On April 15, nine girls stood in line in front of Pomerantz Stage as Drake Taekwondo Instructor Jerel Krueger began to tell a story about a college class he took.
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Frank, 67, learned the alphabet a year ago at Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center.
“I figured if I ever got stopped for drinking, and they asked me to do the alphabet I would have to tell them, ‘Can’t do it,’” Frank said.
The Adult Literacy Center was created in 1976 and helps adults learn to read, write and understand language. Anne Murr has been the coordinator for the center for 16 years.
She said many students are pushed through the education system because schools don’t have the resources to help them, and they often grow up without the ability to read.
“For a child who’s a struggling reader, they need intensive one-to-one or small group instruction,” Murr said. “How many schools have the resources for that or the materials?” (more…)
STORY BY JESSICA LYNK
While some students spent their Drake Relays at Peggy’s tent or in the stadium watching world-class runners, other students spent their time giving back to others.
One event students gave their time at was the DU Blue Book Bash. The event, which started three years ago, started after the Relays Executive Board decided to do something different.
“That year as a Relays’ Executive Board we were really focusing on bringing in different aspects of Relays, not just focusing on the student side of things, but also bringing in the community and athletics,” Vice President of Student Activities Adam Graves said. (more…)
STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU
Among the more than 160 clubs and organizations at Drake University, there are many that go unnoticed and are relatively unknown to students.
One of these clubs is the Drake Poker Club.
The club meets once a week with about 25 members that regularly attend. Except for a $5 participation charge each semester, it does not cost players anything to play.
While the club primarily meets to play cards, most members also come to socialize with friends and to relax after a long day of classes. (more…)
STORY BY SARAH FULTON
Eleven years and 600 members later the RaySociety is still providing learning opportunities to the Des Moines area.
“It is a Drake affiliated organization that consists mostly of retired people who are interested in expanding their mind and extending their network,” Denny Davis, programming chair, said.
Founded in 2004 by a group of Drake alumni, the Society was named after Drake graduate and former Iowa Governor Robert Ray and his wife Billie Ray.
This year the organization offered over 35 classes on topics ranging from tours of craft breweries to discussions about the economic situation of the United States. (more…)
STORY BY SIYUAN LI
Racing with due dates, reviewing textbooks and preparing for quizzes are routine for most sophomore students.
But Jiayi Cen, an international student from China, also needs to organize the etiquette team, arrange the seats for audiences and manage the financial affairs for the 2015 Chinese Night at Drake, which are a few of the real reasons she chose to study in the United States.
Cen is one of a growing number of Chinese students who is studying in the U.S. Between 2012 and 2013, 235,597 Chinese students came to the U.S. for higher education.
Thirty one percent of international students in the U.S. are from China and their reasons for studying here varies. (more…)