Student Senate approves additional $30,000 for 3OH!3 concert

April 24, 2015 3:00 PM


Student Senate, in a closed session, allocated $30,000 to bring a band to campus for the Relays Concert after the annual event lost sponsorship of Court Avenue businesses.

To pursue a bigger name band for the Relays concert, the Student Activities Board (SAB) requested and received the money from the Quasi Endowment Fund.

The fund, which began in 2005, is created through excess student activity fees that are placed in an interest-bearing endowment. Now, the fund has accumulated roughly $200,000.

Court Avenue pulled their sponsorship because “they were not feeling the full benefit” since a large number of attendees are underage and cannot go to the downtown bars,  said Adam Graves, student senate vice president of student activities and SAB president. (more…)

Sitcoms: a changing medium adapts to a changing audience

April 21, 2015 3:00 PM


NBC canceled a sitcom in 1989 due to low ratings. A year later network executive Rick Ludwin ordered four episodes of that same show. He liked the young comedian it starred. Those four episodes were shown during the summer season on NBC. It then scored a few viewers. Those new viewers, mostly young men, prompted the network to pick up the show for a second season. That struggling sitcom: Seinfeld.

It’s hard to tell whether a sitcom will be a smash hit or a giant flop. Seinfeld had everything working against it: scheduling, ratings and an unknown star. Today it is considered the greatest sitcom of all time. Many shows don’t get that lucky, though. There’s no secret formula for making a great comedy. Whether a show makes it or not depends on more than just being funny.

It depends on ratings, scheduling and style. (more…)

Administrative resignations spark mixed reactions

April 20, 2015 6:00 AM


OLD MAIN’S SIDEWALK was chalked by students with kind words for Provost Dee Jones, who will resign her position on May 31.  PHOTO BY SARAH FULTON | RELAYS EDITOR

OLD MAIN’S SIDEWALK was chalked by students with kind words for Provost Dee Jones, who will resign her position on May 31. PHOTO BY SARAH FULTON | RELAYS EDITOR

Two members of Drake’s presidential Cabinet have announced their resignation in the coming months amid the transition from current President David Maxwell to President-elect Earl Martin.

According to an email sent by Maxwell to faculty and staff on April 10, Provost Deneese Jones will step down from her position on May 31 and Vice President and Treasurer Deborah Newsom will follow suit a month later on June 30.

Students, however, did not receive an email until April 14, which Maxwell said was an oversight.

Students, staff and faculty have reacted differently about the two resignations. Some are surprised and saddened by Jones’ and Newsom’s departures while others are looking forward to a changing campus atmosphere. (more…)

Dogtown After Hours breaks unofficial record

April 1, 2015 9:00 AM


Bulldog puppies greeted students at Dogtown After Hours.  PHOTO BY SAM FATHALLAH | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Bulldog puppies greeted students at Dogtown After Hours.

Dogtown After Hours broke an unofficial world record for the largest Nerf gun fight last Saturday in the early morning.

The Nerf gun fight, held in Helmick Commons, had 557 participants according to Elizabeth Bald, co-chair of the Dogtown After Hours (DTAH) annual event.

The participants were split between two teams, red team with 3oo students and blue team with 277 students, and battled for 10 minutes under large spotlights.

There was no winner, as the teams were just for fun and to build competitive morale.

The current record is held by Washington University in St. Louis with 461 students and lasted roughly five minutes.

However, it is unsure when or if the Guinness Book of World Records will recognize the record.

“Unfortunately, it is a very long process to have all of the evidence submitted to and processed by Guinness. We will be sure to keep everyone updated and will hopefully know if we have been approved for breaking the world record soon,” Bald said in an email.

The organization was allocated $9,360 by Student Senate to help fund the events  and purchase the Nerf guns.

The Nerf guns are going to be donated to local youth organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Summer camps and Boy Scouts.

The “Seize Drake” event on Friday, Mar. 27, also included free food, bubble soccer, chair massages, dueling pianos, henna hand tattoos, caricaturists, a tech room, trivia, s’mores tables, raffles, a photo booth, mug decorating, a street magician, a decorated mural dedicated to the late live mascot Porterhouse, performances from D+ Improv, Fermata the Blue a capella and Brochal Chords.

South Asian Student Association travels to St. Louis for show

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Drake University’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) spent March 28-29 at St. Louis University.

They attended SLU’s Indian Student Association’s Spring Show, a mash-up of Indian culture that included dance, song, and skits.

SASA president Nikita Khara enjoyed each performance, but says that her favorite was the classical dance.

“To coordinate that many people and with such intricate moves and keep to the tradition of the dance and keep it as authentic as possible is very difficult,” Khara said. “And I love how they put a very modern twist on it by synthesizing modern, pop styles with Indian music.”

Sophomore Drake student Anthony Pawnell also enjoyed the classical dance. “They were the most sharp, the most clean, everything was precise,” Pawnell said.

Pawnell also enjoyed the skits between each performance, which depicted two brothers starting their freshman year of college. Their parents go undercover to make sure their sons do not make mistakes.

“The dialogue about the generation gap reminded me of my uncle,” Pawnell said. “He’s one of the older guys who wants to be young and hip, but he’s not, at all. I just related to it personally.”
However, some people thought the skits lasted too long. “I felt like they took away from the rest of the show,” Khara said.

Tikku George, the treasurer for SLU’s ISA, said that each part of the skit was only supposed to last five minutes. However, improvisation from the actors exceeded that limit.

George was overall happy with the show, especially the large turnout of 550 audience members.

“We heard a lot of good things from a lot of the audience, and a lot of the participants were really happy as well,” George said.

The fun continued with an after set at The Landing, a club in downtown St. Louis.

SLU’s ISA set up buses to shuttle students to the party, but a series of delays left many standing outside in the cold for an hour.

“The bus schedule was really thrown off because a student had to be taken to the hospital,” George said.

George did not have details about the incident, but explained that the ambulance stopped the bus from leaving on time.

“Certain things such as  traffic and the ambulance were just out of our control,” George said.

“At the time I was pretty upset about it, but now I feel very neutral towards the topic,” Khara said of standing in the cold.

“There was nothing they could do. I have a lot of empathy for them.”

After an hour of huddling together, the Drake group crammed three to a eat on the bus, eventually making it to the after-set. Students danced to a mix of Bollywood and American pop music.

“I enjoyed it,” Khara said. “Everyone got a chance to really get to know one another.”

Khara said 20 Drake students attended, a record for SASA’s spring trip. She was excited to see that many were not of South Asian dissent.

“It shows that people from different background and different perspectives can get together and have fun, even though that’s maybe not what they’re used to,” Khan said.

Departure of theater professor angers students, fuels tuition debate

March 26, 2015 10:00 AM


The departure of visiting professor Jason Bohon leaves students in the theater department questioning the recent tuition increase.


On the morning of January 27, Drake student’s received an email from President David Maxwell stating that tuition for full-time undergraduate students will increase by $1,775, or 4.28 percent next fall.


The email said one of the reasons for the hike in education fees is to “ensure that our compensation is competitive  so that (Drake) continue(s) to attract and retain the very best.”


While the news of more money out of students’ pockets was not welcomed by most, it infuriated students in the College of Arts and Sciences.