Locally owned and operated, Mars Café opened nine years ago on University Avenue down the street from Drake. In the fall of 2012, Mars Café changed ownership to its current owner, Justin Schoen. Drake students and community members frequent the café to study, catch up on work and socialize.
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STORY BY JESSICA LYNK
When walking around campus, most students can see that Drake University is predominately white.
For the past five years, the black, non-Hispanic ethnicity of the incoming freshman class has never reached over 3.5 percent, according to the 2014 databook.
“To put it frankly, Drake has a race problem,” Jennifer Harvey, associate professor of religion and co-director of a program called Crew Scholars said.
After discovering that students of color at Drake were not retainied and also not graduating, faculty and administration decided to do something about it.
This led to the creation of the Crew Scholars program. (more…)
STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
Every single day, over one trillion dollars changes hands in the United States, the equivalent of over 50 billion $20 bills.
One group is aiming to take advantage of this exchange of money and make a change with that in mind.
Women On 20s is a non-profit organization that is advocating to replace the face of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with that of a prominent American woman.
Under the slogan “A woman’s place is on money,” Women On 20s is aiming to give women the recognition that the group feels they have been denied. (more…)
STORY BY MORGAN MURASKI
A brand new sound is coming to Des Moines tonight.
At 7 p.m. on May 6, doors will open at Wooly’s in Des Moines East Village to feature the talents of up-and-coming country singer Bryson Jennings.
The South Carolina native is known for working with big names, performing with and writing for Florida Georgia Line, Gloriana and more. (more…)
STORY BY JESSICA LYNK
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.
In this class, female and male students both had to write the ways they would defend themselves against an attack on each side of a white board.
“The girls’ side was obviously way longer,” Krueger said.
Krueger wrote taekwondo on the board as one of the ways that he protects himself. A girl in Krueger’s class then asked him how that would help her. “Sixteen years ago I didn’t have an answer, but now I do,” Krueger said. “I am here to give you those tools for your toolbox.” (more…)
Each week a staff photographer will be capturing moments around campus that involve a member of the Drake community. This week’s photographer is Joel Venzke.
“What are you doing on a beautiful day like today?”
“I’m just kind of enjoying the day — it’s just a nice day out so I decided to just come out here and kill some time feeling the breeze.”
“What’s your favorite thing about this time of the year?”
“It’s really nice to see campus come back alive after a seemingly really long time of it being dark, dreary and nobody around. Just seeing that the grass is green now and actually seeing people out and around campus now is great. I love it. ”
STORY BY BRANDI DYE
The physics program at Drake University is considered one of the hardest majors offered by many.
The Bachelor of Science physics degree requires 50 credit hours of physics courses, such as Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics.
To put it in perspective, the Bachelor of Science biology degree requires 32 credit hours of biology courses, both according to the Drake website.
“The subject is just so hard,” Joel Venzke, a physics, mathematics and computer science triple major said. (more…)