On April 17, seniors Tracy Sibbel and MaKenna Dopheide brought the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence‘s Sticker Shock Campaign, “Ask First. Respect the Answer,” to Simpson College. Students were encouraged to wear red to support the fight against domestic violence, relationship abuse and sexual coercion. Stickers were handed out and statistics were shared.
“There was an amazing turnout,” said Tierney Israel, senior and LGBTQA president. “The Drag Show is usually our biggest event, but I would definitely say it was the most people I’ve seen there.”
Israel credited the host of the event, Simpson alumnus Drew Riebhoff, as well as the other “professional queens” that performed at the event for making the night a success.
Performers chose songs that represented the “Music Through the Decades” theme, and the top three student groups were awarded cash prizes.
Junior Casey Coppess – aka Alyssa Savage – took home $100 for first place.
“I decided to do the drag show as a way to stand up in front of everyone and say I am proud to be a part of this community, and I am proud to be a homosexual man,” Coppess said. “I’ve always felt that society is bound by useless rules and standards.”
The night marked sophomore Erin Gerken’s first attendance to a drag show.
“I thought it was amazing,” Gerken said. “I was so impressed by all the performers. I had never been to a drag show before so I didn’t really know what to expect, and I was completely blown away by the talent.”
“The crowd was great as far as participating, cheering for their friends, and – of course – tipping our performers who came down here for free,” Israel said.
While the event ended in celebration, Coppess reminds everyone that there is a compelling idea behind drag shows.
“I think society puts unnecessary pressure on people to follow gender roles, and until we stop looking at certain things as feminine or masculine, we can’t grow into a more accepting and open-minded society,” Coppess said.
Second place went to the group LezSync, who received $75. ABBA took third place with a $50 prize.
Throughout March, Jezebel has hosted an epic tournament concerning a question that has troubled women throughout history: sex or chocolate?
So many of life’s questions go unanswered. However, in honor of March Madness, Jezebel has chosen to resolve some of these concerns. First, it was Pie vs. Cake. Then, Cats vs. Dogs. Now? Sex vs. Chocolate.
The bracket included a variety of options from each category.
The tournament was down to the final two yesterday: missionary vs. brownies.
And, the winner?
The age-old question has finally been resolved!
Security at Simpson College warns students of an attack on campus today.
According to the report, at approximately 1:23 p.m. a female student was “grabbed and groped” by an unknown male subject after being followed into the northwest entrance of Station Square apartments.
The description of the unknown male:
“White Male Adult, Approximately 30 years old, 6’1″ to 6’2″, 180 lbs with dark short hair. The subject was reported to be wearing a button down dress shirt and possibly jeans.”
To report any information:
Indianola Police Department 961-9400
Campus Security 961-1711