Steeplechase obstacles test athlete endurance, skills

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM

BY MARIAH LEWIS

It’s a track and field event Drake University assistant coach Dan Hostager says “everybody flocks” to. But not everybody knows what it is.

“Some people have really weird ideas about what it is,” said Rob McCann, the only athlete on the Drake University track team who consistently competes in the event.

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Harkin Institute equips students with practical skills

April 26, 2016 10:00 AM

BY HALEY HODGES

While most universities can offer on-campus work for students, Drake University also boasts the availability of on-campus internships related to a student’s field of study. Usually, these two types of career opportunities don’t intersect, but Drake’s partnership with the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement allows for intermingling.

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East Village boasts variety in eclectic vintage shopping

April 25, 2016 11:30 AM

BY HALLIE O’NEILL

Des Moines’ East Village is home to Raygun and Zombie Burger, both famous trademarks of the city. But the historic area also has numerous small niche shops that many people often overlook.

Plain Talk Books & Coffee is one of these shops. It offers an expansive selection of both new and used books of every genre imaginable along with literary paraphernalia like T-shirts and bookmarks.

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T-shirt shop takes pride in Midwest fashion and stereotypes

11:00 AM

BY MAGGIE DICKMAN

RAYGUN, with its satirical and sarcastic depictions of life in the Midwest, has become an East Village staple among college students and devoted Iowans proud of their state. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LOPEZ | DESIGN EDITOR

RAYGUN, with its satirical and sarcastic depictions of life in the Midwest, has become an East Village staple
among college students and devoted Iowans proud of their state. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LOPEZ | DESIGN EDITOR

Only in the Midwest can you wear a T-shirt that boasts “I’m an athletic supporter” and actually be considered cool. But Raygun tees have become a Midwest staple after founder and native Iowan Mike Draper set up shop in downtown Des Moines.

“In the beginning, it was just me,” Draper said. The now iconic tees like “Des Moines: Hell Yes” were created at the beginning of the business. “Those kind of started to capture the voice of the company,” he said.

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Letterpress shops take pride in hand-quality stationery

10:30 AM

BY JESSIE SPANGLER

Des Moines letterpress shops are bringing stationery and handmade quality goods back in style.

Located in the East Village downtown, the Permanent Collection has a relaxed atmosphere and displays printing machines on one side of the store where customers can watch the prints being made. On the other side is a collection of various cards and other prints.

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Bordy’s owner looks forward to first Drake Relays

10:00 AM

BY ZOE ZUIDEMA 

Bordy's Pizzeria, located near Peggy’s on Forest Avenue, will be experiencing it’s first Relays this year. Anticipating and prepared for heavy crowds craving a slice of classic pizza, Darren Marasco is fulfilling his longtime dream of owning his own restaurant. PHOTO BY ZOE ZUIDEMA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bordy’s Pizza, located near Peggy’s on Forest Avenue, will be experiencing it’s first Relays this year. Anticipating and prepared for heavy crowds
craving a slice of classic pizza, Darren Marasco is fulfilling his longtime dream of owning his own restaurant. PHOTO BY ZOE ZUIDEMA | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

“It’s been my dream to own my own restaurant for a long time.”

Darren Marasco owns Bordy’s Pizza, an offshoot of Bordenaro’s, located in the Drake Neighborhood on Forest Avenue.

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Steeplechase obstacles test athlete endurance, skills

10:00 AM

BY MARIAH LEWIS

It’s a track and field event Drake University assistant coach Dan Hostager says “everybody flocks” to. But not everybody knows what it is.

“Some people have really weird ideas about what it is,” said Rob McCann, the only athlete on the Drake University track team who consistently competes in the event.

So what is a steeplechase?

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Pub trivia finds niche audience in Des Moines community

9:30 AM

BY BETH LEVALLEY

In 1964, “Jeopardy!” first aired. In 1999, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” broadcasted its first episode. These game shows engaged audiences and created an environment where the audience can play along.

Apps like Trivia Crack, QuizUp and TriviaBurst engage consumers today with interactive platforms to test consumers’ knowledge on subjects like music, literature and pop culture.

To create an even more interactive and engaging platform, restaurants, pubs and event venues host trivia nights that challenge the intelligence of the community.

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Des Moines Bike Collective works to keep residents active

9:00 AM

BY ADAM ROGAN

On the corner of Grand Avenue and Sixth Street stands the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. Both on the outside and the inside, it appears to be no different from other bike shops. Aerosmith and similar classic rock tunes blare from the speakers as workers tend to tuning up bikes in the back. Replacement bike seats, helmets and other assorted bike accessories line the wall and top of the front desk. Bikes for sale take up most of the floor space, ranging from child-sized to road models and everything in-between.

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Groundskeeping maintains beauty in flora on campus

8:30 AM

BY JAKE BULLINGTON 

An Instagram photo shared by Drake University’s account features a daffodil and a caption that reads, “Spring is budding on campus.”

In another post, a grounds staff member snapped a photo of the white forsythia shrub outside the dining hall and shared it on Instagram. However, social media photos of the trees blooming and flower beds around campus only tell a small portion of the story.

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Walk for the Horn: 34 miles for hope

8:05 AM

BY TIM WEBBER

Drake students walk next to a highway outside of Ames.

DRAKE STUDENTS walked from Des Moines to Ames to raise money for children in the Horn of Africa.

How far would you walk to help someone in need?

Many Drake students are proficient at finding ways to pack their schedules. Still, most college students wouldn’t dream of waking up before 5 a.m. on a weekend.

But on Sunday, April 17, that’s exactly what happened when 34 Drake students showed up at Old Main to begin a long day on the road.

The group walked the 34 miles from Des Moines to Iowa State University in Ames to raise money for children in Ethiopian refugee camps. The event, “Walk for the Horn,” raised over $1,800 to provide school supplies for the refugees.

This year is the third Walk for the Horn and the second walk to be based out of Drake University. But Daniel Hammer, the event’s organizer who has walked all three years, said that walk doesn’t necessarily get easier over time. Over the 12 hours of the event, the participants faced physical and mental challenges that pushed them to the limit. (more…)