The real world sucks: graduation from a senior’s perspective

April 27, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY STEPHANIE KOCER

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

It can’t already be April 2015. It can’t. I remember when I was 18 just moving into my freshman dorm room. So naïve.

I had so much ahead of me. Senior capstone was years away. Applying for jobs was in the future.

And now it’s almost time for me to graduate from college.

Am I an adult? How does one tell if they have reached adulthood yet? Does it happen overnight? Do you get a certificate in the mail?

I don’t think I was supposed to be an adult. I want to be one, but the corndogs I just warmed up in the microwave seem to tell me differently. (more…)

Humans of Drake

9:00 AM

Sophomore Brenna Paukert profiles nine members of the Drake community through a series of photos and conversations.

RACHEL SPITZIG “For me, trekking isn’t about the destination. It’s all about the path to the destination. For two weeks, I spent every waking moment with eight strangers and a guy I had barely known for six months crossing the Himalayas with no connection to the outside world. That was the real adventure.”

RACHEL SPITZIG
“For me, trekking isn’t about the destination. It’s all about the path to the destination. For two weeks, I spent every waking moment with eight strangers and a guy I had barely known for six months crossing the Himalayas with no connection to the outside world. That was the real adventure.”

MOLLY LAMOUREUX “I went to New York over spring break and had three interviews set up. In less than 48 hours, Harper’s Bazaar got back to me. I didn’t even think twice. I really wanted to do this and knowing that all my hard work was recognized by someone as prestigious and important as Harper’s Bazaar made me feel really good. It confirms that all these extra fashion endeavors are worth my time.”

MOLLY LAMOUREUX
“I went to New York over spring break and had three interviews set up. In less than 48 hours, Harper’s Bazaar got back to me. I didn’t even think twice. I really wanted to do this and knowing that all my hard work was recognized by someone as prestigious and important as Harper’s Bazaar made me feel really good. It confirms that all these extra fashion endeavors are worth my time.”

KELSEY TYLER “When I was eight my mom and I had just pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. We were about to get out of our van when a car came racing around through the lot. A girl rolls out of the passenger side. I don’t know if she was pushed or if she jumped. My mom immediately went over to her and helped pick her up and said ‘You don’t ever let anyone treat you like that’ and gave her a hug. It’s one of the reasons why my mom is my favorite person.”

KELSEY TYLER
“When I was eight my mom and I had just pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot. We were about to get out of our van when a car came racing around through the lot. A girl rolls out of the passenger side. I don’t know if she was pushed or if she jumped. My mom immediately went over to her and helped pick her up and said ‘You don’t ever let anyone treat you like that’ and gave her a hug. It’s one of the reasons why my mom is my favorite person.”

HANNAH ERICKSON “If I could major in painting and make tons of money from it, I would totally do so. It’s something that I can really get lost in for a long time. I love doing people — faces and interactions and body positions — there’s something about painting a person. You know, they’re very unique. Even if you don’t get it right but you get the emotion right, you’re still portraying who they are.”

HANNAH ERICKSON
“If I could major in painting and make tons of money from it, I would totally do so. It’s something that I can really get lost in for a long time. I love doing people — faces and interactions and body positions — there’s something about painting a person. You know, they’re very unique. Even if you don’t get it right but you get the emotion right, you’re still portraying who they are.”

GRACE ROGERS “I started being a soccer fan when my family got season tickets to the Kansas City soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. After a while, my parents told me that I needed to stop talking about soccer because I was getting really annoying. I figured if I can’t talk about soccer to my parents, I would just go talk about soccer on the Internet. So I started blogging and writing.”

GRACE ROGERS
“I started being a soccer fan when my family got season tickets to the Kansas City soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. After a while, my parents told me that I needed to stop talking about soccer because I was getting really annoying. I figured if I can’t talk about soccer to my parents, I would just go talk about soccer on the Internet. So I started blogging and writing.”

DEREK NYSTROM “I think I’m just really fortunate to have had family that has been 100 percent supportive of what I’ve wanted. I’ve never really felt any judgment from my family. My boyfriend and I met online on Grindr, his name is Eric. He’s from back home in Illinois. He’s really tall, taller than me. He’s really nice, caring, hard working. He’s a little shy while I’m more outgoing, so we balance each other out really well.”

DEREK NYSTROM
“I think I’m just really fortunate to have had family that has been 100 percent supportive of what I’ve wanted. I’ve never really felt any judgment from my family. My boyfriend and I met online on Grindr, his name is Eric. He’s from back home in Illinois. He’s really tall, taller than me. He’s really nice, caring, hard working. He’s a little shy while I’m more outgoing, so we balance each other out really well.”

ADAM USSHER “I went to New Orleans for Spring Break to see some family. I got to the airport on time [to go home]. I got to my gate, sat down with my Subway, had a book ready and all of a sudden I heard a loud bang…followed by two more really loud bangs. People were running around, freaking out. I want to become a cop so I thought, ‘I need to stay here in case somebody needs me.”

ADAM USSHER
“I went to New Orleans for Spring Break to see some family. I got to the airport on time [to go home]. I got to my gate, sat down with my Subway, had a book ready and all of a sudden I heard a loud bang…followed by two more really loud bangs. People were running around, freaking out. I want to become a cop so I thought, ‘I need to stay here in case somebody needs me.”

ALI JANDAL “My favorite daydream is being at the Relays as a complete underdog. Lap one I’d always be in the mix. Lap two the leaders would break off. The third lap one guy would break off and I’d go behind him; and then the last lap we’d just be head to head until 200 meters and then I’d just take off and yell … and take off and go sprinting towards the finish and then cross. Even now it gives me chills.”

ALI JANDAL
“My favorite daydream is being at the Relays as a complete underdog. Lap one I’d always be in the mix. Lap two the leaders would break off. The third lap one guy would break off and I’d go behind him; and then the last lap we’d just be head to head until 200 meters and then I’d just take off and yell … and take off and go sprinting towards the finish and then cross. Even now it gives me chills.”

ALLISON RICHTER  “I was born and raised Catholic … my faith is a rock in my life, like a foundation. It stays constant when everything else is changing. Something my mom would always tell me when I was little is ‘There is nothing that you are going to do today that you and God aren’t doing together.’ It’s really reassuring to me to remember that I’m not doing it alone.”

ALLISON RICHTER
“I was born and raised Catholic … my faith is a rock in my life, like a foundation. It stays constant when everything else is changing. Something my mom would always tell me when I was little is ‘There is nothing that you are going to do today that you and God aren’t doing together.’ It’s really reassuring to me to remember that I’m not doing it alone.”

Change in requirements for an Emmy: only shorter shows qualify

April 26, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY STEPHANIE KOCER

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

Stephanie Kocer can be reached at stephanie.kocer@drake.edu

I am a firm believer in the half-hour sitcom.

Up until this year the Emmy Awards were not.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has finally made stricter rules as to what is considered comedy at the annual award show. (more…)

Stop hiding your feelings: Spill your heart out to your crush

5:30 PM

STORY BY JEFF HERSHEWAY

Hersheway is a sophomore writing and creative advertising double major. He can be reached at jeffrey.hersheway@drake.edu and @HershAlltheWay

Hersheway is a sophomore writing and creative advertising double major. He can be reached at jeffrey.hersheway@drake.edu and @HershAlltheWay

I’ve come to have to apologize for my feelings more than just saying the words “I like you.”

For the past several years it’s been “Hey. I like you. Sorry. Go bulldogs!”

Of course, the people I’ve been romantically interested in were also my friends beforehand, so I usually was completely putting that friendship in the red.

Let’s just say I don’t have too much game in regards to dating. Or hooking up. Or living, generally.

Usually when someone tells me that they want to date me I start flipping out like I just won an Oscar.

“You really like me! You really like me! Are you sure? I wear Power Ranger t-shirts.”

Maybe I’d leave out that last part, but whatever.

What I really want to emphasize is this: crushes are so high school. (more…)

Gender pay gap reflects inequality

April 25, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY MATT GLASOW

Matt Glasow can be reached at matthew.glasow@drake.edu

Matt Glasow can be reached at matthew.glasow@drake.edu

While we may pretend to treat everyone with the same amount of respect and fairness, these values simply are not reflected in the difference of pay between men and women in the American workforce.

Feminism, equal rights and diversity.

We preach about these terms and their importance everyday, but are we really doing anything to progress toward the goal of true uniformity within our society? (more…)

Don’t listen to Vogue: Sporting daily athleticwear outside of the gym is not a crime against fashion

April 24, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY RUTH RONNAU

COLLEGE LIFE allows athletic clothing anywhere: Comfortable clothing should be a priority. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

COLLEGE LIFE allows athletic clothing anywhere: Comfortable clothing should be a priority. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

For whatever reason, wearing athletic clothes to class and to places other than the gym has become a new fashion statement. Maybe people like wearing athletic clothes because they are comfy.

Maybe people like wearing them because they make their butts look great. Maybe some people just like wearing athletic clothes. Whatever their reason is: I don’t care.

What clothes other people wear doesn’t really affect anyone besides the person wearing them. I mean does someone wearing athletic clothes change my day in any way? No. Not in the slightest. (more…)