Two year on-campus requirement, “lottery” system, frustrates students

March 14, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

With the on-campus housing deadline rapidly approaching, Drake students are torn on some Office of Residential Life policies.

“I would not require on-campus living” sophomore Jordan Sabine said.

Sabine thinks that all students, including underclassmen, should have the option to live off campus should they wish to do so.

“I would make it optional,” Sabine said. (more…)

Do Something Stellar with #15in15 campaign

March 13, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY JESSICA LYNK

JOE ('80) AND LINDA ('79) AIELLO are Drake alumni. If fifteen percent of the student body donate to the Do Something Stellar campaign, the Aiellos will donate $15,000 to the scholarship fund

JOE (’80) AND LINDA (’79) AIELLO are Drake alumni. If fifteen percent of the student body donate to the Do Something Stellar campaign, the Aiellos will donate $15,000 to the scholarship fund

Ninety eight percent of Drake University students receive financial aid in a given year, according to the Office of Financial Aid.

$47 million is awarded to students based on need and merit and that money has to come from somewhere: the alumni.

The Student Alumni Association (SAA), along with board of trustee member Joe Aiello and his wife Leslie, held their fifth and final student challenge in order to help raise money for the Distinctly Drake campaign.

The philanthropy week titled “Do Something Stellar” challenged 15 percent of the student body to donate from March 2-6 using the hashtag #15in15.

If that goal was reached, the Aiellos will donate $15,000 to the scholarship fund. (more…)

SAE chapter at Oklahoma banned for racist chant

March 12, 2015 6:00 AM

STORY BY ETHAN FICKAU

A shocking video was released  this week of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity members chanting a racist slur at the University of Oklahoma (OU).

The video depicted fraternity members chanting racist slurs and referencing lynching. The bus chant, to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it,” declared there would never be a black member in their respected chapter.

Brad Cohen, the fraternity’s national president, closed the Oklahoma Kappa chapter, and OU President David Boren has banned it from the campus.

“You are disgraceful,” Boren said. “You have violated every principle that this university stands for. Real Sooners are not racist. Real Sooners are not bigots. Real Sooners treat each other with respect. This won’t be tolerated for one second.” (more…)

Senate allocates over 20K to twelve different student organizations

March 11, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY

Student Senate divided $20,512.50 for 12 different student organizations at their last meeting.

The Senate allocated $6,420 to help facilities put in six outdoor recycling bins on campus.

Sen. Zachary Blevins and Sen. Kaitlin Lacek have been working on this project since late September.

Drake facilities are currently trying to incorporate more indoor recycling and do not have the funds to implement outdoor recycling bins as well.

Sen. Lacek has been working with the Drake Environmental Action League (DEAL) to put on future events that will educate students on how to use the bins and what to recycle. (more…)

Music venue to replace The Dublin in coming weeks

6:00 AM

STORY BY COLE NORUM

ThE DUBLIN, a popular local bar in the Drake neighborhood, will close its doors for good in the next few weeks, after opening in 2007. A music venue, called Lefty’s Live Music, is coming to take its place. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

THE DUBLIN, a popular local bar in the Drake neighborhood, will close its doors for good in the next few weeks, after opening in 2007. A music venue, called Lefty’s Live Music, is coming to take its place. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

It might get loud. It will sound awesome. That’s the mentality behind Lefty’s Live Music, a new concert venue slated to open this spring in the Drake neighborhood.

“We want to have the best-sounding music venue anywhere around,” the booking manager and co-founder of Lefty’s, Erik Brown said.

“A lot of times (the sound) seems like an afterthought,” Lefty’s co-founder and owner, said Anne Mathey. “We want to … create an epic sound system that really brings in bands that may be too big to play the room.”

At this moment, that room is delineated by a half-wall partition inside 2307 University Ave — the location better known to Drake students as The Dublin. (more…)

Senate helps fund PRSSA’s regional conference

March 7, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY

The Senate designated $3,932.80 to the regional conference of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Expecting 200 attendees, the event from April 10-12 plans to host 10 nationally known speakers that will talk about public relations, marketing, advertising and other journalism topics.

PRSSA has already raised approximately $9,000 through other sponsorships and fundraisers but needed extra help to cover travel and hospitality fees for speakers.

“We’re hoping that restaurants around Des Moines will want to advertise at our event” said Taylor Rookaird, a regional conference co-coordinator and member of PRSSA. “If they do, that will bring in more funding as well.”

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