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The Times-Delphic Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

Volume 138, No. 2

Opinion: Diving into the Roman Catholic Church Scandal Lexi Mueller Opinions Editor @leximueller6

A CROSS stands high above Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church here in Des Moines. PHOTO BY DANIEL HELMEE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Heartbeat bill still pumping Rachel James Contributing Writer @kindisgroovy

Iowa Polk County Court is currently debating a fetal heartbeat abortion ban that would halt the abortion of a fetus with a detectable heartbeat. Judge Michael Huppert placed a temporary injunction on the ban while the courts debate its constitutionality. The bill was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, but due to the injunction, women are able to access abortions while the case is being discussed. This case came about after a lawsuit was filed by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in conjunction


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with Planned Parenthood and the Emma Goldman Clinic. They advocate that the law goes against a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. The state of Iowa is represented by the Thomas More Society after Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller disqualified himself from the case with his Solicitor General, Jeffrey Thompson, stating that “the disqualification is based on the Attorney General’s determination that he could not zealously assert the state’s position because of his core belief that the statute, if upheld, would undermine rights and protections for women.” Governor Kim Reynolds signed the heartbeat bill back in May after Iowa Republicans passed Senate File 359. The bill

has been met with backlash from pro-choice advocates who say the law is unconstitutional and that it takes away a woman’s autonomy. The debate is focused on Roe v. Wade, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave women the right to an abortion during their first trimester due to the privacy protection under the fourteenth amendment. Conservatives groups such as The Family Leader oppose the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and hope to see it overturned in the Supreme Court. However, several similar cases have not made it to the Supreme Court due to the court’s rules on precedent, meaning that the Supreme Court declines to hear similar cases on which they have made a previous ruling.

Save the 1, a Michiganbased organization, now wants to add their claims to the legal challenge fronted by the ACLU. The organization claims that the bill’s exceptions for victims of rape are also unconstitutional because, according to their mission statement, “all pre-born children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise.” If added to the case, this could be a conflict of interest, seeing as the Thomas More Society has represented Save the 1 in the past and now would have to face them in trial. If Save the 1 were to intervene, it could further complicate the case. Save the 1 has filed as third-party intervenors “of right” because they claim the clause about rape, fetal defects and incest exceptions allow for the doctor to be the judge on whether a woman can get an abortion. When contacted about Save the 1’s involvement, public relations for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland stated that they “cannot comment on ongoing litigation,” though they did state that they are “confident that the Iowa Constitution protects the right to have a legal abortion.” The case will continue to play out in court.

It has been a summer of scandal for the Catholic Church as sexual abuse accusations have come pouring out about more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania alone. Chaos has ensued, bringing about many moral questions and a challenge of leadership for Catholics around the world (New York Times). In August, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania found 301 priests accused as predators and over 1,000 children victims across the state. But to fully understand the controversy surrounding this issue, it is important to take a quick look at the past first. Catholic abuse allegations were first prominently brought up in the media in 1985 when a Louisiana priest pled guilty to 11 counts of molestation of young boys. The issue subsided until 2002 when the Boston Globe’s investigative journalist team uncovered over 100 cases of abuse in Boston alone. They also discovered instances of the Roman Catholic Church going out of their way to cover up cases of sexual assault and letting priests remain employed after multiple allegations against them. This made national headlines and the article was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. It was then made into a movie, Spotlight, in 2015 which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. This brought the issue forward again and caused controversy to the Catholic Church. So what is it about the structure of the Catholic Church and the people that are part of it that has lead to these accusations? It hurts me, as someone who was once involved with the Catholic religion, to read about this over and over again and to know that not enough action is being done to stop this from happening again. The issue has gone public again because of the recent Pennsylvania scandal, but to many it does not seem like the appropriate actions are being taken. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 >>

PR campaign wins Clarion Award Phong Ly Contributing Writer

A Public Relations (PR) campaign produced by a team of Drake graduates just won a 2018 Clarion Award in Best Advertising/PR campaign. The winning campaign, a Drake capstone project, was picked out by their client, the Young Women’s Resource Center. Their team consists of six 2017 graduates from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Ashley Hawkins, Sarah Mattes, Reed Fischer, Nick Frandsen, Megan Johns and Kristen Carver. The team account executive, Ashley Hawkins, was happy when she heard the news. “It’s both exciting and humbling to know our work is still being recognized long after capstone and graduation,” Hawkins said. The Clarion Award, presented by the Association for Women

in Communications (AWC), is a symbol of excellence in clear and concise work in the field of communications. Clarion recipients range from large leading media companies to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Started in 1977, this award honors excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines, including advertising & marketing, audiovisual, productions, books, CDs and many more. Kelly Bruhn, SJMC associate dean and professor, said the team demonstrated an understanding of their client’s needs. “They really took a comprehensive approach to their planning that encompassed all the things the client really asked for and needed to move forward in advance,” Bruhn said. According to Professor Bruhn, the Young Women’s Resource Center has a strong following, passionate volunteers, and

VECTOR STRATEGIES, the group of public relations capstone students at Drake, present their campaign for their client, known as the Young Women’s Resource Center. This campaign won the Clarion Award. PHOTO COURTESY OF VECTOR STRATEGIES

passionate donors. “One of the challenges was to how do they keep those people interested in the mission and keep them connected, but also continue to build on that network of ambassadors,” Bruhn said. To address this challenge faced by their client, this group of graduates, under their agency name “Vector Strategies,” created an exclusive group called “Louise’s Ladies.” “Louise Noun was a very

well-known advocate for women empowerment here in our community,” Bruhn said. She stated that the objective of this group would be to encourage additional ambassadors to join the club and take part in the fight for women empowerment in media. Along with this group, Vector Strategies also created a toolkit that would help people understand what the issues are and what CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 >>

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Sept. 5, 2018


DUSCI to undergo transition to new leadership Rachel James Contributing Writer @kindisgroovy

There is a new director of the Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI). Brian Gentry, who is an associate professor of pharmacology, will replace John Gitua as the new director of DUSCI. Gitua has served as the director of DUSCI for the past five and a half years and is also an associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Gentry has served on the DUSCI faculty advisory board and is an active judge every year at the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS) as well as a frequent participant in the Summer Research Fellowship. DUSCI is a culmination of all things Drake University stands for: giving students the ability to participate in research experiences with faculty mentors, encouraging community engagement in core areas of mathematics and the sciences and aims to increase

literacy. DUSCI is known for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences. The Fellowship program is an opportunity for students and their mentor to research full-time by providing a stipend for students and their faculty mentor. At the Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences, many high schools and universities come to be engaged in an open dialogue regarding their research. They are given a space where they are encouraged to collaborate to create a community to be utilized in the future. This is a way for undergraduates to meet others interested in their field of study. For many students, this is a networking chance and helps showcase what a career in the research field can look like. As for Gentry’s plans for DUSCI, he hopes to continue on the path set by Dr. Gitua and wants to continue to help students build relationships with their mentors. “I fostered a great relationship with my undergraduate mentor, which continues to this day,”

BRIAN GENTRY, the new director of The Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI), in his office. PHOTO BY DANIEL HELMEE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

and that it is “my hope to bring that same level of excitement and understanding to Drake’s students,” Gentry said. These mentor relationships can be long-lasting and help students throughout their journey at Drake. Gentry has high hopes for Drake’s program, and DUSCI is currently

regionally recognized. Gentry has a goal to “make Drake nationally recognized for this.” While this aim will not be effortless, Gentry has faith in the program and believes that it can be “achieved because of the outstanding work of Drake’s students.”

Remembering the senator and veteran John McCain Anna Wondrasek News Editor @wondrasekanna

Arizona senator, Vietnam veteran and former presidential candidate John McCain died of brain cancer on Aug. 25, 2018, at the age of 81. McCain represented Arizona in the Senate since Jan. 3, 1987, and served as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee since Jan. 3, 2015. He will be laid to rest in the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. According to a 2007 article from the Associated Press, John McCain grew up as a military brat, attending some 20 schools before attending Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia, graduating in 1954. He then went on to the United States Naval Academy like his father and grandfather, graduating in 1958. McCain began his combat duty in mid-1967 when he was 30 years old and was stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin. He was captured and subsequently imprisoned on Oct. 26, 1967 when he was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. Although he was given medical care and offered early release mid-1968 due to his father’s status as commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theatre, McCain refused to be released unless all of his fellow captives were released as well. As a result, he was held and tortured until he was released on

March 14, 1973, hailed as a hero in the U.S. and left with injuries that rendered him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head. He retired from the Navy on April 1, 1981 as a captain and was decorated with numerous awards, including three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts and a Prisoner of War Medal. In 1982, McCain ran for the House of Representatives and won a seat in Arizona’s first congressional district, marking the beginning of a long and illustrious political career. He was active on “Indian Affairs” bills, and his politics were mainly in line with President Ronald Reagan. He ran for Senate in January of 1987, succeeding Barry Goldwater and becoming a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee. As a senator, McCain helped to author the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which placed federal regulations on gambling enterprises on Native American Reservations. During the 1990s, McCain began to develop his reputation for independence and was labeled by the media as a “maverick Republican.” He fought against big money in politics – from corporations, labor unions, wealthy individuals, and other organizations – and this became his signature issue. He was very vocal about this during his 2000 presidential campaign against George Bush,

saying that he was staging “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve.” Because of his time as a prisoner of war (POW), McCain was recognized throughout his Senate career for his sensitivity toward the detainees during the War on Terror, introducing the McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill of 2005. This amendment prohibited inhumane treatment of prisoners, including prisoners at Guantanamo. This stance lead to McCain being named as one of America’s 10 Best Senators by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2008, McCain once again ran for president, this time against Barack Obama. One of the more famous moments from this campaign is from a rally in Minnesota, when a woman said that she did not trust Obama because “He’s an Arab.” To this, McCain said, “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” Although he was defeated in this campaign as well, McCain continued to show a willingness to reach across the aisle throughout his Senate career, disagreeing with issues rather than the people supporting those issues. Although McCain’s career was long and had its ups and downs, he is remembered with deep respect for who he was as a person and as

a politician. “John McCain was a hero, and a role model for all conservatives,” Kollin Crompton of the Drake Republicans said. “McCain’s campaign, for many of our members, is the first that they remember and is the reason we hold the beliefs that we hold today. His grace and class were unmatched.” This sentiment is echoed by Political Science Department Chair Dennis Goldford as well. “John McCain represented an older, more honorable kind of politician than we have now,” Goldford said. “For McCain, members of the two major parties were not enemies, but opponents who were nevertheless all Americans. Sadly, that is not where we are today.” Rather than being remembered over specific issues, McCain is remembered as a member of the old guard in politics. The sort of politician who, as Goldford said, viewed their opponents as being Americans first, opponent second. For those he has inspired, McCain’s dedication and love for the United States is unrivaled. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again,” McCain’s daughter Meghan said at his funeral on Sept. 1. “America was always great.”


Several of the College of Arts and Sciences students are excited about the change. “I’m excited for [the]help to build my future network for job opportunities,” said Casey Hutchins, a first-year pre-pharmacy student.

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steps they could take to make a difference. “They really thought from start to finish and created a really strategic campaign that was mindful of the client’s limited resources,” Bruhn said. Reed Fischer, a member of Vector Strategies and the record holder for the fastest 10k in Drake history, called his capstone project “an awesome experience.” “I switched into PR as a junior and was playing catch-up with a lot of the core classes, so I wasn’t the most confident guy going into capstone,” Fischer said. “I was fortunate enough to be grouped with some of the most creative, intelligent and hard-working people I met in my time at Drake -- and all of us shared the goal of wanting to present work to the client that was a cut above the rest.” With the goal of having the project be held at a high standard, the team constantly found themselves “burning the midnight oil.” Hawkins stated that they would spend over 20 hours or more working together every week, on top of their other responsibilities with classes, jobs and internships. Such hard work is what created an “incredible bond” between members of the group, according to Hawkins. “Not only did I gain invaluable real-world experience, I gained lifelong friends,” Hawkins said. Fischer was especially proud to learn of the group’s accomplishments. “There’s nothing more fulfilling than having work that you’ve poured your hearts and minds into be well-received by a client,” Fischer said. “As a team, we knew our work was strong, but to have that self belief be recognized by the client and be awarded with the Clarion was still an unmatched feeling.” Bruhn took great pride in her students’ winning, saying the award is a “testament” for all the great works happening at Drake. “This is just evident that when you get started from day one, then by the time you are a senior, you could be doing professional quality work that could be recognized nationally.”

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Tibbetts case brings up safety concerns

FIVE DRAKE STUDENTS WALKING down Drake University’s Painted Street together at night. PHOTO BY HANNAH MCCOY Ivy Beckenholdt Managing Editor @IvyBeckenholdt

The recent death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has called safety into question for several college students. According to CNN, Tibbetts was jogging when she was attacked by a man she had not been previously associated with. The immigration status of the man charged with Tibbetts murder has been a focal point of the news coverage following the case. Drake student, Ellie Hilscher, shares her thoughts about the coverage. “I feel like a lot of people are making it about the race of the guy who was charged with her murder and that is not what it should be about. It should be that if a woman

says no she means no,” Hilscher said. Violence against women is a prevalent topic for college students. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one out of every five women are sexually assaulted while in college. Third-year Drake student Delia Koolick, shares her thoughts on the case as well. “Because she said no, that guy killed her. It’s pretty scary because she should have been able to just go on a run and be fine, but she wasn’t.” Ayana Anderson, senior, says that this case was tragic, but that, in a way, it is reality. “When you look at the big cities like Philadelphia, Chicago and even Minneapolis there are hundreds of girls missing from

International students experience American campus Tuma Haji Features Editor @tumahaji

Exchange student Sarah Eunice Stephen traveled 25 hours by airplane from her home in Malaysia to attend Drake University. She traveled thousands of miles away from the environment, culture, and society she had grown up in to start a new experience in a foreign country. Most domestic students can either drive or fly back home within hours, while international students like Stephen do not have that comfort. Many international students remain on campus during the holidays or breaks. “I can’t go back anytime I want because it’s so expensive. It’s definitely a struggle being away from my family for a whole year and even harder for the holidays,” Stephen said. “The process was very long. Especially with the time distance, it’s so difficult to get in contact with admissions because by the time they start work, it’s time for me to sleep. Before I could even start my visa, I had to wait almost a month for all my materials to arrive. It’s a waiting game more than anything else.” While in a new country, adjusting to a different culture can be challenging for some international students. Stephen said that she assumed she would feel at home as soon as she came onto campus but was surprised to find that she felt “more like a fish out of water” when confronted with cultural barriers such as language. “The other day, I kept asking where the washroom was, and

after a few moments the person realized that I was referring to the restroom. Just minor things like that,” Stephen said. Stephen views the cultural unfamiliarity and incongruence as both a drawback and a benefit. “I think the best part is feeling so special! Everyone is so interested in my culture and in my country whereas back home everything felt so regular because I met so many people who were the same as me.” Japanese international student Sana Hinami also made the transition into American culture at Drake. She wanted to expose herself to a variety of different cultures and felt that America would be the perfect place to study. Hinami appreciated the International Mentor/Academic Consultants (IMAC) for helping her transition. IMAC is a student organization that pairs international students with upper class student volunteers to help them transition into campus life. “The best thing is that IMAC supports us. All of them are really, really nice to us, and they are amazing,” Hinami said. “I really appreciate that they support our life and they make many opportunities to hang out together.” Everyday actions and slang used can act as cultural barriers. Such things can be learned through observation or guidance from American students. Hinami said that she welcomes friendly suggestions and corrections. “I don’t know about the culture here, so if I do something weird or rude, I want them to let me know. I really want everyone to know that I want to interact with them.”

doing similar everyday actions,” Anderson said. When considering the safety of women at Drake, Anderson says that there are two parts to how she feels about her safety. “I think I’m relatively safe on campus because I don’t feel danger walking to class or anything, but I do think that because Drake doesn’t give the best punishments to certain acts on campus I don’t think people are dissuaded from doing things that would hurt other people,” Anderson said. “So, at night or at a party that’s when I would feel more unsafe.” Anderson is not alone in showing concern regarding Drake’s responses to conflicts on campus. In the spring semester, a Twitter account titled Drake Students for Justice was created

in response to the administration’s reaction to sexual harassment allegations against a professor. Several students were frustrated that the professor was allowed to resign, rather than be fired. According to the Des Moines Register, leaders of the faculty senate stated, “the university has acted appropriately since receiving the complaint, to protect students’ identities and well-being and effectuate Hamad’s departure from campus.” Drake provides options to report misconduct at titleix. In order to protect oneself, Koolick mentions Drake resources that women can use, such as the Guardian App; however, she also states that women should not have to be the ones to change their behavior in order to be safe.

Koolick also mentions the work Drake Public Safety does to protect students. “I think that public safety works really hard and they do a really good job of being visible on campus,” Koolick said. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see an officer walking around which I think is really nice.” In terms of what needs to change, Hilscher states, “I don’t think women are ever going to feel 100 percent safe walking alone at night somewhere, whether that be Drake or anywhere,” Hilscher said.I do feel like there can be things changed and added, but at the same time I feel that women are always going to have that little on edge feeling at night.”

Tag: first free movie friday screening of the semester Cameron Bolton Features Editor @cameronbolton

Last Friday, Aug. 31, marked the first Free Movie Friday of the Fall 2018 semester. A weekly event where students could come watch a free movie, either by themselves or in a group of friends. In addition to a free movie, students also have the opportunity to receive free popcorn, water, and candy. The very first Free Movie Friday of the school year happened during Welcome Weekend, Aug. 24, when they showed Black Panther (2018). “It’s something fun to do on a Friday,” said first-year Meghan Ryan, who had gone to see both Black Panther and the movie that they were showing this week. The movie that they showed Aug. 31 was Tag (2018). The film follows a group of five friends (Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress) who have been engaged in a game of tag that has lasted decades. Until one of the friends, who has never

been tagged, throws everyone for a loop by deciding that he doesn’t want to play anymore. The film is directed by Jeff Tomsic and written by Todd Garner and Mark Steilen. “I really enjoyed [Free Movie Friday] my freshmen year and I saw that [this] movie was one that I hadn’t seen before and I wanted to see it, especially since it was free and I love the productions they put on,” said sophomore Emily Albers, who had come with a group of friends that night. The event has been running since Feb. 8, 2013. The movies are typically shown at 9 p.m. in Sussman Theatre in Olmstead. “We try to choose movies that are recently coming out on DVD or are just pre-release. Sometimes though we’ll have throwback movies or older movies depending on if there’s an even going on,” said senior Riley Terzopoulos, who is currently a member of the Student Activities Board (SAB) and has run Free Movie Friday for the past year and a half. Terzopoulos also went into detail about how the films are

selected. Normally, they don’t just show one genre. SAB tries to get one movie from at least a few genres. “[This year] there’s two horror films, there’s a few animated ones, comedies, dramas. It really depends on the movies that come out,” Terzopoulos said. This explains how they were able to go from a movie like Black Panther to a movie like Tag. Terzopoulos also hoped that the first-years at Drake could just come and enjoy a good free movie, as that’s what she had gotten out of the experience when she was a first-year. “Yep, you get to see something that you might have missed in theatres and you get some good food.” Next week they’ll be showing Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), followed by Avengers: Infinity War (2018). A full list of films that SAB will be showing this year can be found on the Free Movie Friday Facebook page.


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04 | Features

Features Dodge-ball game unifies drake students socializing. The activities range from a dodgeball tournament all the way to movies on Friday nights to simple activities in Lower Hubbell. The Drake Campus Fellowship has several different events that happen weekly with larger events a couple times a month. The next large event run by the Campus Fellowship is on September 2. This event is titled the River Float Trip and you can find more information on their website. This is a tournament that happens every year in the beginning of the school year. All students are welcome. The tournament offers students the opportunity to socialize and meet a religious group. This campus activity was created and managed by Jacob Van Sickle the College Ministry Director. You can find him at the Walnut Creek Church on Locust Street.

DRAKE STUDENTS PLAYING A DODGE-BALL TOURNAMENT hosted by Drake’s Campus Fellowship outside Olmsted on Friday PHOTO COURTESY OF SHREEYA SHAPKOTA Kim Bates Contributing Writer @kimbates

This past weekend Drake’s Campus Fellowship held a Dodgeball Tournament outside Olmsted Center. “The Campus fellowship is a Christian organization that hopes to draw people closer to God,” College Ministry Director, Jacob Van Sickle said. “Whether they already practice religion or are just exploring, through fun activities.” This is the sixth year that Campus Fellowship put on a dodgeball tournament. The games

last seven minutes each and they’re organized into a tournament style. “Oh, people love dodgeball... maybe because of the movie ‘Dodgeball’?” Van Sickle said. “Yeah we just found that dodgeball and it seems to be something people are into.”Anyone attending Drake University is welcome to attend and participate. The teams are organized by the freshmen dorms; Carpenter, Crawford, Herriot and Stalnaker – along with the upperclassmen. Each team is organized by color Carpenter red, Crawford blue, Herriot green, Stalnaker black and the upperclassmen sported white. “This feels like accepting, fun

competition,” Freshman Kate Johnsonsaid. When students were asked how they feel about Drake having a Dodgeball tournament, many said that it felt safe due to the fun atmosphere. A lot of schools around the country have removed dodgeball from the Physical Education curriculum due to it being “too violent.” “It’s (dodgeball) not required like in P.E. class, so it’s safer and more fun,” Rachel Dehmlow said. There are several ways you can hear about Drake activities around campus. First there is an online Facebook page for Drake students that have frequent posts, second there is a large wall in Olmsted

that has many fliers for Drake activities. “I’m into it (Dodgeball) because I saw the movie... My floormate has been talking about this nonstop since welcome weekend started. She’s been so pumped, so she dragged me out here so now I’m supporting her,” Sarah Farwell said. The movie Dodgeball came out in 2011 and it stars Ben Stiller, Vance Vaughan, Justin Long and Christine Taylor. The movie was mentioned twice in reasons as to why this dodgeball tournament occurred. Drake has a wide variety of activities that get students involved

My floormate has been talking about this nonstop since welcome weekend started. She’s been so pumped, so she dragged me out here so now I’m supporting her.

Decision behind transfering universities Tuma Haji Features Editor @tumahaji

Emory Heimermann enrolled in a post secondary education program during her last year of high school to take advantage of the college credits offered through a local community college. She decided to attend another year at Normandale Community College before enrolling to Drake University once she completed her general requirements. Students such as Heimermann are partaking in the growing trend of taking college courses while enrolled as high school students. Heimermann’s cultivated interest in astrophysics while attending her second year of community college led her to Drake University. “I realized that I wanted to do astrophysics and that Drake University was one of the top schools in the Midwest for the sciences,” she said. “I went to visit the school for a campus tour, and throughout the whole day it seemed as though everyone I talked to genuinely could look me in the eyes and see me a human being rather than a student or a number. I honestly felt loved.” The flat rate tuition of $41,250 was also an appeal to many out of state students such as Heimermann since private universities generally do not charge out-of-state residents more than in-state residents. Drake had 89 entering full-time transfer students from 13 states and 7 countries for Fall 2017. “Additionally, after meeting with the Chair of the Astronomy and Physics department, Dr. Athanasios Petridis, I knew it was home,” Heimermann explained. “With a faculty-student ratio of 1:2 and the genuine care and desire for their students to succeed, I knew that I would get all the help and motivation that I needed. Drake University was the only school that

seriously had everything. It was the perfect package.” However, some students transfer out of Drake for the same reasons other student’s transfer out of other universities. Jessica Onove, now a senior at Iowa State University, transferred out this year. “I didn’t feel like Drake was a good fit for my academic needs and desires,” Onove said. “After three years, I still didn’t feel supported. I used to love school but Drake just gave me anxiety.” Onove continued to say that she picked Iowa State due to the proximity to Drake where her friends attended, as well as the atmosphere and large student body.

I didn’t feel like Drake was a good fit for my academic needs and desires. After three years, I still didn’t feel supported. Transferring to a four-year university after attending a community generally is less expensive than enrolling straight away because the cost of general classes have already been covered. However, some students find it harder to socially adjust or make new friends since most their classmates have already met each other. Drake, like most universities, offers orientation specifically for transfer students. Onove says that she has no intentions of returning to Drake. “It’s such a relief to enjoy class again and be surrounded by people who actually want to be there. I do miss a few people and groups at Drake but I think I can still keep

the connections that I made since I’m so close. I’m excited at the prospect of expanding my friends groups and connections at ISU.” On the other hand, Heimerman expressed satisfaction with the university.

“They also took every single one of my general credits and did as much as they could to make sure I wasn’t wasting my time or money,” Heimmermann said. She claimed that the difficulty of the course work is irrelevant to the

value of the education she receives. “I know that at Drake I am getting a much better education, and I appreciate it so much more than I would if I had just started coming here as a freshman with no college experience.”

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05 | Sports

Sports Women’s volleyball improves season record to 6-0 Hannah Cohen Contributing Writer @seamammals Drake women’s volleyball won the Sam Houston Tournament (SHT) with a sweep and just one set away from a sweep with another win in the Holy Cross Invitational (HCI), making their record 18-19 with 6 wins Friday, Aug. 31. Being so close to a two-tournament sweep, the clamorous cheering on the bench kept the team going despite the set loss to Holy Cross. “I had so much fun [on and off the bench] with the team,” said McKenzie Smith, opposite hitter. “Plus, I got my first collegiate block.” Riley Dolphin, middle blocker, reflected on season highlights this far which included their MVPs’ performance in the SHT. Cathryn Cheek, outside hitter, leads the team with eight kills and three blocks and Elle Tubbs, middle blocker, with seven kills, nine blocks and one ace. Their team spirit and confidence in games adds to a sense of family. “Our pre-game pump-ups in the locker room, team bonding dinners [and victories make the team closer],” Dolphin said. “Everyone is constantly

THE DRAKE VOLLEYBALL teammates encourage eachother in a game against Indiana State last year. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRAKE ATHLETICS

putting in work and everyone wants the same thing. Here at Drake, it doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior, [everyone] is a teammate.” The team also bonded over a trip to Costa Rica in June before the season began with a mix of immersing themselves in new culture, playing talented teams and working a youth clinic. This experience, according to Smith,

truly brought the team close for this season and added to the family element. “The car rides and airport layovers are so much fun to me,” Smith said. “All we do is laugh and sing, literally.” Although being on the road is enjoyable, the team is ready to begin their season homestand Friday Sept. 7 versus Eastern Illinois (2-5) and South Dakota

State (0-6) in the Knapp Center at 1:30 and 7 p.m. with another two matches Saturday, Sept. 8 versus Massachusetts-Lowell (0-4) and Iowa (2-3) in the Knapp center at 12:30 and 6 p.m. “We do need more fans,” Dolphin said. “That’s a big goal for our season and we plan on going far this year and we need all the help we can get.

[In addition to our games on upcoming Friday and Saturday nights] September 21 is a big conference game and we would love to have a lot of fans.” All Drake sports games are free of charge to students with your ID upon entry. Tickets can be purchased here for nonstudents and alumni who would like to aid the team by attending the games.

Coming Up: Drake Volleyball Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational Sept. 7

Volleyball South Dakota State vs. Grand View 11 a.m.

Sept. 7

Volleyball Drake vs. Eastern Illinois 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 7

Volleyball UMass-Lowell vs. Eastern Illinois 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7

Volleyball Drake vs. South Dakota State 7 p.m.

Sept. 8

Volleyball Eastern Illinois vs. South Dakota State 10 a.m.

Sept. 8

Volleyball Iowa vs. South Dakota State 3 p.m.

Sept. 8

Volleyball Drake vs. Massachusetts-Lowell 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 8

Volleyball Drake vs. Iowa 6 p.m.

Fantasy sleepers, breakouts and busts Andy Orton Contributing Writer @Andy_Orton96

Chris Hogan WR NE

This article will highlight players that are being drafted and ranked lower than they should be (sleepers), players that are expected to dramatically increase their production (breakouts) and players that will be disappointing given their average draft position (busts).

Before suffering a shoulder injury that kept him out for the second half of the season, Hogan was 10th in fantasy points among all WRs with 438 yards and 5 touchdowns through 8 weeks. Now with Brandin Cooks out of the picture in New England (traded to the Rams), and Eric Decker retiring, Hogan has secured a starting spot on the Patriots. With Tom Brady throwing him the ball, he will have a much better season than his current ADP suggests.



Phillip Rivers-QB SD

Rivers consistently outperforms his value on draft day. This season, he’s being drafted as the 20th QB in round 11 but he’s finished as a top 10 QB in the past two seasons. The Chargers are a dark-horse team to go deep into the playoffs this year, and they have the offensive firepower to back it up. Losing Hunter Henry to an ACL will hurt Rivers’ value slightly, but he still has a top-10 RB in Melvin Gordon, a top-10 WR in Keenan Allen, and secondyear WR Mike Williams out of Clemson. Rivers is the perfect QB to target late in drafts to complete your team.

Jerick McKinnon-RB SF

“Jet” McKinnon has a new home and it’s with the 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon has the skillset to be an electric, everydown RB. McKinnon is being drafted as an RB2 but has the ceiling of an RB1. McKinnon’s player comparison would be Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons who’s had top-10 fantasy performances with Kyle Shanahan.

Andrew Luck-QB IND

Luck will return this season after missing the entirety of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury. When Luck is healthy, he is one of the best fantasy QBs. In the past three seasons where he’s played 15 games, he’s finished as a topfour QB. He ranked in the top 10 in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and rushing yards among quarterbacks in 2016. With upgrades to the offensive line and a new weapon in Eric Ebron to go along with TY Hilton, Luck could be primed to put up his best season thus far.

Royce Freeman-RB DEN

Royce Freeman was a statistical monster in college. As an Oregon Duck, he had 5,621 career rushing yards, which is the 7th most in NCAA history. To go along with impressive numbers, he also has impressive physical ability, running a 4.54 40-yard dash at 5’11” and 229 pounds. He’s currently listed behind the disappointing Devontae Booker on the depth chart. It shouldn’t take Elway and the Broncos long before they realize Freeman’s talent.

Corey Davis-WR TEN

Davis is a classic high-risk, high-reward player. He was hampered by a hamstring injury last season which limited his production. Mariota’s horrid passing performance didn’t help either, as he only threw for 13 touchdowns. Despite the injury and underwhelming offense, Davis was drafted with the 5th overall pick in the 2017 draft and his talent is undeniable. Titans will find ways to get him the ball. Davis enters the season as the Titans’ number one receiving option so he could end up being a star by season’s end.

BUSTS Jimmy Garoppolo-QB SF

Garoppolo showing up on the bust list might be controversial. He had a record of 5-0 when starting under center for the 49ers and threw for over 1,500 yards and six touchdowns in those games. The reason why he will most likely be a bust is because he’s being drafted in the ninth round as the 11th QB off the board. In a 12-team standard league, that’s a QB1. It’s hard to justify drafting a QB1 who’s played only five games. The sample size is too small to justify taking him over established vets like Roethlistberger, Riverss, or Ryan who all have lower ADPs.

Carlos Hyde-RB CLE

Hyde is being drafted in the 5th round. This is way too high for a player on an unproven offense with a crowded backfield. It’s unclear what Hyde’s role will be in the new-look Brown’s offense. The Browns drafted Nick Chubb in the second round of the 2018 draft and should see some early

TOM BRADY from the New England Patriots threw the football during warmups in a pre-season game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, MD in 2009. COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS | PHOTO BY KEITH ALLISON

down and goal-line work. They also have Duke Johnson Jr. who will receive snaps on passing downs. There are too many unknowns to take him with one of your first five picks.

Juju Smith-Schuster-WR PIT

This might be another surprising player to show up on the bust list. He finished last season as the 19th best WR in fantasy football. He currently has an ADP in the 4th round. He’s a bust because he will not have enough targets in the

Steelers offense to make that high draft pick worthwhile. On a team with Antonio Brown who could lead the NFL in targets, and Le’Veon Bell who will have 100+ touches, there’s simply not enough share for him to be worthy of that coveted 4th round draft pick. There other players going around him who are safer picks for getting 100+ targets (Larry Fitzgerald or Demariyus Thomas).

Sept. 5, 2018

06 | Sports

Sports Drake vs. William Jewell week 1 match-up cancelled After hours of delays due to weather, the Drake home-opener was later cancelled

SOPHOMORE BRAEDEN HARTWIG takes the handoff from quarterback Grant Kraemer on the six-yard touchdown rush. This would’ve been Hartwig’s first touchdown of his college career and the first for the Bulldogs in 2018. PHOTO BY JD PELEGRINO | SPORTS EDITOR JD Pelegrino Sports Editor @jddontdrop

It’s the home opener. A large number of first-years, friends, family and Bulldog fans file into Drake Stadium for the first Drake football game in almost 10 months. The captains are announced. The fans are rowdy. The cheerleaders are cheering loud, with the band hyping up the inside of the stadium with their music. William Jewell is set to receive the opening kickoff. After one drive each, the game gets called for lightning. In the first quarter, William Jewell caught the opening kickoff, but the special team’s unit decided to keep the ball back in the end zone taking

a touchback. After three first downs, the Cardinals’ offense could not get much going and punted the ball to the Bulldogs. Fifth-year senior quarterback Grant Kraemer hustled onto the field with the offensive unit ready to lead the Bulldogs to a successful first drive of the season. The first play from the Drake offense was a five-yard rush from redshirt sophomore running back Braeden Hartwig. Through the course of the first drive, Kraemer completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 58 yards. The receptions were hauled in by senior receiver Devin Cates and junior receiver Mitch McFarlane. Hartwig came up clutch for the Bulldogs on their first offensive drive, capping it with a six-yard rushing touchdown (followed by a Danny Donley

extra point). The Bulldogs went up 7-0 on the Cardinals, but immediately following the extra point kick, the game was delayed due to lightning. Lightning strike followed by lightning strike, later caused the game to be cancelled. Due to the cancellation of the game, the statistics and score from the game won’t be counted. Through one week, all teams in the PFL have recorded week one contests, except for Drake’s. Drake holds a 2-0 lead in the series all-time vs. William Jewell. Looking forward to the rest of the season. Drake has more series wins against all teams they are set to face as the season goes on. The only team that is an exception to this statistic is the upcoming Montana Grizzlies. This week will mark the first

meeting between the Bulldogs and the Grizzlies. Montana just defeated Valparaiso 45-23 on Sunday, Sept. 2. Drake will be heading to Montana this weekend to face the Grizzlies in what will likely be the game with the highest marked attendance all season for Drake. The Grizzlies’ stadium holds 25,217 people according to the Drake football 2018 game notes. That is nearly 10,000 more seats than the next largest stadium through the rest of Drake’s schedule, being Drake Stadium. The kickoff for the Drake vs. Montana game is set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Missoula, Montana. Drake will be looking to get their first win of the season after a wet start in week one.

How the rest of the PFL is doing: 1. Butler


2. Davidson


3. Dayton


4. Jacksonville


5. San Diego


6. Stetson


7. Drake 0-0 8. Marist


9. Valparaiso


10. Morehead State


If you are interested in writing sports for the TimesDelphic, feel free to reach out to me (john.pelegrino@drake. edu) or Lorien MacEnulty

Undrafted: one player’s journey from undrafted to a 53 man roster Kalle Sorbo Contributing Writer

Undrafted. It’s a word that follows players in the NFL whether it should or should not. Some of the best stories in the NFL are undrafted free agents out of college. Everyone is wondering who the next Case Keenum, Tony Romo or Malcom Butler is going to be. But the reality for most players who go undrafted is far different. Most undrafted free agents do what they can to shine in training camp and the pre-season and then sweatout cut day hoping to make an NFL roster as a backup and a special teams contributor. But the unfortunate reality for most undrafted players is that they are cut when teams have to trim their rosters from 90 players to 53. For one undrafted free agent out of Colorado, that won’t be the case. Phillip Lindsay is a running back for the Denver Broncos. He entered training camp like any other undrafted free agent. He was getting his reps with the third and fourth string and trying to make an impression. He did his work trying to get noticed, and then went home. Only Lindsay actually went home, to his parents’ house. He’s a Denver kid, which made training camp that much more important to him. Phillip Lindsay is a Colorado kid through-and-through. He graduated from Denver South High School and spent his college career playing for The University of Colorado at Boulder. He is undersized and was under recruited out of high

school. He had two straight 1200+ yard seasons to finish his college career, and holds CU’s all-purpose yards and yards from scrimmage record. His senior year he finished 9th among all Division 1 FBS players with 1,474 yards. He was All-Pac 12 and a semi finalist for the Doak Walker Award for the

What he’s done hasn’t been just because he’s a local kid. He has earned his right here.

DENVER BRONCOS RUNNING BACK PHILLIP LINDSAY during a play against the Washinton Redskins in their 2018 pre-season matchup PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS PHOTO BY KEITH ALLISON

nation’s top running back. Despite all of this, he wasn’t even invited to the NFL scouting combine, and even when he did eventually sign with the Denver Broncos, he faced an uphill battle. The Broncos had just released a 1,000 yard rusher in CJ Anderson and were looking for a young long-term answer at the position. Because of this, the team had spent significant draft capital in the last three years on the running back position. Phillip Lindsay was fighting for a roster spot against guys that weren’t tagged with the scarlet letter of the NFL. They weren’t undrafted. Why was a guy who was so productive at the college level not even invited to the combine? Why was he not even given the opportunity to show off his skillset? It’s the same reason he only had one Division 1 offer out of high school, despite setting the Denver Public Schools career rushing record. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and 190 pounds. He was undersized for collegiate play, let alone the NFL. But this was all something Lindsay was used to. Lindsay was determined to make the 53man roster. Only 16 players have played at the high school, college and NFL level in the state of Colorado. Lindsay will be the 17th. But he’ll be the first to do so consecutively, South High School to the University of Colorado straight to the Denver Broncos. The best part is it isn’t just a good hometown story for those of us from Colorado. The kid can play. “I think what No. 2 (Lindsay) has done has been real,” said

Vance. It’s not a fluff story. Again, he’s done it on offense and on special teams. What he’s done hasn’t been just because he’s a local kid. He has earned his right to be here.” Lindsay entered training camp taking reps with the third and fourth string players. He was fortunate enough to be in a camp where the Broncos had an open competition at the running back position. Lindsay took full advantage. He showed good vision in OTA’s, but he was really waiting for the pads to come on. Before long, Lindsay made such a good impression that he started getting reps with the first team offense. Then when the pre-season started, it was all over. The first week of the preseason, Lindsay opened with a bang, scoring on a 19-yard reception. He followed up the next week with 32 yards on six rushing attempts. The third week of the pre-season, often considered the “dress rehearsal” for NFL teams, Lindsay ran for 31 yards on five rushing attempts and had an 18-yard reception from Case Keenum. But what is more telling than those numbers is that they came with the first team offense. Lindsay was part of the Broncos game plan. Yet there it was again, that nasty word that had followed Lindsay since the start of training camp: undrafted. In the week preparing for the fourth and final game of the preseason, Lindsey’s name was still on the bubble in most media coverage, and Lindsay, like every other UFA, was getting ready to play for his football life against the Arizona Cardinals. Game time came Thursday

night and Phillip Lindsay was dressed and warming up for the game like he had hundreds of times since he was a kid when someone tapped him on the shoulder pads and informed him that he wasn’t playing. There it was. Lindsay was a lock to make the roster. So much so that the Broncos didn’t want to risk him getting hurt or showing too much of his game in the fourth pre-season game. Lindsey had made it. “We liked him a lot at CU,” said GM John Elway to 9News. “The grit that he has, the way that he plays, I wish we had 53 guys like that.” Phillip Lindsay had been counted out one too many times in his life, and he wasn’t going to let it happen again. He may be undersized, but he has an oversized will and work ethic to finish whatever he needs to be done. Don’t just expect Lindsay to make the roster: expect him to make an impact. The Broncos have several other key contributors that began their career as Undrafted Free Agents. Notably, quarterback Case Keenum, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Phillip Lindsay has been wearing No. 2 during the pre-season, which is not a legal number for a running back to wear during the regular season. Expect Lindsay to be wearing a new number and making his regular season NFL debut Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3:25 p.m. (CST) against the Seattle Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

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07 | Commentary

Commentary Diving into the Roman Catholic Church scandal >> CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

DRAKE STUDENTS have found themselves still stuck in the summer music vibe as they return to school and discover new music to help them fill their study time. PHOTO BY ELLIE DETWEILER | DESIGN EDITOR

Best summer hiphop albums of 2018 Sam Amadeo Contributing Writer @Sam_Amadeo

Hip-hop, also known as rap, has been in its Golden Age for more than a decade since Kanye West released his debut album, The College Dropout. However, as of last year many music critics and fans of this genre have claimed this “Golden Age” is nearing its end if 2018 hadn’t already nailed the coffin shut. Yet this does not mean hip-hop has stopped putting out fantastic music: in fact, far from it. This past summer saw numerous artists showcasing their amazing talents. This article will take a look at the top three hip-hop albums that came out this summer, as well as a few honorable mentions. #3: Swimming by Mac Miller Miller’s 2018 seemed to be unfortunate when he and his girlfriend of two years, Ariana Grande, broke up and Grande became engaged to comedian Pete Davidson a month later. Miller was

also involved in a DUI accident and vanished from the public eye. When he announced the release of a new album later in the year, many fans speculated the tone would take a 180 from his previous project, The Divine Feminine, which was more or less a love album. However, Miller surprised many when Swimming showcased his calmness and optimism at his current point in life. Self-reflecting and easy, Miller’s fifth album tells his fans to never drown but tread water until you can start swimming again. #2: Redemption by Jay Rock Taking the silver medal is the third album from Jay Rock, Redemption. This album, like many of Jay Rock’s works, went relatively unnoticed by rap fans. This may be due to him being part of Top Dawg Entertainment, a record label which also includes Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q and SZA, whose works often overshadow Rock’s. In Redemption, Jay Rock makes it clear he has a story to tell. Featuring artists such as J.

Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Future, Jay Rock encapsulate a powerful message through a tragically beautiful story; an album that many missed but should tune into if they ever have a chance. Honorable Mentions Goodbye & Good Riddance by Juice WRLD: The debut album by Juice WRLD is as beautiful in sound as it is clever in lyrics. This album is full of teenage angst but in all the right ways. Whether your heart has been broken recently or in the past, it is a wonderful album to have a few drinks to, smash some mirrors and shed a few tears. Kids See Ghosts by Kid Cudi and Kanye West: Somewhat of a sequel to West’s album, Ye, this work is more of a Kid Cudi album than anything else -- and what a job he did. From the opening track “Feel the Love,” Cudi wants to remind his fans he has not forgotten them during his times of struggle. When the track “Reborn” arrives, every fan realizes this is the album we’ve been waiting for Cudi to drop since

his very first endeavor, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. Die Lit by Playboi Carti: Playboi Carti really came onto the scene last year with his selftitled mixtape. Playboi Carti was more or less a sampling of great beats over forgetful repetitious lyrics. However, in his debut album, Carti shows us he is evolving as an artist. While not at the top of his game yet, he is climbing there. #1: Harlan & Alondra by Buddy With astounding beats thanks to its notorious producers including A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg, Khalid and Buddy’s own beautifully crafted, well-timed lyrics, he puts himself quickly on the map of hip-hop artists. Buddy gives his listeners a unique and different look at the cities of Compton and L.A., which any rap listener has already heard so much about. Furthermore, he freshly opens listeners’ eyes to the struggles of a young man trying to make it in the world when all the cards seem to be against him.

Josh Shapiro, the Attorney General who discovered the Pennsylvania cases, has already spoken up and asked Pope Francis to stop blocking the release of the investigation’s findings. An Archbishop by the name of Carlo Maria Viganò sent a 7,000-word letter to the Pope asking him to step down. Action has also been taken by the Catholic community, from protests of the Pope’s visit, to Ireland to petitions for the resignation of all U.S. bishops for helping hide the scandal. Religion is something that plays a major role in many people’s lives and helps guide them and their morals. It can help lead people through dark times and provide light for those that need it the most. The repeated corruption of this has severely affected people’s beliefs and has led many to question their own beliefs. I, myself, do not know why the Roman Catholic Church has had so many problems with this issue. How have they continually recruited these men into their ranks? Is it their lack of awareness or are they too aware and willing to hide the issues in front of them? It is disgusting to see that a church, who many consider their greatest sanctuary, has been corrupted because of the actions of those who are supposed to be trusted within it. Religion is not inherently evil in and of itself. People find great comfort, belief and support through Catholicism. The Roman Catholic Church has come face to face with corruption and it would be disastrous for their believers if they don’t decide to step up and turn things around. It is time for a change to be made within the Catholic Church hierarchy to ensure that this does not happen again.

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Griff Appreciation Day Erin O’Boyle Contributing Writer @erinoboyle14

To those that know me, you find the fact that I’m writing about Griff as no surprise. For those of you who don’t know me, you should know one very important fact about me: I am possibly Griff’s biggest fan. Some find it charming the way I love Griff; others find it altogether odd. Let me break it down for you. Just as Drake students have been known to over-commit themselves and go above and beyond in organizations and clubs, so too does our loyal and loving mascot. Griff and his owner Erin Bell volunteer their time at Delaware Elementary school, Orchard Place and New Horizons Adult Day Care with ARL therapy pets. His calming presence makes him the perfect therapy dog to ease anyone’s anxieties. I personally love seeing these photos of Griff interacting with kids and adults who adore him just as much as we do.Another awesome thing that Griff and Bell do is the #griffgivesback campaign in the

spring. This spring, 8,802 pounds of dog and cat food was donated to Pet Project Midwest that serves families who don’t have enough money to feed their dogs and cats. It’s an amazing cause that most people often forget about, but with the wide reach that Griff has on social media, thousands of pounds of food were donated to help feed animals all over the Midwest. Griff’s wrinkly face and compact little body make him almost irresistible to squeeze. Even if you’re not a bulldog person, Griff will make you smile: if not for his almost always disdained facial expressions, then certainly for “his” hilarious captions on Instagram. Here are 10 of the most relatable Griff captions to date: 1. I need a weekend to recover from my weekend 2. I get no time off … fell asleep folding laundry tonight 3. Wait, what? It’s only Tuesday???? 4. This wall is holding me up right now. I’m not even kidding. 5. New Tinder profile pic 6. I’ve been dieting. Hopefully you’re able to tell.

7. Oh hey! I was just finishing my 23rd nap. 8. Summer thigh chafe is real people. #airingitout #icanteven 9. This meeting is on my last nerve. 10. I hope I don’t look as tired as I feel… Now go match these captions with the photo and I promise your mood will improve 100 percent. If you ever need a pick-me-up or something to distract you from homework, look no further than @ DrakeUGriff on Instagram. On his page, you’ll see everything from photos with Drake students, faculty and oh, let’s not forget Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis whom Griff met at a charity event. So, if you didn’t think a dog could be cooler than you, think again. Griff doesn’t just meet celebrities, he is one in his own right. During the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Griff received national media attention after announcing his own campaign for president. In short, Griff is no ordinary bulldog and we’re no ordinary school. I wouldn’t want any other wrinkly face as the face of Drake University!

STUDENT MASCOT GRIFF sits in the sun and enjoys the attention given to him by students at the Drake RecFest in Helmick commons. PHOTO BY GRACE HULIN | PHOTO EDITOR

08 | Commentary

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Commentary To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Hallie Keiper Contributing Writer @hallie.keiper

According to about seven Buzzfeed quizzes I’ve taken, Peter Kavinsky is destined to be my boyfriend, and I have to say, I am 100 percent okay with that. Let’s get one thing straight — Netflix’s newly released rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, based on the book series by Jenny Han, is adorable. I’m thinking that many people like me saw the movie cover and thought to themselves, I’ll bet this movie is about as cliché as they come, I can’t believe they keep remaking these same basic concepts, but oh well, guess I have to watch it! Though my original thought was that I was getting into another overdone storyline (girl and boy fake relationship, fake relationship turns real, real relationship has a misunderstood blip so girl and guy fight, guy and girl get back together), as I watched, I found more depth than that. Yes, it did follow that same

basic premise, but it felt even more enjoyable and more raw than most cliché rom-coms I watch cuddled up with blankets and popcorn. Protagonist Lara Jean’s life is going just fine. She’s quiet and shies away from the spotlight, but she is happy enough. Her life situation changes drastically the day someone mails out Lara Jean’s private love letters, which were never supposed to be sent, to Lara Jean’s crushes. Lara Jean is petrified, for obvious reasons, but specifically because her older sister’s ex-boyfriend Josh received one of the five letters. To avoid Josh and his questions, Lara Jean reluctantly agrees to fake-date Peter Kavinsky, a popular jock who wants in on the scheme to win back his ex-girlfriend. The two immediately have chemistry and they are both so darn beautiful inside and out, making it simple to fall in love with their journey. The film creates depth through numerous aspects, though it most notably delivers through the organic conversations between Lara Jean and Peter. During their pseudo-relationship, the duo frequently engages in remarkably real, raw conversation, complete with semi-awkward pauses and difficult topics such as grief and loss. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’s refreshing take on relationships is just that: refreshing. At one point, when Lara Jean and Peter are talking, Peter downplays the importance of his dad abandoning his family, to

which Lara Jean responds, “Well, we don’t have to talk about it, but it’s not whatever.” This sentence caught me off guard and I instantly knew that this was a film I would love. What kind of young adult romance movie has dialogue that conveys such understanding and empathy, yet still doesn’t minimize the importance of having those conversations? This one, my friends. This one. Despite the fact that I will praise this movie until my dying day, I am mindful enough to know that, like every movie, it has its faults. Like previously mentioned, the obvious, predictable plot line has to deduct a point or two from its overall rating for lack of true originality. There are also many stereotypical characters that multiply the feeling of predictability and unoriginality: the mean ex-girlfriend with few redeeming qualities, a quirky best friend with short, comical quips but lack of overall character development or importance to the plot and a charming jock (though this one has some personality, finally). As with many movies, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before created plenty of media hype, seen by many who had not yet watched the film. Though this did not occur for me, as I watched it the night after it was released, a few of my friends have said they decently enjoyed the movie but felt the buildup they had seen previously made them disappointed in the actual product. Sure, the film was predictable,

LANA CONDOR stars as protagonist Lara Jean in this Netflix original. She can also be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse and Patriots Day. POSTER COURTESY OF NETFLIX IMAGES

with all the basic elements that make up the well-loved rom-com, but it doesn’t take away from the strength and value of the work as a whole. Though the main leads and their beautiful faces did not hurt my opinion on this movie, I couldn’t help but feel as if I were watching a John Hughes movie set in the present day. With a POC lead, realistic details in the character’s lives and

dialogue varying from sharply witty to compassionately moving contributing to the film’s substance, I believe this movie is up there with my favorite rom-coms. A movie with insight and beauty and flaws and truths throughout, it earns a place on my Netflix list forever, so I can watch it over and over again, praying for my own Peter Kavinsky to come along.

Online classes: The good, ORDER YOUR FAVORITE the bad, and the ugly Ellie Hilscher Contributing Writer @Elliehilscher

As someone who has taken multiple online courses, I feel that online courses are a great option for students to take if they are busy or have commitments during the week. I took multiple online classes over the summer and fall terms for the past two years. I would say that each online course I’ve taken is as hard as one that you would go to on campus. I’ve found the classes I’ve taken online have helped me dive into specific interests of mine while also managing other courses.

Some online classes are only one credit and others are a full three. They range in difficulty, which is convenient for students who aren’t sure of what level of workload they can handle. I enjoy taking the one-credit classes because, like I said above, it gives me an opportunity to do some work in interests that are different from my major. As a digital media productions major, I’ve enjoyed being able to branch out and take classes that interest me in other subject areas. I think that some classes have a different feeling because you aren’t getting that one-on-one contact with your professor and peers, but at the same time, I feel I am still able to learn the course material.

One thing about online courses is that they are full of readings because there are not any lectures. This can either be a challenge for students or a preferred method of study. A lot of students tend to take online ones because “it’s easier,” but I have found that to not be true. I probably do more reading in some of my online classes then the ones on campus. On top of that, I would encourage Drake to offer more online programs from different fields. This would give students opportunities to expand their knowledge in different subject areas and give alternative learning options for students that struggle in a traditional classroom. It’s a great way to explore other interests.

DRAKE STUDENTS enjoy their time working on their online classes inside Olmsted Center. Advantages of online classes is the ability to do your work wherever your heart desires. PHOTO BY HANNAH COHEN | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER


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