Accusatory posters regarding sexual assault found on campus

May 6, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY GRACE ROGERS

PORTERHOUSE, the former live mascot, was included on a poster near Goodwin-Kirk accusing Drake of “caring more” about finding his replacement than sexual assault perpetrators. PHOTO BY MORGAN GSTALTER | NEWS EDITOR

PORTERHOUSE, the former live mascot, was included on a poster near Goodwin-Kirk accusing Drake of “caring more” about finding his replacement than sexual assault perpetrators. PHOTO BY MORGAN GSTALTER | NEWS EDITOR

Students at Drake University awoke to find a series of new posters spread across campus last Tuesday morning.

While this is not an unusual occurrence, the strong message of these posters set them apart from others.

They read, “Drake cares more about finding a new mascot than finding a rapist.”

“I was definitely surprised to see them,” sophomore Anna Van Waardhuizen said. “The wording was very aggressive, and you usually don’t see that at Drake.” (more…)

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio visits campus

May 1, 2015 10:00 AM

STORY BY TIM WEBBER

FORMER SEN. TOM HARKIN (left) introduces New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke in Cowles Library at length regarding income disparity, the Great Depression and economic reforms. PHOTO COURTESY OF LONDON KOEHN.

FORMER SEN. TOM HARKIN (left) introduces New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who spoke in Cowles Library at length regarding income disparity, the Great Depression and economic reforms. PHOTO COURTESY OF LONDON KOEHN.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about income inequality in Cowles Library on Drake University’s campus earlier this month.

Speaking to an audience of Des Moines community members and Drake students in the Reading Room, de Blasio outlined his vision and plan for reducing the income gap in the future.

“It’s not that this is the first time we’ve ever faced this challenge,” de Blasio said. “It’s that the challenge is sharper, it is bigger than ever before, and it is different than we’ve ever seen before.” (more…)

2015-2016 Student Senate begins transition process

April 30, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY

Now that the Senate elections are over, many of the 2015-16 Senate members attended the meeting the week before Drake Relays to familiarize themselves with how the weekly meetings run.

President Joey Gale took the time to go through and explain the processes that are now familiar with the current Senate.

With that, Gale reiterated how important transitions are for the next year.

“Transitions are more or less what make you go from zero to 60,” Gale said. “It’s really what makes you effective.” (more…)

Faculty, staff disappointed and fearful, survey shows

April 29, 2015 10:00 AM

STORY BY MORGAN GSTALTER

Drake faculty, staff and administrators are disappointed with the “transparency,” “communication” and “efficiency” of university administration operations, according survey results reported by the Des Moines Register.

The report of the survey findings was released to faculty and staff on March 6 via email from President David Maxwell.

The survey found low morale amongst faculty and staff, leading to “suspicion, confusion, mistrust, hostility and fear” of the administration, according to one survey participant.

Responses to open-ended questions found that faculty and staff felt as if long-term plans, transitions, leadership and financial budgets were not being thoroughly communicated, raising concern among survey participants.

“We are struck by the degree to which many responses express fear, anxiety, distrust and a sense of discouragement alongside a sense of what great potential for the University and a genuine desire to contribute to a sense of shared purpose bound together by service to students,” the report by the Survey Analysis committee said.

The survey was collecting data before the announcement that Earl “Marty” Martin will take over as the 13th president.

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Speaking Center provides confidence, eases presentation anxiety

April 27, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE

THE SPEAKING CENTER offers tutoring services and has a Speaking Studio. Drake students, like Nhut Nguyen (right) and Sameep Sheth (left), faculty and staff can practice or record slide-show presentations or class speeches. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

THE SPEAKING CENTER offers tutoring services and has a Speaking Studio. Drake students, like Nhut Nguyen (right) and Sameep Sheth (left), faculty and staff can practice or record slide-show presentations or class speeches. PHOTO BY JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

Last spring,  Drake’s Coordinator of Public Speaking, Joan McAlister launched Drake’s Speaking Center, a tutoring program that helps with the organization, preparation and delivery of speeches or presentations.

Located in the lower level of Cowles library, the Speaking Center has two componets: a tutoring service and a separate Speaking Studio that is open to Drake students, faculty and staff who want to practice or record presentations.

The Speaking Center began as an experiment in Howard Hall in fall 2013 with only the resources of the rhetoric, media and social change program.

By spring break last year, the pilot project grew in combination with Cowles Library staff and Drake Technology Services to be the program it is today. (more…)

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

April 24, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY SARAH FULTON

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…)