Center brings opportunities

May 1, 2015 1:00 PM

STORY BY HANNAH KEISKER

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…)

The other side of Relays: student charity work

April 29, 2015 4:00 PM

STORY BY JESSICA LYNK

SOPHOMORE Allison Richter, Relays co-chair, helped run the Annual DU Book Bash held on April 21. More than 200 books were donatedto the bash. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIM HENNEN & HANNAH MIKKALSON

SOPHOMORE Allison Richter, Relays co-chair, helped run the Annual DU Book Bash held on April 21. More than 200 books were donatedto the bash. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIM HENNEN & HANNAH MIKKALSON

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…)

Royal flush: progressive, under-the-radar organization, Poker Club, is worth betting on

April 27, 2015 1:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

POKER CLUB brings around 25 students together once a week to enjoy the strategic game. Student skills vary from beginners to experienced with all learning more about the game in a safe, comfortable environment. Poker Club meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

POKER CLUB brings around 25 students together once a week to enjoy the strategic game. Student skills vary from beginners to experienced with all learning more about the game in a safe, comfortable environment. Poker Club meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

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…)

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.”

Program offers opportunities for community

6:00 AM

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…)

Exchange students experience campus activities

April 26, 2015 11:30 AM

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…)