After a year without a live mascot, Drake appointed Erin Bell as the new live mascot coordinator. Bell was the owner of Porterhouse, Drake’s last beloved live bulldog.
STORY BY BETH LEVALLEY As students scramble for rides home, stress over finals and pack up their things, the 28th session...
STORY BY MORGAN GSTALTER The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released data collected from the last...
STORY BY JESSICA LYNK At age 66, president David Maxwell’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with the entire Drake University...
STORY BY GRACE ROGERS
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…)
STORY BY TIM WEBBER
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…)
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…)
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.
STORY BY LINDSAY FIEGLE
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…)
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…)