Balancing midterms and work life

March 16, 2015 1:15 PM


Midterms. The word alone is enough to make any student shutter. When adding a job into the mix, it can cause added chaos. Whether it is a job through Drake University, an internship, an off-campus job, having added responsibilities can put an added burden on an already hectic week.

“Working during the week just gives me another thing to do on top of my already long to-do list,” sophomore Alyssa Wilkinson said.

First-year Meghan Baltas, who works at the Knapp Center, is reminded when she is doing her scheduling that midterms are approaching.

“They do remind us (of midterms) during scheduling. Because I work for the university, it reminds me while scheduling to take into account my course load,” Baltas said. (more…)

Diverse a cappella group provides opportunity, room for growth

March 15, 2015 11:30 AM


A cappella offers more to students than simply music. It offers a community.

Fermata the Blue is a coed a cappella group composed of approximately 20 members at Drake University founded in September of 2013. (more…)

Bringing the East and West Coast fashion to the Midwest

March 14, 2015 9:00 AM



High fashion and trendsetting are often times categorized as a “coast specialty.” The East Coast and West Coast have all the style, while the Midwest gets left out.

Katelyn Herlein, avid fashion blogger and founder of Katalina Girl, is here to prove that you don’t have to be a New Yorker to have chic taste and a unique style. (more…)

Behind the scenes: The making of Free Movie Friday

March 13, 2015 5:30 PM


The event takes place every Friday night at Drake University. Students fill Sussman Theater to its maximum capacity to witness it and there is never a shortage of popcorn or candy.

Only Free Movie Friday can be described this way.

Since its origin two years ago, the event has become a popular social outing for all students.

In a private interview, Free Movie Friday co-chairs Nicole Russell and Krista Peterson talked about the history of the event, potential growth in the future and what goes on behind the scenes to make it such a success with Drake students. (more…)

Spring break hot spots

March 12, 2015 3:00 PM


Spring break is often a popular time for students to escape the pressure of college in favor of some well-deserved relaxation.

According to one of the leading travel sites Orbitz, the top 10 spring break destinations this year range from cities across the United States such as New York to tropical paradises in the Caribbean, such as Riviera Maya, Mexico.

With average airfare costing anywhere from $299 to $616, this year students will have to budget accordingly, especially after adding in average hotel costs of $115 to $342 a night. (more…)

Yearlong program encourages educational exploration

9:30 AM
Ping'an, Jilin is one of the five Teach in China host cities. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLEY THOMPSON

Ping’an, Jilin is one of the five Teach in China host cities. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHLEY THOMPSON


Each year, seniors at Drake University ponder what they want to do after they graduate. Some look to interview for jobs while a few already have offers waiting for them.

But others still want one more grand experience before truly entering the American workforce.

Enter Drake’s “Teach in China” program, sponsored by the university’s Chinese Cultural Exchange Program, or CCEP for short.

Managed by CCEP Director Kirk Martin, “Teach in China,” also known as TIC, is entering its 12th year of sending Drake graduates to China on a yearlong assignment to teach their students English. (more…)