Spice up your oatmeal with these delicious tips

April 11, 2015 6:45 PM


The end of the semester is coming up very soon. That means that, once again, students will slowly start morphing into zombies as more and more all-nighters are pulled and projects are finished last minute. Yes, in the tired times ahead it will be very important to find energy… and not from crazy amounts of caffeine. Caffeine will stab us in the back, and good breakfasts will be our best friend.

I don’t know if this is something people care about or if I’m just sounding like a persistent and annoying commercial for shredded wheat. Either way, breakfast IS important. And instant oatmeal is a fast and pretty healthy option to give you energy. It has fiber and is whole grain, and protein if you use milk. Its biggest issue is probably flavor, especially if you choose to make it with water.

Like ramen and easy mac before it, I have a few ways of making it taste better. Without further ado or annoying nutrition

1. Before microwaving, scoop in some peanut butter and add a little honey. Microwave as directed, stir, enjoy! (Peanut butter contains protein, which is nice.)

I like this add-on because the PB makes it super creamy, even with water. Peanut butter and honey is always a beautiful combination.

2. Before microwaving, chop up about ¼ of an apple and add it to your oatmeal. Microwave as directed, add a little cinnamon, enjoy! (A bonus to this one is that you have ¾ of an apple left to eat. Yay, fruit!)

Yes, they make apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal, but I like this better because it’s fresh. And you can have as many apple chunks in it as you want.

There’s not much to say about these except that you should definitely try them. Once you’ve done that, you can start experimenting with other fruits, spices, even nuts. Hopefully you’ll be an oatmeal pro before the exhaustion of finals sets in.

Jordan vs. LeBron settled

1:15 PM


Justin Duruji can be reached at justin.duruji@drake.edu

Justin Duruji can be reached at justin.duruji@drake.edu

Every time you turn on ESPN or SportsCenter these days there seems to be an on-going debate about who the greatest NBA basketball player is.

There are two names that are usually flip-flopping the top two spots.

Michael Jordan, the legendary Chicago Bull shooting guard, and LeBron James, who is best known as having the ability to play every position on the court, are the two players constantly debated over.

LeBron James, who is still currently in his prime, is quite the NBA player and is considered one of the best players currently in the league.

He started his career at the young age of 18 after being recruited for his skill directly from high school. However, Michael Jordan should always win in the discussion of Jordan vs. James.

Players across all levels are often quoted saying “winning isn’t everything’’ but when it comes to being the greatest, it is the only thing.

It is often noted that LeBron has won two NBA Titles and was also named the NBA Finals MVP of both of those teams.

This is impressive but pales in comparison to Michael Jordan’s six NBA Titles where he had six NBA Finals MVP awards.

Jordan also earned 10 scoring titles and won the Defensive player of the year award in 1988.

LeBron, on the other hand, has never won a scoring title or been named Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA thus far.

But enough about facts. Some say that numbers don’t lie but they also don’t tell the whole story so let’s just dive into career facts.

When Jordan was drafted by the Bulls in 1984, he remained with his team until his retirement in 1998.

Jordan, unlike LeBron who was originally drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers but after 7 years of not winning a title, LeBron decided he needed a better team to play on.

So in 2010, he joined the Miami Heat in a three team trade that also allowed Chris Bosh, another very good basketball player, to go to the Miami Heat to join Dwayne Wade who had already proven he was skilled enough to win an NBA title.

This was the forming of the “Big 3.”  My point?

LeBron knew the challenge would be too big for him in Cleveland so he went to a better team so less pressure would be just on him to win an NBA Championships.

How can y0u even think to compare that to the likes of Jordan?

Don’t get me wrong, Michael Jordan was a part of amazing teams and had he had good players on his teams, but those teams weren’t made amazing by pure talent like some other teams have been.

They simply refused to be mediocre and rose to the occasion to set up a dynasty. All this aside, the biggest fact that separates Michael Jordan and LeBron James is their NBA Finals Records. Jordan went an incredible six for six in the NBA Championship titles which is the highest percentage of any NBA players with at least three appearances.

LeBron’s NBA Finals record? Two for five. Don’t get me wrong, LeBron James is a hell of a player and is one of the greatest NBA players but he simply is not Michael Jordan.

Jordan was truly in love with the game and took any opportunity to compete in any sort of basketball including the dunk contest which LeBron has refused to partake in.

Rather than thinking about Jordan vs. James we should think about it as Jordan THEN James.

Jordan paved the way for NBA players.

He changed the game from the business perspective of being the first NBA player to have his own brand of shoes. He also was determined to show his refusal to lose when it counted the most.

But because of all the attention Jordan brought to basketball, the fan base currently is massive. People watching the games on televison today see LeBron jumping over people left and right simply forget that Jordan did it first.

Humans of Drake: Wind Symphony Percussion

April 10, 2015 3:00 PM


Each week Humans of Drake will be capturing moments around campus that involve members of the Drake community. Check back each week to read more.

Humans_of_Drake001How often do you meet to rehearse?
Class meets three times a week and we schedule a sectional every week.

What song were you just playing?
“From Glory to Glory” by Kevin Walczyk. And the interesting thing about this piece is that it is purposefully paired up with “The One Life Beautiful” by Julie Giroux. So those two pieces together are supposed to serve a remembrance of Heather Ellen Cramer Rue, who was tragically killed in a bicycling accident by a drunk automobile driver.

Rodriguez returns amid controversy

April 9, 2015 5:30 PM


Elyse Wheaton can be reached at elyse.wheaton@drake.edu

Elyse Wheaton can be reached at elyse.wheaton@drake.edu

Alex Rodriguez, more commonly known as A-Rod, one of the New York Yankees heaviest hitters, is coming back to the world of baseball.

He was suspended the whole 2014 season after it was uncovered that he was receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a clinic in South Florida.

Rodriguez received the longest suspension Major League Baseball (MLB) has ever handed down.

This repeat offender is going to find it extremely difficult to get the fans and coaches back on his side due to his major break of the rules. (more…)

Indiana’s ‘freedom of religion’ bill causes controversy

1:15 PM


Sarah Grossman can be reached by email at sarah.grossman@drake.edu or on Twitter @smg424

Sarah Grossman can be reached by email at sarah.grossman@drake.edu or on Twitter @smg424

In recent news: Kansas is attempting to pass conceal and carry without a permit, Texas has banned AP American History for “lacking patriotism” and Indiana created a bill that gave organizations “freedom of religion.” It’s safe to say this country is going crazy.

Now, as these are all in depth topics, I’m only going to discuss one: the newly passed Indiana law. So, what is it really saying? It’s saying that government cannot unduly interfere in religious beliefs, and in an all-encompassing statement (individuals, organizations and any others) legalized discrimination. Good job, Indiana.

The backfire included several big names. Angie’s List halted all plans for a $40 million expansion of headquarters in Indianapolis. The mayors of Seattle and San Francisco both banned city-funded travel to Indiana. There have also been over 200,000 tweets negatively commenting on the issue.

Now, while many recognize the idiocies of this law and are responding in anger, a few are determined to use it to their benefit. Exhibit A: The First Church of Cannabis, which was created the same day the law was signed. This is now the “fastest growing religion” in the U.S. The founder Bill Levin claims followers of the faith “all smoke religiously.” As smoking cannabis is a part of ritual, there is a possibility that this new religion, along with its sacraments, will withstand any government interference. Indiana, in its desire to give businesses religious freedom, might have unwittingly legalized specified cannabis usage. (Marijuana is banned in Indiana for medical and recreational purposes).

With the backfire on the law, Gov. Mike Pence signed a fix to the bill, which enacted sexual orientation protection, the first time this has been done in Indiana. Once again, this angered just about everyone, and I’m almost starting to feel a little bit bad for Mike Pence and recognizing why so little legislation is passed; everyone wants to get really angry. However, I respect his movement towards greater balance. The addition states businesses cannot utilize the law in a judicial setting to deny “to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing” to any customers based on “race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service.”

I still fully believe that this country is crazy and that government can get a little wacko. But, we are a country with many opinions and everyone wants a full set of rights, which is something everyone deserves. However, we need to recognize that no one has the right to impede the rights of others. Hopefully, Indiana learned something from all this commotion and the rest of the U.S. did, too. But, if all else failed, there’s still The First Church of Cannabis, and lord knows this nation could use a little more chill.

Feminine etymology influences our terminology

April 6, 2015 11:30 AM


Vanechaute is a sophomore news/internet major and can be reached at clare.vanechaute@drake.edu

Vanechaute is a sophomore news/internet major and can be reached at clare.vanechaute@drake.edu

Before I really understood what feminism was, I refused to call myself a feminist.

I argued that I was a humanist. I didn’t realize that my reasoning had been skewed because of the word itself and its roots within the feminine, a.k.a the “weaker sex.”

Today, I would argue that the only reason people refuse to accept the term is because of its roots in feminine etymology.

In my mind, the term feminist was the ultimate indicator of a man hating, overtly aggressive, PMS-y and irrationally unhappy woman.

I associated the word with women who allowed themselves to be subverted in society without any actual evidence of discrimination.

I considered companies who regulated the number of women on a particular staff as negatively affected by this league of unhappy women convinced that inequality is the norm.

I argued that women have just as many rights as men do in society.

Hillary Clinton has been the Secretary of State, Sarah Palin has run as Vice President and more and more women are breaking through the perceived glass ceiling and so on and so on.

Ultimately, I was a victim of the “feminist is a dirty word” mentality.

Because of the term with its root in the feminine, I saw it as innately unequal.

Upon further research, what I have discovered is in today’s society, the etymology of many dirty words are rooted strongly in the feminine and the historically perceived inferiority that femininity represents.

Feminism should not be renamed to a more gender-inclusive term.

Those on the supporting side of the renaming agenda argue that because the term “feminism” is rooted in the word feminine, it automatically is associated as an exclusively women-oriented concept.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, feminism was first used to describe the advocacy for women’s rights in 1895.

The root of the word feminism comes from femininus, a Latin derivative, and femenin, a French term, meaning “female; or of the female sex; effeminate,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.

The OED goes on to define “effeminate” as a negative association to womanly qualities, or unmanly.

This term is used derogatorily today to describe men who are found to be weak, womanish and typically of the gay persuasion.

As society has progressed, more and more dirty words have been rooted in the word feminine.

Terms like “pussy,” a derivative of the Latin word pusillanimous which means “very weak spirit or courage,” according to the OED.

This term is thrown about today not only as a term for female genitalia, but also is assigned to men and women alike when they are being cowardly, serving as yet another example of modern terminology rooted in the idea of women’s innate inferiority.

To rename feminism, the gender equality movement, to another gender-less word would merely facilitate the continuation of the belief that women are inherently weaker than men.

To be unable to hold up the term due to its conceptual and etymological association with the feminine is merely another reason why gender equality is a battle that has yet to be won.