Speaker to discuss disability, business

February 25, 2015 3:00 PM


Stevie Hopkins, a serial entrepreneur and curious individual, will share his perspective on people with intellectual and development disabilities tonight in Parents Hall.

“I am a proud man with a disability, but my disability doesn’t define me,” Hopkins said. Hopkins is passionate about bringing more awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the community. He travels around giving notable speeches, and his next stop is Drake University.

The Best Buddies chapter at Drake is eager to welcome Hopkins to the university.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to host Stevie and hear him talk about his life and shed light on the importance of respecting people with IDD,” Chapter president Conor Wells said.

The members of Best Buddies have invited people from all around, including local high school Best Buddies chapters, families and members of the community and all Drake University students.

“Stevie can really speak to everyone because he has so much experience,” Wells said. Hopkins has not only overcome the challenges of having a disability, he has also started his own business: 3E Love,

This business was started by Hopkins and his sister, Annie,  and promotes the acceptance of people with disabilities and challenges the community to love and embrace them. Annie Hopkins developed the logo of a wheelchair heart that is depicted on the company’s clothing and accessories.

His success as an individual can inspire students and community members alike.

Today, Hopkins continues to expand upon 3E Love, explaining that his sister, who has now passed, would be upset that he hasn’t incorporated brighter colors in his clothing choices.

Students and community members are encouraged to attend his speech, even if they are not active participants of Best Buddies.

With Spread the Word to End the Word, a week nationally devoted to stopping the use of the word “retard” beginning on March 4, Wells thought Hopkins was the perfect way to kick start a week of awareness. Banners and bracelets will be available in Olmsted during the first week of March, continuing to promote Hopkins’ message of positive awareness for people with IDD.

Students work to combat sexual assault within Greek life community

9:00 AM


A new Drake University organization is in the works to confront the troubling presence of sexual assault within Greek life communities.

Helmed by sophomore Gabrielle Landes and junior Justin Dwyer, the yet unnamed organization is intended to prevent violence and raise awareness amongst members of Drake University’s fraternities and sororities.


Arts building holds deep roots

February 23, 2015 1:15 PM


It would be difficult for current Drake students to imagine a campus without the music, theatre and art hub. But most probably do not know that it was a $6.1 million project built in the early 1970s as Phase I of Drake University’s Centennial Development Program. It is known to students as FAC but originally named the Henry G. Harmon Fine Arts Center.

Final construction of the 130,000 square foot building in 1972 boasted 22 major teaching areas for art, music, speech and theatre, 28 music studios and 58 practice rooms.

The building was named in memory of Drake’s seventh president Henry Gadd Harmon. The Board of Trustees cited Harmon’s “ability and contribution to development of Drake University as well as to his many cultural and service achievements in this city.”

According to a article from the Des Moines Register dated 1972, the president of Drake, at the time, Wilbur C. Miller, called the project “truly one of the most exciting events in the history of Drake and of Des Moines.” The Dean of the College of Fine Arts of the same year, Dr. Paul J. Jackson, referred to the sheer size of the project as one of its “remarkable features” which were also “creative and satisfying.”


Fifty Shades whips up discussion over BDSM

February 22, 2015 3:00 PM


“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.


How two Drake first-years began new lives in America

February 21, 2015 3:00 PM


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.


Over 90 years spent in the Des Moines grocery business

11:30 AM


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.