body with entirely different minds.” The decision will have a lasting impact on organizations eligible for financial assistance from Senate, opening the doors for many groups denied funds in the past. This was a point many senators wanted to emphasize to the others, stressing the increasing need to consider funding allocations carefully before voting to approve it. “We just need to be very cautious about how we move forward,” said Sen. Ben Cooper. “I think we need to be a lot more, I don’t want to say ‘hesitant,’ but a lot more analytical or critical of the things we are funding,” said Sen. Hutcheson. After 25 minutes of discussion, Senate voted unanimously to allocate the money, but with the amount adjusted to $765.00 to account for the announcement by the DECA representative that one less member would be attending the conference. Thirty minutes later a motion to allocate $5,000.00 to the Senior Experience Committee to help fund the Senior Etiquette Dinner raised strong opposition and a much more strained
BLACKOUT IN A CAN Popular new energy drink Four Loko under assault for its quick and dangerous effects by Eryn Swain
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Four Loko, a caffeinated malt liquor beverage, is under scrutiny at college campuses around the nation. Created in 2005 by three Ohio State University graduates, this drink is made to allow people to get drunk cheaply and quickly. Four Loko came into the limelight on Oct. 8 when nine college freshmen from Central Washington University were found passed out in a local supermarket parking lot. According to the police, they had appeared to be passed out from taking drugs. However, upon further review, no drugs had been consumed: Four Loko and other liquors had been, though. While the website, www.drinkfour.com, requires that a person be of legal age to enter the site, many people believe this drink was made to target underage drinkers. With flavors ranging from Lemon Lime to Brazilian Berry, the drink is made to be flavorful. Todd Evans, professor of journalism at Drake University, learned about this beverage over the summer after his high school daughter came back from a summer course on the East Coast. “She said everyone was drinking it up there,” Evans said. “So,
I decided to try it. It tastes sweet like Smirnoff [Ice].” He said it was apparent the product is targeted for a young generation because it was so sweet. A study done at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia found that a person’s preference for sweetness declines with age. Therefore, while Four Loko may not appeal to older adults, teenagers and people in their lower 20s may love the sweetness of the product. Evans said he could feel a noticeable buzz after consuming only one Four Loko. He believes the product has a notion of marketing something that moves someone from buzzed to incapacitated too quickly to notice. It is no wonder why this drink is nicknamed “blackout in a can” nationally. This 23.5-ounce drink is equivalent to four regular-sized beers and two cups of coffee, according to the Four Loko website. While Four Loko is sold at Kum & Go and other local retailers in Des Moines, it has yet to become the alcohol of choice at Drake. When Evans asked one of his classes about the product, about half had never heard of it, and the other half laughed when he mentioned the name.
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>>MEETING IN BRIEF $765 – Collegiate DECA receives
$765.00 to attend New York Leadership Academy on Nov. 11-13, reversing Senate’s prior policy of refusing one-time funding for dues-collecting organizations
$1,050 – Coalition of Black Students
requests $1,050.00 to attend National Black Student Union Conference Funding Allocation and is sent back to SFAC for further discussion.
$1,011.50 – Drake Anime Club
receives $1,011.50 to attend the Anime Detour Convention on April 1-3, in Bloomington, Minn.
$675 – Following precedent set in
Collegiate DECA vote, Hillel receives $675.00 to attend the General Assembly Leadership Conference on Nov. 7-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Bertolone requests preservation of all electronic evidence
Iranian author Azar Nafisi presents the 25th Bucksbaum lecture
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Anthony Bertolone, a Drake University student charged with third-degree sexual abuse of another Drake student, won a partial victory Oct. 20 in Polk County District Court. The court granted a request by Bertolone’s defense lawyer, Alfredo Parrish, that the alleged victim be required to preserve electronic evidence of any communication between him and Bertolone from 2007 to present, according to court records. Bertolone’s Sept. 8 application to preserve all electronic evidence as referring to third-party service providers was denied. Phone service or Internet providers would not need
to hold all phone call records, voicemails, text messages, e-mails or any other evidence. Bertolone pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual abuse Sept. 13. The Drake senior is accused of assaulting a fraternity brother at the Sigma Chi house various times between September 2009 and July 2010, according to police reports. The victim had no recollection of the assaults and learned of it through pictures and videos he discovered on Bertolone’s computer, according to police. Bertolone’s membership in the fraternity has been revoked, but he is still attending classes at Drake. His trial is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 15.
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AUTHOR AZAR NAFISI gave the 25th Buckbaum Lecture last Wednesday.
Azar Nafisi, a best-selling author and professor gave the 25th Bucksbaum Lecture on the importance of the imagination and literature at the Knapp Center last Wednesday night. Nafisi is a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, where she is also director of the Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute. She is well-known for her book “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” which was on The New York Times best-seller list for over 117
weeks. During the speech, Nafisi made comments that drew laughs, applause, murmurs and gasps from the crowd. She asked many rhetorical questions, forcing audience members to examine themselves and their motives. “How many of us would risk going to hell, but doing the right thing?” Nafisi asked at the end of her lecture. Nafisi also encouraged the audience to “accept diversity and variety, so then we can enter into a critical dialogue,” to enable the discussion of the importance of knowledge and curiosity. “[The point that stuck with me the
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quote of the
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As a senior, one of my goals was to not have any regrets when looking back on the season. Now that it is all over, I can truly say I don’t. Having the privilege to be a captain, leader, starter and teammate to my team this season was an unforgettable experience.
—VARSITY SOCCER PLAYER BAILEY DORRINGTON SEE PAGE 6
SECURITY REPORTS intoxicated female who was singing. After several attempts to get the female to answer her door with no results, the room was entered and the female adult student was lying on her back singing away. She advised she had enough to drink to cause her to sing. She promised not to sing anymore or bother her neighbors.
ANIMAL CONTROL 7:40 p.m. Oct. 19
Security responded to 1245 34th St. based on report of a small nocturnal marsupial in their kitchen. When the officer arrived he found three females defending themselves from the mammal with dense fur, long snout, and hairless tail, using kitchen armaments including a broom. The creature later identified as a opossum was eating from a bag of apples and seemed very content but was not in the mood to be disturbed. The security officer was able to trap Mr. Opossum and called for animal control who released him in the neighbor’s backyard. Cheers could be heard from the damsels in distress.
1:26 a.m. Oct. 14 Security responded to Ross Residence Hall based on report of a hit-and-run accident. Two female students heard a loud crashing noise from their room in their residence hall. One of the students looked out her window and observed a small yellow vehicle being driven
5:26 a.m. Oct. 21 Security responded to Olin Hall based on a fire alarm and the fire department was notified. It was determined that someone had deliberately set the fire in the third floor women’s restroom. There were no injuries and there was extensive damage to the restroom. Fire investigators, police, and security are investigating the crime.
away at a fast rate of speed. The victim went out to her vehicle and found that it had been struck. A police report was filed. 2:33 a.m. Oct. 14 Security responded to the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall based on report of an
9:41 p.m. Oct. 23 Security responded to the Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall based on report of a broken window. A female student reported she was involved in horseplay and accidentally fell into the window. She sustained cuts to her hand and thumb. A friend transported her to a local hospital. 7:41 p.m. Oct. 24 Security responded to a Drake
parking lot located in the 2800 block of University Avenue based on report of an accident involving a vehicle and pedestrian. It was determined a female student had been struck by a vehicle being operated by a male student. The female student stated she had sprained her hand and was having a headache, but had not struck her head when she landed on the pavement. The victim refused any medical attention.
the machine is against their policy. The students were also informed of the severity of their shenanigans.
10:30 p.m. Oct. 24 It was determined that several males were stopped at 31st Street and University Avenue and it was also found out that one of them had been stabbed in the 3100 block of Cottage Grove Avenue. The subject was taken to a hospital and it is believed the stabbing occurred as the result of a domestic where someone else had been stabbed. No Drake individuals were involved.
12:48 p.m. Oct. 28 A female student reported her purse was stolen from Cowles Library when she left it unattended from 9:22 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the computer lab area on the second floor.
8:55 p.m. Oct. 25 Security responded to Ross Residence Hall based on a trouble alarm. It was determined two male students had a smoke machine that caused the trouble alarm. The machine was confiscated by residence hall staff as
4:58 p.m. Oct. 27 Security and police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 2800 block of University Avenue based on report of a minor motor vehicle accident. It was determined a female student and a female not associated with the university were involved in the accident.
5:09 p.m. Oct. 29 A security officer observed two males urinating on a wall at Ross Residence Hall. One of the two escaped. An underage -for-drinking male student remained. He was cooperative and allowed to return to his own residence hall. 7:58 p.m. Oct. 29 Security received a call from a resident assistant requesting assistance in dealing with alcohol violations. Nine
students were found in a room and the room contained a large amount of alcohol. The alcohol was emptied and the containers were tossed. 10:33 p.m. Oct. 30 Security responded to Drake West Village based on report of a female who was intoxicated and had no idea as to her whereabouts. She stated she was visiting from Missouri, was visiting friends at Drake and wanted to go back home to Oklahoma. It was determined she was an intoxicated underage-for -drinking female student with a fake Missouri Driver’s License that was confiscated. She was sent to her room in Crawford Residence Hall and residence hall staff was notified. 9:01 a.m. Nov. 1 A female staff member reported she received a phone call from a male who stated she was a suspect in a major law case and he wanted to verify the last four digits of her social security number. He would not say who he was or who he was with so she hung up. Security called the number and identified him and the caller hung up. It is believed the caller was attempting to steal identity.
SASA and MASA to host Diwali Night celebrating Indian culture by Ryan Price
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Walking into Olmsted Center this Saturday, don’t be frightened by bright lights and loud noises. This Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Parents Hall, the South Asian Student Association and Malaysian Students Association will be hosting Drake University’s first Diwali night. Joshan Sharmugam, president of the Malaysian Students Association is working in conjunction with members of the South Asian Student Association to preserve and show their culture to the rest of campus. “Diwali night is a festival that Indians celebrate,” Sharmugam explained. “It’s also known as the festival of lights.”
FROM FOUR LOKO, PAGE 1 In fact, that seems to be the general reaction to the product around most of the campus. When Tyler Gillmore, a sophomore, was asked about Four Loko, “it’s bad,” was his description. He added that people mostly stick with jungle juice and beer around Drake. To him, things like Four Loko are expensive and
Lamps will be spread over the tables and members of the organizations will enter with lights to celebrate the festival. “We’re not only trying to find the cultural gap that explains us, but we’re trying to share that with the rest of campus,” said Peter Peter, vice president of the South Asian Student Association. Royce Cyriac serves as the president of the South Asian Student Association. He started planning this event after seeing successful events on the University of Iowa’s campus last year. “It’s a big part of Indian culture,” Cyriac said. “We talked to some teachers who are Indian and they’re really happy that we’re putting this on here.” Those in charge of the event are trying to create a genuine cultural experience for Drake students. There will be two Dandiya Raas teams
dangerous. Evans believes that alcohol has gone to the extreme on college campuses today. He believes there is no good reason to make a drink so potent, and mix it with caffeine on top of that. “Let’s just teach our kids it is OK to kill ourselves,” he said. “Why would we want to do this?”
performing traditional Indian folk dances. One team is coming in from Iowa State University and the other team is new to Drake and will be performing its debut on Saturday night. There will also be a fusion team, “mixing Western music with Bollywood,” Cyriac explained. The DJ will come to the stage at 10:30 p.m. and be, “dropping the hottest Bollywood beats,” Cyriac said. Besides food, fun and dance, planners of the event are excited to celebrate such an important festival with their friends at Drake. “A lot of the students here want to stick to what they’re used to,” Peter said. “We’re trying to open campus, not make it so divided and closed. We’re trying to make it fun.” The festival will be taking place at Drake at the same time it does in India. “Knowing that, it’s just reiterating the fact
FROM SENATE, PAGE 1 for religious organizations. After more than half the senators voiced their opinion, several through anecdotes starring cherry tomatoes, VP Spears attempted to reign in the conversation. “I think we have kind of left a little bit of what we’re talking about here, which is this motion,” he said. “We need to focus our attention on this motion and whether or not we agree with it or disagree with it. The last words on the subject came from Sen. Kayleigh Koester. “I think we have perhaps issues with the way that it [the event] is funded, but I don’t think, for the most part, we have contested its importance,” she said. “So I think it’s important we vote for it now so that it happens, but I also think it’s important that the representative walk away from this meeting having understood that we had serious, serious
that we share the same culture,” Cyriac said. “It’s good to know that there’s someone like us on the other side of the world, doing the exact same thing.” Most rewarding for students is that the funds raised from the program will go to help underprivileged students in India. “We’re raising the money for Shanti Bhavan, a school in India where kids in poverty are given an education, a place to stay and clothes,” Peter said. Last year the South Asian Student Association raised $1000 in another program raising money for the school. “It’s crazy because $1,000 makes a big difference there,” Peter explained. “One dollar is 44 rupees.” Tickets are on sale this week in Olmsted during lunch hours for $3 and at the door Saturday night for $5.
issues with it and that they need to address that before next year.” The vote resulted in 15 ayes, six nays, and two abstains. It was enough to approve the allocation, but also illustrated a very real divide in senators’ views on the issue. Less controversial happenings included the approval of Dance Marathon as an official campus organization, and a vote to approve $1,011.50 to cover transportation and lodging costs to send the Drake Anime Club to the Anime Detour Convention in Bloomington, Minn. Also, after its two representatives waited more than two hours to speak, Hillel was given $675 to cover transportation costs for attending the 2010 Hillel General Assembly Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La. The unanimous vote illustrated the first application of the reversed precedent in funding allocations, as Hillel does collect dues from some of its members.
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10 ways to get through winter After receiving the e-mail from Drake on Monday, it made me so depressed about the upcoming winter season that I figured everyone else felt the same, too. Hopefully, the list reminds you that there are ways you can enjoy the freezing temperatures. Bundle up, folks!
Stock up on hot chocolate: One of the worst feelings in the world is being cold. Hot chocolate provides an instant cure.
Blankets: I love blankets even in the summer, so when winter rolls around I always make sure I have more than a couple at an arm’s length. Remember to put one in your car to make your parents happy, too.
Holiday movies: What better way to procrastinate than curl up with a blanket, drink hot chocolate and watch a good movie?
Buy a mini Christmas tree: Christmas lights aren’t allowed in the residence halls, so get in the holiday spirit by having your very own tree.
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Student response to Vasilogambros column In the Oct. 25 issue of The Times-Delphic, Matt Vasilogambros authored a column about the trip he and friends are planning to Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Vasilogambros’ article eloquently expressed his opinion of current American politics, namely addressing the “hate-filled rhetoric that clouds our country’s political discourse” and the disappointing manner in which our politicians have succumbed to it. But Vasilogambros’ article falls short in one way: it points the finger at politicians, pundits and parties without also recognizing the failures of democracy’s inherent source—the people. Vasilogrambros states that, “we should be able to trust our politicians to make the best decisions collectively for all Americans.” I agree—we should be able to do that; in an ideal society, we could. But the reality is much different.
Before we point fingers, consider the failings of the American people as engaged, informed and active citizens.
Democracy recognizes that ideals and humans fail. That is why it places ultimate sovereignty in the people. Americans may be “upset and rightfully so,” but the fault is at least partially our own. On Oct. 12 and 13, Olmsted was an early voting site. The polls were open for 12 hours. During those 12 hours, only 169 of Drake’s approximately 5,500 students voted. Before we point fingers, consider the failings of the American people as engaged, informed and active citizens. Nov. 2 was Election Day. Drake Students could vote at First Christian Church on the corner of University & 25th. We are citizens of a democracy. If you want change, we, the people, have the power, the right and the responsibility to demand it. – KAYLEIGH KOESTER
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Start a spring countdown: The best way of getting over your winter blues is to make a countdown until March 20, the start of spring. Trust me, 138 days seems a lot closer than four months.
Plan a trip: Whether it’s over spring or winter break, take a short vacation somewhere warm. Just a little reminder that warm weather will come to Iowa again.
Go ice skating: I am probably the worst ice skater and I still have a blast. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the cold.
Buy snow pants: Snow angels, sledding and all those fun activities you did when you were younger are just as fun when you’re older. But you don’t want to get your clothes all wet, so buy some cheap snow pants.
Snowball fights: Although you may not like snow, you might as well make the best of a bad situation. Learn how to have a snowball fight at: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WqYu-Q-tHG4. REBECCA MATALONI | COLUMNIST
Bake holiday cookies: If you’re anything like me and you just can’t wait to get home to eat all the holiday food, especially cookies—make some!
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A taste of the Shore at Drake University
ver the course of the past 10 months, I have often found myself in the awkward situation of explaining to someone whether I am a “Guido.” If asked at a party, I would emphatically start fist pumping and unbutton a button or two on my shirt while replying in an East Coast accent. If responding to someone in a class setting, I would tone it down a little bit, but reply with the same general idea. I have come to realize over the course of MTV’s airing of “Jersey Shore” that being Italian American is not something one accepts as nature. It is a choice, just like most cultural aspects of someone’s life. But what does being a “Guido” or “Guidette” mean? I’m going to preface any further discussion of the concept of a “Guido” with these interesting tidbits. The first time I heard the term Guido was learning the Italian verb conjugations at the age of 5. The verb guidare means “to drive,” as in a car, and guido is the first-person, singular conjugation, meaning “I drive.” The second time I heard the word was upon meeting my Italian cousin Claudia’s now-husband: Guido. I was dumbfounded. Not that his name was what “Jersey Shore” cast-members refer to themselves as, but rather that his name was a word. To this day, I will always remember him excitedly stating “Guido Guido!” whenever we headed out to eat. When I became familiar with “Guido” as a derogatory term, I did not immediately understand its derivation and why people used it. I was not familiar whatsoever with the culture dominant in Italian-American hotspots in cities like New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia. I had not yet identified ItalianAmerican as a culture different from my own. Growing up in suburban Minnesota, I felt and presumably seemed like any other boy/socially awkward adolescent. Aside from a trip to Italy every three years to visit family, I exhibited many cultural properties considered normal for my social situation. Pond hockey, lake houses and the Minnesota State Fair became staples of my cultural framework. Sure, I was aware of nationally renowned aspects of Italian-American culture such as the film “The Godfather,” and the general public’s infatuation with restaurants like “Olive Garden.” But these things weren’t part of my daily life. I hadn’t seen “The Godfather” until college, and the first time I dined at the aforementioned restaurant was not until well into high school. My father, who was born and raised in Italy for 35 years, is my Italian culture, and nearly everything I have gained culturally from my Italian heritage has been through him. The Italian part of me has been very Italian-influenced, and the American part of me was kept separate from that. Enter Pauly D, The Situation, Snooki and GTL. I hadn’t pre-
viously watched MTV since they stopped playing music videos, and so when “Jersey Shore” began airing, I was originally oblivious. After many coaxes by friends for my opinion or a comment on the show, I began to do my own research (I watch it, don’t judge). While I can’t recount every hook-up, dysfunction or major plot twist, I have garnered enough to understand that the show is just another product of American pop-culture doing what it does best: showing off people who are different (and entertaining). I accept that my own unique sense of Italian-Americanism is different in its own right. While I don’t agree with the portrayal of all Italian Americans as the way they are portrayed on the show, I think the show gives a quite entertaining glimpse into the lifestyle and essence of an easily identifiable subgroup of ItalianAmericans. Of course, there are people that shared my original view of the show. Many reputable Italian American cultural organizations have tried unsuccessfully to stop the show from airing. They claimed that it bashed Italian American culture, giving it a bad rap and stamping stereotypes on all other Italian Americans. From my point of view, this was unavoidable, yet unnecessary. The show was and is rampantly popular, and the cast members of the show actively support the way they are being portrayed. In my mind, they have the right to identify with any type of lifestyle and culture they choose to identify with. I’d like to believe I have that same right, just like everyone else. So what if I have to explain to someone that I’m not exactly a “Guido” in the truest sense? Just because they claim Italian heritage doesn’t mean they are defining Italian-American culture. Does it? How else would we know when “T-Shirt Time” is?
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Eastwood gone soft? by Esther Burgeson
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Clint Eastwood was once the first choice lead male for Hollywood “shoot ‘em up” movies. He still lives on in our minds as the scowling cowboy in “Unforgiven,” and the lawless, tough cop from “Dirty Harry.” These movies have rightfully maintained their identities as classic action movies. For younger generations, Eastwood has made more of an impact as a director than as an actor. His smooth transition into the directing world has been marked by genius contributions like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Gran Torino.”
Eastwood makes directing look easy. He has churned out award-winning hit after hit. The Academy Awards have handed him nominations for his films “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Mystic River.” At a graceful 80 years old, Eastwood had never looked better. Until now. His new movie “Hereafter” hit theaters Oct. 22. Since then it has left whispers among fans that the brilliant director has gone soft. “Hereafter” is unimpressive, and it has left viewers with a collective “eh.” While the film was less than inspiring, hopefully Eastwood fans can shrug it off and leave their faith strong in his directing future. The new movie follows the lives of three in-
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CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS combine to read and feed while participating in Everybody Wins! Iowa’s Power Lunch Week.
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What do the children at St. Theresa’s like best about Power Lunch? It’s fun, hardly noisy and they have grown-ups to help. Not to mention the free books they get to take home with them to celebrate Power Lunch Week. Power Lunch Week was sponsored by Everybody Wins! Iowa, a program designed to aid children in reading and help raise overall literacy rates. About 160,000 Iowans are considered illiterate today. The celebration was from Oct. 25 to Oct. 29. Everybody Wins! Iowa handed out 2,000 books for kids to keep and thanked the 400 volunteers for their support. They visited five different Des Moines schools, including St. Theresa’s School and Windsor Elementary. At St. Theresa’s School, the kids wiggled in their seats as Whitney Longnecker with Everybody Wins! Iowa spoke to the volunteers for a few minutes. Their eyes were focused on the collection of books on the table as they waited for the small speech to end. They tried to leap from their seats when the speech ended and had to be reminded to calmly walk to the table in an orderly fashion. They crowded around the table, analyzed each book and showed the ones they picked to their mentors. Originally, the kids were supposed to take only three books, but Whitney told them to take as many as they want from the remaining books. Many of the kids don’t have a lot of books to read at home, and they were very excited to be able to own new books. After the table was nearly bare, the kids took their new books back to their tables with their
mentors to finish lunch and read together. Windsor Elementary has a total of 60 children involved in the Everybody Wins! Iowa program. The process was more organized at Windsor Elementary because there were more kids present. Kids could take four books home with them after they finished their lunches. With their mentors by their sides, they searched vigorously through the many boxes filled with picture books and chapter books. When the kids had the four books they wanted, they returned to their tables to read and talk with their mentors. Some mentors read to the kids, but a few of the older kids read to their mentors. Melissa Ikeljic was one who read to her mentor. Melissa is a fifth-grader at Windsor Elementary. She has participated in the Power Lunch program for two years now, and although she can read very well, she still chooses to attend Power Lunch. “It’s fun and I like to learn,” she said. Carylann Mucha volunteers for Power Lunch at Windsor Elementary. She’s assisted her child for about a month now and is learning a lot about the girl she’s been paired with. Colton Davis, a Drake student, volunteers with the Power Lunch program. He began mentoring because he really likes kids and he wanted to be a good mentor. “You can really teach them a lot about goals and aspirations,” he said, “It gives them opportunity to grow and expand and learn from someone with a different background.” He also said he could be a friend to them. The kids aren’t the only people benefiting Power Lunch. Colton feels he benefits from the program too by mentoring a child. “These kids have just as much on me as I do on them,” he said.
dividuals who are impacted by death in different ways. Slowly their lives are brought together so they can be forever changed. Matt Damon plays George Lonegan, a bluecollar American who once had a successful business “connecting” to peoples’ dead loved ones. But tortured by a life consumed with death, he gives it up cold turkey. Damon has a knack for playing a relatable average Joe, but this role offers a bit of diversity, too. Damon demonstrates his acting talent as a frustrated man dealing with poignant visions of the afterlife. But don’t pull out your wallet just yet. Despite Damon’s perfected looks of anguish, this role probably won’t bring him any Oscar nomi-
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nations like his brilliant performance in “Invictus.” Cécile De France plays a famous TV anchor, Marie LeLay. LeLay is haunted by a neardeath experience. She remains cold and distant throughout the movie as she questions whether her visions are proof of an afterlife or insanity. Marcus is a young boy in London coping with the death of his only friend in the world, his twin brother Jason (Frankie and George McLaren). He searches for psychic after psychic, hoping to reconnect with his brother in the afterlife. Writer Peter Morgan, like Eastwood, has had an admirable career with scripts for Oscarfavorites “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon.” His three characters suffer depressing losses and debate complexities about death. Morgan thoroughly develops the characters with intricate details. But the two hours of character development is boring and neglects from the progress of any tangible plot. The movie does offer a couple of very memorable scenes. Eastwood has proven his expertise in cinematography with high-contrast images and edgy alignment that attract the eyes. Eastwood’s bright, stunning landscapes integrated with dark, “Law & Order: SVU” reminiscent scenes will give your pupils a workout. The two or three beautiful scenes leave the rest monotonous in comparison. The beginning images of a vicious tsunami dazzle and show off Eastwood’s impressive use of computer-generated imagery. Later, a sensual meeting between Damon and his love interest is possibly the most sexually tense scene of all time. If you can’t wait to rent it, consider keeping a cold drink in your lap for this scene. A movie about death and the afterlife would normally leave you in suspense and anticipation. But “Hereafter” only offers a couple of scenes of excitement. The rest is admittedly dull. Eastwood’s portrayal of heaven is boring, both in imagery and explanation. Was he playing it safe? The skilled directing tycoon is at the perfect point in his career to take risks. Instead, he offers blurry, overexposed images with little explanation. After “Invictus,” it seemed like Eastwood and Damon had made an unstoppable duo. Fans were excited for the iconic figure and the Hollywood star to release their new EastwoodDamon installment. But “Hereafter” may prove to be an obstacle for the Hollywood power pair. Unfortunately it looks like “Hereafter” will quickly find out what awaits film-flops in the hereafter. At least we have other Eastwood classics on our DVD shelves to hold us over until he redeems himself for this disappointment. If you’re interests include questioning the afterlife, “Hereafter” isn’t the film for you. Go explore some other religious options because it doesn’t look like Eastwood’s film will be gaining many followers.
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Last East Village Sunday Bazaar by Laura Sigal
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Every Sunday from Sept. 12 until Oct. 31, East Fifth Street in the East Village area of Downtown Des Moines was closed off to host the East Village Bazaar. â€œIâ€™m downtown all the time, and I love being in East Village, and there is nothing that is going on, on a Sunday,â€? said Amy Hassebrock, the creative mastermind behind the East Village Bazaar. She described the bazaar as a way to bring life to the community on Sunday and to give sophisticated, stylish people something to do. Hassebrock owns a womenâ€™s boutique in East Village, called Aimee. The idea to have a bazaar came to her a while back. She explained that many other larger cities, like Chicago, have similar Sunday bazaars, so she figured the East Village area should also have one. In order to make sure things didnâ€™t get too out of hand, Hassebrock and her husband took care of most of the planning for the fair. She described it as a fun second job. Hassebrock was very careful to call it a bazaar and not a market. She believes that the word market is over-processed and that the East Village Bazaar is very different from the Farmersâ€™ Market and Market Day. The bazaar hosted a variety of different vendors, including vintage clothing and furniture, beer, wine tasting and various food vendors. Many came from the Des Moines area but some came from as far as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Also, a local, live band played weekly. Vendorsâ€™ booths ranged from simple card tables, to tents with many tables of goods. This past week at the bazaar, friends Reina Wirtjes, Elena Flores and Maria Sanchez hosted a booth. The trio was at the bazaar almost every other week with different friends and different goods. This was Wirtjesâ€™s first week at the bazaar, and she was selling homemade jewelry. Flores is a tailor who does costume design, but she decided that she wanted to make her own things. She gathers her supplies from wholesale fabric stores and other various places. Sanchez heard of the bazaar from the local
paper and decided to put in an application for a booth. Each week she bakes a variety of goods that go with the season. Sanchez has been baking since she was a child. Although she has no formal culinary schooling, this wasnâ€™t her first time preparing food for others. Her first experience cooking in bulk was when she interned for a theater troupe and did the cooking for them. All of Sanchezâ€™s treats are vegan because she started to bake vegan dishes for a lot of her friends. She finds many recipes in cookbooks and alters them to make them her own. Wanda Hornsby also hosts a booth at the bazaar. Hornsby described her booth as â€œrepurposed and recycled jewelry and fabrications made into new accessories.â€? Hornsby also sells her items in local stores and at the Farmersâ€™ Market. Wanda has been at the bazaar almost every week, and she enjoyed getting to know the other vendors. The bazaar had a different local band play live every week. It kicked off with the band Decoy and wrapped up this past week with the band Old School. East Village Bazaar was a great benefit to local businesses such as the Village Bean Co., located on East Fifth Street. Adam Fanning, a Drake University graduate student, was going out to breakfast in the area when he saw the bazaar and decided to stop by. â€œItâ€™s awesome, itâ€™s bizarre is what it is,â€? he said with a chuckle. Fanning enjoyed the extremely cheap prices of the items and even made a purchase from a vendor called the Rusty Pumpkin. Next yearâ€™s bazaar has been approved by the city, and planning has already begun. This yearâ€™s bazaar was on one block of East Village and hosted 54 booths. However, due to the popularity, next year a whole block will be added and there will be at least 100 booths. The bazaar will also run longer, due to requests from many vendors and the public. Next yearâ€™s bazaar is set to start Labor Day weekend. Planning for next yearâ€™s musicians and vendors has already begun and Hassebrock is looking for anyone interested. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donâ€™t wait though; they had to turn down many people this year because of the bazaarâ€™s popularity.
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Wild Rose Independent Film Festival takes DSM by Kensie Smith
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The camera lights flash down the red carpet. Star-spotting microphones surrounded the swanky theater. Itâ€™s the big nightâ€”the premiere. Des Moines is not Los Angeles, but this weekend the city will play host to the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival. The festival, in its eighth year, will be held at the eclectic Fleur Cinema and CafĂŠ. New to the festival this year will be a showcase of non-competing shows filmed in Iowa. Psychology students may recognize the plot of the Iowa-shot film, â€œThe Experiment.â€? The film, featuring actors Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker, follows the line of 26 men in the infamous Stanford Experiment as they fall into the pretend roles of prisoners and guards. Instead of paying $10 for a single movie that may be a disappointment, Wild Rose tickets vary from $20 on Friday (for 11 short films and one feature), to $40 on Saturday (for three short films, two features, one documentary, filmmakers panel, keynote speech and the final awards
ceremony). Festivalgoers may also choose to catch an individual screening block, featuring multiple short films, for approximately $7. Additionally, beverages and snacks will be sold throughout the festival. There will also be an after party each night at locations not yet announced. Students interested in film will want to check out the â€œCollege Student Shortâ€? category, featuring four different films on Thursday at 5 p.m. Sophomore Andie Nelson has a past in theater and a strong interest in films. â€œIt would be interesting to go see since itâ€™s not publicized, big-name productions,â€? Nelson said. â€œI could see some Drake students doing something like this in the future.â€? Other highlights will include the intertwining storylines of the documentary, â€œA Million Spokes.â€? The film, by Iowa-centered producer Ken Gorrell, follows the 2009 Registerâ€™s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) and the story behind one of the oldest bike tours in the world. The recent review in the festivalâ€™s press release gave the film critical acclaim. â€œThis is a terrific â€˜must seeâ€™ film â€“ not just for avid cyclists â€“ but also for anyone who wants an
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inspiring, funny and deeply touching insiderâ€™s view of one of the top global bicycle touring events!â€? Emerging actors will have the opportunity to take a class with soap opera star, Ellen Dolan. The actress played the â€œAs the World Turnsâ€? character â€œMargoâ€? for over 20 years and will host an acting workshop, â€œWorking in the Momentâ€? on Saturday at 9 a.m. Cost for the class will be $45 at the door. The festival is hosted annually by AriesWorks Entertainment, a local company that offers creative classes, film production and theater training. Former professional actress and current casting director Kimberly Busbee heads AriesWorks. She is also the main instructor for voice, comedy, improv, audition, screen and stage acting classes. â€œAs a filmmaker myself, I have a great admiration for the creativity and hard work behind independent films,â€? Busbee said. â€œMy associate at the time, James Serpento, and I were cofounders of the Vaudeville Mews here in Des Moines, which served as a multi-arts space for theater, music, dance and film. We saw a need for independent filmmakers to have an inter-
national festival grown in an unexpected place that celebrates work that is unique, diverse and compelling.â€? The festival is in good hands as Busbee has the professional experience and business sense to make the event go off each year with a bang. She has directed 14 of the production companyâ€™s plays, six films and helped to start up downtown music venue and bar, Vaudeville Mews. Filmgoers may have also caught her appearing in â€œThe Blues Brothers,â€? 250 commercials as well as numerous radio and television shows. Sheâ€™s excited about the potential success of some of the films showing this weekend. â€œThis year we have Ben-Hur Sepehrâ€™s very moving film about Nazi Germany â€˜The Desperate,â€™ that just won top awards at two Los Angeles fests and is being considered by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture,â€? Busbee said. Harry Potter doesnâ€™t premiere until Nov. 19. Until then, get inspired by a unique set of films. Fall in love with new characters, laugh out loud, shed a few tears and catch the best of the best independent films premiering right here in Des Moines.
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The ‘rabid’ Bulldogs have been raging in the past few weeks of the season. Following three straight victories, Drake has improved its record to 6-3 and 5-1 in the Pioneer Football League. Drake is ranked second in the PFL, trailing Dayton and Jacksonville, who are tied for first place with a PFL record of 6-0. This Saturday, Drake will travel to Dayton, Ohio, to take on the Dayton Flyers, who are 8-1 on the season and one of the teams the Bulldogs need to beat to stay in contention. Drake dropped a 39-34 decision at Jacksonville earlier this season, so a win over the Flyers is crucial to keeping its PFL title hopes alive. “We’re really excited, and we’re playing well,” Head Coach Chris Creighton said. “We’re playing for a championship. It’s fun to be in the championship hunt in November.” The Bulldogs have earned wins over Campbell, Davidson and San Diego in its past three outings. Last Saturday Drake defeated San Diego 38-17. Similar to other victories, the win against
San Diego can be largely attributed to the defense. The Bulldogs forced a season-high five turnovers, and fifth-year senior linebacker Ben Morrison returned a 95-yard interception for a touchdown. Morrison’s touchdown was the fourth longest interception return in school history and the fourth pick-six this season. “The strength of our defense is the defensive line,” senior cornerback Mike Lahart said. “They’ve been able to control the line of scrimmage and just make the jobs of everyone else a lot easier.” Several defensive players have been recognized this season for their outstanding performances. Following Drake’s victory over Valparaiso in week four, senior defensive end Dain Taylor received an honorable mention as the College Football Performance Award Division I Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Lineman of the Week. Also that week, junior nose guard David Witkiewicz was named the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, thanks to his 13-yard interception return for a touchdown. Recognition of Drake’s defense continued this week when Morrison was named Pioneer Football League Co-defensive Player of the
“I am proud of our girls and all they accomplished this season. From the first day of preseason we refused to let this season serve as a rebuilding year after graduating seven starters, and while today’s result stings, our players should hold their heads high.” -Drake women’s soccer head coach Lindsey Horner, after her team’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Evansville in the quarterfinals of the MVC tournament last Sunday.
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JUNIOR QUARTERBACK MIKE PIATKOWSKI tossed for two touchdowns in the team’s 38-17 win over San Diego last Saturday, and added another on the ground.
Week. Other team leaders include Lahart, with five solo tackles against San Diego, a returned interception for a 40-yard touchdown in a win over Davidson, and a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ homecoming victory over Marist. Junior quarterback Mike Piatkowski has passed for a total of 1690 yards and 14 touchdowns, and senior running back Pat Cashmore has 342 yards and six touchdowns
on 72 carries. “We need to continue to get better each week, and go back and fix and minimize mistakes and keep playing hard,” Lahart said. “When the defense helps the offense and the offense helps the defense, that’s when we’re able to play our best.” The Bulldogs’ season will come to a close on Nov. 13, when it hosts Butler.
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The season came to an abrupt end for the Bulldogs last Sunday, as they were upset by Evansville 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Drake gave up an early second-half goal to Breanna Beine in the 49th minute, which proved to be the difference down the stretch. Beine received a softly placed through-ball in the left flank and then calmly placed her shot to the left of freshman goalkeeper Kalena Litch. With the way the Bulldogs had performed this year, boasting one of the best freshman classes in the conference and one of the more solid defensive lines, it was expected that Drake contend for the MVC championship. “Since we are such a young squad, the early tournament exit was very disappointing because I feel they (freshmen) didn’t get to see what go-
ing to the conference tournament in Omaha truly means,” said senior Bailey Dorrington. As the fourth seed in the tournament, the Bulldogs faced the fifth seed Purple Aces who, unlike Drake, did not own a winning record. However, the Bulldogs were never able to control the game once they fell behind. Despite outshooting Evansville 17-6, most of the shots by Drake were isolated, long-range strikes. The loss brought Drake’s ledger to 10-6-3 and improved Evansville’s record to 6-11-1. “The way regular-season conference games ended, it seemed almost all the teams in the conference were pretty close in comparison and any game could go either way,” Dorrington said. The best chance for Drake occurred in the 72nd minute, when a cross from the right side sailed over Evansville goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison and sophomore Tara Zika was not able to push the ball in, as she slid close to the goal line. “Evansville converted on its best chance, while we created numerous opportunities that
made for a very entertaining second half, but left us wondering ‘if only,’” Head Coach Lindsey Horner said. Throughout the first half, both teams were evenly matched. The game featured a lot of long clearances and choppy play, as the Bulldogs outshot the Purple Aces 5-4 in the half but failed to take over the game. Pacing the offense were Zika and freshmen Megan Fisher and Generve Charles, who led the team with three shots each. As for the defense, Litch recorded two saves. “I am proud of our girls and all they accomplished this season,” Horner said. “From the first day of preseason we refused to let this season serve as a rebuilding year after graduating seven starters, and while today’s result stings, our players should hold their heads high.” Having such a young squad never held back a tough Bulldog squad which relied on defense and timely scoring to squeeze out favorable results. Fisher, Charles and Litch have all been standout freshmen for Drake this season.
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Drake heads into its final game of the regular season riding a 2-1 overtime victory over Central Arkansas last Saturday on senior night. Senior Evan Harrison’s goal 26 seconds into double overtime was the difference. Drake sits in fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference, boasting a 7-7-2 overall record and 3-2-1 in league play. Two weeks ago, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision at Southern Illinois Edwardsville. “We haven’t gotten in a groove with wins because I think our conference is fairly even and each game could easily go either way,” junior Thomas Ostrander said. “Last year, there were teams that were clearly better than others, making it easier to put together a string of wins.” After the road loss to SIUE, the Bulldogs sent its seniors off with a win in their final game at Cownie Soccer Complex. Harrison’s game-winning goal developed from a long punt by redshirt junior keeper Jordan Kadlec. The ball then found senior Hunter Kennedy, who crossed it to Harrison to assist on the header in the 100th minute. “It appears we don’t really like to do things the easy way, as our three wins in the conference have been come-from-behind against Evansville, Bradley and now Central Arkansas,” Head Coach Sean Holmes said in a Drake athletics press release. Seniors Harrison, Nick Foster, Matt Kuhn, Tom Spiess and Kenan Malicevic were honored in the pregame. The Bears struck the scoring column first in the sixth minute off a corner kick. That held until the 74th minute when redshirt junior Charles Schwartz banged home a free kick to tie it. The Bulldogs look toward the State Farm MVC Championship next Wednesday, after they wrap up the regular season at Eastern Illinois this Saturday. The team will need to win the tournament to advance to its third straight NCAA tournament. “We are focusing on the [MVC] tournament now because we have made it in, and if we want to continue to play into late November, we have
This was the last match for seniors Dorrington and Katie Anderson, two leaders who will be missed in the Bulldog locker room. “Katie Anderson and Bailey Dorrington played their hearts out, and can end their career knowing they helped to lead a very young team through a season filled with challenges, injuries, laughs, tears and memorable moments, and we are grateful for their contribution to our program,” Horner said. The Bulldogs can certainly be proud of everything they accomplished this season. From registering nine shutouts, to having five freshmen log the majority of minutes, to beating ranked opponents, Drake has to be excited about next year. “As a senior, one of my goals was to not have any regrets when looking back on the season,” Dorrington said. “Now that it is all over, I can truly say I don’t. Having the privilege to be a captain, leader, starter and teammate to my team this season was an unforgettable experience.”
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Senior Ballivian notches first fall title in season finale by Dominic Johnson
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SENIOR MAURICIO BALLIVIAN stretches for a back hand shot. Ballivian soared to the “A” flight title last Sunday at the Louisville Winter Invitational.
The Drake men’s tennis team has sent a message this fall: When you come to play the Bulldogs, don’t underestimate them. This past weekend, the Bulldogs followed up an amazing showing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional by capturing two titles at the Louisville Winter Invitational last Sunday. Senior Mauricio Ballivian played his best tennis of the fall season to capture the title of the tournament’s top flight. Sophomore Jean Erasmus, coming off a career performance at the ITA Central Regional, captured the consolation title of the same flight. Ballivian, the Missouri Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year last spring, entered this past tournament with no titles in the fall season. “[Mauricio] really wanted to win an individual event this fall and it’s nice to see him able to come through in our last event of the fall season,” Drake Head Coach Evan Austin said. In the first match of the tournament, Ballivian won in a three-set thriller against Joe Salisbury of Memphis by a score of 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. In the next round, he dominated an opponent from Middle Tennessee State, the team that former Drake Head Coach Jimmy Borendame now coaches for. “He continued to pick up his level throughout the tournament,” Austin said of Ballivian’s performance.
Ballivian went on to defeat Maks Gold of Kentucky in the semifinal match, also in three sets, before facing off against another Memphis opponent, Johnny Ferrer, in the final. Ballivian routed the Memphis freshman in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 7-5, improving his record to 3-0 against Memphis players in the last year. “This tournament was where I put forward my best tennis of this fall season,” Ballivian said. “After winning the first close match, I had the feeling of ‘this is my tournament.’” Also on Sunday, Erasmus collected the consolation title, with a routine victory over Louisville’s Arren Carter, 6-3, 6-3. After suffering a loss on the first day of competition to David O’Hare of Memphis, Erasmus regained his composure and won three straight matches to take consolation honors, including a straight-set victory over Memphis’ Salisbury. Austin admitted that Erasmus and the squad may not have played their best tennis the first day of competition, but believed his squad improved each day. “We are doing a great job competing hard as a team, and I think we’ve picked up our level of play with each event so far,” Austin said. Ballivian and Erasmus weren’t the only Bulldogs to post solid results. Junior Jonathan Hadash reached the final of the “B” Flight after winning three consecutive matches, including two in straight sets. Hadash pulled out of the final due to injury. Freshman Robin Goodman had three wins compared to only one loss in the tournament, with all of his wins coming in
straight sets. Sophomore Ryan Drake was 2-1 for the weekend while his doubles partner, Mark Fouad, was 2-2. The Bulldogs also posted solid results in doubles, with the tandem of Ballivian and Hadash leading the charge. The two upperclassmen tallied three wins to reach the doubles final, but faltered in a tiebreaker, losing the match 9-8. The teams of Goodman and Erasmus, and Drake and Fouad posted at least two wins each in doubles play. This marked the last tournament for the Bulldogs this year, and they will return to action on Jan. 21, 2011, for the State Farm MVC Individuals tournament at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The team believes they will be able to carry the momentum from this fall throughout the winter and emerge as a dominant force in the MVC, thanks in part to the guidance of first-year coach Austin. “I trust Coach Austin’s understanding of our team and trust him as a coach and mentor,” Erasmus said. “He makes you want to be the best you can be every second on the court.” Each member of the Bulldog squad showed great approval for Austin’s coaching, yet the coach himself believes that the success of the team is not on his shoulders, but the players. “I think we have the makings of a very good team and should be solid throughout our lineup,” he said. “The success of our team will depend on how well the guys come together and compete in the spring season.”
Drake to determine own MVC tournament fate by Matt Moran
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With five matches left in the regular season, Drake controls its own destiny. The top six teams in the Missouri Valley Conference advance to the State Farm MVC Championship, and the Bulldogs (21-7, 6-7) are holding onto fifth place. “That’s the goal right now; to make the MVC
tournament and go further than last year,” Drake Head Coach Phil McDaniel said. “We certainly have some tough games ahead.” Last year, the Bulldogs earned their first-ever MVC tournament berth as the fourth seed, but were eliminated at the hands of a first-round sweep by Creighton. This season, Drake got off to the best start in school history. On the backs of 10 juniors and seniors, the Bulldogs stormed to a 14-0 start. “Having six seniors and an upperclassmen-
heavy team, the work ethic is passed down to the younger players,” McDaniel said. Senior Angela Bys has led the way, collecting team highs in kills, service aces and solo blocks. Her 356 kills is good for fourth in the Valley. Senior libero Alana Wittenburg leads the conference with 626 digs. Since the start of conference play, the Bulldogs have struggled to maintain their early season form. The team has seesawed through its schedule, but it has never been outmatched. In a
sport which decides matches in best of five sets, Drake has played the minimum three sets just twice against Valley opponents. The season’s 14-0 start is symbolic of Drake’s climb out of obscurity. The team experienced its first-ever winning season and MVC tournament in 2009, and now the stage is set for an even better finish in 2010. “The program has a come a long way,” McDaniel said. “The biggest piece was getting the girls to believe in themselves.”
THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010 | PAGE 8
Drake blanks Upper Iowa in exhibition opener by Eduardo Zamarripa
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Led by senior Kristin Turk and sharpshooting freshman Carly Grenfell, the Bulldogs routed Upper Iowa 80-52 in their first exhibition game of the season on Monday. Nearly 1,500 fans attended the Bulldogs’ first test of the season. Drake did not disappoint, as it unveiled its new freshmen and “speedy” offense. However, it was Upper Iowa who jumped out to an early lead with a three-pointer and a couple of nice entry feeds to the post, taking a 10-5 advantage. Shortly after, the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run, sparked by a couple of finishes down low from freshman Morgan Reid, to take the lead for good and never look back. Drake relied on its defense on the wings, as it recorded 18 steals, to set up easy fast break opportunities to take control of the game. In the half-court offense, the Bulldogs were able to counter the Peacocks’ stingy inside defense with mid-range jumpers and crisp ball movement. Upper Iowa is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and finished 2-25 last season. This served as a tune-up for the Bulldogs, whose season opener is against UMKC on Nov. 12 at the Knapp Center. “We got the chance to get out all the jitters and the nerves,” said sophomore forward Stephanie Running. “We’re a young team and it was nice to finally go out there and play together.” The story of the day was the performance of Drake’s scintillating freshmen. Alongside Turk, juniors Rachael Hackbarth and Amber Wollschlager, the Bulldogs’ starting line-up featured freshmen Reid and Grenfell. “Our underclassmen will play a huge role on the team this year,” Turk said. “It was good for them to get some experience before going into the nonconference season, and I was really impressed with their performances.” Grenfell got the start in place of sophomore
Kayla Person, who suffered a minor injury last Saturday and made the most of her opportunity. Grenfell went 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range, as she cruised to a team-leading 19 points in the contest. “It’s really great that she got her first game at the Knapp Center,” Running said. “She’s a freshman point guard, which is one of the toughest positions, and it will give her confidence moving forward.” The Nebraska native was not the only firstyear player who impressed. Reid scored all of her nine points in the first half and also finished with three rebounds. Freshman Angela Christianson had an all-around debut, recording 10 points, three rebounds and tying for a teamhigh four assists. “Having an extra two weeks of practice at the beginning of this season has really helped our freshmen get comfortable with our system,” Turk said. Wollschlager chipped in with four steals and six boards to go along with 10 points. Pacing the offense was Turk, who went a perfect 8-for8 from the free throw line and ended the game with 19 points, a game-high five steals and three rebounds. Hackbarth, the Bulldogs’ most important presence in the middle, had a quiet game with four points, but pulled down seven rebounds. A concern for Drake moving forward has to be taking better care of the ball. Even though the Bulldogs recorded 17 assists, they also turned the ball over 20 times. “It was our first game and everyone’s nervous,” Running said. “As we play more together, we’ll know our cuts better and our timing will be better.” Next in line for the Bulldogs are the Lady Hawks from Quincy University. This will be the second and final exhibition game for Drake. Tip-off is at 2:05 p.m. this Saturday at the Knapp Center. “We want to work toward less turnovers and having a better start to the game,” Turk said.
photos by CONNOR MCCOURTNEY | Photo Editor
FRESHMAN GUARD ANGELA CHRISTIANSON shoots a jumper from the top of the key in Drake’s 80-52 exhibition win over Upper Iowa on Monday.
FRESHMAN POINT GUARD CARLY GRENFELL races the ball past an Upper Iowa defender. The Bulldogs will look to Grenfell to provide a boost in the backcourt this season.
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