Fifty Shades whips up discussion over BDSM

February 22, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY GIULIANA LAMANTIA

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.”

Rihanna may have been on to something with her 2011 hit S&M, as erotica (more specifically in the form of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey”) has all the talk surrounding it, especially with the release of the movie this last weekend.

While many women have waited patiently to see the story come to life, much controversy has swirled around it through numerous articles and on social media.

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How two Drake first-years began new lives in America

February 21, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

AROGUNDADE has battled the violence in Nigeria, the transition to America and the beginning of a college basketball career with the help of his family by his side cheering him on in everything he does. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

AROGUNDADE has battled the violence in Nigeria, the transition to America and the beginning of a college basketball career with the help of his family by his side cheering him on in everything he does. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The transition from home to college can be a difficult one for many first-years, but several Drake University students have faced an even larger transition in their lifetimes.

Long before he moved from Chicago to Des Moines when he started attending Drake, broadcasting major and varsity basketball player Ore Arogundade emigrated from his home country of Nigeria to the United States amid political turbulence in his home country.

“I was actually driving with (Ore) and his two brothers,” Tayo Arogundade, Ore’s mother, said. “And we got into the middle of a riot, or something was going on, but anyway at the end of the day they started shooting to us in our direction. We were not the target, but we were right there, right at the spot where they were shooting at. And I can say it has to be the scariest moment in my life.”

“My mom told me she was praying the whole time. Luckily they stopped, they didn’t touch us, but it was just traumatizing being in a situation like that,” Ore Arogundade said.

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Over 90 years spent in the Des Moines grocery business

11:30 AM

STORY BY AVERY GREGURICH

A man, fading red hair caught in a ponytail at the nape of his neck, carving knife in a bare hand, works calmly on a side of beef that barely fits on the counter.

He explains his technique to another man, Stubbs, the soon-to-be owner of a portion of the meat, who watches intently atop a nearby stool.

The butcher is John Brooks Jr. and he, along with his brother Joe, represent the fourth generation of the Brooks family to own and operate the counters at B&B Grocery Meat and Deli, a grocery store that first opened in 1922.

Since then, it has become a Des Moines landmark, a designation fueled primarily by the brothers’ commitment to doing things the way their ancestors did.

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Bon Appetit: International flavors in the heart of Iowa

February 20, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY EMILY VANSCHMUS

At 12:15 p.m. on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon, the doors of La Mie swing shut as a couple walks into the crowded bakery. They squeeze past dozens of people, making their way to the last unclaimed table in the far corner. The small space is filled with happy chatter as a waiter walks by carrying brie and pesto sandwiches and the soup of the day.

At La Mie Bakery, located on 42nd Street in Des Moines, the lunch hour is a nonstop buzz of business people and local hipsters alike who flock to the French bakery for signature sandwiches, soups and pastries. What these happily munching customers don’t know is that they are sitting on top of the most eclectic part of the bakery: the kitchen.

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Climate assesment aims to gauge campus atmosphere

February 18, 2015 9:00 AM

STORY BY COLE NORUM

Another survey? Joey Gale, Drake University’s student body president, understands that students less than three weeks into their semester would be wary to answer questions, graded or not. But he promises this won’t be like the others.

“I’ve been framing (this survey) as one of the most important surveys that, as a student at Drake, you’ll be taking in your four years here,” Gale said.

The series of questions, requiring approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, represents an approach to gauging student living.

The Campus Climate Assessment (CCA) was issued from the guidance and expertise of a powerhouse consulting firm, Rankin & Associates Consulting.

“This is literally taking the climate and understanding the students, why we do certain things,” Gale said.

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Top five fashion trends to get you through the snowy Midwest winter

February 16, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY JESSICA LYNK

SOPHOMORE Alyssa Wilkinson shows off her winter parka for the cool weather. PHOTO BY JESSICA LYNK | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

SOPHOMORE Alyssa Wilkinson shows off her winter parka for the cool weather. PHOTO BY JESSICA LYNK | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Winter: A time where fashion gets put on the back burner. Bundling up in layers takes more importance than keeping up on the latest trends. But through it all some students can find ways to be fashionable while keeping warm.

Scarves
For first-year Kacie Deavers, scarves are a great way to stay on trend, but also be practical at the same time. “They are warm, yet stylish. They can be dressed up or down,” Deavers said. Add a bright color to a dark outfit, or add a pattern to switch it up, all while staying warm.

Dark lips
For first-year Olivia Young, dark lips are a great way to keep up the warm look of winter, but stand out. ”Because in the colder season darker lips are in more. They can be seen as sexy, classy, or glamorous,” Young said. Lipstick is a great way to mix up a look, without breaking the bank.

Vest
First-year Katelyn O’Hare believes that vests are the perfect way to stay warm, yet up with the trends.

“One of my favorite things to wear in the winter are vests because you can throw it over almost everything, they’re warm, and add a winter touch to your outfit,” O’Hare said. Throwing on a vest can keep a student warm when outside, but unbulky in class.

Parka
What started for military use has now transitioned into a stylish, practical coat that can be seen on runways. Junior Erin Andrus participates in this trend. “They are very warm and cozy, yet can look very fashionable with the right accessories and a belt,” Andrus said. Parkas are perfect for the below zero days.

Boots
Almost every student needs boots, but exchanging style for practicality is not always necessary.

“The winter can get cold when trudging through the snow, so cute, warm boots are a necessity,” sophomore Alyssa Wilkinson said. Snow boots are classic and will never go out of style.