Chris Christie holds one of last Iowa stops at Drake Law

February 4, 2016 9:00 AM

BY JAKE BULLINGTON


NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR Chris Christie spent time on the day of the Iowa caucuses at the Drake Law school. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR Chris Christie spent time on the day of the Iowa caucuses at the Drake Law school. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

“Now that it’s caucus day, showtime’s over. It’s game time.”

New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie came to Drake Law school for one of his last pre-Iowa caucus campaign stops.

Christie, a former federal prosecutor, brought along a familiar face to the Drake Law School, Iowa governor Terry Branstad.

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Trump visit attracts long line, controversy

February 3, 2016 7:01 PM

BY JAKE BULLINGTON

ATTENDEES of the Trump event waited in line. Sheslow Auditorium holds 700, but the event ticketed over 2,500, leaving some left in line. PHOTO BY JESS LYNK | NEWS EDITOR

ATTENDEES of the Trump
event waited in line. Sheslow Auditorium holds 700, but the event ticketed over 2,500, leaving some left in line. PHOTO BY JESS LYNK | NEWS EDITOR

An estimated 2,500 people lined up to see controversial Republican front-runner Donald Trump as he boycotted the GOP debate Thursday night.

Trump opted for his own event at Drake, raising six million dollars for charities supporting veterans.

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Rand Paul attracts undecided students voters to event

6:54 PM

BY DRAKE RHONE

Editor’s note: Senator Rand Paul has since dropped out of the race for president. Paul received just over 8,400 votes during the Iowa caucus. 

RAND PAUL made an appearance on Pomerantz stage last Thursday. This is one of several visits he has made to campus in the past few months of his campaign. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH

RAND PAUL made an appearance on Pomerantz stage last Thursday. This is one of several visits he has made to campus in the past few months of his campaign. PHOTO BY PRANEETH RAJSINGH

Last Thursday, Jan. 28, before the first Trump supporters had started to line up, hundreds of people crowded into Pomerantz Stage to listen to Republican candidate Rand Paul.

Many of the rally-goers were staunch supporters and volunteers for the campaign, but in the back of the rally a crowd of unaffiliated Drake students had formed to listen to Paul.

“I like some of his ideas,” said AJ Treiber, a first-year who stood in the middle of the pack. “He seemed pretty consistent, and I think he’s one of the most consistent candidates in the election.”

Seeing Rand Paul speak in person changed Treiber’s view of the candidate. “My opinion of him is definitely more positive,” Treiber said. “(The rally) is a lot better than just seeing sound bits on TV and stuff like that.”

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‘What’s a Caucus?’ gets international media attention

6:44 PM

BY JESS LYNK

STUDENTS in support of former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried to get others to join them at the mock caucus on Jan. 27. The event brought out international media. PHOTO BY JESS LYNK | NEWS EDITOR

STUDENTS in support of former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried to get others to join them at the mock caucus on Jan. 27. The event brought out international media. PHOTO BY JESS LYNK | NEWS EDITOR

Student Senate, Drake Democrats, College Republicans and Drake Political Review all came together to plan a bi-partisan political event, teaching students how to caucus.

“We were realizing that a lot of Drake students had no idea what a caucus was, because it was a very foreign idea to a bunch of us because nobody has ever caucused before here at Drake,” said Zach Blevins, Vice President of Student Life and an organizer of the event.

“(A lot of us) are from out of state; we are not from Iowa. It is a very unfamiliar process to us. The main players in (these) organizations realized we needed to do something because we have an obligation essentially,” Blevins said.

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Dem Town hall starts week off with three candidates

6:40 PM

BY JESS LYNK 


For the third time this election cycle, all three Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Sheslow Auditorium on January 25 to make their pitch to voters across the country for the last time before the Iowa caucuses. The event was a forum hosted by CNN.

Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton answered questions from moderator and CNN host Chris Cuomo, as well as from Iowans in the audience.

Some of those Iowans were Drake students and Drake Law students, given the opportunity to do so after submitting questions when applying for a ticket.

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BREAKING: Tuition, fees to increase $1,764 in 2016-17

February 2, 2016 2:24 PM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE STORY BY TIM WEBBER

The cost of tuition at Drake University continues its steady upward march.

In an email to students earlier this afternoon, university president Marty Martin announced that undergraduate tuition will increase by 4.5 percent in the 2016-17 academic year, a hike of $1,510. The Board of Trustees made this decision in their January meeting.

In addition, room and board rates will also increase by several hundred dollars. The total cost for full-time undergraduate students in 2016-17 is expected to be $45,056, a $1,764 increase over this year’s rates.

These increases are markedly similar to increases in the past several years. Last year — almost to the day — the university announced a cost increase 4.52 percent. The year before, the increase was 4.4 percent.

The pharmacy school’s prices are also going up. All pharmacy students will see their tuition increase by 3 percent.

The extra income generated by the tuition increase will be used in a variety of areas, but Martin specifically mentioned improvements to buildings and technology infrastructure in his email.

The Times-Delphic will have a full story on the tuition increase, including student reactions, in its February 10 edition.

 

O’Malley suspends campaign with speech in Des Moines

12:47 AM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE STORY BY TIM WEBBER

Martin O'Malley speaks

Martin O’Malley speaks at Wooly’s in Des Moines following the Iowa caucuses.

One of the first things Martin O’Malley did after announcing the suspension of his campaign was give a hug to Drake student Kenia Calderon.

O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, spoke briefly on Monday evening to confirm that he was cutting short his bid for president. After he was done, he left the stage and made his way through the crowd. O’Malley was the one consoling his supporters, rather than the other way around, as he promised to keep fighting for them and said that he would stay in contact with those he met on the campaign trail.

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Photos, Video: Students, supporters and protestors: Trump comes to Drake

January 28, 2016 8:12 PM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE BY JAKE BULLINGTON

PHOTOS BY JESSICA LYNK 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, boycotting the main stage Republican debate Thursday evening came to Drake to host a competing event in support of veterans.

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Caucus Roundup: Trump’s path to the presidency

7:50 PM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY JOHN WINGERT

As the caucuses approach, political prognosticators are wondering about the future of Donald Trump. How will his warpath through conventional wisdom continue?

At this point, his ascendance to the nomination or even the presidency is increasingly, and some might allege dangerously, likely. Trump’s path to the nomination is looking increasingly clear.

The beacon of hope throughout Trump’s rise has been Iowa. Iowa has given favorable polling figures to Ben Carson and now Ted Cruz in light of their strong presence there. Trump has maintained high poll numbers but fallen to second place by significant amounts behind those two.

That being said, Carson faded, and Cruz has seen more attacks on his closed-door positions versus his public persona. Cruz has also faced some polls in Iowa which show Trump ahead more recently. Trump is the constant, unwavering monolith.

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Photos: ‘What’s a Caucus?’ lures crowd of students, national media

January 27, 2016 10:10 PM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE BY JAKE BULLINGTON

Around 200 students and over 50 members of the media, national and international, gathered in Shivers Practice facility Wednesday night for an event demonstrating the caucusing process for both Democratic and Republican parties.

A full story covering the event will be in The Times-Delphic’s print edition Wed. Feb. 3.

PHOTOS: JESSICA LYNK | NEWS EDITOR

 

 

Event leaves students split on Carson candidacy

January 22, 2016 10:14 PM

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE BY JAKE BULLINGTON

Two hundred Drake students and community members made their way to Olmsted Center Friday evening to hear famed neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speak.  The event, titled #AllVotesMatter, was hosted by BET, and viewers were encouraged to submit questions for Carson via Instagram and Twitter.

Rapper Dee-1 and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson discuss the issues facing blacks in America Friday evening in Olmsted. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

Rapper Dee-1 and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson discuss the issues facing blacks in America Friday evening in Olmsted. PHOTO BY JAKE BULLINGTON | DIGITAL EDITOR

Carson was asked questions on issues ranging from the Flint water crisis, education improvements and criticisms of his religion.

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