I Am That Girl

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Terry Hernandez shared these wise words that were said by tennis player Arthur Ashe to the I Am That Girl club at Drake University at Nov. 21 meeting.

President Eden Kreighbaum was excited to welcome the organization’s first guest speaker, Hernandez.

The meeting opened by discussing the club’s latest fundraiser, a bake sale. Kreighbaum reiterated that volunteer slots were still available to table 11 to 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in Olmsted Center and 4 to 7 p.m. in Hubbell Dining Hall. The money raised will be donated to Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization in Des Moines founded to inform and empower young women.

Hernandez, a Chrysalis representative, spoke to the club for half an hour on empowerment in young women.

“What you’re doing with the program around I Am That Girl,” Hernandez said. “Is that you’re telling yourself and each other that you’re strong, willing to do things and proud in being a woman.”

The newly founded club, I Am That Girl, has been official for one month. Kreighbaum began the club after reading a book, “I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl,” earlier in the summer which sparked her interest to how she could incorporate what she learned and localize it. She went through an extensive training process to bring another safe space to Drake’s campus.

“In high school, I was so used to having discussions about women in the media in literally every class,” Kreighbaum said. “It was these types of discussions that were worked into my entire academic experience and I was really missing that at Drake.”

Madeline Hession, vice president of service, joined the club because she was looking for a unique organization that opened an opportunity to provide a support system from different women.

“I’m getting a perspective from other women that I wouldn’t have gotten if I hadn’t joined this group,” Hession said.

A major factor in I Am That Girl is the importance of inclusion.

“There’s definitely a need for a space in our world for girls and women to talk about issues affecting them,” Kreighbaum said. “For a change to happen it needs to involve other people outside of a small group.”

Hession stressed the significance of diversity.

“I think intersectionality is super important,” Hession said. “If we were just a group of white women discussing the issues that affect white women, it’s not as productive as if we were a diverse and inclusive group discussing the issues that affect everyone.”

Kreighbaum opens every meeting with housekeeping and leads into an activity in which attendees partake in. Individually, the members share why they are ‘that girl’ for the day. During a typical meeting a topic of discussion would then be announced and then followed by four open- ended questions the club answers.

Meetings are held at 8 p.m. every Monday in room 235 Meredith Hall.

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Election Day

Students at Drake University were encouraged all semester to voice their opinion and vote in the 2016 presidential election. On Nov. 8, polling began across America. The time finally came for college students to vote at the polls in their first presidential election, yet some had already voted.

Drake Associate Professor of Journalism, Lee Jolliffe, had previously sent in an absentee ballot. Jolliffe is the state wide chair of volunteers for the Hillary Clinton group out of Dallas and also has taught the first year seminar, Iowa Caucuses: Grassroots Politics on a Global Stage, at Drake. Jolliffe sent in an absentee ballot because she wanted to work at the poll tables Tuesday night.
Sophomore Nathan Paulsen has been spending time as the youth campaign director for republican David Young. He, along with Jolliffe, was one of many who submitted an absentee ballot.

“I knew there’d be a lot of people voting and obviously I didn’t want to wait in line,” Paulsen said. Working on Young’s campaign didn’t give Paulsen much free time to vote on election day.

Paulsen saw no downside to early voting. “It doesn’t give an excuse to not vote,” Paulsen said. “When people say ‘well I didn’t have time,’ this does not give an excuse not to vote when they could have.”

On the other hand, senior Travis Brauer wanted to get the full experience of voting in his first presidential election so he attended a polling site. Brauer had no incentive to vote earlier so he waited until election day.

Brauer believes that since polling sites were close to Drake’s campus, there was a better student voter turnout. “Drake is uniquely and politically involved already,” Brauer said.

“If students at Drake weren’t constantly notified where to vote, I think we would have a significantly lower turnout, if not under 40 percent,” Paulsen said.

Paulsen also said that early voting would raise voting numbers and redirect marketing advertisements.

“Early voting could be used a lot more effectively and more marketed,” Paulsen said. “This helps the candidates determine where they need to target their ads.”

Early voting gives citizens the opportunity to lock their vote before the election day.

“From a democratic standpoint, we are given a couple months to get people out to vote,” Jolliffe said.  “We are really bad about showing up and voting on election day.”

Many students that attend Drake are from across the country, and to vote in Iowa, one is required to register. Administration advised students to be familiar with the voting process. When students register to vote in Iowa, they are given the opportunity to vote in the state and local elections in the community rather than in their hometown which is what an absentee ballot would provide.

According to the Drake University website, they stated that they are “committed to meaningful and thoughtful conversation about the issues that define our public life and we encourage informed participation in those conversations, including participation in the electoral process.”

Jolliffe can attest to political commitment in Drake students. “I don’t care what you think, I just want you to think and to vote,” Jolliffe said.

Regardless political beliefs, students were encouraged to vote. Polling was held for students on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m throughout various locations around Drake.

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Young Voters Vote Young

With elections less than a week away, candidates know that this is a vital time to represent themselves to the United States citizens. David Young, United States Congressman, visited Drake University while on tour for his re-election campaign.

“The people of Iowa are my bosses,” Young said. “It’s an honor to work for them every day to make America better.”

Young, Drake Alumni, visited for an hour at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jethro’s BBQ on Forest Ave. Around 50 people attended his campaign event that was presented by the Young Voters Vote Young organization. He and Zach Nunn, State Representative, took the time to individually greet all attendees and then address the group as a whole. Young’s campaign is revolved around listening to the people.

Nunn recently returned from serving overseas with the Iowa National Guard. “The hardest thing to do is come back from a combat zone,” Nunn said. “Especially not knowing that your country is going to be there for you when you were there for them.” Young is demonstrating his personal relationships with Iowans by making this issue a priority.

Nathan Paulsen, sophomore at Drake, has been spending his time as the youth campaign director for Young. Paulsen does outreach work for the campaign at Drake and Simpson College. This year he created a temporary organization, Young Voters Vote Young. This was developed to create easier accessibility for students, supporting any campaign, to obtain conference rooms at Drake.

Paulsen emphasized that students at Drake are privileged to come in contact with a multitude of opportunities to be involved with the political world. “We are able to literally go and talk to a United States Congressman,” Paulsen said. “Thats not usually an option at other states or colleges unless hundreds of students attend.”

Sophomore Kylie Busick attended the event due to personal connections with Nunn, Young’s endorser. Busick had previously met Nunn through student Kasey Clary who worked as Nunn’s chief of operations intern this past year.

Political involvement from students at Drake is very important, Clary said. “A lot of people aren’t informed about our government,” Busick said. “This plays a huge role in voter turnout.” By attending events or even volunteering, individuals are going to get exposure, Paulsen said.
The United States Census estimated that 3,123,899 million people were residing in Iowa during the year of 2015. “I hope that you don’t feel that you do not have a voice because you do,” Young said. “When is comes to your government, I want to make sure the Constitution is protected especially the First Amendment.”

Paulsen and Clary are taking ownership of their freedom, provided by the First Amendment, by holding political positions in local campaigns. “In the end, it is you who decides who governs us,” Young said. “After all, this is a self governing country.”

The election will be held Nov 8.

 

Written by Maric Salocker

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Meals from the Heartland

The Food and Agriculture Organization declared that more than 793 million people worldwide do not receive enough food to live a healthy life. In 2014, Feeding America conducted a study that found more than 400,000 Iowans rank below the poverty level. This means 1 in 8 people from Iowa battle with not having enough food.

Meals from the Heartland is an organization located in West Des Moines, Iowa that is composed of volunteers who package meals. The meals are nutrition based and are comprised of protein and vitamins. Once packaged, the meals are then delivered to people not only in Iowa, but worldwide. Meals from the Heartland has delivered almost 65 million meals throughout the world.

The student athletes at Drake University have taken the initiative to help support Meals from the Heartland. Samantha Nielsen, co-president of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, created a challenge for athletes and athletic faculty to participate—penny wars. In every team’s locker room, jars were placed for athletes to give spare change through a series of weeks.

The penny war challenge is between the athletes and faculty which began Oct. 3. It takes only 20 cents to pay for a meal, Nielsen said.

“I think it’s a good idea,” volleyball player Grace Schofield said. “It’s very competitive which athletes obviously love!”

At Drake University, student-athletes are held to a high standard that exemplifies excellence along with cultural ethics. According to the Drake University Athletic website, Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake’s athletic director, said “We intend for Drake student-athletes to graduate as world-class leaders being pursued by the top employers and graduate schools in the country.”

Four years ago, The Bulldog Way was a program introduced to the campus to provide activities for the athletes to give back to their community. The Bulldog Way’s mission states, “We maximize our potential by aspiring to greatness.”

Nielsen found the importance in the commitment to aspire to greatness. Nielsen, along with her co-president, wanted to give a lasting purpose to the Bulldog Way program.

“In the past, the athletes participated in a welcome back picnic,” Nielsen said. “It was always lame so we wanted to find an activity that was impactful and fun for everyone to participate.”

The two thought of the idea to bring Meals from the Heartland to Drake University. The event took place Aug. 21 in the Bell Center at Drake University. All athletes and athletic staff participated in packaging more than 40,000 meals.

Football player Charles Schulte had participated in a similar activity when he was in middle school. He distinctly remembered that his school made the students eat a meal that they had packaged.

“The meals are specifically made with the necessary vitamins and minerals to create a sustainable meal,” Schulte said. “I didn’t like it though and I wasn’t hungry for a couple days after.”

Schulte formed a greater appreciation for the lifestyle he had been given. He saw the significance of the event knowing the program fed millions every year.

“I feel that athletes were really into the meal packaging,” Schulte said. “It was fast, effective and made a big impact in a short amount of time.”

The fall packing funds were paid by local businesses, but the funds raised from the penny war challenge will be used for the 2017 meal packaging.

The penny war challenge will continue until Oct. 28.

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The First 1,000 Days: A Critical Time for Mother and Child–And the World

Roger Thurow was warned that looking into the eyes of someone who was dying from hunger becomes a disease to one’s soul. When the first famine of the 21st century left 14 million people starving in Ethiopia, Thurow had finally looked into those eyes.

“I was stopped cold,” said Thurow, who spoke for more than an hour in Sussman Theater at Drake University. Almost 100 people attended his speech that was presented by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy gn_1000days_cover_thurow_197x299and Citizen Engagement. Former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, Thurow, had recently published “The First 1,000 Days: A Critical Time for Mother and Child—And the World.”

When Thurow stopped in Ethiopia, he grew a passion to keep going back. As a journalist, he wanted to start his focus on the issue of hunger. Throughout the next couple years Thurow started tracking specific families with newborns from Guatemala, India, Uganda and the United States.

Through his research, he found an emerging issue that nutrition from the first 1000 days of a newborn’s life was being ignored. The brain grows the most expansively during this time. Eating food that contains certain levels of content and minerals is important during this time.

“The brain takes 70 percent of the calorie intake from food which is essential for the brain and immune system,” Thurow said.

A mother from Uganda told him “the deepest form of misery was being a mother who was unable to take care of the cry of a starving child.”

While families in other countries are battling malnutrition, the United States is struggling as well with poor nutrition. In Chicago, 25 percent of children entering kindergarten are overweight, Thurow said.

Harkin Institute’s public relations manager, Sarah Mattes, was in shock when Thurow discussed a family from the United States. Mattes, a Chicago native, read beforehand about the family Thurow tracked from the United States who happened to be from Chicago.

“It blew my mind,” Mattes said. “To think that there are children with stunted and low cognitive abilities because of poor nutrition, in what’s considered my hometown, was startling.” Kathryn Allen, senior student staff who helped organize the event, was not as taken back

by Thurow’s discussion of the United States but more of the fact he addressed the situation. “I think a lot of times,” Allen said. “We want to believe that it doesn’t happen here.” What brought the most attention to Allen was Thurow’s discussion of the ripple effect.

When one throws a rock into a pond, the ripples come back to his or her own feet. A stunted child anywhere is a stunted child everywhere, Thurow said.

“It’s not just happening over in Uganda or Ethiopia,” Allen said. “Its happening here in Des Moines.”

Allen and Mattes both found importance of informing the community about this subject.

“Being in college we tend to live in our own bubble,” Mattes said. “We don’t know what’s going on in the world around us.”

After a few years from first meeting the four separate families, Thurow had gone back to see how they were doing. He was happy they were still alive, but as predicted, the children had

stunted growth and a low cognitive abilities. Thurow continues to travel for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a senior fellow for global food and agriculture.

Written by Maric Salocker

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Go Away

“Go away,” said Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, who holds a Phd. in German. “Anyone who feasibly can and has the least bit of interest should go away and study abroad.”

This is exactly what student Mackenzie Busekist did her spring semester of 2016. Drake International has made it possible for Busekist and many other Drake students to experience the world.
When looking into studying abroad, Busekist struggled. “I had no idea imageswhat I was doing, where I wanted to go, or what program to use,” Busekist said. “The Drake study abroad program was so helpful.”

On Sept. 13, Drake International officially allowed students to have access to a new program called Terra Dotta.

Morgan Springer, study abroad adviser, said Drake previously had an application system called Horizons. “Terra Dotta is a new way for Drake to track students who are going abroad or who are interested in going,” said Springer.

According to the study abroad website, Drake has connections in 70 countries and more than 500 programs. The new system makes the application process more efficient and compatible for the students. To start the study abroad process, one must complete Education Abroad 101. This is a 30 minute presentation informing students on the different program options and the financial aid available. Once completing the presentation, a survey is given so students can fill out their major and where they plan to study. This is so the right adviser can be selected for that particular student.

After going through the process, Busekist decided Rome, Italy, and before she left, set personal goals for herself to accomplish.

“I wanted to go outside my comfort zone,” Busekist said. “If I can figure out how to navigate around Rome alone, then I can do so much.”

Springer and Pinheiro-Cadd can attest that studying abroad helps accomplish personal goals and results in individual growth. Springer’s experience to Uganda impacted her life to an extent that she is now advising and helping people realize the importance of studying abroad.

Pinheiro-Cadd has been working with the abroad program for all 12 years he has been at Drake. His interest with the program came from his one-year stay in Germany.

“Living abroad can be a transformative experience,” Pinheiro-Cadd said. “You ask yourself questions you wouldn’t have typically asked.”

Pinheiro-Cadd realized that students come back with distinguished skills which are then highlighted in their jobs at home.

“Students are not always in control when abroad,”  Pinheiro-Cadd said. “They have to guess intelligently and become better observers because there are a lot of other ways to think and do things.”

Springer wanted to add advice for students applying for the study abroad program. “Keep an open mind when traveling and especially when choosing a program,” Springer said. “There is a program that fits a student’s major and desires better.”

“You don’t really know that the rest of the world is out there,” Pinheiro-Cadd said. “As cliche as it seems, I believe it could be a life changing experience.”

 

Written by Maric Salocker

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Sorority Recruitment 2016

When Julia Gutsch opened her invitation to become a new member to Kappa Alpha Theta, she was elated. The Panhellenic Council made it possible for Gutsch and about 150 women to finally find a new home away from home.

Sororities prepared for the most critical week of the year—recruitment week. Drake University held the four day recruitment process the second week of September. Potential new members at this time visited five sorority chapters, eliminating a house per night. On the final day of recruitment, potential new members received a bid from a house that was mutually selected and then joined their new sisters.

“What most people do not understand is the process that is taken for recruitment,”  Panhellenic President Madeline Hasley said.

Recruitment planning has been going on since February. As someone who oversees the Panhellenic Council, Hasley has put in hours of work to make recruitment successful for women. The Panhellenic president coordinates with chapters to ensure everything runs smoothly and reviews the bylaws and constitutions so they are overall more inclusive.

When she was not conducting Panhellenic meetings, she was attending leadership conferences so that she could continue to learn better techniques.  Hasley was assisted by a team of 12 other members, an adviser, and 25 Rho Gammas.

Rho Gammas were women in the chapters who had to be disaffiliated during recruitment in order to lead a group of potential new members.

“I had such a positive experience that I wanted to give back,” previous Rho Gamma Jessica Berei said. “We were there to help the women get to where they needed to be, but mainly to give an unbiased opinion especially when they couldn’t make a decision.”

The most challenging aspect of recruitment was the emotional toll that it had played. “The toughest part was seeing recruitment not have a positive impact on some people,” Berei said. “It was hard not being able to do anything about it.”

Hasley noted that it was not logistically possible for every woman to get a bid from their favorite chapter.

“I found my home easily,” Hasley said. “It’s hard to relate to certain women who can’t find what I found.”

Sophomore Julia Gutsch can attest to recruitment not working out. Gutsch had previously gone through recruitment as a first year, but ended up dropping out halfway through the week.

“I knew what to expect this year when going through recruitment again,” Gutsch said. “It’s a stressful week, but its a fun process and overall rewarding.”

Hasley and Berei both said the best part about their positions was seeing the women find the right chapter where they fit in.

Berei wanted to add advice for women that plan to go through next year. “Be yourself and do not be nervous,” Berei said.

Women go into recruitment hearing preconceived notions about the other chapters and try to fit in with the house they want to be in. “At the end of recruitment, you fit in where you fit in,” Berei said.

“One of the best parts about recruitment was seeing the potential new members receive bids from their favorite chapter,” Hasley said. “But the best was returning back to everyone where I found my home.”

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