Neighborhood restaurants serve up excitment for the annual Relays week

April 22, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

MARS CAFE offers Drake students and visitors a quiet escape from the hustle of downtown and campus with a variety of coffees, bakery treats and sandwiches. Restaurants like these provide patrons with a satisfying experience that brings them back again. PHOTO BY SARAH FULTON | RELAYS EDITOR

MARS CAFE offers Drake students and visitors a quiet escape from the hustle of downtown and campus with a variety of coffees, bakery treats and sandwiches. Restaurants like these provide patrons with a satisfying experience that brings them back again. PHOTO BY SARAH FULTON | RELAYS EDITOR

Among the more popular restaurants located in the Drake community, many restaurants like Mars Cafe, the Drake Diner, Jethro’s BBQ and Lefty’s Live Music, which is slated to open just as the Drake Relays kick off, are gearing up for the annual event.

Mars Cafe features a menu of coffee and light treats along with a lounge-like atmosphere that consistently draws large numbers.

Mars Cafe owner Daniel Bosman said that he always looks forward to Relays in the spring.

“All the Drake students are out and everything is just super exciting,”  Bosman said. “Every year has been a little bit different for us during the Drake Relays.” (more…)

Español para todos: Spanish speaking hours facilitates conversation

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STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE

Drake University’s first Spanish Club was founded in 1925 and served to give Spanish-speaking students an opportunity to learn about literature, language and customs. Ninety years later, Drake still provides this opportunity for its students.

From 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. every Wednesday, a small group of Drake students meet in Medbury Honors Lounge for the Spanish Speaking Hour.

During the hour, students hold an informal conversation in Spanish with a native speaker.

“The idea is that students will make a connection with the language and culture outside of the classroom,” Eduardo García-Villada, assistant professor of Spanish, said. “The goal is to give that opportunity to students.” (more…)

New initiative aims to give students 24-hour access to FAC

April 21, 2015 9:00 AM

STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE

THE HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER (FAC) currently has limited hours. A new initiative aims to give students 24-hour access rehearsal and practices rooms art studios and computer labs. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

THE HARMON FINE ARTS CENTER (FAC) currently has limited hours. A new initiative aims to give students 24-hour access rehearsal and practices rooms art studios and computer labs. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Though many Drake fine art students are quick to complain about the old facility that is home to their department, students are hopeful about the possibility of having 24-hour access to the Harmon Fine Arts Center (FAC).

This spring, the Student Music Advisory Committee (SMAC) began an initiative to allow students 24-hour access to practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, technology labs and study areas.      (more…)

Sagmeister gives “The Happiness Talk”

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STORY BY CLAUDIA WILLIAMS

STEFAN SAGMEISTER, award-winning artist and graphic designer, gave a lecture in Sheslow Auditorium on April 3 entitled “The Happiness Talk” to discuss how to achieve happiness both as a person and as an artist. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

STEFAN SAGMEISTER, award-winning artist and graphic designer, gave a lecture in Sheslow Auditorium on April 3 entitled “The Happiness Talk” to discuss how to achieve happiness both as a person and as an artist. PHOTO BY CODY FROST | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

World famous artist and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister traveled to Drake University to give ‘The Happiness Talk,’ a presentation about his about graphic design, happiness and how the two coincide with each other.

Four hundred students, staff, faculty and members of the Des Moines community attended the event and listened to the artist’s presentation in Sheslow Auditorium.

Sagmeister has been in the industry for over 30 years and has numerous international awards under his belt. He was given the National Design Award in 2005, as well as two Grammy awards.

Those Grammy awards came from his collaboration with bands such as The Rolling Stones, OK Go and Aerosmith, with whom he created album art and record designs.

With plenty of experience in his toolbox, Sagmeister had a lot of life advice to give in terms of careers, dreams and design. (more…)

Sitback, relax and enjoy the show: four local, must-visit theaters in Des Moines

April 20, 2015 7:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

Cinemark 20 theater located in Jordan Creek Town Center offers a variety of films in all genres. PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Cinemark 20 theater located in Jordan Creek Town Center offers a variety of films in all genres. PHOTO BY EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

There are four significant cinemas that attract residents in the Des Moines area. Those locations are the Varsity Theater next to Drake University, the Flix Brewhouse at Merle Hay Mall, the Cobblestone 9 Theater in Urbandale and the Century 20 Jordan Creek and XD Theater at Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. These theaters often use the Drake Relays as a kick-start to the summer season.

Each of these theaters is different in its own way. The Varsity Theater prides itself on affordability. Denise Mahon owns the Varsity and she says that she loves the benefits of having the theater so close to a college campus.

“We have $5 matinees and you can’t beat that. We have a lot of staff and instructors and professors that come here on a regular basis. With students, it depends on the film. One thing that gives me real satisfaction is there has been several Saturdays where at the end of a film, they break out in applause and you can’t get better than that,” Mahon said. (more…)

Administrative resignations spark mixed reactions

6:00 AM

STORY BY COURTNEY FISHMAN

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…)