“Drake Lake” Causes Drainage Issues

November 13, 2014 6:00 AM


“Drake Lake” is infamous for its rolling tide, swarming waters and is the single cause of every person’s drenched shoes on a mild rainy day.

“Drake Lake” is a student-identified term for the over-flooding of Drake University’s sidewalks. The excessive amount of water on the sidewalks has caused much resentment and discussion within the student community.

“Drake Lake” is usually located near the first-year Quad buildings and the Agora. It is due to a large stream of water flowing down the sidewalks towards Forest Avenue. Usually the large amount of water pools, allowing no area to walk through. This is quite common at most universities because of the amount of rainfall and draining trouble. Drake University has tried to fix the problem through several different solutions.

Director of Facilities Mark Chambers said the facilities team tries to fix these problems annually.

“When we find areas where water ponds or stands we install drainage. For example, on the northeast corner of Olmsted a large drain was added in the sidewalk and just off the northeast edge,” Chambers said. “Also north of the water feature at the Agora you will see newer concrete. This was placed to accommodate a low spot where water pooled. All in all, we chase and repair these every year.”

Student Senate Buildings and Grounds Liaison Zachary Belvins is aware of the issue and Senate is working to fix it, but there may be some roadblocks.

“Student Senate is aware of the drainage issues throughout campus and would ideally like to fix it,” Blevins said. “However, altering the drainage system would require extensive construction across campus, possibly requiring the destruction and rebuilding of buildings in order to change the foundation for new drainage pipes. As it has been described to me, the main issue lies in Drake’s placement in terms of Des Moines’ storm drainage pipes, where the pipes fill up before our drainage is completely in there. I have full trust in Drake’s facilities and grounds staff, as they have the most information and experience with our drainage system.”

Many students wear rain boots, plastic bags around shoes or other gear to avoid getting their shoes drenched.

Some students like wearing rain boots as it can be fashionable with all different colors, shapes and sizes. However, even with the ability to wear rainproof shoes, students still become frustrated.

Sophomore Emelia Fabel sees “Drake Lake” as something that makes the university special.

“At the end of the day, it is a unique characteristic of the campus that is kind of cool, and leads to some fun stories,” Fabel said.

Chambers encourages students to call facilities if there are problems on campus.

“If they know it is flooded, plan another route,” Chambers said. “Let us know of areas that hold water at (515) 271-3955. If it is raining, especially hard, expect some water on hard surfaces both walking and driving.”

Drake Wins Thriller Over Dayton in Final Minute

November 12, 2014 4:00 PM


Running back T.J. James carries the ball during Drake's matchup against San Diego Nov. 1 at Drake Stadium. James ran a career-high 117 yards on Saturday as the Bulldogs topped Dayton, 34-20. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE

Running back T.J. James carries the ball during Drake’s matchup against San Diego Nov. 1 at Drake Stadium. James ran a career-high 117 yards on Saturday as the Bulldogs topped Dayton, 34-20. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE

Down 30-27 and facing a fourth and one at the Dayton 18-yard line with 49 seconds left, Drake head coach Rick Fox called a timeout. He had a choice to make.

Should they attempt a game-tying field goal, or try for the first down that would hopefully lead to the winning touchdown?

After meeting with his offense, Fox chose the latter.

“The guys were, ‘Coach, we got to go for it,’” Fox said.

After some tentative play on offense in the previous week’s loss to San Diego, the theme in practice leading up to Saturday was to “play reckless” — to not worry about making mistakes.

“That’s what the guys said, ‘Hey, we’re going to be reckless this week. Let’s be reckless right now and go get it done,’” Fox said. “They made that call as much as anybody, but I had a good hunch that they were going to make that call.”

He put the ball in the hands of quarterback Andy Rice. Rice took the snap and he and the Bulldog offensive line pushed forward two yards. First down.

Three plays later, Rice found receiver Michael Hudson wide open in the front left corner of the end zone. The extra point was good, and Drake had its first lead of the game with 18 seconds left, 34-30.

Caz Zyks intercepted Dayton quarterback Will Bardo’s Hail Mary try as time expired. Drake moved to 6-4 overall, and 5-2 in the Pioneer Football League.

After falling into a 14-0 hole in the first half, Drake spent nearly the entire game playing from behind.

Benefitting from excellent field position on its first drive, Dayton took only three plays to get on the board. From the Drake 24, Bardo ran a perfect zone-option, yanking his handoff back at the last second and trotting into the end zone untouched.

The Bulldog offense sputtered in the first quarter, either turning the ball over or punting to end each drive. Not to mention, Dayton tacked on another touchdown when running back Connor Kacsor broke a pair of tackles during his 28-yard burst to the end zone.

If the Bulldogs wanted to keep the game within reach, the offense needed to respond.

Drake started at its own 16-yard line after the ensuing kickoff. Rice dropped back and saw tight end Andrew Yarwood streaking up the seam, completely uncovered. It was an easy pitch-and-catch. The sophomore sprinted 84 yards for the touchdown — without a Flyer defender within 10 yards of him — to halve Dayton’s lead to 14-7.

“We ran that play because we knew it was there,” Fox said.

Fox wanted his offense to play with more maturity, to grow up, after the San Diego game. He got his wish.

“You could feel it on the sideline,” Fox said. “And that play to Andrew Yarwood really sparked us, and then we played with maturity and confidence for the rest of the game.”

The Bulldogs’ next drive was a mammoth 16-play, 96-yard march down the field. Rice and running backs T.J. James and Conley Wilkins accounted for 88 of those yards on the ground, highlighted by Rice’s 31-yard dash up the sideline. Wilkins’ one-yard plunge brought Drake within one, but the extra point did not go according to plan.

Instead of splitting the uprights, Spencer Lee’s kick was blocked. Dayton’s Cameron Stubbs scooped it up and returned it all the way to the opposite end zone. That gave Dayton a bonus two points, and the Flyers led 16-13.

Lee also had a 22-yard field goal blocked in the third quarter as Drake’s kicking woes continued. Bulldog kickers are now a combined 4-of-11 on the season.

Dayton tacked on another touchdown later in the quarter, but the Flyer offense made a crucial mistake at the end of the first half.

With 1:09 to go, Kascor took the handoff and tried the left side. Drake’s John Hugunin made the hit and jarred the ball loose. Sean Conerty fell on it, and Drake was in business at the Dayton 14 with 1:01 to go.

Rice only took three plays to find Hudson in the back of the end zone. The 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left cut the Flyer lead to 23-20.

“Whenever you score at the end of a half, going into that locker room, that momentum usually stays with you going into the second half, and it certainly did that for us, offensively,” Fox said.

Bardo hit Ross Smith for a 20-yard touchdown to open the second half, but Drake again responded late in the third.

Still relying on the ground game, Rice and the backfield paced the Bulldogs down the field. Besides an 11-yard completion to Matthew Denning, all the yardage came on the ground, culminating in another Wilkins touchdown, this time from the eight yard line.

In all, Drake rushed for an impressive 277 yards and a 5.8 yards-per-carry average. James ran for a career-high 117 yards, and Rice added 99. The 277 yards was Drake’s second-most this season, only falling behind the comical 343 yards the Bulldogs put up on Davidson Oct. 11.

With only a three-point deficit, the stage was set for the deciding fourth-down call.

The win lifted Drake to within a game of the top spot in the PFL. However, the Bulldogs will not earn the PFL’s automatic qualifier spot in the 2014 FCS playoffs. That distinction will fall to either Jacksonville or San Diego.

The best Drake can do is tie Jacksonville and San Diego at the top of the standings, but Drake lost to both teams earlier this season, so tiebreaker rules easily eliminate the Bulldogs.

In any event, the Bulldogs are in the middle of their second bye week of the season, preparing for their first-ever matchup with the Stetson Hatters next Saturday. The kickoff for the season finale is set for noon under the Florida sun.

“It’s going to be a week of focusing on the little things and perfecting them for the last game,” Fox said. “I think our guys are pretty motivated and excited about it.”

Douglas Kearny, Poet, Visits Cowles Library

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Douglas Kearney, an award-winning poet, visited Cowles Library last Thursday to perform some of his own poetry and to highlight several other local poets.

The Coalition of Black Students and RunDSM coordinated the event, entitled “SHOUT,” along with the help of Professor Brian Spears.

Kearney presented seven students who performed their own poetry on topics ranging from the perpetuation of racial stereotypes and the lure of fame to riches, drugs and false perceptions of beauty.

Maddie Cox, one of the student-poets, shared how she first came to love poetry.

“I like poetry because it’s a way to express myself and have people actually listen,” Cox said. “If you have a mic, people will listen.”

After the students showed their skills, Kearney took the podium to perform. He threw his voice and contrasted whispers into the microphone with sudden shouts, slow speech and quick words, including a set of three songs.

The songs focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while Kearney’s poems commented on domestic abuse, abortion, miscarriage and college.

After the event, many of the audience remained to speak with Kearney, his favorite part of performing.

“It’s fun to get up and do the work,” Kearney said. “The work stays the same, your reading of it changes, but the work kind of stays the same. What changes are the people you’re engaging with.”

Although his tastes have grown over the years to include poets like Bob Kaufman and Harryette Mullen, Kearney said he grew up listening to hip-hop.

He highlighted De La Soul and Ice Cube as some of his early favorites.

Cox found poetry in a different way, saying she was invited to a poetry workshop in high school and became immediately hooked on the art.

However, Kearney’s love of poetry did not blossom as immediately as Cox’s did. He began writing fiction, but found that he would become fixated on the words and lose the story along the way.

“I was more interested in how the language bounced off of itself,” Kearney said. “I realized that so much of poetry is taking that language and making it do remarkable things.”

Not only has his interest in poetry grown over the years, but Kearney also enjoys encouraging conversation.

“When I first started, I felt like the job of my work was to provide answers and that oftentimes meant oversimplifying problems and questions,” Kearney said. “I’ve discovered it is much more honest and much more rewarding. Sometimes your work is just driving towards another question. And then when you have a conversation about that … people are now talking about the issue because you didn’t give them an answer to it. You gave them a question that people feel like perhaps they can answer.”

Although his poetry might be saddening to some, Kearney is a hopeful person.

“We are in this together,” Kearney said. “That’s what civilization is.”

Rowing Gets Big Win Over Creighton, Enters Off Season on High Note

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Beall is a junior public relations and English double major and can be reached at ashley.beall@drake.edu

Beall is a junior public relations and English double major and can be reached at ashley.beall@drake.edu

Last Saturday, the crew team faced Creighton in the 22nd annual head dual.

After losing last year, I’m proud to say we won and brought the trophy back to where it belongs.

Saturday didn’t start off as the greatest of days. We had bad weather conditions and were forced to change the format of our race.

With the windy conditions, the coaches deemed the planned race course unsafe.

So, instead, we did the 500-meter races on a straight stretch of the river.

Each race was about one to two minutes long, whereas we were supposed to race 1,500-meter races, which are typically six to eight minutes.

We hadn’t been training for this short of a race so it threw us for a bit of a loop.

The format of the head dual is as follows. Each team fills three boats to race head-to-head, the varsity four, the second varsity eight and the varsity eight boats.

Each boat earns a certain amount of points based on its finish, and those amounts add up to find out which team wins.

Our varsity four and second varsity eight boats lost, while our varsity eight was able to pull out a victory.

It was kind of a whirlwind of a day.

But, I’m thrilled we were able to beat Creighton and overcome the challenges that were thrown at us.

The Creighton dual was the last race of our fall season, and we are now headed into the indoor season.

Indoor season usually consists of grueling practices where we erg row, run, do yoga and complete different types of training circuits.

The indoor season makes you wish you were outside in the freezing cold rowing, rather than being stuck inside training.

I’m going to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of indoor season.

I often leave practice walking like an old lady, but this pain will eventually be worth it.

That’s what I have to keep reminding myself.

We face Creighton again in the spring, but this time on its river.

We were able to pull away with an overall victory this time, and I want to make sure that happens again next time.

My boat wasn’t able to beat Creighton’s, and I want to change that for the spring season.

Working hard through this indoor season will hopefully do just that.

I’m not entirely sure what our coach has planned for us these next two weeks, but I’m sure after the initial pain and soreness, I’ll appreciate how it has pushed me to become better and stronger.

For now, we can only hope, right?

Student Activists for Gender Equality Holds Annual Conference

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Drake University’s Student Activists for Gender Equality (SAGE) have been so busy that they moved their annual conference from the spring semester to the fall to accommodate conflicting programs.

SAGE held its annual conference from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Medbury Hall Honors Lounge. SAGE President Samantha Brenner explained that the scheduling change was made to accommodate the “Vagina Monologues,” which will take place  in the spring.

Brenner was pleased to see more Drake students attend the conference than in years past.

“In general, when we do programs, we want to reach people who don’t go to our meetings regularly,” Brenner said.

Although 57 people had registered, 15-20 people were in attendance at one time.

“We’ll have people trickling in and out throughout the day,” Brenner said during the event. “That’s kind of the nature of it.”

The conference began with a speech from Tess Cody, the campus outreach coordinator from Crisis Intervention Services, a group that provides support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Cody reviewed sexual assault laws at the federal, state and university levels, but said she would have liked to discuss even more information.

“I acknowledge that sexual assault policy is not something you can cover in an hour,” Cody said.

At the national level, Cody discussed Title IX provisions, including the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which aims to create transparency about sexual assaults on college campuses and provides support for victims.

The Campus SaVE Act also requires universities to provide education about sexual assault prevention.

A video shared at the conference titled, “Know Your IX,” can be viewed for more information about victim rights under Title IX.

Cody also discussed sexual assault policy at Drake. SAGE members agreed that Drake policy needs to be discussed more.

“It’s important that people know their rights,” Brenner said.

Becca Lee, a Drake graduate and the Des Moines site director for the website

Hollaback! spoke as well. Hollaback! is an organization designed to end street harassment. The website acts as a forum for victims to post their stories.

“We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated, and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” Lee said.

SAGE members discussed the various forms of street harassment from the seemingly harmless “Smile, baby” to the more intimidating stalking and groping that sometimes occurs

Lee said responding to these unwelcome advances can be tricky.

“You first have to ask if you are in danger,” Lee said. “However you feel safe to respond, we support that.”

Students from Drake’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) presented about the role of a bystander in dating violence. Drake alum David Heineman also spoke about rape culture and self-defense.

First year SAGE member Phoebe Clark said Heineman’s talk was the most intense part of the conference.

“When he talked about acquaintance rape, it got really real,” Clark said.

Like Brenner, Clark was pleased to see more Drake students in attendance. But she still isn’t satisfied with the number.

“More people would be nice, especially from other places, like the (Des Moines) community and other schools,” Clark said.

Brenner agrees that a more diverse audience would be ideal.

“We want to attract people who are interested but involved in other activities,” Brenner said.

SAGE meets at 9 p.m. every Monday in the CAYA house, located at 1153 28th St. in Des Moines. All Drake students are welcome to attend.


Charles Gets Time Against U.S. in National Match

November 6, 2014 6:00 AM


This season, senior women’s soccer player Generve Charles has been forced to balance her time between a Drake team bound for the MVC Championship Semifinals and Haiti’s Women’s National Soccer team.

Charles, who scored in her first-ever appearance with the Haitian team, sat down with The Times-Delphic to discuss adjusting to different playing styles, gaining a deeper appreciation for Haitian culture and her experience playing against Abby Wambach and the U.S. Women’s National team.


Times-Delphic: Have you had to adjust your mindset coming into this season, balancing time between the Drake women’s team and the Haiti National team?

Generve Charles: I have kind of two different roles, playing on two different teams. Whereas on this team, I’m a starter. I play a lot of minutes, am a captain and have a bigger role.

When I go play with Haiti, I come off the bench. I haven’t been playing with those girls for very long, I’ve only played in two tournaments with them, so I’m still getting adjusted. The level of comfort is different, I’m still adjusting to how the Haiti women’s team is playing, still kind of learning their style and how the other girls play.


TD: What can you do to make sure your impact on a team’s chemistry is positive?

GC: Everyone has a role on the team. Being, per say, the “New Girl” on the team, they welcomed me in as if I was family and they’d known me forever. I didn’t feel like I needed to be standoffish or hide how I normally would be with my Drake team.


TD: What went through your mind as you took the field against the U.S. Women’s National Team?

GC: I think that was the most surreal moment of my soccer career. You grow up as a soccer player, especially a female player, and those are the girls and the team you grow up watching. You always watch them on TV, watch them with your friends and your teammates and your family and then, all of a sudden, I’m standing, about to sub-in and go play on the actual field with them.

It was almost like I wasn’t really there. My family was there too, so it was awesome. I’m glad I got to share it with them. They were all super excited for me and all my teammates watched it on TV. It was unbelievable. Definitely a lucky opportunity.


TD: Are there any women on the U.S. team whose game you’ve modeled yours after or who have influenced your playing style?

GC: Not necessarily my playing style. But I’m someone who would be thought of on the field as a goal-scorer, being a forward in the midfield, so Abby Wambach is a pure goal scorer. She’s unbelievable. She scored two goals against us, I think. I’ve always really loved how she plays.


TD: Has the experience playing for the Haiti team drawn you closer to the country? Has it made you think of your heritage and ancestry?

GC: Growing up, (the Haitian)side of my family — my dad’s side — was very important, and it wasn’t something that wasn’t talked about or stressed to us. It was still a very big part. But, at the same time, all of my mom’s family is in the United States, and my grandparents live like 20 minutes away from us. So obviously, American culture has always been the main focus in our family.

It was really cool because my dad came on all the trips and I got to see him interacting with the girls. They acted like they had known each other their whole lives.

I knew my dad had a really tough upbringing as a man-of-the-family and in charge of everything and came over (to the US) for college. Seeing those girls and seeing how they, too, have serious hardships they’d been through before they came to the United States just reminded me of that. It reiterated how lucky I am that my dad came over here and did this for us.

Now, I have this opportunity, pretty much, because of him and my family being a part of that. My mom likes to say, “Everything comes full circle.”


TD: Do you have post-Drake plans to continue playing soccer?

GC: Right now, I’m not really sure what my plans are. I’m kind of leaving everything open right now, just because I don’t necessarily know what I want to do. I’m not blocking anything out, and I’m not locking anything in. Right now, I’m pretty open to anything. I know (Haiti coach Shek Borkowski) is kind of working on rebuilding the team.


Charles is now back with the Drake squad, as they knocked off Loyola in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Saturday. The Bulldogs take on Evansville in Normal, Illinois in the MVC semifinals on Friday.